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PostSun Jan 13, 2008 10:42 pm 
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First, NW Hikers is great!  You can always tap some fabulous resources for good information!  We were looking for a hike/snowshoe none of us had done - one more I-90 jaunt was more than we cared to do  shakehead.gif  on what was to be a glorious day!  up.gif   Soooo - I asked John Morrow for a good near-eastside trip and he came up with a trip in the Iron Creek area.  Thank you, John!  It was fabulous! Of course, if we had followed your directions, it might have been even better!!!   lol.gif   More on that later.

Snow Dog (Elle) joined Trail Pair, Jim K and me for her first adventure with this sorry cast of miscreants.  Hopefully, it won't be her last!   paranoid.gif  It was definitely early!  Left Queen Anne Hill at 6:00 a.m. - Trail Pair called on the cell and said they were hitting ice before Denny Creek.  Which was weird, because we had passed by there about 5 minutes earlier and it didn't seem icy at all.  But we made Iron Creek at 8:00 a.m. - sun was out in its full glory.  We were the only two cars there.  It was a balmy 22 when we started.  Since none of us had been on this route before, we weren't quite sure of the specifics.  Does it tell you anything when about 1 hour into the hike, Elle said, "I think I'll check out the route before we go out next time"?   embarassedlaugh.gif   Well, off we went, blissfully ignorant.
Iron Creek/Hovey Creek Trailhead
Iron Creek/Hovey Creek Trailhead
Heading out
Heading out
Reaching Hovey Creek XC trail
Reaching Hovey Creek XC trail
Hovey Creek trail start
Hovey Creek trail start

You actually head up towards Hovey Creek.  It's a well-tracked snowmobile and XC skier route.  In about a mile, you are to take a spur - well, we had a bit of a premature release on the route trajectory!   
The wrong turn (onto 606)
The wrong turn (onto 606)

Do NOT take the route marked "606" - you need to go about another quarter mile farther and find the "116" marker - if it's still visible.   
Road 116 - that we should have taken!
Road 116 - that we should have taken!

Just know that the obvious right turn is not the one you want - it's the next one!  However, not a group to be daunted by a little route finding error, off we went towards somewhere!  Soon, we started up a very steep slope, towards what we thought was going to be a ridge . . .
Up the hill to meet a road
Up the hill to meet a road

Turns out, it was a road . . .
Bob on Road
Bob on Road
We're right here
We're right here
I think we're here
I think we're here
Where?
Where?
Where are we?
Where are we?
More map consultation (looking west toward Teanaway Ridge
More map consultation (looking west toward Teanaway Ridge

However, one in our group really didn't care, because all he wanted to do was "snow dive!"
Looking for buried treasure
Looking for buried treasure

This is the rescue part - you see, many of you know that I lost my precious Sadie last summer - well, this guy
Gus' first hike with the Driver - he was sooo happy being in snow.
Gus' first hike with the Driver - he was sooo happy being in snow.

was a service dog for a wonderful place called Summit Assistance dogs and the human he was with for the past couple of years died a few months ago and Summit decided not to place him back into service.  They knew about Sadie and contacted me to see if I would be willing to take Gusto - a 4+ year old male, who, like me, was rather a lost soul.  So, Gusto has joined the group and he performed spectacularly for his first snowshoe trip ever.  He quickly learned about not stepping on the back of your shoes!  He is quite well-behaved.  I think he was as ecstatic to be out with us as we were to have him along!  You will be hearing more about Gusto.  I can't thank Summit enough for being so caring for me and Gusto.   agree.gif
But, on with our trip.  At this point, we realized we weren't even close to where John had given us directions  shakehead.gif so, we decided to improvise and do what we could to come close to Point 4002 and Teanaway Ridge. 
Bob, Elle and Gusto heading up a ridge
Bob, Elle and Gusto heading up a ridge

It was such a great day, we really didn't care.  The ridges are so open on the east side, it's pretty easy to just amble along.
Glorious sun - looking East
Glorious sun - looking East
Bob on yet another nob on another ridge
Bob on yet another nob on another ridge

About 10:30, Trail Pair and Elle stopped for a quick bite to eat, while Jim, Gusto and I forged ahead to what looked like a likely ridge (we were soon to discover, there are lots of "likely" ridges!)
Elle taking a break
Elle taking a break
Bob heading up another nob on the ridge
Bob heading up another nob on the ridge

Well, that lead us to this big ol' hunk of rock that seemed to dead end as we skirted along it's east side.  So, we turned around.  But Jim was pretty sure that the road we should have been on all along was really close - - - so, if we just went over this one hump  eek.gif  - well, sure enough, down below was the road.  The only thing is, it was a steeeeeep down below of about 70' . . 
Coming down the steep hill - sorta'
Coming down the steep hill - sorta'
Looking back to the steep hillside we came down
Looking back to the steep hillside we came down

But, we were on the road
Road toward Pt. 4002
Road toward Pt. 4002

and so we knew we were getting close to at least Point 4002 - and sure enough, we contoured around it to the west and it was behind us!
Pt. 4002
Pt. 4002

