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by johnspeth
June 23rd, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Jefferson Lake Trail, June 18 & 19 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 393

Re: Jefferson Lake Trail, June 18 & 19 2019

I had heard that a group of local volunteers had been putting in tons of labor to reopen this trail. Hopefully they can get it cleared to the Cabot Lake Trail in the near future. I've hiked it in years past, but only a couple of miles in from the trailhead. The USFS abandonment of the east side Mt....
by johnspeth
June 7th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Car camping ideas, please
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Car camping ideas, please

I'm planning to do a simple car camping overnight so I can burn a pile of firewood that's been accumulating at my house. What I'm looking for is a place to drive to with my firewood, set up camp, find a nice established fire ring, burn wood, and socialize with my son. I'd prefer a place that is off ...
by johnspeth
May 25th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cooper Spur the hard way, spring edition
Replies: 4
Views: 807

Re: Cooper Spur the hard way, spring edition

That's a fun outing. There are so many ways up. I'm disappointed to learn about the condition of 643A. It always "looked good" from across the burn from the Tilly Jane trail but I've always had my doubts that it was passable without having to climb over trees. Since the trail is overgrown after so m...
by johnspeth
May 15th, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Hiking Health & Safety
Topic: Smacked by tree loaded by snow
Replies: 4
Views: 268

Re: Smacked by tree loaded by snow

The mousetrap effect is so appropriate here.

For sport, when I see a Pacific Silver Fir hunched over under snow, I'll give it a few pokes with my ski pole to see what happens. Usually nothing happens but sometimes I get a nice show of flying snow.
by johnspeth
May 13th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Off-trail Trip Reports & Lost Trails
Topic: 2012-09-20 Mt Minnie – Mt Margaret Backcountry
Replies: 18
Views: 3135

Re: 2012-09-20 Mt Minnie – Mt Margaret Backcountry

This is an old discussion from 2012 (now 2019) but I'm wondering if anybody has developed any new information about getting to Minnie Peak. It's been on my adventure radar ever since I read this discussion. Here we are seven years later and maybe somebody has refined the effort. Anybody? I see two w...
by johnspeth
May 11th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Hiking Health & Safety
Topic: Smacked by tree loaded by snow
Replies: 4
Views: 268

Smacked by tree loaded by snow

Raise your hand if you've ever been smacked by a tree that suddenly releases from snow burial. Yesterday I was hiking the Cool Creek trail up Devils Peak near Rhododendron. I was near the top climbing the steep spine before the Cool Creek trail meets the Hunchback Mtn trail. The snow was deep and ma...
by johnspeth
May 9th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Mount Margaret Loop
Replies: 31
Views: 854

Re: Mount Margaret Loop

Isn't this Ridge Camp? Several picts here. https://www.theoutbound.com/washington/camping/backpack-to-mount-margaret-s-ridge-camp# I could be wrong but I think the pic at that web site has misidentified Ridge Camp. That looks like the view from about a mile uphill from Coldwater Lake somewhere near...
by johnspeth
April 27th, 2019, 4:23 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Trailhead Parking
Replies: 21
Views: 986

Re: Trailhead Parking

To hopefully set your mind at ease, for violations, the worst you should get is a ticket. Towing will only happen if your car is blocking emergency access if it's needed. Towing for lack of a pass will not happen due to the risk of stranding you in the wild. That's the theory anyhow.
by johnspeth
April 25th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Mount Margaret Loop
Replies: 31
Views: 854

Re: Mount Margaret Loop

(I just discovered that Obscurity Lake is actually the western twin of Twin Lakes. It doesn't show up on many maps as Obscurity.)
by johnspeth
April 25th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Climbing Mt St Helens early May
Replies: 9
Views: 437

Re: Climbing Mt St Helens early May

kepPNW wrote:
April 25th, 2019, 6:33 am
Was up there yesterday.
How much of the trail from tree line to the parking lot was snow covered?