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by drm
June 25th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: 2-night Backpack in late-July
Replies: 4
Views: 29

Re: 2-night Backpack in late-July

Foggy Flats does have a great Saturday option of hiking up to Devils Garden, but Killen Creek area has some shallow ponds - shallow means that they will warm up nicely, and you can hike up the trail above. Both areas have terrible mosquitoes if you get the timing bad. You might also consider looking...
by drm
June 25th, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: 2-night Backpack in late-July
Replies: 4
Views: 29

Re: 2-night Backpack in late-July

This year most of the Cascades will be melted out by late July and a 5 hour drive gets you most of Oregon and a lot of Washington. So vast alpine areas to choose from. Who knows, maybe mosquitoes will be on the wane by then, hard to be sure since they usually peak in August in the alpine areas. Hard...
by drm
June 25th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Trailhead Parking
Replies: 20
Views: 887

Re: Trailhead Parking

I also don't pay for parking, but I have a pass. Some of these passes are available for free if you volunteer. In the case of the NWFP it requires two days of volunteer activity for the Forest Service. You can volunteer for WTA trips in Washington to get one, presumably with TKO in Oregon. You can a...
by drm
June 24th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Top Multi-day Hikes in the Northern Cascades
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Re: Top Multi-day Hikes in the Northern Cascades

I did the Teton Crest loop a few years back. I definitely recommend having one of your camps on Death Canyon Shelf. Thunderstorms can be a real hassle, though we got lucky. But people going out when we went in spoke of 6 hours of pouring rain every afternoon starting at noon. We don't get that in th...
by drm
June 24th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Early Timberline Trail Attempt
Replies: 18
Views: 787

Re: Early Timberline Trail Attempt

When people's lives are in the balance, you use climbing rope, not something like paracord. 950 feet of climbing rope is heavy! Back in my climbing days, a 165 foot rope designed to hold long climber falls weighed about 8 or 9 pounds. Not sure if that has changed or if they used lighter rope for re...
by drm
June 24th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Elk Meadows - Put your fires out!
Replies: 9
Views: 247

Re: Elk Meadows - Put your fires out!

I've had this plan of hiking up a snowy Gnarl Ridge trail, expecting that on the exposed ridge above Lamberson Butte, there would be spectacular melted out spots, with water available from the nearby snow. Sounds like the time is about right for that.
by drm
June 24th, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Early Timberline Trail Attempt
Replies: 18
Views: 787

Re: Early Timberline Trail Attempt

retired jerry wrote:
June 23rd, 2019, 9:18 am
who carries in the 950 feet of line, that must be heavy :)
I think you're on call next time. Maybe 40 pounds or so? Not sure what type of line they use.
by drm
June 23rd, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Horseshoe Meadows, Mt Adams
Replies: 0
Views: 91

Horseshoe Meadows, Mt Adams

So I had a 3-day, 2-night backpack planned Friday to Sunday but as I was setting up camp Friday night at Soda Peaks Lake, I realized I had forgotten my sleeping pad. I'm trying to decide whether this is the worst forget I've had vs forgetting TP on a 5-day Olympics trip. Anyway, I came out on Saturd...
by drm
June 23rd, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: 2019 Snow Level
Replies: 98
Views: 4254

Re: 2019 Snow Level

PCT up Mt Adams from Road 23 is completely melted out to Horseshoe Meadow, and the meadow is completely melted out too. Did not try to head up the PCT from there.
by drm
June 20th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Toddler-friendly huckleberry patches?
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: Toddler-friendly huckleberry patches?

Anything easy to get to will get picked out really quickly. Maybe those farms that allow you to pick them would work?