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PostFri Oct 25, 2019 4:37 pm 
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RichP, Here's your photo and my reverse image from 49 North a few years ago.  wave.gif

Chewelah Mtn and 49 Degrees North Ski Area.
Chewelah Mtn and 49 Degrees North Ski Area.
Calispell Mountain from 49 North
Calispell Mountain from 49 North

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PostFri Oct 25, 2019 9:10 pm 
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Windstorm wrote:
mosey wrote:
Paging puzlr, there's a washout/landslide in mid fork just 100' beyond the Upper CCC trailhead (7.5?).

Just east of upper CCCA chasm about 2' wide and several deep opened up on the hill adjacent side, and the road has buckled about 8" down and a few feet long at the end of the chasm.

Isn't that the section that was chip sealed instead of paved because it would be easier to repair if/when there were issues?

You got that right, Windstorm. Let's hope it's true. Besides the slump, water flowing off the CCC road undermined about 3 feet of the chip seal road on the left side just before the trailhead pullout. There are cones there now. Hopefully the road doesn't close for this, except for when they're actually doing some repairs. BTW, just during the period I've been going to the Middle Fork I've seen slumps there in 2008, 2009, 2015, 2016, and maybe a little in 2017. It's like the sinkhole on the Mountain Loop highway. I haven't seen this slump myself yet, but there are more photos from an MTSG staffer on flickr

I was in the valley on 10/21 when the hard rain came in. The slump happened later. The river didn't peak until 4am the next morning so it wasn't camera-friendly, but I took some videos of the creeks coming up until it got dark.

[Edit -- got a photo of the eroded ditch]

Eroded ditch approaching the CCC pullout
Eroded ditch approaching the CCC pullout

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PostSun Oct 27, 2019 7:51 am 
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I noticed that road problem, marked by cones, on my drive to a hike out of the big Middle Fork trailhead yesterday.  I passed over the small area at walking speed in my car, both ways: not something I'd want to hit at my usual Middle Fork road speed!  The whole Middle Fork is a slump zone, which is why we can no longer take a left up the Middle Fork after crossing the big bridge.  I'm glad I got in some hikes there before the closure.  Now that I'm stuck on crutches for awhile, I've been exploring more of the Middle Fork and really enjoying it!
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PostThu Oct 31, 2019 8:15 am 
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Edit: thanks Brushwork, it's a sundog. Now that I know what to look for I keep seeing them  huh.gif
Picture is of a local undervisited but overtrashed gem

lots of trash:(
lots of trash:(
another exposure
another exposure
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PostThu Oct 31, 2019 5:49 pm 
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Cool Mosey!  Looks like half a sun dog!

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PostMon Nov 04, 2019 5:22 pm 
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Big Jim Mtn 11/2
there is a tree blocking access 100' from the hatchery creek TH.  no big deal.  the trail has many new blowdowns and branches on the 1st 3 miles, nothing too difficult.  once the trail levels out, only a couple trees down.  only a little snow on the trail above 6000', some ice but easy to get around.  lake augusta was frozen over.  I took the ridge to the summit and it was pretty windy.  thought about going for big lou, too but needed to be back home at a reasonable hour.

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PostThu Nov 07, 2019 10:48 am 
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11-6-2019: After visiting the Douglas County highpoint on Badger Mtn, I crossed The Columbia and headed up Squilchuck Rd toward Mission Peak. A 2-mile road numbered 330 goes up from the 5868' level off of Liberty-Beehive Rd (9721) at the 7.1 mile point and takes you to the top. This was used by the lookout but is now a trail.

A little ice had me walk the last 1/4 mile to the 330 turnoff. Great views from the top. I scrambled out to a couple other points before retracing my steps.

Windless and warm on the summit.

