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by bobcat
June 20th, 2021, 5:21 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: why do trail engineers avoid ridgecrests?
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Re: why do trail engineers avoid ridgecrests?

Do trail engineers design to the lowest common demotivator? Yes, precisely. But the Gorge is not a good example for the perceived lack of ridge trails. There are several around Mount Hood - Vista Ridge, Elk Cove Ridge, Polallie Ridge, Blue Grass Ridge, Boy Scout Ridge, etc. Trail builders like to p...
by bobcat
June 20th, 2021, 3:37 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: why do trail engineers avoid ridgecrests?
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Re: why do trail engineers avoid ridgecrests?

There are different grades of trails and they conform to mandated standards (the USFS has five grades, which doesn't even include unofficial trails like Ruckel Ridge). The PCT is a horse grade trail, with the gentlest ascents and descents possible, which is why it meanders so much and perforce stays...
by bobcat
June 19th, 2021, 3:31 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Central Coast Range 06-15-21 and 06-16-21
Replies: 0
Views: 150

Central Coast Range 06-15-21 and 06-16-21

On a brief excursion to the area, I did these three hikes, two of them very short, in the central part of Oregon’s Coast Range. 1. Cummins Ridge Trail (Cummins Creek Wilderness) This six-mile trail bisects the Cummins Creek Wilderness from west to east, and it’s an easy lope on a gentle rolling ridg...
by bobcat
June 14th, 2021, 6:48 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Fire closure maps: OR, WA, CA
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: Fire closure maps: OR, WA, CA

I've also tagged all the closed hikes that I know of in the Field Guide, so you can now see a list: https://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Category:Closed_Trails These will include closures because of the September 2020 fires/winds, the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, and Winter 2021 windstorms. Obviously,...
by bobcat
June 13th, 2021, 10:04 am
Forum: Maps and Navigation
Topic: Map for Strawberry Mountains OR
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Map for Strawberry Mountains OR

The latest USFS Strawberry Mountain/Monument Rock Wilderness map came out in 2001. It shows the expanded wilderness boundary so in effect it is up to date except for trail conditions (and there are many trails in that wilderness that have been impacted by fires and subsequent heavy blowdown). Looks ...
by bobcat
June 13th, 2021, 9:49 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Monte Cristo
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Re: Monte Cristo

Thanks. This is the northern trailhead, right? [i.e. not coming from the south (Monte Carlo)]. Never done it that way myself. Glad to hear the trail is in good shape. Posting pictures. There is a Discussion Forum Support forum near the bottom of the forums page. Once you have your text in (and befor...
by bobcat
June 13th, 2021, 9:36 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Fire closure maps: OR, WA, CA
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Fire closure maps: OR, WA, CA

I thought I'd post an updated list of the current closure maps from the September 2020 fires as we get into the summer 2021 hiking season: Big Hollow Fire : Gifford Pinchot National Forest https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd801773.pdf Riverside Fire : Mt. Hood National Forest https...
by bobcat
June 11th, 2021, 10:09 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: What/where is "School Canyon"?
Replies: 7
Views: 220

Re: What/where is "School Canyon"?

Also as per the "canyon" itself. Shadybrook School was in the Tygh Creek valley, and I'm just speculating but the upper Tygh Creek canyon may well have been called School Canyon by locals; it's at least near the trail. Canyons don't have to be named after their creeks/rivers (e.g. Hell's Canyon, Gra...
by bobcat
June 11th, 2021, 9:05 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Triangulation Point (Coast Range) 06-09-21
Replies: 1
Views: 342

Triangulation Point (Coast Range) 06-09-21

This 12 ½ mile loop, all on roads that were uninhabited by any vehicle (although I assume there is some dirt bike/4WD traffic on weekends), took me meandering around the headwaters bowl of the North Fork Kilchis River, stopping at two major objectives: Triangulation Point and 100-foot Kilchis Falls....
by bobcat
June 11th, 2021, 8:58 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Snag Creek Trail & Lost Permutations
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: Snag Creek Trail & Lost Permutations

Wow! Snag Creek is suddenly getting a lot of love! Thanks also for your updates of the Field Guide information!