Vista Ridge-Owl Point

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taro123
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Vista Ridge-Owl Point

Post by taro123 » August 7th, 2018, 6:18 pm

Hello,

Just wanted to see if anyone has hiked the Owl Point section of the Vista Ridge trail recently. I tried to drive up by going by way of Zig Zag a couple of weeks ago and the road (#18) had a deep divet in it that my car couldn't cross. I was thinking of trying the other route through Hood River next time but was wondering if anyone might have a different suggestion?

Thanks.

Webfoot
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Re: Vista Ridge-Owl Point

Post by Webfoot » August 7th, 2018, 6:42 pm

Which route did you try? Was the "divot" that stopped you the ditch I photographed here?

viewtopic.php?t=25642

Or were you on the longer route shown berry-colored on my map?

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Re: Vista Ridge-Owl Point

Post by justpeachy » August 8th, 2018, 12:27 pm

You want to turn right at Lolo Pass instead of going straight. It would help if the Forest Service put some signs up!

Right now, though, you don't want to go that way because of a road closure. More info here: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=26974

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Re: Vista Ridge-Owl Point

Post by taro123 » August 8th, 2018, 9:47 pm

Webfoot wrote:
August 7th, 2018, 6:42 pm
Which route did you try? Was the "divot" that stopped you the ditch I photographed here?

viewtopic.php?t=25642

Or were you on the longer route shown berry-colored on my map?
Yeah divot was putting it lightly haha. But I would say the ditch spanned the road, much like the one you posted but deeper, and it was about a mile or two past the gate by the PCT trail spot by/on NF 18.

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Re: Vista Ridge-Owl Point

Post by taro123 » August 8th, 2018, 10:06 pm

justpeachy wrote:
August 8th, 2018, 12:27 pm
You want to turn right at Lolo Pass instead of going straight. It would help if the Forest Service put some signs up!

Right now, though, you don't want to go that way because of a road closure. More info here: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=26974
Oh thanks for the tip! Yeah the roads could've been better marked but I also found a recent trip report from Owl Point posted today (8/8) that seemed to give a good alternative to NF 18.

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Re: Vista Ridge-Owl Point

Post by Webfoot » August 9th, 2018, 6:56 am

taro123 wrote:
August 8th, 2018, 9:47 pm
Yeah divot was putting it lightly haha. But I would say the ditch spanned the road, much like the one you posted but deeper, and it was about a mile or two past the gate by the PCT trail spot by/on NF 18.
I think it's the same ditch. Did you scroll down to my June 19th, 2018 photos? In 2017 that was actually a pretty smooth road and I recommended it over the southwestern route, but that ditch got a lot worse in the following year.

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