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PostTue Jun 09, 2020 3:25 pm 
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Riverside Laker wrote:
Which mine is that?

The truth is I don't know.  PM'd you my best guess.
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PostThu Jun 11, 2020 2:03 pm 
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found a few piles of trash hidden along it, which we hauled out

Thanks RW! smile.gif
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PostThu Jun 11, 2020 8:55 pm 
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Went up to the Pilchuck lookout today, started hiking around 1030 am and should have started about 230 pm as that's when it stopped raining. Hit snow about half way up, it was soft and slushy with pretty good traction. Donned the micro spikes for the descent and had no problems. I did post hole a few times so be really carefully around boulders and tree wells. I am thinking it's going to be a bit dangerous in the upcoming weeks as it melts out and the snow bridges weaken.

When Veronica and I reached the top the wind was really whipping it up and we were wet and cold. The lookout was open as some asshats had recently broken the shutter for the entry door. Changed into a few dry clothes and headed down. I commented that even in this crappy weather we will see some young people wearing tennis shoes heading up. Sure enough, about 20 minutes into the descent we ran into 5 young guys all wearing tennis shoes except one who had on boots. But at least they weren't wearing shorts and flip flops, lol.

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PostFri Jun 12, 2020 10:07 am 
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Needed to get out of town to lesser populous areas.   I really love the areas uplake at Chelan so we headed over in gloom and showers.   We drove up Grade Creek road (8200) and after twisting around for 18 miles on relatively good gravel road, we arrived at South Navarre campground.  On the way up, we were surprised by a flock of mountain sheep!  They seemed most curious about us and allowed close contact.
One of them had an ear tag, but I couldn't get a shot to report to the ranger district. 
South Navarre was cold so we headed back down the road to near the top of Safety Harbor Creek and took a walk on that trail.  It's an old road for a couple miles so is flat ( a rarity at Chelan) and the flowers and vistas were lovely.
We camped and hung out as the skies threatened more and more and I awoke in the tent early to the sound of drizzle.   It is a most pleasing sound.  On the way down to Manson, we stopped at an obvious campsite that had a lovely old toilet.  I particularly liked the TP holder.
We were on a leisurely drive then and so decided to drive more miles out to the Grand Coulee area.   A great ( favorite) walk ensued up Northrup Canyon just north of Steamboat rock.
We startled a wild turkey with its chicks and saw bluebirds.
If you have not been there, I highly recommend Northrup  for a great walk with stunning cliffs, an old homesite and various wonderful choices for walks.  As it was raining, we just walked a couple miles up to the old homestead.
We drove on in rain to Winthrop where we got a room for a shower and a pizza for dinner. 
Next morning, we drove southeast to Pipestone Canyon for another great walk.   We enjoyed the cliffs and the hooting owls there and great flowers including mariposa lily ( cat's ear) and others.
We left there around 10 am and headed over the North Cascade highway stopping for vistas here and there.  Most trailheads are closed.   
Got to Thunder Arm and walked up the trail a mile and a half to the bridge crossing Thunder Creek.  I cruised up to Thunder Camp and goggled at the immense cedars there.  Lots of bunchberry and other forest flowers.  took a brief snooze on the bridge
Really liked this giant rock with huge crack. For perspective, the cedar is about 6 feet across....
Back to the lowlands. 
We drove up the Mountain loop highway and a ways up the North Fork Sauk.  I had done a couple days of WTA work on the Sauk Falls trail and was saddened to see the trail falling apart with fallen trees having destroyed much of the lower trail and lots of water running down it.  Nonetheless, the falls are roaring and a joy to see.   I wrote to WTA advising them of the needs on this short scenic trail.
Back home with filthy car and humans and showers and hot food sure was great.  A fun trip.

