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by Chip Down
January 2nd, 2023, 7:05 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: LaCamas Creek/Round Lake 2022-12-30
Replies: 2
Views: 866

Re: LaCamas Creek/Round Lake 2022-12-30

Yep, I was there Jan 1, because wanted something close and snow-free.
The creeks are raging!
And indeed, much less mud than expected.
But swarming with people around nooninsh. I arrived unusually late for me, about 8, and had some peace for a few hours.
by Chip Down
December 24th, 2022, 7:32 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: is the tick situation back to normal?
Replies: 4
Views: 560

is the tick situation back to normal?

In the middle of the last decade, we observed an explosion in the OR/WA tick population, especially in the gorge. It's not just that we had 2 or 3 times the normal number of ticks; it was biblical swarms of ticks, for years. But I don't hear any talk of it anymore. Are we back to normal? I don't mea...
by Chip Down
December 19th, 2022, 6:44 am
Forum: Let's see some ID
Topic: what's that little bump to the left of Hood?
Replies: 4
Views: 768

Re: what's that little bump to the left of Hood?

Umm, my mind is blown, if that's Larch. It doesn't seem possible. But okay, next time I see it, I'll try to trick my eyes [perhaps polluted by decades of misunderstanding] to see it that way. Assuming Adam is right, what a fun experience to realize a mystery point that I've wondered about for so man...
by Chip Down
December 18th, 2022, 10:26 pm
Forum: Let's see some ID
Topic: what's that little bump to the left of Hood?
Replies: 4
Views: 768

what's that little bump to the left of Hood?

My topic title is ridiculously vague, and my picture below is terrible, but if you live (or spend considerable time ) anywhere in the Portland area, even as far away as Washougal, and if you're even moderately observant, you might look at my picture and say " oh yeah, I know what Chip's asking about...
by Chip Down
December 18th, 2022, 10:16 pm
Forum: Idle Chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday!
Replies: 322
Views: 102426

Re: Happy Birthday!

Some recent urban finds.
Irvington neighborhood, NE Portland.
by Chip Down
December 18th, 2022, 10:14 pm
Forum: Idle Chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday!
Replies: 322
Views: 102426

Re: Happy Birthday!

Not a balloon, but plastic and filled with air, and found on a hike, so I'm saying it's close enough.
by Chip Down
December 3rd, 2022, 8:39 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: 2022 and Beyond - Snow Levels
Replies: 128
Views: 37109

Re: 2022 and Beyond - Snow Levels

Duncan Creek Trail was in great shape today. Well packed, but not icy. I hiked it backwards, starting and finishing at Railcar Bridge (2000'), where the snow was deep enough to be tiring, but not enough to warrant snowshoes.
by Chip Down
November 25th, 2022, 9:31 pm
Forum: Idle Chatter
Topic: Nakia Creek Fire aftermath
Replies: 1
Views: 1110

Nakia Creek Fire aftermath

I thought it might be too early to go check out the Nakia Creek Fire aftermath, but I was in the area, so nothing to lose. I headed east on road L1510, past Skyline Trailhead (OHV, not a hiker's TH). Smelled the burned zone before I saw it, which surprised me. Not only is the road ungated, it's been...
by Chip Down
November 24th, 2022, 7:37 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: 2022 and Beyond - Snow Levels
Replies: 128
Views: 37109

Re: 2022 and Beyond - Snow Levels

A bit of snow at 3400-3500' on Washington's Larch Mtn.
by Chip Down
November 17th, 2022, 5:54 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: 2022 and Beyond - Snow Levels
Replies: 128
Views: 37109

Re: 2022 and Beyond - Snow Levels

I was shocked to see Bells Mountain bare today.
Pic below is the only snow I saw all day, probably no more than a hundred feet below the 2200' summit.