Search found 415 matches

by Excursionista
May 9th, 2012, 10:16 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hunchback Mountain: Hey ma, I found a stray hiker!
Replies: 16
Views: 5274

Re: Hunchback Mountain: Hey ma, I found a stray hiker!

I can't count the times I've seen tracks going off in the wrong direction at a couple of the tricky points along the way to Burnt Lake and Ramona Falls in the snow. That's what got me in trouble in the snow last year above Mirror Lake. Never make assumptions, trust your instincts, stop and reassess...
by Excursionista
May 6th, 2012, 1:01 am
Forum: Idle Chatter
Topic: SILVER STAR SASQUATCH ON SOUTH SUMMIT
Replies: 13
Views: 1973

Re: SILVER STAR SACQUACH ON SOUTH SUMMIT

No worries, Roy, I was sort of hijacking the thread a bit and didn't mean to. I like a good Sasquatch conversation but you're right, that area isn't wilderness at all. Standing on top of Silver Star is a bit misleading. It looks far more pristine than it is (as the crow flies). The drive in is alway...
by Excursionista
May 5th, 2012, 9:57 pm
Forum: Idle Chatter
Topic: SILVER STAR SASQUATCH ON SOUTH SUMMIT
Replies: 13
Views: 1973

Re: SILVER STAR SACQUACH ON SOUTH SUMMIT

Check this out: http://bfro.net/news/silver_star_mountain.asp My own beliefs are a bit complex, but let's just say that Sasquatch is near and dear to me. The Bigfoot Field Research Organization is a deeply flawed group, but they sometimes compile useful information. In this particular case, I've rea...
by Excursionista
May 2nd, 2012, 2:24 pm
Forum: Off-trail Trip Reports & Lost Trails
Topic: Eagle Creek Canyon Downstream from Metlako?
Replies: 2
Views: 788

Eagle Creek Canyon Downstream from Metlako?

There's a stretch of canyon in Eagle Creek (in the gorge) just below Metlako Falls that's accessible by a rugged off-trail route. I've seen it discussed here, but couldn't find it in the forums. If anyone can post links or trip reports, I'd appreciate it. I thought about this yesterday while hiking ...
by Excursionista
April 15th, 2012, 10:49 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: The PH.org Acrophobic Confessional Booth
Replies: 64
Views: 6225

Re: The PH.org Acrophobic Confessional Booth

This is a cool thread. I don't have a fear of heights, but I can't believe no one yet mentioned (or maybe I missed it) the following places: 1. Indian Point in the Gorge. I flat out refused to go out there. 2. The upper segment of the Newton Ridge Trail #646 is basically a moraine built out of uncon...
by Excursionista
April 3rd, 2012, 11:48 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Memaloose Hills - March 31 2012
Replies: 12
Views: 2500

Re: Memaloose Hills - March 31 2012

Curious Gorge's directions are spot on. Memaloose is wonderful if you like huge meadows full of flowers, deer, birds, great views of the Gorge and Hood, and solitude when Catherine Creek and Rowena are packed on a weekend. Otherwise, don't go there. :D Thanks for the TR, BigBear. Talk about timely -...
by Excursionista
March 22nd, 2012, 10:41 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Catherine Creek Area Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1488

Re: Catherine Creek Area Questions

Just go get lost. :D That's what I did my first time there. If you go uphill you can see where you are. If you go downhill you hit the river. If you hike east, you end up in Lyle. If you hike west, you hit the Coyote Wall. Joking aside, you can get 9ish miles and a decent workout using the following...
by Excursionista
March 13th, 2012, 2:44 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Naismith's Rule
Replies: 12
Views: 1422

Re: Naismith's Rule

I use 2 miles per hour and 1 hour per 1000ft. Though on the slow side, it works because I take a lot of photos along the way, and generally don’t push the pace unless I need to. I also like to relax and take long lunches, or just mosey through scenery, and this rule of thumb (rule of fun?) allows me...
by Excursionista
March 6th, 2012, 9:47 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Slide and trees at Fairy Falls
Replies: 4
Views: 1011

Re: Slide and trees at Fairy Falls

I was there Sunday and didn't stop to take photos; I was trying to escape the hordes. As Mandrake said, there was some damage trail, but the trail is passable. Every year, this trail seems to have more issues. The section of trail just before the bridge by Wahkeena Falls has washed out recently, and...
by Excursionista
February 29th, 2012, 10:55 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Gorge Wildflowers
Replies: 1
Views: 407

Re: Gorge Wildflowers

I was in the Labyrinth on Monday. I understand that area had 3" of snow yesterday/today, but there were a small number of grass widow lower down on Monday (road up to about 800'). However, grass widow shoots were everywhere, so in a week or two... I also saw a few small desert parsley, and a few of ...