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by pdxalex
September 13th, 2021, 8:41 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Dry Creek Falls, 9/12/2021
Replies: 1
Views: 440

Dry Creek Falls, 9/12/2021

With plenty of house projects to work on, my wife and I opted for a quick, easy on the knees hike in the Gorge. Generally we try to avoid the Gorge trails because of the crowds but we we were curious about how the area has rebounded from the Eagle Creek fire. Dry Creek Falls, along with Wahkeena Fal...
by pdxalex
September 13th, 2021, 7:55 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The worlds largest Christmas Trees. Goat Marsh - Toutle Trail - Red Rock pass
Replies: 5
Views: 594

Re: The worlds largest Christmas Trees. Goat Marsh - Toutle Trail - Red Rock pass

A very interesting video. Thanks for posting. I love the noble fir stands along the Toutle trail. While I haven't seen any specimens quite as impressive as the monster you show, it is very common to see trees that are at least 4-5 feet in diameter and well over 100' tall.
by pdxalex
September 10th, 2021, 7:13 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: MSH: Blue Lake to Castle Ridge, 9/6/2020
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: MSH: Blue Lake to Castle Ridge, 9/6/2020

Very cool. Thanks for posting this route. I had traced it on Gaia a couple of weeks ago but wasn't sure about access to the road, given Weyerhaeuser's permit program, or its condition.
by pdxalex
September 9th, 2021, 5:38 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: MSH: Blue Lake to Castle Ridge, 9/6/2020
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: MSH: Blue Lake to Castle Ridge, 9/6/2020

I too have looked for a northern route. I can't find much online. The WDFW website says "Access can be difficult due to a closed road that leads to the lake." Perhaps Weyerhaeuser has gated the road and limited access through its permit system. The few references on fishing websites suggest that it ...
by pdxalex
September 7th, 2021, 2:58 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: MSH: Blue Lake to Castle Ridge, 9/6/2020
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: MSH: Blue Lake to Castle Ridge, 9/6/2020

It was a lot of work. It is roughly 7 miles up to the ridge. It is backpackable but USFS only allows camping on the north shore of Cascade Lake, which makes sense because it looks to be the only reasonable source of water. Fisherman get to the lake from the north but I haven't found a route yet.
by pdxalex
September 7th, 2021, 7:33 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: MSH: Blue Lake to Castle Ridge, 9/6/2020
Replies: 12
Views: 758

MSH: Blue Lake to Castle Ridge, 9/6/2020

The day’s goal was to cross the south fork of the Toutle River and get up on Castle Ridge on the northwest side of Mt. St. Helens. I set a hard turn around time. Where ever I was at noon was where I had lunch and then headed back. From the maps, that area is a maze of old Weyerhaeuser logging roads ...
by pdxalex
August 28th, 2021, 7:58 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Blue Lake to the Toutle River the hard way, 8/28/21
Replies: 1
Views: 231

Blue Lake to the Toutle River the hard way, 8/28/21

One of my favorite areas to hike is the network of trails out of the Blue Lake trailhead on the west side of Mt. St. Helens. There’s interesting terrain, nice views, and almost no people. I’ve been planning hikes into the blast zone and up along Castle Ridge from the Blue Lake trailhead. I’ve also b...
by pdxalex
July 22nd, 2021, 1:31 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Wahtum Lake, Chinidere & Tomlike Mountains, 7/21/2021
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Re: Wahtum Lake, Chinidere & Tomlike Mountains, 7/21/2021

I noticed a couple of bees moving sluggishly in some flowers toward the end of my excursion. Otherwise, there weren't any flies or mosquitoes. Of course, it may just have been the wind and the cold that suppressed them.
by pdxalex
July 22nd, 2021, 12:14 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Wahtum Lake, Chinidere & Tomlike Mountains, 7/21/2021
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Re: Wahtum Lake, Chinidere & Tomlike Mountains, 7/21/2021

A good beer may not fix your problems but sometimes they seem a little less of a problem.

Good catch on the title.
by pdxalex
July 22nd, 2021, 9:30 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Wahtum Lake, Chinidere & Tomlike Mountains, 7/21/2021
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Wahtum Lake, Chinidere & Tomlike Mountains, 7/21/2021

I decided to burn off some use or lose leave yesterday to explore the area around Wahtum Lake. The destination was a last-minute choice after my daughter bailed out of hiking with me. It turned into a bit of a comedy of errors. I was so eager to get out of the house that I didn’t think through where...