Don't plan on hiking Cooper Spur any time soon

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Don't plan on hiking Cooper Spur any time soon

Post by vibramhead » June 28th, 2013, 12:57 pm

Forest Service is keeping the road to Cloud Cap closed until some unspecified time later this summer, to clear dead trees from the Tilly Jane Fire.
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Re: Don't plan on hiking Cooper Spur any time soon

Post by Peder » June 29th, 2013, 8:34 am

Thanks for the warning! That is a long drive to find the road closed...
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Re: Don't plan on hiking Cooper Spur any time soon

Post by Couloir » June 29th, 2013, 11:13 am

Although the road is closed, it's not that big of deal to park down at the gate and take a near direct line up the Tilly Jane trail to get to the timberline trail. It might be an extra 2.5-3 miles, but it's a beautiful stretch.

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Re: Don't plan on hiking Cooper Spur any time soon

Post by Peder » June 29th, 2013, 12:20 pm

Couloir wrote:Although the road is closed, it's not that big of deal to park down at the gate and take a near direct line up the Tilly Jane trail to get to the timberline trail. It might be an extra 2.5-3 miles, but it's a beautiful stretch.
I had thought of that! I have never done that bit and now I wish to see this "beautiful stretch"! Thanks.
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Re: Don't plan on hiking Cooper Spur any time soon

Post by kepPNW » June 30th, 2013, 6:11 am

Peder wrote:
Couloir wrote:Although the road is closed, it's not that big of deal to park down at the gate and take a near direct line up the Tilly Jane trail to get to the timberline trail. It might be an extra 2.5-3 miles, but it's a beautiful stretch.
I had thought of that! I have never done that bit and now I wish to see this "beautiful stretch"! Thanks.
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It's an extra 2.5-3 miles each way, though, right?
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Re: Don't plan on hiking Cooper Spur any time soon

Post by Splintercat » July 11th, 2013, 6:27 pm

Yes - that's 3 miles each way, plus about 2,000 additional elevation gain, so it turns Cooper Spur into sort of a Mt. Defiance slog (which might be good for those who are into that sort of hike!). I'll wait for the gate to open... :D

...besides, my favorite time to hike that area is really in late summer (September) after a first dusting of snow on the higher elevations... beautiful!

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Re: Don't plan on hiking Cooper Spur any time soon

Post by Peder » July 11th, 2013, 9:55 pm

Splintercat wrote:...besides, my favorite time to hike that area is really in late summer (September) after a first dusting of snow on the higher elevations... beautiful!
Yes! One of my best hikes ever was there in those conditions!
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Re: Don't plan on hiking Cooper Spur any time soon

Post by Guy » July 20th, 2013, 12:19 pm

From the Forest Service Link:

Because of the large number of trees this will likely be done with heavy machinery and this may drive the need for environmental analysis and mitigations to insure that natural resources are protected during operations.

In other words thousands of dollars spent on government inter departmental / agency study before anything ever gets actually done!

It reads as if they are surprised that these trees have rotted & something has to be done now ;)
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Re: Don't plan on hiking Cooper Spur any time soon

Post by retired jerry » July 20th, 2013, 12:23 pm

Or, maybe they need big machinery to remove all the trees which may damage the soil which will cause problems down the road so they need to study it more carefully

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