The Douglas County highpoint, Badger Mountain, 4254.'
The Douglas County highpoint, Badger Mountain, 4254.'
BM on Badger.
BM on Badger.
View from Badger Mtn Rd.
View from Badger Mtn Rd.
Walking the last 1/4 to the trailhead mile up Rd 9712 (Beehive) due to some ice.
Walking the last 1/4 to the trailhead mile up Rd 9712 (Beehive) due to some ice.
Large tamaracks at the trailhead for Mission Peak, 5868.'
Large tamaracks at the trailhead for Mission Peak, 5868.'
Rd 330 is now a trail but is used by quads. It's a short two miles and 1000' of vertical to reach the summit of Mission Peak.
Rd 330 is now a trail but is used by quads. It's a short two miles and 1000' of vertical to reach the summit of Mission Peak.
Insulator from the lookout days.
Insulator from the lookout days.
Thea Lake at 6320.'
Thea Lake at 6320.'
View from the road on the way up.
View from the road on the way up.
Enchantments.
Enchantments.
The road goes a bit further. Summit now in view.
The road goes a bit further. Summit now in view.
Almost to the summit. A trail leads through the basalt.
Almost to the summit. A trail leads through the basalt.
Footing from the lookout on the summit, 6876.'
Footing from the lookout on the summit, 6876.'
The summit from a lesser point to the south.
The summit from a lesser point to the south.
Looking back to the highpoint from the south. I scrambled out along the ridge to check things out.
Looking back to the highpoint from the south. I scrambled out along the ridge to check things out.
On the short trail to the lookout and summit.
On the short trail to the lookout and summit.
Wenatchee and Badger Mtn across the Columbia River.
Wenatchee and Badger Mtn across the Columbia River.
The spur that goes up to the top of Mission Peak. This was the road used to reach the lookout.
The spur that goes up to the top of Mission Peak. This was the road used to reach the lookout.
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PostThu Nov 07, 2019 1:15 pm 
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11/5: Mt. Si Haystack with Loki dog. He summited no prob and easily found a good route down. Good boy! And, we saw a goat on the ridge!

11/6: Trapper’s is still an easyish go! A bit of snow before the junction and then some intermittent snow and not too worrisome snow on the boot path, but put on spikes for a brief little descent and then kept them on until the summit. Note: morning lighting is likely ideal this time of year. I was on the summit and the ridge near sunset and the lakes no longer had any light. Still beautiful!

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PostThu Nov 07, 2019 11:28 pm 
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I stopped at Madison Falls at the Elwha entrance to Olympic National Park for some quick pictures Wednesday.

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Blue Mtns, Nov 13, 2019

I was going to do a little canyon hiking in Asotin Ck but decided to keep driving up past Cloverland to the top of The Blues. Surprisingly, the road was snow-free well above 6000.'
I hit Ray Ridge 6180' walking the last bit from Misery Spring CG and then drove over to the nearby Diamond Peak Rd for the Mt Misery TH and Diamond Peak, Garfield County highpoint.

At the 3 mile-mark of this 5 mile spur I decided to walk the rest to the TH. It was mostly dry past where the road runs along the north side of Mt Misery.
The short hike up to Diamond Peak is pleasant and the trail was well packed by hunter and horse traffic. At the top of the ridge turn left up to the top at 6379.'

