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by keithcomess
July 4th, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Pasayten Wilderness—July 26-31
Replies: 5
Views: 1556

Re: Pasayten Wilderness—July 26-31

I know this is an old post but it's very helpful nonetheless. I'm going on nearly the same route next month. Going around Billy Goat Pass seems like a fine idea to me, especially as I'll be driving from Portland and hiking in the same day!

Thanks!
Keith
by keithcomess
May 4th, 2020, 7:30 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Washington State Parks opening - Yeah!
Replies: 20
Views: 1278

Re: Washington State Parks opening - Yeah!

I've read the online information and there's nothing about opening areas for backpacking (e.g., Pasaytan Wilderness). Any information on that issue will be appreciated!

Thanks,
Keith
by keithcomess
August 30th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Timberline Trail section hiking: Cloud Cap to Newton Creek and back 7/20/19
Replies: 2
Views: 600

Re: Timberline Trail section hiking: Cloud Cap to Newton Creek and back 7/20/19

Excellent post and photos. Thanks! Admittedly it's a value judgement, but the advent of trail running and the seemingly large number of participants somehow detracts from the "wilderness experience", at least for me and from a backpacker's perspective. I wonder if the focused attention to the trail ...
by keithcomess
August 19th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Timberline trail campsite question
Replies: 9
Views: 744

Re: Timberline trail campsite question

Good points, Jerry!

Keith
by keithcomess
August 18th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Timberline trail campsite question
Replies: 9
Views: 744

Re: Timberline trail campsite question

Aimless, Thanks for your comment. I agree entirely re: TT and recognized that before my trip plans changed at the last minute (from Mt. Margaret, due to lack of water on a long section of the Boundary Trail to the TT). The TT was also very crowded in 2016 which was the last time I completed the loop...
by keithcomess
August 18th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Timberline Trail conditions in early July
Replies: 5
Views: 1503

Re: Timberline Trail conditions in early July

I was there ~10 days ago. There were swarms of biting flies on the TT between Ramona Falls and Elk Cove supplemented by evening-time mosquitoes (though they were far outnumbered by the grimly determined and frequently suicidal flies). There were fewer on other sections, and none above timberline. La...
by keithcomess
August 18th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Timberline trail campsite question
Replies: 9
Views: 744

Re: Timberline trail campsite question

I concur with Dean's assessment. I completed the loop <2 weeks ago. Many campsites were overcrowded (i.e., mostly occupied) and Elk Cove had a couple fouled with toilet paper...in the campsite! RE: Sandy River, the campsites on the stream were occupied and this was mid-week! I had the same experienc...
by keithcomess
August 11th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mt Adams Killen Creek - High Camp 8/8-10
Replies: 3
Views: 852

Re: Mt Adams Killen Creek - High Camp 8/8-10

Very nice! Thanks for the report.
by keithcomess
August 11th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mini Report on Timberline
Replies: 10
Views: 1240

Mini Report on Timberline

Returned Friday from a standard clockwise loop of Mt Hood on the Timberline Trail. I last completed this loop in 2016 prior to the "new and improved" crossing of Elliot Creek. Since this topic is as well-worn as the trail, I'll only note the salient points from my perspective: 1) There was an abunda...
by keithcomess
August 10th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Wallowas Super Loop: 8/1/19-8/2/19
Replies: 13
Views: 1367

Re: Wallowas Super Loop: 8/1/19-8/2/19

An excellent, interesting and highly informative trip report! Many thanks!! I'm very impressed with your navigation, Google Earth and hiking skills. When I did the "standard" Wallowa Loop last year, it seemed that there were hordes of day hikers and campers (few of whom had the "LNT" philosophy in m...