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by johnspeth
September 13th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Jumbo Peak - 2019-09-12
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: Jumbo Peak - 2019-10-12

Thanks for the TR and info on access. I'll have to give the new route a try. My GPS track for the day: JumboPeak.gpx It's an easy walk-up/scramble from the SE side using goat trails though you will have to push through some waist high bushes. Thanks. That's just the info I need. Onward and upward.
by johnspeth
September 13th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Jumbo Peak - 2019-09-12
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Jumbo Peak - 2019-09-12

I climbed to the top of Jumbo Peak near Randle, WA. The area was hit with several road washouts a few years ago. Here's some info to help the next guy that tries to get there. The conventional way most hikers get to Jumbo Peak is via the Sunrise Peak trail (#262) near the end of road 2324, which is ...
by johnspeth
August 27th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Ridgeline Hikes
Replies: 7
Views: 328

Re: Ridgeline Hikes

Are there any other more hikes around here, obscure or otherwise, that have this ridgeline feature? Perhaps something up in Olympic NP? Maybe something in Silver Star? I've done Pinnacle Peak by Rainier, which was pretty nice... What else is out there? I'm willing to do a bit of driving to get ther...
by johnspeth
August 20th, 2019, 5:37 am
Forum: Let's see some ID
Topic: a metallic mystery
Replies: 10
Views: 327

Re: a metallic mystery

About 10 years ago I did a little poking at the forest service and at MHM to get some insight into the legal basis for MHM's we-own-it-so-stay-out attitude that persists today. I obtained two key docs: the operating plan and the ski area permit . Click on the links to get the docs which I obtained a...
by johnspeth
August 19th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Let's see some ID
Topic: a metallic mystery
Replies: 10
Views: 327

Re: a metallic mystery

I was pretty sure it had to be avalanche-control ordinance. It doesn't look at like what I would expect, but no other explanation makes sense. Interesting to finally see these all together, in a huge swath, not scattered as they usually are. Howitzer aiming is surprisingly accurate. The US has been...
by johnspeth
August 19th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Let's see some ID
Topic: a metallic mystery
Replies: 10
Views: 327

Re: a metallic mystery

I'm certain that these metal garbage piles come from Meadows' Howitzer, used for avalanche control. The ski area has a reckless policy with regard to their use of the Howitzer. They have pinpoint artillery positions that are used according to where they want the shell to likely hit the earth. The "l...
by johnspeth
August 12th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Why are Crescent Mountain trees girdled?
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: Why are Crescent Mountain trees girdled?

The girdling had me bugged considerably since I saw it. I couldn't wait for the answer so I called the Sweet Home ranger office (the district in which Crescent Mtn is located). I got a prompt and helpful response from a Sweet Home ranger technician with a clearly justifiable reason: He said: I check...
by johnspeth
August 12th, 2019, 4:43 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: alpine coyote
Replies: 11
Views: 375

Re: alpine coyote

I saw a coyote in that area about five years ago while I was doing a Timberline Lodge to Mississippi Head to Paradise to Zigzag loop. It was a about an hour after sunrise. It was yelping and moving along just like I'd expect it to.
by johnspeth
August 12th, 2019, 4:31 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Why are Crescent Mountain trees girdled?
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Why are Crescent Mountain trees girdled?

Yesterday I hiked to the top of Crescent Mountain near Tombstone Pass in Oregon and discovered hundreds of girdled trees along a half mile stretch of trail at the broad open slope of wildflowers near the top. The girdling was obviously intended to kill the trees. Some of the girdled trees were cut d...
by johnspeth
August 10th, 2019, 5:24 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Driving to Breitenbush Lake via Ollalie?
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: Driving to Breitenbush Lake via Ollalie?

OK then. I'll ask my friend (who said that road was fine) what the hell he's been smoking. It's been 5 years since I've been on the stretch of road from Ollalie Lake to the Jeff Park TH (PCT crossing I believe). In the 20 years before that when I traveled on it 2 additional times, the condition of ...