Russell Lake

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Russell Lake

Post by dunnman1981 » January 11th, 2019, 8:23 pm

I was thinking about doing overnight at Russell Lake in the Jefferson Wilderness, starting at Breitenbush Trailhead. I was hoping someone had some info on current snow depths in that are. Thanks so much in advance!

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Re: Russell Lake

Post by RobFromRedland » January 12th, 2019, 12:17 pm

I can't imagine you can get anywhere close to the trailhead unless you had a snowmobile. That is over 5000'.

If you look at this map (scroll down to Brietenbush Lake), it shows somewhere between 5 and 8' of snow: ... lon=-121.7

If I'm reading my colors correctly.
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Re: Russell Lake

Post by teachpdx » January 14th, 2019, 11:11 am

Russell Lake? In January?

The road to South Breitenbush TH won't be snow-free until sometime in July.
Russell Lake is still probably 20+ miles of deep snow and/or alpine travel from the nearest plowed/open road... one way.
And once you get there, there won't be anything to see except wide-open fields of snow.

Sounds like a death wish to me, unless you have some extreme mountaineering experience.

Go in July... avoid becoming a statistic, please.

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