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by johnspeth
September 13th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Leaders Failing to Prevent/Mitigate Fires
Replies: 57
Views: 1531

Re: Leaders Failing to Prevent/Mitigate Fires

I see illegal campfires literally every time I'm out in the woods. There's no way to patrol it, you're just counting on people doing the right thing. In my last two outings (Indian Heaven and Strawberry Mountain), I have seen single FS badged employees carrying fire fighting implements (shovel, ax)...
by johnspeth
September 11th, 2020, 7:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Company for dinner
Replies: 20
Views: 907

Re: Company for dinner

I've never seen them so low! Don't underestimate these white beasties for their travel capabilities. This post from 2016 shows one near Lewis River Falls. When I first read that post, I did some googling about the migration patterns of mountain goats. They move around at distances that exceed the s...
by johnspeth
September 6th, 2020, 5:59 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Explosion sounds near South Sister 9/1
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: Explosion sounds near South Sister 9/1

Did you see any dust clouds drifting across the landscape nearby or in the distance? I'd expect that during the dry season. Locating sounds in the mountains are tricky due to distance and reflections (echoes). I doubt that they came from within the wilderness boundary. My guess is it was related to ...
by johnspeth
September 5th, 2020, 10:52 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Is Goat Mountain hikable?
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Re: Is Goat Mountain hikable?

I think I found the hiking guidance on this. Any info on this hike? You can drive to this spot on road 470 and walk several yards east to locate the Fossil trail and find a user trail to the top after walking north a short distance on the Fossil trail. Or you can hike to the same user trail on the ...
by johnspeth
September 2nd, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Tatoosh trailheads road conditions
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Tatoosh trailheads road conditions

The Tatoosh Ridge and Lakes area gets light use. There are two trailheads: an east and west. Does anybody have any information of the suitability of the roads to the trailheads for small cars (like a Honda Civic)?
by johnspeth
August 31st, 2020, 5:17 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Diamond Peak: which trailhead?
Replies: 5
Views: 216

Re: Diamond Peak: which trailhead?

I deeply researched autumn climbing options in 2008. I decided to use the Rockpile TH due to best access and likelihood of finding a good trail. I remember the road between Oakridge and the TH being in surprisingly good shape. I was driving a 1998 VW Jetta at the time. I used the driving directions ...
by johnspeth
August 26th, 2020, 6:44 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Duffy Lake + surprise Goat sighting 8/21/2020
Replies: 4
Views: 506

Re: Duffy Lake + surprise Goat sighting 8/21/2020

There is no trail (that I know of) to the summit of Duffy Butte. We bush-whacked our way up through some old burn, young evergreen trees, boulder fields, and finally thick ?manzanita? Took us nearly 2 hours to get the summit and found that the west side we came up is the only reasonable approach, a...
by johnspeth
August 2nd, 2020, 6:45 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Timberline Trail July 23-26 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 1311

Re: Timberline Trail July 23-26 2020

You mention the timing and direction being chosen to avoid weekend crowds on the west side. So even though there is a huge disruption going on right now, you find there are still weekend crowds on Mt. Hood? Two of my family did the Mississippi Head loop yesterday (Sat Aug 1). The Mountaineer trail ...
by johnspeth
August 1st, 2020, 4:37 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Natural Rock Arch 7/13/2020
Replies: 2
Views: 435

Re: Natural Rock Arch 7/13/2020

adamschneider wrote:
July 27th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Is this "Phantom Natural Bridge" past the end of Forest Road 2223?
I believe this hike is the one: ... _Arch_Hike
by johnspeth
July 18th, 2020, 6:23 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Jumbo Peak - 2019-09-12
Replies: 6
Views: 994

Re: Jumbo Peak - 2019-09-12


The Lily is officially called a Columbia Tiger Lily. We locals just call it a Tiger Lily risking confusion with the non-native Asian Tiger Lily.

Read about it here: