Rests Report by Red Shorts 2-3-2024

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Rests Report by Red Shorts 2-3-2024

Post by Petr » February 4th, 2024, 10:18 am

Best Rooster foggy Rock 2324.jpg
Summary for those in a hurry: Red Shorts cleared all the way (swept, cut, made passable) from Angels Rest trailhead to the top of Devil's Rest via the Red Shorts Cut Route (Foxglove, Red Shorts Cut, She Devil, Upper Foxglove). Flagged strategically for return of snowpack. No microspikes or snowshoes needed that day. Photo is looking down at foggy Rooster Rock.
-story follows-
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Fog rolled in briefly along the Columbia River.
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A pet peeve of Red Shorts is hikers avoiding snow and damaging trail. Please, either make a path in the snow, above the trailbed, for others to follow, or turn back. If it's frozen solid, use microspikes or crampons, or turn back. It take a lot of time and money to install gabions! There was not even any brush or trees pushed over so there no excuse! Please be respectful of our trail workers. Donate if you can; pm "Petr" for more information.
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Phoca Rock and a train on Washington side reflected on the river
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Nice reflection of Cape Horn
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Red Shorts was amazed at how little severe storm damage there was down low, little did he know of what was to come above. He had already moved hundreds of mostly small branches off the trail. This is the first big tree, limbed and cleared by Red Shorts, as he made his way up Foxglove.
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Up above 2000 feet elevation, in the snow on Red Shorts Cut trail, he encountered this huge mess where a large tree fell over a bunch of smaller vine maples. Impassable!
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An hour and a half later, pretty passable, added a flag to avoid confusion if one encounters further snowpack depth with no tracks in snow to follow. With little understory (brush) in this area , with deep snowpack, this trail can be challenging to follow. GPS is somewhat helpful in "getting there" without getting completely lost, but Red Shorts did note that some hikers had deviated quite a ways from the "official" trail in places. He placed some strategic flagging so as to avoid this.
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The snowpack was coated in a pretty good layer of pine needles and twigs, a nice carpet!
She Devil downed tree 2324.jpg
Red Shorts hated to cut this doomed young healthy tree.
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But it was blocking the trail!
He summited, no snow at all on top! Not worth a picture.
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He had time on the way down to limb and clear this tree down near the top of Foxglove.
More work to be done, as always, but the trails he took were now pretty passable without much effort.
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He was surprised to see these boulders had fallen onto the Angels Rest trail while he was up in the woods.
All in all, a very productive and pleasant day!
Last edited by Petr on February 4th, 2024, 6:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Rests Report by Red Shorts 2-3-2024

Post by wildcat » February 4th, 2024, 11:08 am

Was there still a bunch of snow at the Angel's trailhead/car park? I rode to Multnomah Falls yesterday and there were piles of hardpack snow in front of the lodge and a large drift covering the track from the main lot, between 84 and the railroad. Pushing the bike over all that, ideally without slipping and falling into the creek, was the thing.

I hadn't anticipated that but it doesn't surprise me. The sun is still far enough south that that side of the gorge is mostly in the shadows this time of year.
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Re: Rests Report by Red Shorts 2-3-2024

Post by Petr » February 4th, 2024, 5:56 pm

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Red Shorts arrived just after dawn and was very surprised to find almost no snow and only a half dozen cars!
Soon thereafter, cars began streaming in before he got his pack on.
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Re: Rests Report by Red Shorts 2-3-2024

Post by Petr » February 8th, 2024, 11:22 am

Yet another trail maintenance outing on 2-7-2024 by Red Shorts. Now entire route in great shape!
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He calls this picture "white and blue".
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He spent the majority of the day brushing above the big mess that WAS here. From below afterwards.
A lot of time spent cutting on vine maples and tree limbs.
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From above afterwards.
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On the way down, the sunlight was intense and showed off this mossy boulder (a bit off trail).
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Although a completely dry day wherever he traveled, it was not dry everywhere!
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A second rainbow soon joined this one, and then both were gone...
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Re: Rests Report by Red Shorts 2-3-2024

