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by Dave Rappoccio
March 31st, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Off-trail Trip Reports & Lost Trails
Topic: The secrets of Forest Park
Replies: 16
Views: 5845

Re: The secrets of Forest Park

I've actually found several more abandoned road grades since making this thread if anyone is interested. Word of note, the last time I went down Firelane 11 I was able to better track it after it leaves the ridgetop halfway down, and I came across what is clearly an elaborate hidden shelter by some...
by Dave Rappoccio
March 29th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Off-trail Trip Reports & Lost Trails
Topic: The secrets of Forest Park
Replies: 16
Views: 5845

Re: The secrets of Forest Park

I walked/jogged Firelane 14 again yesterday. It was clearly graded for a road at one time, with that big chunky gravel underneath. I think somebody decided it wasn't worth it, dug up the culverts, and decided to let it return to nature. I found more evidence for your Firelane 11 on this historical ...
by Dave Rappoccio
November 2nd, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Archer Mountain, scorched and mostly off-limits
Replies: 6
Views: 2474

Re: Archer Mountain, scorched and mostly off-limits

So I was out on Archer today for the first time ever, I've been working up the nerve to try it for years now and I was intrigued by the "new trails". They do indeed avoid the burn almost completely, but it gets confusing near the summit. Someone has put signage at the beginning of a new path down to...
by Dave Rappoccio
July 9th, 2018, 5:29 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Blue Basin Overlook Trail
Replies: 2
Views: 967

Re: Blue Basin Overlook Trail

I did this with my wife about 4 years ago on an eastern Oregon road trip. It was very hot as there is no cover but it was a great little loop. I think we did it in the reverse direction so we climbed up fast and then had a leisurely walk back around and down. Did you take the quick trail into the mi...
by Dave Rappoccio
July 9th, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: steep trails
Replies: 21
Views: 2772

Re: steep trails

Out of every trail mentioned so far Elk Mountain is the one that always destroys me. Everything else will get me sweating and in rough shape, but Elk Mountain has made me actively hate life both times I've done it. Most of the good ones have been mentioned already but I would like to throw in a vote...
by Dave Rappoccio
February 16th, 2018, 4:14 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: I hate ticks
Replies: 42
Views: 5799

Re: I hate ticks

On the way back from Rogue River, I found one on my back At home I found another. Waiting to see if rash expands forming "bullseye"... I'm sure you know this already but the bullseye might not show up. It didn't for me. Keep an eye on how you feel in a month because that's when everything starts to...
by Dave Rappoccio
September 11th, 2017, 5:17 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Eagle Creek Trail (Gorge) Closed by Fire (July 5)
Replies: 390
Views: 72184

Re: Eagle Creek Trail (Gorge) Closed by Fire (July 5)

The west wind has cleared the air so I headed out to the Gorge today for some views. Angel's Rest http://www.fototime.com/5C056B7A9210FCA/medium800.jpg Many of the ridgelines on the Oregon side look like this: http://www.fototime.com/4559FB12F6A11F3/medium800.jpg Looking directly up Horsetail Canyo...
by Dave Rappoccio
September 6th, 2017, 5:00 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Eagle Creek Trail (Gorge) Closed by Fire (July 5)
Replies: 390
Views: 72184

Re: Eagle Creek Trail (Gorge) Closed by Fire (July 5)

Is Eagle Creek's High Bridge likely destabilized by this? I figure the new Tish creek bridge is and probably the other bridges, but High Bridge is the one that's going to close Eagle Creek for a long time if it can't survive this safely. Part of me is honestly excited for the wildflowers and new vie...
by Dave Rappoccio
September 5th, 2017, 8:24 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Eagle Creek Trail (Gorge) Closed by Fire (July 5)
Replies: 390
Views: 72184

Re: Eagle Creek Trail (Gorge) Closed by Fire (July 5)

I wonder if Nesika Lodge... The second segment, if I read it right, has the plane over Washington, and the camera pans across the head of Benson between Eagle Creek and Cascade locks. And it all looks to have burned. Well, now Ruckel Ridge will have more open views. If Ruckel is even hike-able afte...
by Dave Rappoccio
August 7th, 2017, 5:08 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Fear of Heights & Hiking
Replies: 15
Views: 2490

Re: Fear of Heights & Hiking

Maybe a better approach is to list those hikes that are exposed? Eagle Creek and Indian Point. What else in the Gorge? Munra, Ruckel, Wauna Point, Table, Rock of Ages, Mitchell point, Elevator Shaft are for sure big no-nos. Starvation Ridge (Both the ridge and the lower loop) are probably no-nos. D...