Forum Index > Trip Reports > Sand Hollow (Lower Crab Creek): 03/15/20
Previous :: Next Topic  
Author Message
fourteen410
Member
Member


Joined: 23 May 2008
Posts: 1937 | TRs

fourteen410
  Top

Member
PostMon Mar 16, 2020 12:01 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Headed out to the Lower Crab Creek area for some desert exploration.

Following Crab Creek Rd east from Beverly, we pulled off shortly after the Lower CC bridge to investigate a possible shortcut via an old road. As suspected, the bridge was no longer there, so we backtracked down the road a mile and parked at a small pullout.


From there, we scrambled down a small embankment onto the old Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific railroad (now the Cascades to Palouse trail). Followed this for 1.25 miles through recent burn to the 2019 mile marker.


Leaving the Milwaukee road, we followed a fading double track to the N-NE. Along the way, we found harbingers of spring - yellow bells, bluebirds, infant balsamroot, and purple flowers.

P1350505-Pano
P1350505-Pano

A little over 2 miles from the road, we came across the remnants of what might have been an old mine(?).


From there we headed over to the old homestead. I had recently seen the old cabin on aerial imagery, but upon arrival, we were sad to find that it had burned to the ground.

Here is a picture of what it used to look like (from a 2011 trip report):


Alas, this is all that is left:


I suspect it might have turned to toast in the 2016 fires. Anyway, ye olde Ford truck is still there. The hood was falling off but we put it back neatly in place. The date of manufacture was listed as 02G, but I'm not sure what year that corresponds to.


After a snack break, we retraced our steps with the cold wind at our backs.


Back at the car, we chased the sunset west the whole drive home.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Bootpathguy
Member
Member


Joined: 18 Jun 2015
Posts: 1111 | TRs
Location: United States
Bootpathguy
  Top

Member
PostMon Mar 16, 2020 8:00 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
fourteen410 wrote:

up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

--------------
Experience is what'cha get, when you get what'cha don't want
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
Sculpin
Member
Member


Joined: 23 Apr 2015
Posts: 615 | TRs

Sculpin
  Top

Member
PostMon Mar 16, 2020 8:10 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
fourteen410 wrote:

Astragalus purshii.   wub.gif

Good on ya, gotta be out early to find this one blooming!

Fun trivia fact:  if cows eat too much of it, they get the blind staggers.

--------------
Between every two pines is a doorway to the new world. - John Muir
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
puzzlr
Mid Fork Rocks



Joined: 13 Feb 2007
Posts: 6623 | TRs
Location: Stuck in the middle
puzzlr
  Top

Mid Fork Rocks
PostTue Mar 17, 2020 10:18 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
That range is beautiful with the prominent snow line adding some perspective and scale.

--------------
Mid Fork Rocks flickr
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Z
Erratic



Joined: 28 Jan 2008
Posts: 795 | TRs
Location: Greater Orondo area
Z
  Top

Erratic
PostWed Mar 18, 2020 1:19 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
fourteen410 wrote:

They cancelled the Sandhill Crane Festival, but they must not have told the cranes!

--------------
"Einstein stating that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, is as a blind man stating that nothing can travel faster than the speed of sound" 1979
They don't make years like they used to.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
fourteen410
Member
Member


Joined: 23 May 2008
Posts: 1937 | TRs

fourteen410
  Top

Member
PostWed Mar 18, 2020 3:42 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Ah, that's what they were. Thanks for the identification, Z. We knew they weren't canada geese because they were flying too high and making such a strange noise, but couldn't figure it out at the time. There were so many!
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Brockton
Member
Member


Joined: 02 Aug 2012
Posts: 227 | TRs
Location: West Seattle
Brockton
  Top

Member
PostWed Mar 18, 2020 6:54 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Those pictures are amazing.  With that sharp snowline and open valleys, some of them almost look like Alaska in feel.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
fourteen410
Member
Member


Joined: 23 May 2008
Posts: 1937 | TRs

fourteen410
  Top

Member
PostWed Mar 18, 2020 7:55 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Thanks Brockton. I thought the same thing - the snowy hills reminded me of alpine tundra.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
timberghost
Member
Member


Joined: 06 Dec 2011
Posts: 407 | TRs

timberghost
  Top

Member
PostFri Mar 20, 2020 5:51 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Love that area
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
  Display:     All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Forum Index > Trip Reports > Sand Hollow (Lower Crab Creek): 03/15/20
  Happy Birthday weatherman, Lotus54!
Jump to:   
Search this topic:

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum
   Use Disclaimer Powered by phpBB Privacy Policy