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Malachai Constant
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PostSat Sep 19, 2020 2:46 pm 
Margaretís Way toSierra Court first hike in week without n95 few people on was up a lot on Chibinski on way down.

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PostMon Sep 21, 2020 10:08 am 
Hibox mountain was misty and ethereal yesterday morning. Fall is descending on us quickly. Most views to the Chimney group were socked in, unfortunately. Summit block scramble is fun but there is an exposed move on the normal (easy) scramble route that I wouldn't want to do if wet. Still patting myself on the back for downclimbing bits of it successfully. Signed the summit register and left a note about the tooth I chipped on a branch on my ascent!


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PostTue Sep 22, 2020 8:29 am 
Went out along Ptarmigan Ridge where the fall colors are just starting to turn.  My favorite lake out there was its usual beautiful self...

Mount Baker Dawn Reflection
Mount Baker Dawn Reflection
Shuksan and Baker this morning
Shuksan and Baker this morning
Ptarmigan Ridge this morning
Ptarmigan Ridge this morning

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PostFri Oct 02, 2020 9:30 pm 
Went up Hwy 20 today to climb Wallaby and check out the larches en route. Larch turning nicely, still probably a week out. Smoke is still socking in everything.
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wallaby summit smoke
wallaby summit smoke
wallaby summit smoke
wallaby summit smoke

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PostSun Oct 04, 2020 5:20 pm 
I'd done PCT to Grasshopper Pass starting near Harts Pass several times, but I'd never driven the road beyond that junction before or been further north on the PCT.  Saturday (10/3) went with a buddy to change that.  We parked roughly midway between Harts Pass and Slate Peak.  Went about 7 miles (just beyond Jim Pass) before turning around and coming back.  Larch aren't quite prime but coming along nicely.  Saw several ptarmigan real up close.  Ravens flying around and being talkative most of the day.  A decent number of people out but nothing compared to the cluster back along Hwy 20, Maple Pass in particular but pretty much every trailhead right off the highway.  That whole adage about getting further away from Seattle to escape the crowds simply doesn't apply anymore.


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PostTue Oct 06, 2020 10:50 am 
Got a solo core permit for four days...great colors

More from the Enchantments
More from the Enchantments
Back from 4 days in the Enchantments.  1500+ photos to go through...
Back from 4 days in the Enchantments.  1500+ photos to go through...
Very spacious for one person
Very spacious for one person
More from the Enchantments this last week.
More from the Enchantments this last week.

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PostThu Oct 08, 2020 8:38 am 
I hiked to Eagle Peak Saddle yesterday (Wednesday). It's still possible to do a lovely day hike at Rainier without crowds, on a weekday at least. There is a little of everything--2 miles of very nice old growth, views of Rainier, a little bit of meadow with fall color. Smoke haze obscured the views to the south. 1 met 15 people total.


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PostThu Oct 08, 2020 7:55 pm 
A few hikes I made in these later months of this year and of which I didn't post a full-blown TR:

Alice Lake (near Chatter Creek trail) in mid-September.

Trapper Lake (near Cascade Pass) in mid-August.

That lake north of Windy Pass (it's not a tarn!) and a bonus Cashmere summit - In early September

Upper and Lower Grace Lakes (Chiwaukum Mtns) + Margaret via vintage Frosty Creek trail - early Sept.

All of these also involved fishing.  Although I got skunked fishing on Cashmere's summit.

I have selfishly and intentionally not posted any amazing, breath-taking photos of these trips.

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PostSat Oct 10, 2020 9:22 am 
Panther creek, unmaintained trail off the white river. Came back with a basket full of savory consumables.

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PostSun Oct 11, 2020 7:44 pm 
Thursday, October 8.   Pollalie Ridge, Waptus Pass, Pete Lake via Tired Creek.  I went up Tired Creek which was tough due to the loose dirt, rocks, and gravel from all the horses.  At the trail junction I turned south for a few hundred yards to the high point which the old lookout was on.  The views were obscured by low hanging clouds, but I could see the lower peaks.  The better places to sit and eat lunch were on the north side of that area--several nice rock outcroppings.

I did this as a loop and wandered through Waptus Pass and found the trail going down to Pete Lake.  I used maps and the occasional small, hard to find FS signage up in the trees.  I didn't see a single person until the last leg of my journey back to the Pete Lake TH as it was getting dark.  I must say that parts of this trail are rather spooky.  You travel through thousands of downed trees on the NW side of Pollalie Ridge just above the Pass.  Some of these trees and limbs are still hanging and they creak and groan in the breezes.  This happened several years ago since the way has been cleared.

The main fall colors were some blueberry foliage at the higher points and then brilliant Vine Maples at lower elevations.  Pete Lake was cloudy, quiet, and very lonely.  It was getting dark and I was halfway back to the TH when I stopped to check my map.  There was a trail crossing that was confusing and I wasn't perfectly sure if I had made the correct choice.  Suddenly a fisherman comes stealthily along the trail and it made me jump.  haha  He was very friendly and verified that I was indeed on the correct trail back.  We chatted briefly about the fishing and such, then he zoomed away as quiet as he had arrived.  I made it back just at dark.  ~z

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PostThu Oct 15, 2020 6:54 pm 
8.2 mi. Loop on Tiger, saw 3 people 2 in last half mile.

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PostFri Oct 16, 2020 11:56 am 

I couldn't resist the new snow and thought maybe a weekday in mid October in 42 degree weather might keep the crowds at Paradise down. The lot still filled up, but the Skyline Trail, beyond the first half mile, was fine. Except that it was very, very slippery with compact snow and ice.

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PostFri Oct 16, 2020 12:34 pm 
Guess some people are not back to work as of yet.

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PostFri Oct 16, 2020 2:10 pm 
timberghost wrote:
Guess some people are not back to work as of yet.

There were quite a lot of out of state plates too. While watching a bear family I met a couple from New Jersey who decided to take a western NP trip because they assumed no one would be in the parks during the pandemic.

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PostFri Oct 16, 2020 4:55 pm 
Went to the Big 4 picnic area, the bridge is still washed out but they replaced the first section of the wooden walkway...they replaced the perfectly fine pressure treated wood with brand new non pressure treated wood...makes sense to me.  confused.gif  Yet they still haven't replaced the section of the bridge over the river that washed out. When they put the bridge in, on the south side they filled the footing with something a bit larger than pea gravel. Sure, that won't wash away. Where do they find these people?

Then took a ride up the Coal lake road to check out the washout-slide area. The road is blocked maybe about a half mile prior to Coal lake. There are some steep cliffs above that scary road, hard to believe there aren't more slides.

Yesterday I went to Kelcema lake and fished a bit...someone drug a fiberglass boat up there and left it. It's not in bad shape so I brought some oars up and paddled around, it does leak some. The road is in good shape except for the first previously washed out section. My friend and I made it in his Subaru Crosstrek and I in my Suburban, but it is a bit of a challenge. Another case of flawed gobermint 'engineering'.....but it does keep the traffic down and hopefully the miscreants out.

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