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by mrblisterdundee
July 2nd, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 2019.06.29-30 Loowit Trail
Replies: 1
Views: 785

2019.06.29-30 Loowit Trail

After doing most of it in sections as part of other hikes, I decided it was time to complete the Loowit Trail around Mount St. Helens. My buddy Matt, itching to backpack, joined me at the last minute and made the experience all the more enjoyable. We started at June Lake and headed counter-clockwise...
by mrblisterdundee
April 29th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mount Margaret Lakes Loop
Replies: 5
Views: 3713

Re: Mount Margaret Lakes Loop

I would say it's most likely dry, unless you're willing to make a side trip and work your way down to St. Helens Lake below Coldwater Lake.
by mrblisterdundee
June 26th, 2018, 9:27 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Goats galore on Mt. Ellinor
Replies: 1
Views: 897

Goats galore on Mt. Ellinor

Looking at Google Maps, I realized the southeastern corner of the Olympic Mountains was as close as Goat Rocks, without the 20 miles of extra rough forest road to traverse to get to Berry Patch. Known as Staircase, the area of the park has multiple short, steep leg burners. My hiking buddy and I too...
by mrblisterdundee
July 31st, 2017, 11:52 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mount Margaret Lakes Loop
Replies: 5
Views: 3713

Mount Margaret Lakes Loop

I had never been around the lakes in the Mount Margaret Backcountry north of Mount St. Helens. Trying to remedy the situation, I planned an overnight trip but noticed all the designated campsites were reserved on Fridays and Saturdays for the foreseeable future. Not wanting to wait or take days off ...
by mrblisterdundee
July 18th, 2017, 8:20 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Saint Helens Loowit Trail
Replies: 13
Views: 2652

Re: Saint Helens Loowit Trail

Sweet post. I'd been really close to doing this loop myself depending on the snow. I figured I'd start at June Lake or the Climber's Bivouac earlier Saturday, hike around to the Plains of Abraham, camp and finish Sunday morning.
by mrblisterdundee
July 17th, 2017, 10:06 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mt. Margaret Backcountry in full bloom
Replies: 3
Views: 1504

Mt. Margaret Backcountry in full bloom

I stopped by Mount St. Helens Saturday to see what the conditions were on the Boundary Trail and in the Mount Margaret Backcountry. I'm happy to report it's fully accessible and in full bloom. I started at South Coldwater Lake and hiked northeast up Coldwater Ridge, passing by some trail work crews ...
by mrblisterdundee
July 14th, 2017, 8:23 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: PCT from Dee Wright to Opie Dilldock Pass
Replies: 4
Views: 1772

Re: PCT from Dee Wright to Opie Dilldock Pass

WiredHiker wrote:Curious about the bugs.
I got eaten alive anywhere there had been standing water.
by mrblisterdundee
July 12th, 2017, 4:02 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: PCT from Dee Wright to Opie Dilldock Pass
Replies: 4
Views: 1772

PCT from Dee Wright to Opie Dilldock Pass

After a couple days at the Oregon Country Fair, I took off to the Three Sisters Wilderness for some alone time. The Pacific Crest Trail crosses Oregon Highway 242 on McKenzie Pass about 1/2 mile west of the Dee Wright Observatory, a cool stone hut looking out over the Three Sisters to the south and ...
by mrblisterdundee
July 3rd, 2017, 5:48 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Ape Canyon (Mt. St. Helens) - 7/2/2017
Replies: 5
Views: 2074

Re: Ape Canyon (Mt. St. Helens) - 7/2/2017

Sweet. I had tried it a month ago from the Windy Ridge side, but turned back at a sketchier snow bank because I didn't have traction.
by mrblisterdundee
July 3rd, 2017, 4:11 pm
Forum: Off-trail Trip Reports & Lost Trails
Topic: West Onion Peak bushwack
Replies: 1
Views: 1426

West Onion Peak bushwack

Essentially broke and with about 100 miles worth of gas left in my tank, I left Astoria Sunday afternoon for Arch Cape, where I sometimes hike in the area of Onion Peak when I want to get some distance and elevation gain in without driving a few hours to the real mountains. The pull-off is about 1/2...