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by Aimless
March 25th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: 2019 Snow Level
Replies: 1
Views: 29

2019 Snow Level

This is a thread for mentioning where you hiked recently, how much snow you encountered (or didn't) and at what elevations you encountered it (or didn't). This information usually a very hot topic from now until about mid-June. A full trip report isn't necessary. :) My most recent hike was on the Mc...
by Aimless
March 22nd, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Fast melt-out on the gorge trails
Replies: 6
Views: 246

Re: Fast melt-out on the gorge trails

Lots of north-facing slopes on the Oregon side, so warmish rain is a better snow-melting instrument in those locales.
by Aimless
March 6th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Visit the Central Cascades while you still can...
Replies: 103
Views: 2985

Re: Visit the Central Cascades while you still can...

This is basically a done deal. Maybe when they release their plan, if there's enough protest, they might reconsider. Quite so. The FS for Willamette and Deschutes want this to happen and it will definitely happen. There may be some final reshaping of the details, but they will not make any major ch...
by Aimless
March 1st, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Photo Corkboard 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: Photo Corkboard 2019

Another fabulous photo! Those clouds to the left look like they may be catching light pollution from the metro area. :(
by Aimless
February 25th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Snakes in central/eastern Oregon?
Replies: 13
Views: 257

Re: Snakes in central/eastern Oregon?

Are rattle snakes prevalent enough in central and eastern Oregon that trails with this warning should be avoided by younger kids? If a trail is specifically identified as one where you might encounter a rattlesnake, then there is some chance that you might encounter one, because some part of the tr...
by Aimless
February 24th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: NW Forest Pass and Missing Amenities
Replies: 44
Views: 953

Re: NW Forest Pass and Missing Amenities

Why do you say this was abandoned? Only via observation and deduction. When I have seen trail crews of any description in the past couple of decades they have invariably been gangs of volunteers. The evidence of heavy trail work I've seen, where heavy tools and big saws were obviously in play, alwa...
by Aimless
February 23rd, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: NW Forest Pass and Missing Amenities
Replies: 44
Views: 953

Re: NW Forest Pass and Missing Amenities

Why does this keep coming up? Fragosa et al vs USFS (9th Circuit Court of Appeals, so it is binding in WA and OR) ruled that you can’t be forced to have a pass if you don’t use the amenities. Perhaps you never use the toilet or picnic table at trailheads, but it would be wrong to assume that no one...
by Aimless
February 23rd, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: NW Forest Pass and Missing Amenities
Replies: 44
Views: 953

Re: NW Forest Pass and Missing Amenities

There was a time long ago when trail building and trail maintenance was done by crews of Forest Service employees. They may have been temporary employees just for the summer led by a permanent crew boss, but they were hired by, paid by, and worked directly for the FS. No contracting required. The FS...
by Aimless
February 20th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: NW Forest Pass and Missing Amenities
Replies: 44
Views: 953

Re: NW Forest Pass and Missing Amenities

If that is quoting from the judge's opinion, then I guess for that judge the issue is permanence, not functionality. Using that definition, I think OH.org members can probably identify a fair number of PNW trailheads that do not sport "permanent toilet facilities", yet the FS states that they requir...
by Aimless
February 20th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: NW Forest Pass and Missing Amenities
Replies: 44
Views: 953

Re: NW Forest Pass and Missing Amenities

I'm not clear what the courts have defined as falling in the category of "permanent toilet facility". Sometimes there are one or more porta-potties located at a trailhead serving this purpose and if they are well-maintained I can't see getting all up in arms because they aren't a permanent structure...