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by johnspeth
January 16th, 2020, 7:10 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Snow Chains - Noobie
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: Snow Chains - Noobie

I do a lot of snow driving with a 2014 VW Jetta. I use Les Schwab chains with success. I've tried to use the cheap cables and they're nearly impossible to get on in the dark, with snow/ice, and cold hands. Chains are simpler and work better but you still have to deal with the trouble of getting them...
by johnspeth
January 11th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Tigard – Beaverton forays, January 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Re: Tigard – Beaverton forays, January 2020

I am also a resident of that area (specifically Genesis/Derry Dell Ck). I recently retired and have discovered the wildlife for myself. I have a bike route that keeps me entertained for wildlife every time I go out, every few days. The route is Pathfinder Way to Woodard Park, Dirksen natural area, t...
by johnspeth
January 8th, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Mt Hood Meadows land exchange
Replies: 1
Views: 132

Re: Mt Hood Meadows land exchange

I would think the exchange would now make it less advantageous for Meadows now that Timberline has plans to glom up Gov Camp.
by johnspeth
January 5th, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: More fees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Replies: 41
Views: 1151

Re: More fees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Over 500!!! people completed their questionnaire that helped inform their position. Even though it skewed 57% to 43% in favor of primitive experience over developed, they're going ahead with developing more toilets! I am hopeful (but not informed) that the FS has some mandated standard of cleanline...
by johnspeth
January 5th, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: More fees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Replies: 41
Views: 1151

Re: More fees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

The only current location listed as requiring an MP is Johnston Ridge Observatory... so maybe they're planning to expand the wristband thing. The ominous thing about this possibility is that JRO charges a fee per person , not per vehicle. I'd love to see how they enforce the per person trail head c...
by johnspeth
December 23rd, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Has anyone seen Camp Blossom?
Replies: 15
Views: 446

Re: Has anyone seen Camp Blossom?

Is this Phlox Point Cabin? 45.32424,-121.71620 Phlox point cabin was released by the scouts and assumed by the ski area in recent years. I remember it used to be isolated from the ski area madness by a large area of undeveloped forest surrounding it (no ski trails close by). It's pretty flat around...
by johnspeth
December 16th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Maps and Navigation
Topic: Where to find old maps?
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: Where to find old maps?

retired jerry wrote:
December 16th, 2019, 7:41 am
did you check https://store.usgs.gov/map-locator

that has a bunch of old versions. You can download them. For free
Thanks. That's exactly what I was looking for. I expected the Library of Congress web site to be similarly searchable but it wasn't.
by johnspeth
December 16th, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Maps and Navigation
Topic: Where to find old maps?
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Where to find old maps?

I was lucky enough to tour the Library of Congress in Washington, DC last week. The docent stressed their map inventory, including old maps. I like to find forgotten trails using old maps and I figured that since the USGS is a government agency the Library would have the old maps available for viewi...
by johnspeth
November 19th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mowich Butte via Rock Creek Pass TH
Replies: 1
Views: 431

Re: Mowich Butte via Rock Creek Pass TH

Now my neck is sore from tilting my head for your pics. :)
by johnspeth
November 16th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Mt Defiance trail conditions in Mid November-Early December?
Replies: 7
Views: 550

Re: Mt Defiance trail conditions in Mid November-Early December?

No cliffs but the trail is steep in many places so it could be slippery in rain or snow.