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PostSun Mar 17, 2013 2:58 pm 
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We’ve been looking at the Zorro Rd, Thompson Pt, and Revolution Pk. for a long time.

On Saturday 3/02/2013, with rain in the forecast we decided to explore the area. We had read about the connector trail that leaves from near the concrete bridge and joins the Granite Lakes trail at about 1700’, nicely cutting off 1.5 miles so we took it. It’s a wonderful trail that winds through beautiful forest and wastes no time going up. Soon we met the new Granite Lakes trail and continued on. Soon after crossing the creek we put on snowshoes. Near where the trail goes off to the lakes we mapped out a bearing and headed as directly as we could toward the cabin. We ate lunch at 4320’ and decided to call it because of the incoming rain.

Saturday 3/09/2013, with the great forecast, we went back. This time we had a loop trip in mind. We followed the connector trail, met the Granite Lakes trail, and crossed the creek on the big log bridge. About ½ mile past the crossing, we took a bearing and went straight up through the woods toward Zorro Pt. We booted it to about 3500’, into salal which was mostly snow covered. We put on snowshoes at 3500’ and continued up to 3800’ where we intersected the Zorro Rd.  We followed it up to the saddle between Zorro Pt and the ridge that goes to Thompson Pt. The views from the road looking west at 4000’ are great! From the saddle we went west up the Zorro Ridge which is a nice ramp going to Zorro Pt (pt 4642’). The views are wonderful in all directions! We took a long break enjoying the views and taking pictures.

Then we went back to the saddle which offers “front row” views of Revolution Pk (pt 5454’) and Russian Buttes, picture time again. Next we went east up the ridge toward the old cabin and Thompson Pt. What a beautiful ridge walk! The ridge has lots of lovely snow alleys as it goes through forest with occasional peak-a-boo views to the west and north. There was about 6” of new snow on top of a crust and snow on the trees. We came out of the forest at the old cabin. What a view from there! Someone really knew how to site a cabin! We went on to Thompson Pt. (pt 5124') and had a late lunch and more picture taking.

Then we went back to the cabin and pretty much straight down from there. The upper slopes had really changed in a week. There was a mix of slippery firm crust and zones of melted sludge snow that had us tumbling into unplanned glissades which went about thirty feet each. The road where we had our lunch last week had disappeared and become an indistinguishable part of the big slope down. Somewhere partway down we did the bearing thing again and angled directly to the main granite lakes trail . . . skipping lots of the twisty road walking. The glissading continued pathetic, but still fun. Eventually we met the main trail and followed it . . . “slot canyons” and all . . . until we met the connector trail and went back to the car. What a fabulous day! It was so exciting to finally get to these places and see such wonderful scenery on the way! Of course there are some other places up there still on our list….



Our approximate route
Our approximate route
On the 'connector' trail'
On the 'connector' trail'
On the 'connector trail'
On the 'connector trail'
Crossing Granite Creek
Crossing Granite Creek
Teneriffe and the Greens from 4000' on the Z road
Teneriffe and the Greens from 4000' on the Z road
Moolock from 4000' on the Z road
Moolock from 4000' on the Z road
Middle Fork valley
Middle Fork valley
Up the Z road
Up the Z road
On the Z road near the top saddle
On the Z road near the top saddle
Z road saddle - looking toward Zorro Point
Z road saddle - looking toward Zorro Point
Russian Buttes and Gifforfd Lakes basin
Russian Buttes and Gifforfd Lakes basin
Russian Buttes - Goat Mtn in distance
Russian Buttes - Goat Mtn in distance
On Zorro Point
On Zorro Point
On Zorro Point
On Zorro Point
Malebox summit
Malebox summit
Male boxers
Male boxers
The Green summits
The Green summits
Teneriffe with Blowdown and Dixie behind
Teneriffe with Blowdown and Dixie behind
Mt Si
Mt Si
Moolock
Moolock
Web Mtn
Web Mtn
South view from the Zorro road saddle
South view from the Zorro road saddle
Teneriffe and Dixie
Teneriffe and Dixie
Granite Lakes basin
Granite Lakes basin
Descending Zorro Point ridge back to road saddle
Descending Zorro Point ridge back to road saddle
Zorro road saddle  - looking toward Thompson point and cabin
Zorro road saddle  - looking toward Thompson point and cabin
Revolution Pk 5454'
Revolution Pk 5454'
Looking back at Zorro Point
Looking back at Zorro Point
Snow travel on Zorro ridge
Snow travel on Zorro ridge
Snow alleys on Zorro ridge
Snow alleys on Zorro ridge
The cabin - approx 5000'
The cabin - approx 5000'
The cabin scene - looking west
The cabin scene - looking west
Defiance to Web - Thompson Lake below
Defiance to Web - Thompson Lake below
Caroline from Thompson Point 5124'
Caroline from Thompson Point 5124'
West Granite, Granite, and Granita
West Granite, Granite, and Granita
Returning from Thompson Point
Returning from Thompson Point
Russian Buttes
Russian Buttes
Revolution Pk
Revolution Pk
Roof situation on cabin
Roof situation on cabin
Afternoon view
Afternoon view
Attemped glissading pretty pathetic - but fun!
Attemped glissading pretty pathetic - but fun!
No more glissading
No more glissading
Fading daylight
Fading daylight
Evening on the Greens
Evening on the Greens
Leaving Granite Lakes basin
Leaving Granite Lakes basin
Slot Canyons of the Central Cascades
Slot Canyons of the Central Cascades
Slot Canyon
Slot Canyon
Headed home
Headed home

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PostSun Mar 17, 2013 3:31 pm 
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glad you found better weather the second time around.
beautiful shots, thanks for sharing!

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PostSun Mar 17, 2013 6:18 pm 
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I have as a after work walk done the Zorro road many times--there is a great viewpoint in a switchback on the way below Zorro point.   It is more difficult now but still passable (particularly at the start) since they returned it to "native" state
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PostSun Mar 17, 2013 10:32 pm 
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Looks like you had a fun day , let me know when you are planning in doing revolution/ Russian butte

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PostMon Mar 18, 2013 8:35 am 
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Great hike.  It's always cool to see photos of the famous meth lab up close.
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PostTue Mar 19, 2013 7:43 am 
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Thank you all for the nice feedback!

Hikapath, great idea to do part of it as an afterhours.

Type E, you read us right! We are certainly planning a return trip. We'll keep you posted.


Angry Hiker, who needs meth in a cabin with views like that!! We wish they would preserve it and rent it out, such a prime location!

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PostTue Mar 19, 2013 9:12 am 
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It's privately owned as is the property surrounding it, and the true story about how it got there is pretty cool.

But not as cool as the story I made up.
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PostTue Mar 19, 2013 11:18 am 
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You took the 'loop route' right out of my to-do list! Superb photos. You chose the right time of year to hike on Zorro road as I hear that it's getting overgrown after all these years, aided by MTSG re-greening.

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PostFri Mar 22, 2013 1:39 pm 
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Angry Hiker, we think your story about the cabin is cool, and we'd like to know the real story as well. We looked on line and were unable to find it, so please tell....

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PostFri Mar 22, 2013 4:37 pm 
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To make a long story short: Back when that area was being clearcut, the logging company sold that plot of land to a guy who built the cabin and paid taxes on it. The logging operations eventually left, and it turned out that they never owned the land to begin with.  The feds tried to evict the guy in the cabin, but by that time he had been there long enough to have "squatter's rights." The cabin and a few acres around it still belong to his family and are private property.

That's the basic gist of it and I understand it. I'm sure someone else here can go into more detail.
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