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PostThu Oct 14, 2021 11:23 am 
I see the route on old maps. Does anyone have old history of the route ?

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PostThu Oct 14, 2021 11:33 am 
Is that the one that hooked into the Thunder Basin trail?    We had a deer high hunt camp in Thunder Basin and used the trail for hunting back in the 70/80's.


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PostThu Oct 14, 2021 3:28 pm 
bgs8379 wrote:
I see the route on old maps. Does anyone have old history of the route ?

It is an old sheepherder's route that was largely gone by about 2000, or so. I'd think now you would only find traces in a few spots.

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PostThu Oct 14, 2021 5:42 pm 
There is a clear but brushy in parts trail from boulder creek all the way to just below the ridge around 6600 feet. From there a talus/dirty slope has some signs of tread here and there to a climbers path up to the Summit.

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PostThu Oct 14, 2021 9:52 pm 
I've done 95% of the route, which used to be a sheepherder's trail. But east of Thunder Basin we lost ye olde trail. Much of the central-eastern section is pretty lost. You could find bits of it here and there. It's more distinct under Clark Mtn, but some of that has gotten worse. I think it used to be maintained by hunters a few decades ago.

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PostFri Oct 15, 2021 12:31 pm 
As noted, it's an old sheepherder trail.
I have followed it from the vicinity of Thunder basin to the the Boulder Pass trai.  If you are used to cross-country travel you'll think it's a nice easy route.  If you habitually stay on trails you may think it's in dreadful condition and occasionally hard to follow.

Regardless, it's very scenic, and offers as a side-excursion a non-technical non-glacier route up Clark.

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PostSat Oct 16, 2021 7:04 pm 
I did the route a long time age (1993) and the path was pretty sketchy back then; perhaps it has improved; except for a cliffy section to navigate not far out of Boulder basin the cross country was pretty straight forward.  Good luck!

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PostSun Oct 17, 2021 4:23 am 
Somewhere I've seen an old photo of a shepherd with a large herd  somewhere in that area. I thought it was the upper entiat? I thought it was in a guide book, but I checked the ones I have.

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PostSun Oct 17, 2021 7:17 am 
I think anyone who has climbed Clark has done a bit of it. I wanted to return one day and visit Thunder Basin but probably never will. I imagine a few intrepid hunters still wander out that way.

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PostSun Oct 17, 2021 10:30 am 
maybe 15/20 years ago we cartwheeled down the hillside(literally) from thunder basin after finding our way over from Clark and  came upon a rather serious hunters camp adjacent to that huge meadow complete with a wood stove and stacked firewood.... was that yours ?

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PostSun Oct 17, 2021 1:55 pm 
That High Route just might be easier going than the White River Trail.  Seriously!  I'm not sure of the status of the river trail - officially abandoned, de facto abandoned, or passable?  confused.gif   Anyway, cool map.  And here's a 15 year old report of our attempt on Thunder Basin.  dizzy.gif

http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=209077#209077

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PostMon Oct 18, 2021 3:39 am 
fffej50 wrote:
maybe 15/20 years ago we cartwheeled down the hillside(literally) from thunder basin after finding our way over from Clark and  came upon a rather serious hunters camp adjacent to that huge meadow complete with a wood stove and stacked firewood.... was that yours ?

Not ours...   We always packed our gear in/out each trip...   Hid the turnoff to the trail...   Stealth was our goal...   :-)

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