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PostSun Mar 13, 2011 12:34 am 
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Don't go to Grouse Ridge. There's nothing worth seeing, and Harvey Manning's musings now lead to a large Cadman gravel mining site (on land owned by Weyerhauser) that is probably illegal to enter.  I followed the road past the Mailbox TH and stumbled into it from the back where there are no signs. There's also some uncertainty about whether the Fire Training Center has the right to block access to a county road. I just got out of there as quickly as possible, taking a few pics along the way.
Grouse Ridge
Grouse Ridge
Fresh landslide onto the mailbox road/trail
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Fresh landslide onto the mailbox road/trail
Open view from the mailbox road
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Open view from the mailbox road

At first the road past the Mailbox TH was a pleasant open grassy way, but it got progressively more and more choked with trees and brush.

Mailbox road past the TH. The road is clear for quite a while
Mailbox road past the TH. The road is clear for quite a while
Road continues to be pretty open
Road continues to be pretty open
Now the road isn't wide and clear. But it stays walkable like this for quite a while.
Now the road isn't wide and clear. But it stays walkable like this for quite a while.
Here the road is starting to get more overgrown.
Here the road is starting to get more overgrown.

Eventually I gave up following the road and bushwhacked through really crappy brushy trees up to the top of the ridge. That was slightly more open, and I could make progress by ducking under the lowest branches of the scrub trees. Eventually I hit an old logging road, which led me to Grouse Ridge road.
I kept pushing through small trees for a while, but the road was going downhill and was getting hard to follow to I went up this bank to get on a ridge and head for the flats above.
I kept pushing through small trees for a while, but the road was going downhill and was getting hard to follow to I went up this bank to get on a ridge and head for the flats above.
This is what the ridge looked like where I got on it. This openess didn't last long.
This is what the ridge looked like where I got on it. This openess didn't last long.
While pushing through lots of small crowded trees I came across this old blue diamond market on a fallen tree.
While pushing through lots of small crowded trees I came across this old blue diamond market on a fallen tree.
Finally, a ways before the marked trail/road on the GPS I came across this old road and travel became much easier.
Finally, a ways before the marked trail/road on the GPS I came across this old road and travel became much easier.
I walked back toward the N on this spur to see if i had missing something, but it ended just beyond here.
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I walked back toward the N on this spur to see if i had missing something, but it ended just beyond here.
This is going back the other way, toward Mt Washington. There was a road with truck tracks at about the farthest point visible here.
This is going back the other way, toward Mt Washington. There was a road with truck tracks at about the farthest point visible here.
Grouse Ridge road. Following the tracks toward mailbox and the fire training center. The tracks didn't go the whole way -- ending in a grove of trees.
Grouse Ridge road. Following the tracks toward mailbox and the fire training center. The tracks didn't go the whole way -- ending in a grove of trees.

I took that over to the Fire Training Center and then directly back towards the Mailbox TH. I joined the Mailbox trail about half a mile from where it reaches the gravel walking road.

Fire Training Academy - <a href="http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireacad.htm" target="_blank">www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireacad.htm</a>. "The Next Four Days Are Mine"
Fire Training Academy - www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireacad.htm. "The Next Four Days Are Mine"
Fire Training Academy - <a href="http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireacad.htm" target="_blank">www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireacad.htm</a>. This was once one of the largest gravel pits in the world.
Fire Training Academy - www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireacad.htm. This was once one of the largest gravel pits in the world.
Fire Training Academy - <a href="http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireacad.htm" target="_blank">www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireacad.htm</a>. This looks like an airplane fire training set
Fire Training Academy - www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireacad.htm. This looks like an airplane fire training set
Fire Training Academy - <a href="http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireacad.htm" target="_blank">www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireacad.htm</a>. These look like cars used to practice jaws of life operation.
Fire Training Academy - www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireacad.htm. These look like cars used to practice jaws of life operation.
This road continued a bit beyond the fire training center
This road continued a bit beyond the fire training center
End of the road. At first I thought there was a trail here, but it didn't continue
End of the road. At first I thought there was a trail here, but it didn't continue
Heading down the steep ridge through open forest to intersect with the Mailbox trail
Heading down the steep ridge through open forest to intersect with the Mailbox trail
Walking out the Mailbox road with Green Mountain in the background
Walking out the Mailbox road with Green Mountain in the background

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PostSun Mar 13, 2011 9:34 am 
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Sounds like you had a lot of fun chasing Manning's ghost around on Grouse Ridge.  Revisiting "Footsore" destinations can be interesting if not always pretty!
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PostSun Mar 13, 2011 10:29 pm 
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Interesting trip.  Thanks for the pictures.

That open area you refer to doesn't look too open.
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PostSat Dec 26, 2020 7:56 pm 
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Helluva bump, but I figured this might be a nice dumpster dive to find "Greg's Valley View." The suspected area, a landing around 1300' at 47.4555, -121.6779 and 1.5mi along the road, was (unsurprisingly) overgrown, but I was fairly certain it was the same spot.

I noticed eroded footprints climbing the ridge behind it, so I followed them up a few hundred feet before reaching the extremely brushy ridgetop. The original plan had been to contour along the top until I reached the mentioned old road shown on the history 1915-1945 maps and eventually connect to the east "peak", but I don't think there are any views left so I turned around when I saw the state of the brush. I don't think the official grouse "summit" has any views, and I'm not sure accessing the cliffs I can see on satellite is feasible as they are a distance from the road.

Could use some drainage work about 3/4 mi up where possibly a clogged culvert or redirected stream has flooded about 30'  of road. Clearly sees some bootprints, and I explored all of the spurs to dead ends, but there is not much payoff beyond the satisfaction of putting one foot in front of the other
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