Elk Cove and Pinnacle Ridge

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DannyH
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Elk Cove and Pinnacle Ridge

Post by DannyH » August 1st, 2019, 7:11 am

The upper third of Pinnacle ridge had numerous trees across it as I made my way up to the TT yesterday. All were relatively easy to avoid. The upper third/half of the Elk Cove trail was a mess with piles of dead trees and limbs blocking the trail. Navigation wasn’t a problem, it there were a few places that required extra attention. It was clear the lower sections had been recently maintained, maybe the upper portions are next? Given the crowds at some of the west and south trailheads on Mount Hood it would be a real shame for these trails to fade out.
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Re: Elk Cove and Pinnacle Ridge

Post by sheilakpdx » August 1st, 2019, 11:43 am

I was planning on heading up there soon...thanks for the info on the Elk Cove trail conditions. Are the few places that need extra attention a matter of climbing up over and around downed trees or more like doing some off trail navigation?

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Re: Elk Cove and Pinnacle Ridge

Post by DannyH » August 2nd, 2019, 11:34 am

It's more finding a path around the piles of tree trunks and limbs. The huckleberry bushes are encroaching on the trail a lot as well, but if someone is paying attention it shouldn't be too difficult to keep on the right path. The only part I got turned around on was near the Timberline Trail where there are multiple short paths to camp sites.
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Re: Elk Cove and Pinnacle Ridge

Post by sheilakpdx » August 2nd, 2019, 12:32 pm

Got it - thanks DannyH!

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