By now, it had warmed considerably from our start of 22 degrees and the snow was getting soft.  So soft, that it was balling up terribly on Gusto's belly and legs, making it hard for him to climb and plow through the deep stuff.  We decided that with another 900' of gain to make Teanaway Ridge, we would call it good.  Besides, we had probably already come a good 4 miles and with a decent amount of gain and this was Gusto's first snowshoe.  I didn't want him exiting quite this soon!  So, Jim, Elle and the driver turned around while Bob and Kolleen kept going.  They wouldn't make Teanaway Ridge either, because after they left us, they reached another, lesser ridge, and saw that to make Teanaway, they would have to cross a wide open slope that had been basking in the sun all day - and they were uncertain how stable it would be, so they turned around, too - about 45 minutes behind us.  On our way out, we found out that we were on another spur - that actually was fairly plainly marked
Another branch to Teanaway Ridge
Another branch to Teanaway Ridge

so, just some beta for you out there.  This actually was a great location to do a lot of wandering.  We happened to run into some cross-country skiers not far from the cars (there were now three additional cars at Iron Creek).  They had come across I-90 and found every sno-park full and over-flowing with cars - so made their way to Iron Creek - it was 1:00 p.m. and they wanted to get some where!  They kept heading up the Hovey Creek road - don't know how far it goes - it doesn't appear on our maps.  All-in-all, a great day in the mountains.  It had "warmed" up to 35 back at the car.  Someone had a good day!
Dog tired after his first snowshoe trip
Dog tired after his first snowshoe trip

No reliable stats to share - but probably about 7 miles and 1700' of gain or so.  Worth the extra drive for a change of scenery!   winksmile.gif

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PostSun Jan 13, 2008 10:59 pm 
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up.gif  for you and gusto!!  We will have to all get together out there soon! Great report and day you all.
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PostSun Jan 13, 2008 11:19 pm 
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So what is the wintertime parking situation there at Iron Creek? Just the road shoulder plowed? How many regular cars could fit in there?
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PostSun Jan 13, 2008 11:54 pm 
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John Morrow, John Morrow, John Morrow.

John Morrow's photo trumped me as the "hiker" atop Thorpe Mtn in the new hiking book by Nelson/Bauer.

Not that it bothers me or anything.  huh.gif

What a wonderful Gusto pooch you have there!

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PostMon Jan 14, 2008 6:51 am 
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A short bit of the Iron Creek Road is plowed. Just enough for 4 or 5 cars. We were the first cars there but when we came back all the spaces were taken. Be early to be sure of a spot.

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PostMon Jan 14, 2008 7:04 am 
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Sadie's Driver wrote:
Dog tired after his first snowshoe trip
Dog tired after his first snowshoe trip

Looks like Gusto ran out of steam  hockeygrin.gif

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PostMon Jan 14, 2008 7:16 am 
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GeoTom wrote:

Looks like Gusto ran out of steam  hockeygrin.gif

Well, so I thought, but when we got home, he found some nasty ol' tennis balls in the back yard and immediately wanted to do the "toss it" thing and wouldn't take no for an answer!!!

Tazz wrote:

up.gif   for you and gusto!!  We will have to all get together out there soon! Great report and day you all.

Have 'shoes, will travel!  Now that we know you're back in the game, well get you out there to break some trail, too!!!   lol.gif

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PostMon Jan 14, 2008 7:40 am 
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This is such a nice area for exploring...miles and miles of untracked snow.

We turned back when we felt that the snow was not stable enough on an open slope. However, it looks like we could have traversed further north and gone up in the trees, although the slope appeared to be steeper there. Next time!
View of Red Top Lookout
View of Red Top Lookout
Traversing rocks
Traversing rocks
K on the ridge
K on the ridge
Deep, soft, unconsolidated snow
Deep, soft, unconsolidated snow
Bob returning to where the ridge meets road 116.
Bob returning to where the ridge meets road 116.
We turned back on the open slope of the distant high point.
We turned back on the open slope of the distant high point.

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PostMon Jan 14, 2008 8:19 am 
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Awesome!  up.gif  up.gif   Wish I could have joined you guys.  I'll have to check that area out.  We braved the XC ski area at Hyak and fought the massive crowds.  When we left the Kendall lakes SnoPark was overflowing - cars parked everywhere along the road, in the interchange, even on the off/on ramps!

Good to hear the happy story for both you and Gusto.  smile.gif
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PostMon Jan 14, 2008 9:19 am 
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Great to hear about Gusto.

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PostMon Jan 14, 2008 9:22 am 
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Very nice. Glad you had a good trip.

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PostMon Jan 14, 2008 1:04 pm 
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Opus wrote:
Awesome!  up.gif  up.gif   Wish I could have joined you guys.  I'll have to check that area out.  We braved the XC ski area at Hyak and fought the massive crowds.  When we left the Kendall lakes SnoPark was overflowing - cars parked everywhere along the road, in the interchange, even on the off/on ramps!

Good to hear the happy story for both you and Gusto.  smile.gif

You can redeem yourself, Opus, you can help us trek over to
Another shot of Red Top Lookout
Another shot of Red Top Lookout

A vigorous little jaunt! Gusto is waiting to meet you.  Looks like some good weather (sometime) this week!  the driver

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PostMon Jan 14, 2008 1:18 pm 
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Opus wrote:
When we left the Kendall lakes SnoPark was overflowing - cars parked everywhere along the road, in the interchange, even on the off/on ramps!

Definitely not enough places to park for fun in the snow. All those spaces between Hyak and the Gold Creek Sno-Park are posted "No Parking" and they will ticket you. Here is a look back to 1-15-06.


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PostMon Jan 14, 2008 8:00 pm 
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Matt wrote:
Great to hear about Gusto.

Matt, you'll appreciate this - Gusto "high" on snow!  (Poor thing - he was covered in "snow balls"  shakehead.gif  He sure didn't seem to mind - obviously!!!   lol.gif )



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PostMon Jan 14, 2008 8:14 pm 
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That is so great about your new dog!  Congratulations!  Looks like a great day. smile.gif

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