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by bobcat
August 13th, 2011, 8:40 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Fifteen Mile Creek Loop
Replies: 7
Views: 2199

Re: Fifteen Mile Creek Loop

@dayhiker: Here's my humble opinion on your tracks: Picture #1: dog (claw marks, and toes all same size - but may be coyote) Picture #2: middle: definitely cougar and probably the left print, too (I can't see claw marks); right print is going the other way, probably coyote and not dog because the ou...
by bobcat
August 13th, 2011, 8:18 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Trillium Lake
Replies: 9
Views: 4434

Re: Trillium Lake

Thanks, Peabody! Yes, only my second time to park here in the summer and I breezed by the info. board and stuck up my Forest Pass. Returning from our picnic/walk, I had a ticket. It was just a warning exhorting us to be good, and I paid my $5 as we left. The concessionaire there has a flyer listing ...
by bobcat
August 12th, 2011, 7:59 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Table Rock Wilderness Loop
Replies: 8
Views: 2249

Re: Table Rock Wilderness Loop

@CampinCarl: Sorry for the late response. Yes, there's a site on the saddle between Rooster and Chicken Rocks. You'd have to go down to the bowl that forms the headwaters of Image Creek to get water (towards Table Rock). The shorter way to get to this saddle is from Rooster Rock Road (see the BLM ma...
by bobcat
August 12th, 2011, 7:52 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cooper Spur - 8/6/11
Replies: 9
Views: 2218

Re: Cooper Spur - 8/6/11

Looks like it was a great day to be up there! Not sure exactly what trail you saw the biker on: they can use the Tilly Jane and Polallie Ski Trails up from the Cooper Spur Ski Area. These join the tie trail across to Cloud Cap from the Tilly Jane cabins. They aren't supposed to be on the Timberline ...
by bobcat
August 12th, 2011, 7:42 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Better late than never - John Day Fossil Beds - 5/29/11
Replies: 6
Views: 1214

Re: Better late than never - John Day Fossil Beds - 5/29/11

Your photos are stunning and really highlight the colors! Everything gets washed out in the summer, so you went at a good time. You should try and sell a few to the NPS for their websites and brochures.

John
by bobcat
August 12th, 2011, 7:35 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Fifteen Mile Creek Loop
Replies: 7
Views: 2199

Re: Fifteen Mile Creek Loop

I love the hikes on this side of the MHNF. Best time to go is late June through mid-July. Last time I did this loop, we found tracks of a cougar and her cubs on the ridge and startled a bear down by the creek. The habitat diversity is astonishing and there are at least nine species of conifers here....
by bobcat
August 11th, 2011, 9:08 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Trillium Lake
Replies: 9
Views: 4434

Trillium Lake

For the second part of our day in the Mt. Hood vicinity (West Fork Falls was our morning excursion), my wife and I dropped down to Trillium Lake and picnicked in the day-use area. People should note that the Trillium Lake area, like Lost Lake, is managed by a concessionaire and the Northwest Forest ...
by bobcat
August 11th, 2011, 8:25 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: West Fork Falls
Replies: 3
Views: 1248

West Fork Falls

My wife and I went up to Mt. Hood and decided to do two short hikes on either side of a picnic lunch. The contrast between these two walks (West Fork Falls and Trillium Lake) is so great that I will post them separately. West Fork Falls (as in West Fork Salmon River) is located on the slopes of Mt. ...
by bobcat
August 10th, 2011, 7:41 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hiking with an owl...Gumjuwac style
Replies: 8
Views: 1691

Re: Hiking with an owl...Gumjuwac style

Your measurements fit a great horned owl except the wingspan was probably more: perhaps 4' if the body was 1.5' in length. The Gumjuwac access to the Badger Creek Wilderness used to be a favorite of mine. At the beginning of August (in a normal year), black bears feast on huckleberries in the saddle...
by bobcat
August 8th, 2011, 7:00 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Dome Rock and Tumble Lake, 8/6/2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1786

Re: Dome Rock and Tumble Lake, 8/6/2011

A varied and interesting area, I agree!

Yes, those are Cascade (or some call them Washington) lilies. The other notable feature about Tumble Lake, for plant aficionados, is the old-growth grove of Alaska yellow-cedars, one of the largest and most southern assemblages of these trees anywhere.