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RichP
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PostWed Oct 21, 2020 10:05 am 
A stroll in the Chief Joseph Wildlife Area in Asotin County. 10-20-2020

Looking up to my destination at the start of the hike.
Looking up to my destination at the start of the hike.
Chief Joseph Wildlife Area in Asotin County, Wa.
Chief Joseph Wildlife Area in Asotin County, Wa.
Some steep terrain lower down.
Some steep terrain lower down.
Heading up the to the top the ridge.
Heading up the to the top the ridge.
Exposed basalt terraces on the canyon walls.
Exposed basalt terraces on the canyon walls.
Down Joseph Creek.
Down Joseph Creek.
Across Joseph Creek to Mt Wilson.
Across Joseph Creek to Mt Wilson.
Point 2990, as far as I got today.
Point 2990, as far as I got today.
Elk ahead.
Elk ahead.
Small elk herd in the saddle ahead. I decided not to disturb them though I wanted to get a view down to The Grand Ronde from the point behind them.
Small elk herd in the saddle ahead. I decided not to disturb them though I wanted to get a view down to The Grand Ronde from the point behind them.
The section of ridge I walked earlier in the year.
The section of ridge I walked earlier in the year.
The narrows of Joseph Creek Canyon wind  down to nearby Oregon.
The narrows of Joseph Creek Canyon wind  down to nearby Oregon.
The ridge back down to the canyon floor 2000' below.
The ridge back down to the canyon floor 2000' below.
Joseph Creek Canyon.
Joseph Creek Canyon.
Mt Wilson, the area highpoint at just under 5k'.
Mt Wilson, the area highpoint at just under 5k'.
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PostWed Oct 21, 2020 12:27 pm 
Thanks RichP - great photos.  Love that area!
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PostThu Oct 22, 2020 10:33 pm 
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PostFri Oct 23, 2020 5:17 pm 
awilsondc wrote:
The good news is my wife liked it and wants to go again! Success!

Wait until you take her to a quiet place....
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PostFri Oct 23, 2020 5:27 pm 
I hiked up Duncan Hill on 10/21 and camped on top. Trail is cleared of the many burnt fallen  trees and there was 1' of snow on top. Spoke with several hunters, but only one who had been successful.  Most used motorcycles until the snow on the trail got too deep and the grade too steep at around 6400'.

Good views from the former lookout site, as it was clear. A few larches still doing the larch thing. The summit got down to 10F overnight inside my tent, and my tiny camera said ' Too cold! Can't take pictures!' or something like it. Sorry , I'm no photographer.

By plan, beat the big snowstorm by one day. Phew!
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PostFri Oct 23, 2020 9:23 pm 
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PostWed Oct 28, 2020 9:30 pm 
Hiked from White River to Sunrise today. Perfect Fall day. I don't think people realize 410 from Enumclaw is open and you can still drive to White River Campground. Saw two cars in the parking lot when I arrived around 1 pm, none when I departed at 5 pm. 1 person on the trial, which means there was basically no one hiking the super popular Glacier Basin and Emmons Moraine trails. Saw maybe five cars at Summerland, no cars at Owyhigh Lakes, and two cars at Crystal Lakes. And there was no one checking passes at the gate. This is as empty as Rainier gets.

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PostSat Nov 07, 2020 6:16 pm 
Mission Peak outside of Wenatchee. The weather was perfect!

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PostThu Nov 12, 2020 9:37 am 
Set out for Gem Lake yesterday around 11:30 from the Alpental parking lot. Surprising amount of people on the trail but it was Veteran's Day (Happy Veteran's Day to all the Veterans on here!).

I thought my gaiters and microspikes were overkill for the first mile or so but on the ascent up to the ridge the stamped down snow was fairly slippery and I watched some hikers without traction walking very carefully to avoid slipping.

Snow Lake was gorgeous and still on an overcast day. Hiked around to the beginning of the ascent up to Gem Lake where previous hikers had turned around and we found about 16" of fresh snow to wade through. Yay gaiters! With a slower pace and fading light we decided to turn around so we could have a cold one at Dru Bru and make it back to Seattle by dinner time. After our next weather system rolls through you might have to bring your snowshoes and watch the Avi report if you want to enjoy a thermos of hot mint tea next to Snow Lake. smile.gif

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PostThu Nov 12, 2020 1:00 pm 
Any fish
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PostSat Nov 21, 2020 11:49 pm 
Almost enough snow!
Almost enough snow!
I'm king of all I survey!
I'm king of all I survey!
Log crossing
Log crossing
Not that sketchy
Not that sketchy
Scenery wasn't bad!
Scenery wasn't bad!
Little bit of weather coming in on the way back
Little bit of weather coming in on the way back
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PostSun Nov 22, 2020 11:33 am 
I have to use a magnifying glass to see them, but thank you all for posting trip reports.  Since I cant hike any longer its so nice to have the oppurtunity to see some opf your reports.


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PostWed Nov 25, 2020 7:43 pm 
11/19/2020 lunch at Mason Lake (via Ira Spring Trail).  My son and I were the second car at the Ira Spring trailhead last Thursday.  We were happy it wasn't raining when we got there.  It started snowing shortly after we crossed Mason Creek on the way up.  We hit real (more than patches of) snow around 3,000 feet.  We passed the owner of the other vehicle shortly thereafter.  He had turned around because he didn't have snowshoes and got tired of post holing.  We put on our snowshoed after the trail switched back toward the lake--probably around 3,800 feet.  We had lunch at the outlet of Mason Lake, but got cold fast once we stopped moving.  I had planned to continue on toward Mount defiance, but we decided to head back to the car after lunch.  We didn't see anyone else.  Fun trip.
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PostSat Nov 28, 2020 2:51 pm 
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PostSat Nov 28, 2020 3:19 pm 
^ hey, that looks familiar

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