Mount Margaret Loop?

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Re: Mount Margaret Loop?

Post by flywell » May 4th, 2021, 9:54 am

EmilyK wrote:
April 21st, 2021, 8:49 pm
For what it’s worth, here are some photos from last August/Sept 2020 of the washout area I think you are referring to... I went solo in August and was able to get across. Went again in September with my partner and it was definitely a little worse, so glad I had the extra hand ha. Can’t imagine it’s not going to be even worse after winter unless it’s been repaired!
I hiked it Aug 9/2020, and the washout was sketchy but doable. But - the soil consistency told me it would be deteriorating even more through the winter and spring rains this year. Your third photo shows a substantial change for the worse. I attached my shot from last August for comparison. I sure hope either the Monument or Forest Service fixes or re-routes that portion of trail.
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Re: Mount Margaret Loop?

Post by drm » May 4th, 2021, 12:10 pm

Since this section is really kind of a short-cut over the ridge and not a part of the main loop, I doubt putting in a reroute is going to be a high priority for the Monument, though you could call and ask if it's on their list. If you are a WTA member, you could ask the WTA to advocate for it. Because they have the resources to do a lot of the reroute work, their advocacy can really make the difference.

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Re: Mount Margaret Loop?

Post by keithcomess » May 4th, 2021, 6:12 pm

That segment - if it's the one I've seen in photos here - is on the main loop trail per the Green Trails map on the "Lakes" version of the hike. As I recall (though I don't have the map immediately handy) it's labeled. I also asked a ranger about it a couple of weeks ago and I was told it had not been repaired and there were no plans to do so. The route is sketched out here:
https://www.gaiagps.com/hike/254536/mou ... trail-211/

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Re: Mount Margaret Loop?

Post by EmilyK » May 8th, 2021, 9:30 pm

flywell wrote:
May 4th, 2021, 9:54 am
EmilyK wrote:
April 21st, 2021, 8:49 pm
For what it’s worth, here are some photos from last August/Sept 2020 of the washout area I think you are referring to... I went solo in August and was able to get across. Went again in September with my partner and it was definitely a little worse, so glad I had the extra hand ha. Can’t imagine it’s not going to be even worse after winter unless it’s been repaired!
I hiked it Aug 9/2020, and the washout was sketchy but doable. But - the soil consistency told me it would be deteriorating even more through the winter and spring rains this year. Your third photo shows a substantial change for the worse. I attached my shot from last August for comparison. I sure hope either the Monument or Forest Service fixes or re-routes that portion of trail.IMG_1420.JPG
Oh just missed you, my first photo was from August 10 haha.. and my other two were from September 10th. I actually have permits to camp for August of this year as well so I hope so as well. :? I wonder if it goes unaddressed a boot path may appear down the hill and back up just on the other side. It seemed steep but doable, and better than a tumble down that crumbly mess with a big backpack.

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Re: Mount Margaret Loop?

Post by drm » May 9th, 2021, 8:05 am

Keith - I consider the normal loop to be the Boundary and Lakes trail, which connect farther east near Norway Pass, the eastern end of the Lakes Trail.

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Re: Mount Margaret Loop?

Post by keithcomess » May 11th, 2021, 1:13 pm

DRM,
Thanks for the suggestion! I'll keep it in mind for next year. I wasn't lucky enough to secure camping permits for this season...too late.

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Re: Mount Margaret Loop?

Post by HeadWest » June 14th, 2021, 8:40 pm

drm wrote:
May 9th, 2021, 8:05 am
Keith - I consider the normal loop to be the Boundary and Lakes trail, which connect farther east near Norway Pass, the eastern end of the Lakes Trail.
If we are doing Norway Pass -> Ridge Camp -> Snow Camp -> Norway Pass, would we avoid this washout? Thanks.

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