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by dgweston
August 21st, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Non-buggy backpack <5 hr drive from Portland
Replies: 9
Views: 175

Re: Non-buggy backpack <5 hr drive from Portland

More great advice- thanks!
by dgweston
August 20th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Non-buggy backpack <5 hr drive from Portland
Replies: 9
Views: 175

Re: Non-buggy backpack <5 hr drive from Portland

Thank you both! I haven’t fine-tuned my anti-bug strategy. Obviously camping next to a bog for two days this time of the year is out. The trip reports I saw recently for Mt Adams weren’t encouraging, but it’s probably very location specific. Thanks again!
by dgweston
August 19th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Non-buggy backpack <5 hr drive from Portland
Replies: 9
Views: 175

Non-buggy backpack <5 hr drive from Portland

I'm looking for a 2-night backpacking spot that is not super buggy , and is no more than a 4.5-hour drive (one-way) from Portland. I went to Eagle Cap this time of the year in 2011, and it was perfect, but it's just too far for the time I have. Any tips? We're in pretty good shape and can handle a g...
by dgweston
July 11th, 2018, 6:39 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Overnight Fret Creek to Palisades Point and Lookout Mt.
Replies: 6
Views: 649

Re: Overnight Fret Creek to Palisades Point and Lookout Mt.

Great overnighter and one of my favorite areas! Your salamander looks very much like a Cope's giant salamander, right on the eastern edge of its range. Wow - I've never seen one, but now I know where to look! UPDATE: according to the Facebook herp ID group, my salamander friend is a Ambystoma graci...
by dgweston
July 9th, 2018, 7:11 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Overnight Fret Creek to Palisades Point and Lookout Mt.
Replies: 6
Views: 649

Re: Overnight Fret Creek to Palisades Point and Lookout Mt.

We camped at Oval Lake just a few weeks ago - the froggy evensong was something special, but no mysterious snuffling in the wee hours. If you go again, I endorse keeping going past the Palisades to the Fret Point lookout tower, which is an active firewatch in the summer. It is manned June - Septemb...
by dgweston
July 9th, 2018, 7:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Overnight Fret Creek to Palisades Point and Lookout Mt.
Replies: 6
Views: 649

Re: Overnight Fret Creek to Palisades Point and Lookout Mt.

Great overnighter and one of my favorite areas! Your salamander looks very much like a Cope's giant salamander, right on the eastern edge of its range. Wow - I've never seen one, but now I know where to look! Thanks, Bobcat. I wondered about the Cope's. It was so fun watching the guy/gal swim aroun...
by dgweston
July 8th, 2018, 8:23 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Overnight Fret Creek to Palisades Point and Lookout Mt.
Replies: 6
Views: 649

Overnight Fret Creek to Palisades Point and Lookout Mt.

It's July 8, 2018 and I'm just back from an overnight backpack trip. Loads of wildflowers (couldn't post photos of all), a reliable water source at Oval Lake camp, and two spectacular overlooks. I started at Fret Creek trail head and hiked in just shy of 2 miles to reach Oval Lake. It's short but th...
by dgweston
June 5th, 2018, 7:37 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Badger Creek Overnight 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 591

Badger Creek Overnight 2018

About this time last year I overnight backpacked in Badger Creek Wilderness. I saw (and heard) a rattlesnake, so it was an exciting and memorable trip. http://www.oregonhikers.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=25522&p=193596#p193596 This year's trip I covered many more miles, but things were more tame. ...
by dgweston
May 30th, 2018, 8:32 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Bull of the Woods/Opal Creek backpack 5/26-28
Replies: 1
Views: 738

Re: Bull of the Woods/Opal Creek backpack 5/26-28

What beautiful photos - thank you for sharing!
by dgweston
May 30th, 2018, 8:29 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Lewis River Traverse Hike
Replies: 4
Views: 741

Re: Lewis River Traverse Hike

That tree was framed! It's innocent!