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PostFri Oct 16, 2020 12:34 pm 
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Guess some people are not back to work as of yet.
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PostFri Oct 16, 2020 2:10 pm 
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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 
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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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PostWed Oct 21, 2020 10:05 am 
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A stroll in the Chief Joseph Wildlife Area in Asotin County. 10-20-2020

Looking up to my destination at the start of the hike.
Looking up to my destination at the start of the hike.
Chief Joseph Wildlife Area in Asotin County, Wa.
Chief Joseph Wildlife Area in Asotin County, Wa.
Some steep terrain lower down.
Some steep terrain lower down.
Heading up the to the top the ridge.
Heading up the to the top the ridge.
Exposed basalt terraces on the canyon walls.
Exposed basalt terraces on the canyon walls.
Down Joseph Creek.
Down Joseph Creek.
Across Joseph Creek to Mt Wilson.
Across Joseph Creek to Mt Wilson.
Point 2990, as far as I got today.
Point 2990, as far as I got today.
Elk ahead.
Elk ahead.
Small elk herd in the saddle ahead. I decided not to disturb them though I wanted to get a view down to The Grand Ronde from the point behind them.
Small elk herd in the saddle ahead. I decided not to disturb them though I wanted to get a view down to The Grand Ronde from the point behind them.
The section of ridge I walked earlier in the year.
The section of ridge I walked earlier in the year.
The narrows of Joseph Creek Canyon wind  down to nearby Oregon.
The narrows of Joseph Creek Canyon wind  down to nearby Oregon.
The ridge back down to the canyon floor 2000' below.
The ridge back down to the canyon floor 2000' below.
Joseph Creek Canyon.
Joseph Creek Canyon.
Mt Wilson, the area highpoint at just under 5k'.
Mt Wilson, the area highpoint at just under 5k'.
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PostWed Oct 21, 2020 12:27 pm 
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Thanks RichP - great photos.  Love that area!
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PostThu Oct 22, 2020 10:33 pm 
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PostFri Oct 23, 2020 5:17 pm 
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awilsondc wrote:
The good news is my wife liked it and wants to go again! Success!

Wait until you take her to a quiet place....

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PostFri Oct 23, 2020 5:27 pm 
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I hiked up Duncan Hill on 10/21 and camped on top. Trail is cleared of the many burnt fallen  trees and there was 1' of snow on top. Spoke with several hunters, but only one who had been successful.  Most used motorcycles until the snow on the trail got too deep and the grade too steep at around 6400'.

Good views from the former lookout site, as it was clear. A few larches still doing the larch thing. The summit got down to 10F overnight inside my tent, and my tiny camera said ' Too cold! Can't take pictures!' or something like it. Sorry , I'm no photographer.

By plan, beat the big snowstorm by one day. Phew!

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PostFri Oct 23, 2020 9:23 pm 
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PostWed Oct 28, 2020 9:30 pm 
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Hiked from White River to Sunrise today. Perfect Fall day. I don't think people realize 410 from Enumclaw is open and you can still drive to White River Campground. Saw two cars in the parking lot when I arrived around 1 pm, none when I departed at 5 pm. 1 person on the trial, which means there was basically no one hiking the super popular Glacier Basin and Emmons Moraine trails. Saw maybe five cars at Summerland, no cars at Owyhigh Lakes, and two cars at Crystal Lakes. And there was no one checking passes at the gate. This is as empty as Rainier gets.

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PostSat Nov 07, 2020 6:16 pm 
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Mission Peak outside of Wenatchee. The weather was perfect!


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PostThu Nov 12, 2020 9:37 am 
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Set out for Gem Lake yesterday around 11:30 from the Alpental parking lot. Surprising amount of people on the trail but it was Veteran's Day (Happy Veteran's Day to all the Veterans on here!).

I thought my gaiters and microspikes were overkill for the first mile or so but on the ascent up to the ridge the stamped down snow was fairly slippery and I watched some hikers without traction walking very carefully to avoid slipping.

Snow Lake was gorgeous and still on an overcast day. Hiked around to the beginning of the ascent up to Gem Lake where previous hikers had turned around and we found about 16" of fresh snow to wade through. Yay gaiters! With a slower pace and fading light we decided to turn around so we could have a cold one at Dru Bru and make it back to Seattle by dinner time. After our next weather system rolls through you might have to bring your snowshoes and watch the Avi report if you want to enjoy a thermos of hot mint tea next to Snow Lake. smile.gif

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PostThu Nov 12, 2020 1:00 pm 
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Any fish
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PostSat Nov 21, 2020 11:49 pm 
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Almost enough snow!
Almost enough snow!
I'm king of all I survey!
I'm king of all I survey!
Log crossing
Log crossing
Not that sketchy
Not that sketchy
Scenery wasn't bad!
Scenery wasn't bad!
Little bit of weather coming in on the way back
Little bit of weather coming in on the way back
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PostSun Nov 22, 2020 11:33 am 
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I have to use a magnifying glass to see them, but thank you all for posting trip reports.  Since I cant hike any longer its so nice to have the oppurtunity to see some opf your reports.


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