Stacker Butte, Sun. Jan 19th 2020

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Don Nelsen
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Stacker Butte, Sun. Jan 19th 2020

Post by Don Nelsen » January 21st, 2020, 3:22 pm

Sunday turned out to be great day for a hike though we had to drive a bit for it.

Stacker Butte is across the Columbia from The Dalles and I'd never hiked it due to how barren and sunburned it looked from afar. However, add a few inches of snow and misty swirling clouds and what might be a boring gravel road hike becomes something else altogether. The clouds parted at about 3,000' and revealed a wonderful blue sky and a four mountain view. Clouds obscured Mt. St. Helens or we would had another to enjoy.

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There were deeper drifts in the road cuts and near the communication tower structures but never more than 4 or 5 inches in general. I wore my spikes but didn't need them and Kelly had no problem in only her regular hiking boots.

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As we got ready to start back we met mountainkat. Always nice to meet a fellow Portland hiker on the trail. She totally out did us too: She started all the way down on Hwy 14 so must have hiked at least 12 miles RT! Way to go Kathy!!

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5.0 miles, 1200' EG

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Re: Stacker Butte, Sun. Jan 19th 2020

Post by Ron Goodwin » January 21st, 2020, 3:42 pm

Great place to find unusual wildflowers in June.

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Re: Stacker Butte, Sun. Jan 19th 2020

Post by mountainkat » January 21st, 2020, 10:17 pm

It was very nice to see you again, Don. And nice to meet Kelly, as well. The gps said 14 miles, but I could never outdo you by any measure. I am a fan of your many adventures, especially the ones wandering through the history of Larch Mtn.

I had planned to "sort of" cross country ski up to Stacker Butte, because of the gentle grade. But, when I saw the amount of snow at the TH, I had to leave the skis in the car. I'm still hoping we get some more river level snow this winter. :)

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Re: Stacker Butte, Sun. Jan 19th 2020

Post by BigBear » January 29th, 2020, 9:16 am

Brrr. It looks rather wind-swept.

Golden Bear hikes are looking rather cozy by comparison. :)

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