Silver Star 07-Apr-2014

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VanMarmot
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Silver Star 07-Apr-2014

Post by VanMarmot » April 7th, 2014, 3:39 pm

There was time for a quick hike today before I have to spend the rest of this week in stuffy meetings on the East Coast. Just one tiny taste of sunny freedom before paying $7 for a "snack" and struggling for overhead bin space. The closest hike with the best views is Silver Star and it was PURE COINCIDENCE :shock: that today was totally sunny and mild. The fog dissipated over Portland but seemed to be hanging on further N.

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Snow started at about 3800' but was easily managed with just boots.

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I used part of the S Ridge trail (#180) and followed these odd prints up - which turned out to be the melted tracks of a fox or coyote.

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It being sunny, all the usual suspects were visible: Hood and Jefferson (arrow),

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Sturgeon Rock and Saddle Mtn in the Coast Range (arrow),

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St Helens and Rainier,

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with St Helens having an unusual cloud cap,

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and Adams.

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I climbed up Sturgeon Rock after getting a closer look at its columnar basalt.

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Then the Tarbell Trail back to the TH and from there back to work. 8 mi and 2100' of bliss. :D

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Re: Silver Star 07-Apr-2014

Post by Roy » April 8th, 2014, 9:42 am

Jus plain jealous as always well done.
The downhill of the mind is harder than the uphill of the body. - Yuichiro Miura

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Re: Silver Star 07-Apr-2014

Post by miah66 » April 8th, 2014, 11:48 am

Neat cloud cap on St. Helens. I don't think I've ever seen that phenomenon.
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