Summit Springs Ranger Station

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jvangeld
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Summit Springs Ranger Station

Post by jvangeld » August 2nd, 2019, 9:54 am

This isn't a trip report, it is a request for information. While looking at a historic map of Gifford Pinchot National Forest, then called Columbia National Forest, I saw that there was supposedly a Ranger Station at Summit Springs. You can see it by going to this page and zooming in on the SW corner of the forest.

https://content.libraries.wsu.edu/digit ... ps/id/116/

So I am wondering if anyone knows anything about it? Was the ranger station and toolbox actually built, or was it just planned? Are there any traces of it left? Thanks in advance!

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K.Wagner
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Re: Summit Springs Ranger Station

Post by K.Wagner » July 20th, 2020, 3:00 pm

It's been a couple of years now since I have been in the area. I do recall reading somewhere that there was a cabin there for a few years. There is some evidence near the trail. I am remembering maybe parts of a wood stove and maybe a coffee pot????. As for the actual cabin, I couldn't find anything. The meadow is very pretty. I have a picture of it somewhere, but can't find it now .....
Are you familiar with the user route up to Quartz Creek Ridge from FR9085?
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jvangeld
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Re: Summit Springs Ranger Station

Post by jvangeld » April 21st, 2021, 6:56 pm

Thanks Kelly, sorry I didn't get back to you. That is interesting. There are the remains of another cabin just South of the Miner's Creek mines. I usually visit the mines first. Then I come back on the trail. Shortly after it leaves the salmonberry stands there is a Y intersection that leads uphill for several hundred feet. The first time I visited it was pretty obvious, but the next time, possibly in 2017, it was pretty hard to find the boards under the bracken.

It turns out that there was a "Summit Guard Station" just above Bluff Mountain Trailhead. I've been there a number of times, but had no idea there used to be a lookout above it. At the accuracy level of the old map, this very well might be what it was referring to.

http://willhiteweb.com/washington_fire_ ... se_221.htm

And, no I am not familiar with a user route of Quartz Creek Ridge. Is it pretty interesting?

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