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by BigBear
October 17th, 2021, 4:11 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Wilderness permit boxes on Larch Mtn
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: Wilderness permit boxes on Larch Mtn

The Hatfield Wilderness boundary was extended some years ago, but the wilderness boxes were slow to be installed. The first thing I had noticed was the wilderness sign on Eagle Creek Trail had actually been moved up the trail about 1/10th of a mile when the wilderness boundary changed, not down the ...
by BigBear
October 8th, 2021, 5:25 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Vista Ridge to the McNeil & Mazama Tarns (Oct 3)
Replies: 2
Views: 266

Re: Vista Ridge to the McNeil & Mazama Tarns (Oct 3)

Nice pictures of the mountain.
by BigBear
October 3rd, 2021, 1:37 pm
Forum: Off-trail Trip Reports & Lost Trails
Topic: St Helens: June Gully (most direct rim route on MSH?)
Replies: 15
Views: 2278

Re: St Helens: June Gully (most direct rim route on MSH?)

The rockfall thinks gullies are the most direct path, too. Avalanche chutes are another favorite place of where NOT to climb. Ridgelines are the preferred location because ridgeline routes increase the chances of not being hit by gravitationally-motivated objects.
by BigBear
October 3rd, 2021, 1:30 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Revegitation after the Eagle Creek fire
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Re: Revegitation after the Eagle Creek fire

Plants are far more resilient than we give it credit. I remember when Catherine Creek had a severe fires some years back (the ponderosas on east meadow still have the char marks). I was certain the following year would be a poor grass widow year, but the opposite was true: less grass and brush meant...
by BigBear
October 3rd, 2021, 1:22 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: an unpleasant encounter with mountain bikers (not what you think!)
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: an unpleasant encounter with mountain bikers (not what you think!)

I always have to sit back, read and smile when I read your "encounter" reports, Chip. You find more ways to get cited and warned than anyone I know, even in name only :) Being scolded by bicyclists is quite an achievement. I don't mean of this to be critical, it just makes me chuckle because it seem...
by BigBear
September 27th, 2021, 5:17 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Cutleaf evergreen blackberry
Replies: 20
Views: 575

Re: Cutleaf evergreen blackberry

It's nasty stuff alright, the thorns go right through work gloves.
by BigBear
September 27th, 2021, 11:27 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Bird Creek Meadows Opening 2021 - Now Closed
Replies: 16
Views: 989

Re: Bird Creek Meadows Opening 2021 - Now Closed

I am perfectly within my rights to say that $20 is too much to charge, and to defend myself when called names. The very reason the park system was developed was that in the 19th century parks had been reserved for the rich. The working class was forbidden from entering parks. During my hiking years,...
by BigBear
September 27th, 2021, 8:19 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Placid Lake Loop
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: Placid Lake Loop

Yes, it was a grand weekend to have been out to enjoy the colorful huckleberry leaves. I was on the Thomas Lake trail with a thousand of my closest strangers on Saturday. The closest we could get to the trailhead was about 6 car lengths outside the permit boundary. Saw two groups of boy scouts: 17 a...
by BigBear
September 24th, 2021, 8:16 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Bird Creek Meadows Opening 2021 - Now Closed
Replies: 16
Views: 989

Re: Bird Creek Meadows Opening 2021

You miss my point entirely. Yes, this is Indian land, not USFS, but Aimless made the assertion that it was socialist to expect to continue to hike on public land for free but it wasn't socialist for government to get involved and start imposing fees on people hiking, picnicking or backpacking, and w...
by BigBear
September 23rd, 2021, 8:25 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Bird Creek Meadows Opening 2021 - Now Closed
Replies: 16
Views: 989

Re: Bird Creek Meadows Opening 2021

Ironically, the more socialist the country becomes, the higher the user fees get. :o Aren't user fees and taxes are the tools of the tax-and-spend liberals? :o I guess since the biggest fee I pay is for schools and I have no kids, then the answer to the Great Socialist System paying for the trails I...