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by Excursionista
February 26th, 2012, 3:25 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: 28 new concessionaire sites in Mt. Hood NF
Replies: 56
Views: 6025

Re: 28 new concessionaire sites in Mt. Hood NF

my guess is this is just the tip of the iceberg with respect to what's to come. Hopefully I'm wrong! You're not wrong. This is from the environmental assessment BigBear linked to: “Recreation in the Forest 50 years from now will depend to a significant extent on sites privately developed and operat...
by Excursionista
February 15th, 2012, 10:52 pm
Forum: Let's see some ID
Topic: Good regional plant identification field guides?
Replies: 14
Views: 2923

Re: Good regional plant identification field guides?

I also second the opinion on Russ Jolley's book WILDFLOWERS OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE (Oregon Historical Society Press, 1988), and PLANTS OF THE PACIFIC NOTHWEST (Lone Pine Publishing, 2004) by Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon which has excellent photographs and an emphasis toward native american use...
by Excursionista
February 14th, 2012, 11:18 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Favorite rainy-day hikes?
Replies: 12
Views: 4638

Re: Favorite rainy-day hikes?

I second many of the recommendations above, but consider the coast, too. On Sunday I hiked Cape Falcon in the rain (and mud), and hardly saw another person. The forest was quiet, with huge sitka muffling the rain, and from the tip of the cape I watched sea lions, bald eagles, and whales. The high ti...
by Excursionista
February 1st, 2012, 12:59 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Tromping around in the snow at Catherine Creek - 1/28/12
Replies: 12
Views: 2221

Re: Tromping around in the snow at Catherine Creek - 1/28/12

I hiked this same trail Tuesday, but headed west and a bit higher up. Great day to be out - my first time at CC with any kind of snow. It was pleasantly warm, with no wind. Still some snow patches on the east sides of hills and in the valley bottoms. It wasn't deep, but it was just icy enough to be ...
by Excursionista
January 13th, 2012, 12:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Scramble up to the summit next to Saddle Mountain
Replies: 10
Views: 1429

Re: Scramble up to the summit next to Saddle Mountain

That looks like a fantastic, less-crowded alternative to the "chicken-wire highway!" But I have a question about the route. Saddle Mountain is a heavily-used state park and, if I remember correctly, there are signs at the TH stating hikers must remain on the trail. For good reason; there are many ra...
by Excursionista
November 29th, 2011, 11:29 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Thinking about a trip to Vancouver Island next summer
Replies: 8
Views: 787

Re: Thinking about a trip to Vancouver Island next summer

I backpacked a bit in Forbidden Plateau last September. My TR has links to resources, including hiking guides, at the bottom. PM me if you have specific questions. http://www.portlandhikers.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=9589 Car camping seemed really difficult in Canada, unless you're RV'ing or will...
by Excursionista
November 16th, 2011, 12:01 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: RIP my hiking friend ...
Replies: 7
Views: 837

Re: RIP my hiking friend ...

I have a Wigwam wool cap that I picked out of a $5 bin at Andy & Baks in 2002 or so. I've worn it hundreds of times and it's still in great shape. I see a lot of hikers wearing shiny new gear on the trails. I tend to wear the same old beat up, comfortable items that have proven themselves over seaso...
by Excursionista
November 9th, 2011, 11:01 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Hamilton Mtn / Hardy Ridge $10 Loop Hike 07-Nov-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 3034

Re: The Hamilton Mtn / Hardy Ridge $10 Loop Hike

Great report! Hamilton/Hardy were on my list for a fall hike, but then that fee was instituted and, well... I picked other places. At least I get to live vicariously through you! The WTA has done an amazing amount of work putting great trails in this area - thanks! So, who gets that $10? :evil: Plea...
by Excursionista
October 20th, 2011, 9:53 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Indian Summer in Indian Heaven 10.16-10.17.2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1125

Re: Indian Summer in Indian Heaven 10.16-10.17.2011

Great report! Indian Heaven is one of my favorite areas but I'd stayed away this year, hoping for a TR like yours to show a bit more color. Maybe I'll get up there in the next two weeks... Since Hood and Adams were already snowed in, and I didn't feel ready for the winter, Indian Heaven looked like ...
by Excursionista
October 20th, 2011, 9:44 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Heather Canyon, the last sunny day of fall?
Replies: 10
Views: 1786

Re: Heather Canyon, the last sunny day of fall?

Wow! I was there three weeks ago and the fall colors just exploded! Looks like you had a beautiful day!