Post by Petr » February 11th, 2024, 12:20 pm

On 2-10-2024, Red Shorts went up and cleared, cut, and logged all the way to the top of Devil's Rest via Wahkeena approach and Primrose Path.
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He enjoyed sliding up and over this sun kissed log now.
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It was a frosty day but little snow down low, so he paused a bit to do some tread touch up.
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Sure enough, many large trees had blown down in the last month. This tree had broken into sections and this one large section (along with Archimedes, greek mathematician and physicist) gave Red Shorts an idea to move it out of the way.
Red Shorts cut off some limbs and a stump and levered/rolled it on top of the stump so it balanced (a teeter totter), ready for his next move.
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Success, the trail is now completely clear!
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Red Shorts headed upwards and soon encountered more trees down. Luckily, he had already built a detour, of which he only had to modify a short portion, to become the "new" trail.
Farther up there were more trees down to block another section of the old "fall line" trail. He had left this section a choice to travel as it was just below the Devil's Slide. Now, this prior section was essentially inerted by nature.
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He encountered these 2 hikers coming down the Devil's Slide trail. They said this section was of trail was well named!
This is picture of them on the new switchbacks just below the junction, now folks pretty much have to take the switchback.
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After 8 hours of hard work, he finally reached the top of Devil's rest. This is picture he took of the top of Devil's Slide.
He was very pleased that he made it back down the Primrose Path to the car in less than 2 hours, once again the Primrose Path regains the title of fastest way down from the top to old highway!
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Re: Rests Report by Red Shorts 2-3-2024

Post by Petr » February 14th, 2024, 6:29 am

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Red Shorts went up again on 2-12-24, complete solitude that day.
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Made upper Devils Fork park like grade A+. Some more flagging to make route, around these 2 trees down, easy to follow.
Old Foxglove has a stream running down it, travel not recommended. Not maintained.
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Red Shorts made the Devil's Cuttoff passable now. This was the worst mess.
Needs more work and spring brushing, grade B, no real travel time delay.
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Re: Rests Report by Red Shorts 2-3-2024

Post by Petr » February 15th, 2024, 11:08 am

Red Shorts had total solitude again on Valentine's Day 2-14-24 with a winter storm warning in place. He was watching the weather closely and had multiple scouts, in other places, notifying him of the approaching storm's progress. He completed a full days work and left prior to the storms arrival "early bird gets the worm"! (up at 4AM)
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He cut off the downward protruding branch stub from this "duck under" near the top of the Wahkeena paved trail.
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He needs a new saw, took awhile to cut through 20 years of growth!
The rock steps he put in up above at the big tree/ now muddy switchbackcut were still in place! He added some new rocks to improve upon the steps. It will likely be awhile before this is taken care of, his theme for the day in doing limb work.
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View photo from Primrose Path. No snow yet!
Took a right on Devil's Cutoff and did a lot more clearing of this magical little used trail. Watch your step, there are a number of critter holes and some cutoff salmonberry stumps remaining (most have been grubbed out). All these trails (user and official) could use a saw team deployment (please and thank you)!
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Elevated moss garden on Devil's Cuttoff.
Red Shorts took another right and cleared his way down Devil's Fork and then took on Lily's Lane (both directions). He thanks those trail angels that have been obviously keeping these trails in better shape than most.
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productive day
The downstream (right most) log is now submerged. The lifespan of this crossing has been impressive but Red Shorts is thinking proactively about what to do when it's gone.
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Just a few feet upstream of the "road" bridge there is less than half the span (of the old bridge) needed for a new trail only crossing. Seems logical to reroute trail to this crossing idea that would could be higher so as to avoid the damming up of old bridge which has to be cleared at times. The Mist creek crossing is going to fail sooner (Forest Service knows about this as Red Shorts has discussed this with them). Maybe both crossings could be addressed?
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With the storm approaching now, Red Shorts did some final work on the #415 official trail, including cutting branch stubs so one can slither under this big log! A very productive day. Almost all trails in this area are now quite passable with little time delay. Old Foxglove, #420c trail to top of Devil's Rest, and Angels Rest trail #415 section below Lily's Lane are still in "bad" shape, according to reports from other hikers and runners. Red Shorts forgot to mention the S?Y Devil trail is now quite passable, although no trail tread exists in most areas, there is ample flagging currently.
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Re: Rests Report by Red Shorts 2-3-2024

Post by Petr » February 19th, 2024, 8:54 am

Re Wahkeena approach: "2/18/24: Landslide above Fairy Falls (approximately 2.0 miles from trailhead)has blown-out trail switchbacks. No timeline for repairs. Trail is not officially closed but access is not recommended. Cross slide with extreme caution."

Source: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/crgnsa/ ... ecid=29998
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