Sturgeon Rock western shortcut: Access Denied

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Sturgeon Rock western shortcut: Access Denied

Post by Chip Down » March 27th, 2021, 4:50 pm

I wanted to revisit the shortcut to the west side of Sturgeon Rock: Road L-1200A to where Tarbel Trail crosses, then a short walk east to Sturgeon.

I couldn't find my way. Nothing looked right. I was confused. My map didn't help. Then I realized why I was confused. I was actually on the right road, but it was gated. Other access points are also blocked. This adds more than 6 miles RT, and 1800' EG. So instead, I just went exploring in the general vicinity of Tarbell Trail and its fecundity of connectors.
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Red: shirt, zipper pull on pack, boot trim. Olive: pants, pack. Black: pack trim, boots. Sharp!
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Nice campsite (bring your own tarp)
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I hadn't heard of this trail that branches off from Tarbell. I climbed and climbed, and reconnected with Tarbell. Oh yeah, I've seen that before. Now I know where it goes.
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Looking down into a pond. Amazing that stagnant water can be so clear. Populated by newts.
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Why doesn't DRN want us to use this expensive pedestrian bridge?
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As barriers go, this was charming, and provided a nice place to sit.
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DNR ain't messing around! Why can't USFS do this at the Silver Star north trailhead?
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Bridge repurposed from RR car, I assume.
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Collaboration: wood + iron.

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Re: Sturgeon Rock western shortcut: Access Denied

Post by Webfoot » March 27th, 2021, 5:09 pm

Would you kindly mark the locations of the gate and barriers on a map for me?

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Re: Sturgeon Rock western shortcut: Access Denied

Post by Chip Down » March 27th, 2021, 5:30 pm

I was in the shower, and thought "I wonder if Webfoot will ask about ticks". :lol:

Yeah, give me a few minutes.

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Re: Sturgeon Rock western shortcut: Access Denied

Post by Chip Down » March 27th, 2021, 5:47 pm

Black bar is gate. Not sure if it's new, or if they just started locking it. A fellow traveler told me it's been gated for a while, so it wasn't just my bad luck picking the wrong day.

Blue bar is line of boulders. Notice it's extraneous, as one can't drive that far anyway.

Red bar is concrete barrier.

Previously, I drove to Tarbell via L-1200, then L-1210, then L-1200A.

Roads/trails in the vicinity of the arrow don't quite match map, but close enough.
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Re: Sturgeon Rock western shortcut: Access Denied

Post by Webfoot » March 27th, 2021, 6:29 pm

Thanks!

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Re: Sturgeon Rock western shortcut: Access Denied

Post by Webfoot » March 27th, 2021, 7:13 pm

I checked my notes: the black gate was closed when I tried in June 2019, and I haven't been back since.

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Re: Sturgeon Rock western shortcut: Access Denied

Post by BigBear » March 27th, 2021, 8:14 pm

I always kid you about your teasing law officers at every turn, but I found myself at odds with Dictator Brown's Gestapo forces after a hike today. We went to the Hood River Starbucks after the hike and I ordered coffee and one of their tasty Chonga bagels. I was Oh, how dare me to be old and tired and desiring easier access to my bagel. Oh, the shame of it all. I have forever tainted the family name by doing something so awful as sitting on a chair. What was I thinking? I hope my picture doesn't get tacked up on the bulletin board at the post office.

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Re: Sturgeon Rock western shortcut: Access Denied

Post by Chip Down » March 27th, 2021, 8:47 pm

Webfoot wrote:
March 27th, 2021, 7:13 pm
I checked my notes: the black gate was closed when I tried in June 2019, and I haven't been back since.
I drove all the way up in June 2020.
BigBear wrote:
March 27th, 2021, 8:14 pm
I always kid you about your teasing law officers at every turn
Says the picnic-basket thief!

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