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by jvangeld
March 3rd, 2021, 6:00 pm
Forum: Off-trail Trip Reports & Lost Trails
Topic: Washougal River Trail
Replies: 5
Views: 736

Re: Washougal River Trail

That is good information, Locus. Thank you. Steve, I've been looking at the Lidar data and I haven't found much trace of a trail that heads up to the Bluff Mountain trail. There are a few old road grades South of Grouse Creek, but they don't seem to make it to the top. https://lidarportal.dnr.wa.gov...
by jvangeld
March 3rd, 2021, 5:54 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: a different kind of volunteer opportunity on Silver Star, road 4109
Replies: 18
Views: 1669

Re: a different kind of volunteer opportunity on Silver Star, road 4109

Eh, it would probably be the last stairs people climb before they enter a COVID isolation camp. I denounce the idea.
by jvangeld
March 3rd, 2021, 5:51 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mabee Mines
Replies: 13
Views: 1357

Re: Mabee Mines

I actually went and checked out a couple of the skamania mines by the west fork washougal river. The last chance mine, which is the largest, was completely collapsed, but bushwhacked up an abandoned road to the yellowjacket mine, where we peeked into the entrance. Also, I think the Mabee mine and t...
by jvangeld
February 10th, 2021, 9:38 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mabee Mines
Replies: 13
Views: 1357

Re: Mabee Mines

I wonder if one could follow Bluebird Creek up from the Washougal River, starting at 45.7393, -122.1294. You can. My dad did that in the 80's. It should be easier now because a recent steelhead recovery project cleaned out a massive log jam from Bluebird Creek just above it's confluence with the ri...
by jvangeld
February 10th, 2021, 8:03 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: possible good news on Silver Star north road
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: possible good news on Silver Star north road

I believe the DNR fixed up L1100 back in 2019. They did the whole nine yards, cleaned the ditches, replaced some culverts, graded and put down gravel. It an L1000 were both in really good shape that Summer. They didn't do anything to it in 2020, so it degraded a bit. But I eventually realized that I...
by jvangeld
February 6th, 2021, 4:15 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mabee Mines
Replies: 13
Views: 1357

Re: Mabee Mines

I just made a map on top of the latest Forest Service maps. It should provide what is needed for a down-and-up trip to the mines. https://photos.app.goo.gl/4xzmwHTJKDdifFBx6 The rest of the pictures from our 2002 trip are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/a1RdUpjih7QEfyyr8 Of note is the third photo, ...
by jvangeld
February 6th, 2021, 3:25 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: a different kind of volunteer opportunity on Silver Star, road 4109
Replies: 18
Views: 1669

Re: a different kind of volunteer opportunity on Silver Star, road 4109

I gotcha. So then I am talking about a wall on the Southeast side of the parking lot.
by jvangeld
February 6th, 2021, 9:30 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: a different kind of volunteer opportunity on Silver Star, road 4109
Replies: 18
Views: 1669

Re: a different kind of volunteer opportunity on Silver Star, road 4109

Heh, I'm not suggesting that the parking lot be closed. Though I wasn't very clear. By my reckoning, the road enters the parking lot from the North. The official trail leaves the parking lot to the South. Along the East edge is the slope that ORV's traverse to get to the abandoned road. If a 20' tal...
by jvangeld
February 5th, 2021, 8:17 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: a different kind of volunteer opportunity on Silver Star, road 4109
Replies: 18
Views: 1669

Re: a different kind of volunteer opportunity on Silver Star, road 4109

That's just garbage. Steve and I obstructed the southern approach, but we weren't able to get to the northern one. And, likely as not, they pulled out what we did place. CTA is trying to get an excavator and an additional load of boulders up to the trailhead sometime this Spring. To my mind, the mos...
by jvangeld
February 5th, 2021, 8:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mabee Mines
Replies: 13
Views: 1357

Re: Mabee Mines

The actual Mabee Mines are SE of Bluff Mountain. The current Mabee Mines road is a portion of the ox-cart trail that ran from Cape Horn to the mines. Though today I learned that it was originally a trail the Natives used to get to Indian Heaven. Anyways, getting to the Mabee Mines is a proper bushwh...