Wenatchee Guard Station in The Blue Mountains serves as a nightly rental.
Wenatchee Guard Station in The Blue Mountains serves as a nightly rental.
Spur road out to Ray Ridge.
Spur road out to Ray Ridge.
Ray Ridge and its repeater.
Ray Ridge and its repeater.
The highest piece of ground in Asotin County, Ray Ridge, 6180.'
The highest piece of ground in Asotin County, Ray Ridge, 6180.'
Toward Diamond Peak from Ray Ridge.
Toward Diamond Peak from Ray Ridge.
Toward Diamond Peak from Ray Ridge.
Toward Diamond Peak from Ray Ridge.
I walked the last two miles up Diamond Peak Rd to the trailhead due to some ice but much of the road was like this.
I walked the last two miles up Diamond Peak Rd to the trailhead due to some ice but much of the road was like this.
Saddle Butte.
Saddle Butte.
Mt Misery Trailhead, 5900.'
Mt Misery Trailhead, 5900.'
Diamond Peak summit.
Diamond Peak summit.
View from Diamond Peak.
View from Diamond Peak.
Repeater on Diamond Peak.
Repeater on Diamond Peak.
Southeast from Diamond Peak, 6379.'
Southeast from Diamond Peak, 6379.'
On Diamond Peak.
On Diamond Peak.
One of the contenders for Garfield County, West Diamond Peak. I tagged it just to be safe.
One of the contenders for Garfield County, West Diamond Peak. I tagged it just to be safe.
At 6250' below Diamond Peak.
At 6250' below Diamond Peak.
Mt Misery Trailhead at 5900.'
Mt Misery Trailhead at 5900.'
Diamond Peak.
Diamond Peak.
View south from Rd 43 on the way out.
View south from Rd 43 on the way out.
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PostThu Nov 14, 2019 4:35 pm 
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Nice conditions for you! Should be a couple feet of snow there at this time. A Mount Misery to Oregon Butte, down to the Wenaha then back up to Misery or Diamond d Peak is a interesting loop. Thanks for posting!
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PostWed Nov 20, 2019 11:26 pm 
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Had a lil jaunt to check out the low cloud system from above after an interesting sunset yesterday.

Convergence zone over Seattle and the Sound. Olympics in the background with Rattlesnake in front, DH's Balcony in foreground.
Convergence zone over Seattle and the Sound. Olympics in the background with Rattlesnake in front, DH's Balcony in foreground.
McClellan Butte with the moon
McClellan Butte with the moon
Bonus sunset from Monday
Bonus sunset from Monday
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PostThu Nov 21, 2019 11:12 pm 
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Nice pics, mosey!
The finest day imaginable in late November I was very fortunate to hike up to West Cady Ridge.
Thanks to the Forest Service for finally fixing the road, now how about the thousand potholes on the Beckler River Road?
It was close to freezing at the trailhead and every root, log and wooden plank on the lower part of the trail was covered in slippery ice. The trail itself was in very fine condition, thanks to Backcountry Horsemen who have kept it maintained during the several years it was closed. up.gif
Further up the trail it was warm and sunny, but when snow began to appear at about 4800 feet, there were some treacherous freeze/thaw sections which required Microspikes. At the ridge crest the trail was very icy in many places.
West Cady Ridge 11/21/19
West Cady Ridge 11/21/19

Views were fabulous, especially of Glacier Peak and Monte Cristo and Keyes Peak. Over the years the trees have grown up to block some of the expected photo ops, but there are still some scenic spots to be found.
Monte Cristo and Keyes Peak from West Cady Ridge 11/21/19
Monte Cristo and Keyes Peak from West Cady Ridge 11/21/19
Sloan Peak from West Cady Ridge 11/21/19
Sloan Peak from West Cady Ridge 11/21/19
Glacier Peak from West Cady Ridge 11/21/19
Glacier Peak from West Cady Ridge 11/21/19
Tarn on West Cady Ridge 11/21/19
Tarn on West Cady Ridge 11/21/19
Tarn on West Cady Ridge 11/21/19
Tarn on West Cady Ridge 11/21/19

On the way back down, we were treated to a lovely sunset view.
Sunset view from West Cady Ridge 11/21/19
Sunset view from West Cady Ridge 11/21/19

It was great to get back up to one of my favorite places before winter sets in!
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PostFri Nov 22, 2019 10:59 am 
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Very nice. The problem with the potholes and dashboards is that people drive too fast making it even worse. The ranger district grades that road every year sometimes a couple times a year. There is only so much they can do with funding and personnel availiable. What's the other option close the road and have people drive up the north fork when it's finished. I drove that road alot and know to just take my time.
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