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yew
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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:45 pm    Lookout Mtn & Monogram Lk (near Marblemount) 7/19-20
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There's about 12 blowdowns over the trail before the junction.  A few require a little bit of crawling or detours.


There's an avalanche deposit over the creek insulated from melting by Nature's slash.


The trail to Monogram Lake has a few blowdowns.  Snow on the Monogram Lake trail starts at the first big avalanche chute and continues to the ridge.


There's intermittent snow from the ridge to the lake.

There are a lot of bears feeding in the meadows above the lake.  I saw a bear from about 50 yards away and he did not move off until a minute or so.  It was a little showdown.  Scary.  Whoever camps here better not half-ass hanging their food.  We don't need any trouble bears spoiled by people food.  The lake is about 75% melted.


Hiked back down to the junction then up to Lookout.  Snow starts beyond the big avalanche chute on the trail to Lookout Mountain.  The trail tread was washed away to the slope angle in the big avy chute.


After the big open avalanche chute, intermittent snow strips until the hill below the top ridge.  Continuous snow from the open hillside below the top ridge and on the top ridge to the lookout.  The ice ax came was nice to have but not essential.  That lookout is something else!


After hiking to Monogram Lake and Lookout Mtn I headed down to the junction and stealth camped where there are good trees for the hammock.  These trails have a lot of elevation gain; 6000 cumulative for the day.  Very tired.  Hiked out on Sunday morning. Then drove to the NPS info center and hiked up to Cow Heaven.
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Quark
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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:00 pm   
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Love the pic of the candystick saphrophytes!  Nice trip!  I've never been to the lookout.

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yew
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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:23 pm   
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Saprophytes/epiparasites are currently popping.  There were also pinesaps and a common purple one that looks like an orchid (anyone know?).  Pinesap buttons right when they push out of the duff look neat.
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Quark
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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:29 pm   
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I know the purple one of which you speak, but I have never found it in a book.  Purple/pink, spindly stuff, right?  That stuff can be very bright;  I haven't been successful photographing it - as you know, the forest it growns in is always so dark.  I was on the N Fk Sauk last year and saw a blob of it downslope - so vivid.  to try to photography it, I had to sit on a log and tip upsidedown, sorta like how a scuba diver drops off a boat.  It took a long, long time; when I was finished, I had quite a bit of trouble getting up.  Once I did, my face was puffy, and I had sticks stuck in my hair, and the button on my britches had snapped.  Just then, some hikers came by and asked me if I was alright.  It was funny.  The photos didn't turn out.  Natch.  rolleyes.gif

Pinesaps are beautiful - the bloom looks like it's a bulb encased in fine velvet;  I've seen the color range from bright red to a glowing orange.

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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:51 pm   
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We were up there on a dayhike three years ago in the fall and climbed up onto a little point along the lake to see if there were any good campsites around the corner.  As we stood there, we noticed a bear below us.  We watched it for a while and it finally caught our scent or heard us, because it looked up and then headed off up the hill opposite us.  As we watched it go, we saw a big bear step out from behind a large boulder below where we were.  It looked at us, shook it's head from side to side and then started RUNNING toward us!!! eek.gif It never actually started up the hill, but it was the single most terrifying moment of my life!  It took about 3 or 4 paces and covered an amazing distance.  It stopped and we started backing away and as soon as we were out of it's sight, we were out of there!  The bad thing was we had to hike up and out from Monogram through very dense berry bushes.  I looked back so many times on the way out that my neck was sore!  We came up on a deer on the trail about a mile from the car, and I was so jumpy it scared me half to death!  Anyway, I checked the WTA site and there were a couple of other reports about a cranky bear in that area from a year or two before we were up there.  I wonder if it's the same bear.  I wonder if it's something that should be reported? 

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yew
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Post Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:01 pm   
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flower sniffer wrote:
As we watched it go, we saw a big bear step out from behind a large boulder below where we were.  It looked at us, shook it's head from side to side and then started RUNNING toward us!!!  It never actually started up the hill, but it was the single most terrifying moment of my life!...I wonder if it's the same bear.  I wonder if it's something that should be reported? 

That is scary.  It seems we hear most when grizzlies attacking people but black bears maul people too.  This bear looked like a young adult.  He didn't look like the old ones.  I told the Park Service in Marblemount.

Quark wrote:
I know the purple one of which you speak, but I have never found it in a book.  Purple/pink, spindly stuff, right?  That stuff can be very bright;  I haven't been successful photographing it -...

Yup, that's probably it.  I'm really kicking myself for not taking a photo of it.  It was pretty common.  That's weird it's not in a field book.  I was surprised it was not in Cascade-Olympic Natural History.
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Post Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:23 pm   
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YB was the lookout unlocked?  I have heard it's available on a first come basis.
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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:49 pm   
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My Monogram Lake bear story:  Anita and I camped on Teebone Ridge c. 1500 feet above Monogram Lake two years ago August or September.  We were above treeline, so I hung the food over a cliff that night.  (We purchased Ursacks the following spring).  The next morning, as we traversed down Teebone Ridge, we noticed that a black bear was following about 100 meters behind us.  It followed us for awhile, sustaining the 100 or so meters between us.  When we stopped, the bear stopped, but stared directly at us.  I then yelled "Hey, Mr. Bear," which sent the bear high-tailing it directly down the fall line towards the lake.  Anita was spooked by the episode.  I though it was really cool.
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:56 am   
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Mertens coralroot?
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yew
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:01 pm   
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Magellan wrote:
YB was the lookout unlocked?  I have heard it's available on a first come basis.

Yep it was unlocked.  It's maintained by volunteers.  It was clean, stocked and organized.  It is first come-first serve.  There are 2 beds and floor space.  If someone is staying alone in the lookout they should be obliged to let others stay there too IMO.  But, who'd want to hear some stranger farting and snoring at night?  I'd rather sleep in my hammock unless it were raining or other poor weather.

Traildoggie wrote:
Mertens coralroot?

You're right!!
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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:35 pm   
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When we did Lookout, it was a very misty, wet day.  We found the lookout open, so we snuggled up on one of the beds and had a nap!  It was rather magical!  Hmmm...maybe that's why the bear was cranky at us!  winksmile.gif

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