Jefferson Park 7/5-6/2013

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Jefferson Park 7/5-6/2013

Post by TheProfessor » July 9th, 2013, 10:04 am

Quick overnighter to base of Mt. Jefferson last Thurs/Fri

Went in through Breitenbush to the Lake and the PCT (South).

Trail snow free about a 1/3 way up to Park Ridge, then after intermittent patches:

Plenty of snow to melt for water, but none running most all the way up.

Ridgeline and trail to Park are clear.

Friday morning the Park looked like:
We stayed up on ridge and were bugfree with the breeze.
When the breeze died Friday morning, out came the headnets.

Good views, north:
and south.

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Re: Jefferson Park 7/5-6/2013

Post by Born2BBrad » July 9th, 2013, 6:23 pm

Hey! First Jefferson Park TR of the year. Love the snow level pics of the park.

Good job!

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Re: Jefferson Park 7/5-6/2013

Post by tweedleedee » July 11th, 2013, 8:34 pm

Thank you for the report! Thinking about visiting there this weekend... do you think we could get down to Russell Lake via Park Ridge without too much snow, or trouble finding the trail? I'll have a sort of novice hiker in tow. :)

Oh, and anyone know if fires are allowed up there?

Thanks again!

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Re: Jefferson Park 7/5-6/2013

Post by TheProfessor » July 12th, 2013, 8:16 am

The trail down to Russell Lk and the Park is clear as
it is on the South facing slope of the ridge.
It was a bare trail as far as we hiked down
(less than 1/3 of the way).

With a newbie, probably more difficulty on the way up to
the ridge (especially the last snowfield). Might want to
go a little later in the day when it gets soft. We went up and
down it successive days after Noon and had little slippage.
A bit steep in spots, so contouring back and forth
without spikes on was necessary. Poles helped huge!

On your way up to the snowfield you should see footprinted paths
in any snowy patches, but look for pink ribbons on the trees, rock cairns,
and single or crossed sticks jammed vertically in the snow.
There are a few, but not excessive, number of trailblazes.

The saddle of the ridge has a waist-high rock cairn with a metal pole.
A multi-color windsock is attached to the pole. My hiking companion said
he could see "the flag in the wind" from the bottom of the
snowfield, and we used that as an aiming point.
It is shown roughly on the ridge above the left hand
"Park Ridge" in the snowfield pic above.

As to fires, I never have them, so couldn't say definitvely.
I know I have camped at Park sites that had fire rings...

BTW, the cutoff road across from FR46, FR4220, going right along the MtJeffWild boundary
(which is the lower end of Skyline Rd going past Ollalie Lk) is passable, but rough and rutted.
I have a high ground clearance truck, but saw subcompacts and minivans on road.
Can't say about coming down Skyline Rd from Ollalie Lk though. Had been told the road was
REALLY rough on the ridge just after Horseshoe Lk, but that was from a few years ago.

Enjoy your hike...won't be many folks out...we saw a total of 2 parties, both PCTr's coming
out of the Park. The Breitenbush trailhead parking lot was completely empty.

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Re: Jefferson Park 7/5-6/2013

Post by kelkev » July 12th, 2013, 10:43 am

I was wondering when the first Jeff Park report would come in. The snow melt is way ahead of the past few years. Flowers will be 2 or 3 weeks earlier this year it would appear. Thanks for sharing, I'll save my annual trip for early to mid August this year....hopefully the mosquitoes will have died down a bit by then. As to fires, they are banned in Jeff Park and the surrounding nearby areas.
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