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Eric Willhite
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PostMon Mar 12, 2018 12:23 pm 
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Until the road is fixed, the Galena-Index road is a low elevation hike, so I will share this adventure in the trip reports instead of the History Section.  I tried to find this location in December but ran out of light thinking I could squeeze it in after another trip.  This second time I had to find it for sure so I recruited Redwic and Paul M. so we would have 3 sets of eyes.  It took some time to find the “needle in the haystack” but we found it.  Had it not been for the photos taken in 1934, I doubt this location would ever have been found.

FYI, if you wanted to walk the road from the washout, there is a trail around the old washed out road that is now a riverbed.  Cross the riverbed when you reach the end of pavement and follow the trail (between the main river and the old road washout).  The trail will take you to the start of where the road washed out.  Cross back over to the old road and you avoid the entire “bad walking” where the old road was at.

Cross riverbed to way trail, do not hike the riverbed.
Cross riverbed to way trail, do not hike the riverbed.
Exposed culvert...if you wanted to walk the riverbed to see destruction
Exposed culvert...if you wanted to walk the riverbed to see destruction
Location of Galena Guard Station
Location of Galena Guard Station
Image then across river
Image then across river
View today across river
View today across river
Thank goodness for this footing to help identify the location, 2 others were under snow and one under a fallen tree.
Thank goodness for this footing to help identify the location, 2 others were under snow and one under a fallen tree.
The location wasn't very flat anymore but enough to find
The location wasn't very flat anymore but enough to find
Some lumber nailed to a stump (can see stump in 1934 next to bathroom)
Some lumber nailed to a stump (can see stump in 1934 next to bathroom)
Galena was also and Aircraft Warning Station during WWII
Galena was also and Aircraft Warning Station during WWII

Full report at: Galena Trip Report

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PostMon Mar 12, 2018 4:53 pm 
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There's one in the old back yard that I was never aware of
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PostMon Mar 12, 2018 5:05 pm 
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Very neat. Was just wondering about that road the other day. Thanks for sharing.
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PostMon Mar 12, 2018 5:56 pm 
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This lookout/artifact hunt was a lot of fun. Thanks!  up.gif

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PostMon Mar 12, 2018 7:18 pm 
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There used to be a Ranger Station on the Index-Galena road a couple of miles east of Index.  I'm not sure when they closed it, perhaps in the early 80's.  It came to mind one day as I was driving through there and I realized I hadn't seen it in a while.
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PostTue Mar 13, 2018 12:44 pm 
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Very interesting, good for you guys to be able to locate that spot.
There is a rough trail that traverses above the washout that is a little easier to use during times of high water. It had some blow downs across it a year ago, and when we met one of the locals walking across it with a chainsaw, we assumed he might have trimmed a few to make our return easier. Not so, nothing had changed, probably because he didn’t want to make it easier for vandals to use it to get to his property on the other side.
On a related note, last fall when we went up Mineral Butte, we noticed a large crane parked at the Howard Creek Bridge, maybe a sign that a first step was being taken toward the road repair.
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PostTue Mar 13, 2018 1:23 pm 
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Nancyann wrote:
On a related note, last fall when we went up Mineral Butte, we noticed a large crane parked at the Howard Creek Bridge, maybe a sign that a first step was being taken toward the road repair.

The schedule for Index-Galena Road says the project will be advertised for construction in Fall 2018 with construction to begin in Spring 2019 (pending permits).

https://snohomishcountywa.gov/624/Index-Galena-Rd---MP-64-69-Index-TBD
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PostTue Mar 13, 2018 4:46 pm 
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Thanks for the update, Windstorm.
Honestly, I don’t care if they ever re-open the road, because it will just make some of my most treasured areas more vulnerable to obsessive overuse.
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PostThu Mar 15, 2018 2:00 pm 
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Nancyann wrote:
Honestly, I don’t care if they ever re-open the road, because it will just make some of my most treasured areas more vulnerable to obsessive overuse.

Good point!  Suiattle Road & Mountain Loop and N Cascade Highways, too!

Except maybe Mt. Si and Mailbox Peak might be overused... but we could close I-90, too. 

Here, Dosewallips, Olympic Hot Springs and Staircase Roads being closed isn't enough to keep peeple out... maybe closing Hood Canal, Tacoma Narrows, Elwha and Hoh Bridges would do it?  That'd cut down the attendance on WTA work parties, but we wouldn't need trails if there were few hikers wanting to use them. 

I don't want to appear selfish, of course.  Oh, no  shakehead.gif   I want to appear noble!  "The defining aspect of Wilderness is that it remain untrammeled.  By law, we are to allow Wilderness to be self-willed, shaped by natural processes, not controlled or manipulated by human goals and desires." - Wilderness Watch.  My solitude takes precedence over your recreation.  - Wilderness Watch

After all, as Eric, Redwic and Paul show here, can't find no place near Index untrammelled by swarms of peeple, right?

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PostThu Mar 15, 2018 6:54 pm 
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Aw,  Rod F, quit pickin' on me.😊It's true, there's plenty of places I can go within half an hour of my house up in the Sultan Basin and not see a soul once I get past the target shooters. I just feel bad for insanely trashed once-beautiful places like Blanca Lake which are only valued because they make a nice selfie backdrop.
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PostFri Mar 16, 2018 12:07 am 
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Nancyann wrote:
I just feel bad for insanely trashed once-beautiful places like Blanca Lake

Nancy, your heart is in the right place, but you should stop worrying about places like Blanca Lake.  It is still beautiful and will survive just fine.  Nature does recover and I could make a list of hotels and resorts that once stood on the shorelines of our most beautiful backcountry lakes, yet today nobody knows they were once there.  Even this post is about a location that had been trampled to death, with structures built and the entire forest cut down.  YET, today the site is almost impossible to find any trace of man.  Nature will recover the “damage” from the selfie-generation.  Let them have the moment smile.gif

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PostFri Mar 16, 2018 5:06 am 
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It's been interesting watching nature reclaim the area that was one the road. I've hiked it frequently since it closed. I love the culvert, and "sidewalk throught the sky" portion where concrete barriers make for good pathways. (Fun when you can take the washout direct)

I personally can't wait for the road to reopen.

Thanks for you continually interesting reports. Digging the few from close to home lately. Even if you are blowing up my dog walking spots. wink.gif

I searched your site in the past, but couldn't find it. Have you been to the Lorraine Pointe look out? It's at the headwaters of the icicle river/near Stevens pass?  Looked around for it once with no luck.
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PostFri Mar 16, 2018 6:57 am 
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Thanks for the reality check, guys. Very well said, Eric. Another good example of nature recovering is actually right behind my property where there was a Japanese Internment Camp. Except for old historical photographs, no one would ever know.
Yesterday after spending the afternoon up at Heybrook Lookout listening to two gals shrieking at each other while taking photos of each other doing yoga poses for over an hour I was reminded that I need to just walk a little further. wink.gif
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PostFri Mar 16, 2018 8:44 am 
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Nancyann wrote:
Yesterday after spending the afternoon up at Heybrook Lookout listening to two gals shrieking at each other while taking photos of each other doing yoga poses for over an hour I was reminded that I need to just walk a little further. wink.gif

Remember, this is our future.  rolleyes.gif

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ale_capone wrote:
Have you been to the Lorraine Pointe look out?

I have not, but I'm looking to do it as a long loop hike combining it with the French Ridge lookout site.  Some maps show a trail from the French Ridge lookout down into Cultin Creek...reaching the base of the switchbacks up to Lake Lorraine Point.  I'm hoping the trail is still there and not covered in fire deadfall or else the 25 mile day will be really long.

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