Ape Canyon to Windy Pass 8/12/17

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BeaverDawg
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Ape Canyon to Windy Pass 8/12/17

Post by BeaverDawg » August 12th, 2017, 8:05 pm

We hit the trail early this morning (boots hit dirt at 5:50am) to build miles for the WTA Hike-A-Thon. Today was Ape Canyon to Windy Pass via the Plains of Abraham (plus a little wandering on the Loowit). Four + groups were camped near the creek at Pumice Butte to watch the meteor showers which explained the nearly full parking lot. The creek was flowing nicely and made a nice place to have lunch on the return trip. The trail was in excellent shape as is expected due to the heavy but courteous mt. bike traffic. Total miles was 15.75 with 2,100 EG. When we returned the cars were overflowing down the road. We never regret the early start!
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Welcoming Committee
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Beautiful Morning
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View of the Plains from near Windy Pass
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Across the Plains
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View from the creek
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Lunch Break
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What a great day!

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Re: Ape Canyon to Windy Pass 8/12/17

Post by K.Wagner » August 13th, 2017, 3:02 pm

How was the #216 trail, starting up the slope to Windy Pass? When I was there last year, it was "sketchy" to say the least.

In this picture, I drew in my route. Later, I saw another route to the right (east) that might have been easier, but it looked like it had similar issues.
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Re: Ape Canyon to Windy Pass 8/12/17

Post by BeaverDawg » August 14th, 2017, 6:53 am

The short section trail up to Windy Pass from the Plains was pretty sketchy. We took the direct route up and were telling ourselves "This is going to really suck going down!". On the return we noticed the upper switchback (as you show in your pic) which was marked with pink tape and it was MUCH easier. Just take it slow and place your feet carefully.

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