Search found 280 matches

by johnspeth
January 25th, 2022, 10:18 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Dry Creek, Trapper Creek Wilderness
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: Dry Creek, Trapper Creek Wilderness

Probably some large truck will punch a hole through that berm, allowing us to drive off the main road, as long as we don't get another low altitude winter blast in February. Not clear to me where you parked since there didn't appear to be any place except the sno-park. That Gov Mineral Springs sno-...
by johnspeth
January 15th, 2022, 12:47 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: cougars and lowland snows
Replies: 13
Views: 394

Re: cougars and lowland snows

Thanks for sharing your eye-opening observations. With all those tracks and nearby prey, I wonder how many cougar eyes were on you that day. I've never seen a cougar in the wild. I've seen scat that could have come from cougar many times. I've read they are silent until they're ready to pounce. The ...
by johnspeth
January 14th, 2022, 8:45 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Boy Scout Ridge 2022/01/08
Replies: 7
Views: 725

Re: Boy Scout Ridge 2022/01/08

I did a loop version of this hike about a year ago. It was a nice sunny day with about 9 in of new snow from a couple of days earlier. I had low expectations but found it a thrill. A crew was working on the powerline corridor and left a nice fresh snowcat track to follow for about 100 yards. It appe...
by johnspeth
December 22nd, 2021, 8:50 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Archer Mountain loop on the last day of freedom (3/22/20)
Replies: 20
Views: 3929

Re: Archer Mountain loop on the last day of freedom (3/22/20)

2. Gaia shows a trail bypassing the Archer Mtn peak trail by going north and approaching and then paralleling the Columbia Falls NAP boundary making a lollipop loop possible with Archer Mtn starting 1000 ft east of Scott Point. I couldn't find that trail probably due to the ice/snow on the ground. ...
by johnspeth
December 22nd, 2021, 7:38 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Archer Mountain loop on the last day of freedom (3/22/20)
Replies: 20
Views: 3929

Re: Archer Mountain loop on the last day of freedom (3/22/20)

This thread seems to be the latest trip report on Archer Mtn. I hiked to the top of Archer Mtn on the day of the 2021 winter solstice. There was mostly continuous snow above 1200 ft elevation. I used a Gaia GPS to guide me. I'll note a few surprises: 1. There is what appears to be a new way to get t...
by johnspeth
December 7th, 2021, 9:20 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Major Expansion of the Mount Hood National Recreation Area Proposed
Replies: 14
Views: 1085

Re: Major Expansion of the Mount Hood National Recreation Area Proposed

Indeed, it's good news. I noticed that a few proposed wilderness additions actually have roads (see the proposed areas just south of the Trillium Lake CG). Has the roadless rule for Wilderness designation gone away?
by johnspeth
November 29th, 2021, 8:36 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Outdoor Recreation Bill
Replies: 30
Views: 1396

Re: Outdoor Recreation Bill

... A cell tower doesn't have to be on a mountain, it can be on top of a building or a small metal tower. of it's own. This isn't like TV transmission antenna. Antennae don't have to be on a mountain but it's usually the best location for optimal service coverage, be it cell phone, TV, civil, gover...
by johnspeth
November 27th, 2021, 5:15 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Kentucky Falls 11/11/2021
Replies: 2
Views: 736

Re: Kentucky Falls 11/11/2021

Does anyone know if there is a name for when plants are growing out of the top of tree stumps? When a tree falls and decomposes over many years and new saplings sprout along the length of the dead tree, they call the log a nursery log or a nurse log. I suppose you can call a tree stump that nurture...
by johnspeth
November 14th, 2021, 6:39 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: it's a bit damp out there
Replies: 11
Views: 664

Re: it's a bit damp out there

Sat Nov 13 was the first nice day to follow our recent pineapple express deluge. I chose to explore Marion Creek (outflow from Marion Lake). The creek was quite full and raging. It was exciting to watch. I visited Marion and Gatch Falls on the fun user trail. Light for the camera and unobstructed vi...
by johnspeth
November 10th, 2021, 10:59 am
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Over Half of Central Cascades Permits Go Unused
Replies: 37
Views: 4403

Re: Over Half of Central Cascades Permits Go Unused

So what's the solution? Attach a $50 deposit to each permit that you get back when you scan a QR code at the trailhead? You jest but that's the only way to solve the problem (using money to incentivize permit holders to sell back their permits). We live in a highly evolved capitalist society. Money...