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PostFri Jun 12, 2020 10:27 am 
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Best part of this trip was multiple bears! In the morning, a scruffy subadult ran right in front of my car on Icicle Rd. I slammed on the brakes and rolled down the window; he stopped for a moment, then bounded north into the forest. The second bear was heading south across Hwy 2 a bit west of the Merritt Lake TH at about the same time on Friday morning. Just caught the tail end of him. And then saw a coyote on the shoulder a few minutes later. Maybe less traffic on these roads lately is bringing out more wildlife? Or maybe I'm just not usually out this early. clown.gif

I live in the Icicle canyon about 6 miles past where the road had been closed (Snow Creek parking lot) this spring.  I definitely noticed a lot more wildlife this year than ever before.  Not just more animals around, but they seemed more relaxed and not easily spooked.  They really seemed to enjoy the peace.
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PostFri Jun 12, 2020 3:48 pm 
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lookout bob wrote:

Lucky you!  I've seen a few groups (bands?) of sheep at a distance, but have yet to have a close up encounter.
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PostSun Jun 14, 2020 10:56 pm 
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Lincoln Park Saturday was a nice urban escape...

Laid on the beach for awhile soaking up the sun and the sounds!

Wild clouds and tall trees, nice!
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PostSun Jun 14, 2020 11:01 pm 
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lookout bob wrote:

On Clark Mountain was the only sheep sighting I've ever had was from afar, some have all the luck!

How was the road?
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PostTue Jun 16, 2020 5:00 pm 
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Up the West Fork of the Foss River.  Sunday, June 14, 2020.
Trout Lake @ 1.6 mi
Malachite Lake @ 4.0 mi
Copper Lake @ 4.2 mi

* Wonderful waterfalls near and far (we have had a lot of rain!).
* Easy hiking to Trout Lk with little elevation gain but lots of flora to enjoy
* Steep hike from Trout to the junction of Malachite and Copper trials.  Trail is very well maintained with brush and logs removed (except the 40+ inches), a bit of mud here and there but much less than I'd expected west of the crest in early June.
* Snow encountered at about 3800-4000 as you top out of the switchbacks and head into the lake zone
*  Malachite was 80% iced over and Copper was 95% ice
*  Felt lucky to squeeze in a very scenic day hike between sucker holes of rainy weather.

Very pretty hike - one that I will return to when the snow has abated.  Dogs are allowed here so that's a good thing or bad depending on your side of this topic.
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PostFri Jun 19, 2020 7:00 pm 
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Ingalls Pass and Headlight Basin, Thursday, June 18.   The North Fork of the Teanaway River road (FS 9737) was open and clear all the way to Esmeralda.  Some potholes occasionally but in great shape compared to other years.  Probably a couple dozen campers up and down the road in dispersed camping areas.  Not many vehicles in the parking lot when I arrived around 9:15 am.  The restroom was open, reasonably clean, stocked with t.p.  The trail sign at the turn off to Long and Ingalls Pass was in its place.  (It had been missing on my last visit in 2017.)

Plenty of creeks crossing the trail were running and water was abundant.  Just a very few bugs, not really too annoying unless you lingered too long in certain spots.  As I got higher I enjoyed the opening views to Mt. Rainier and distant Mt. Adams.  Esmeralda and the surrounding peaks were spectacular.   Fortune Peak looked immense from that angle. 

Snow patches occasionally as you passed the turn off to Long Pass, then by 5800 feet elevation it began to show up in earnest.  By 6000 feet or so the trail would be covered and initially you could see the trail by remnants of boot prints or sawn blowdown to indicate that there was trail below.  But as you got closer to the Pass, the trail began to do a lot of switch backing under the cliffs and it became a maze.  The snow was compact and several feet deep with a several inch layer of slush on top.  It began to get slippery and putting on traction helped.  Very near the Pass I was relieved to see the orange signs posted by the F. S. announcing the Wilderness area.  It helped steer me through the cliffy portions at the end.   

Folks with navigation devices shouldn't have too much problem.  I had to get my map out and do some terrain association to choose which route on a couple of occasions.  If you are someone who does this route several times a year or at least once a year, it's probably a non-issue.  But I only get up there every few years--not enough to memorize the route through those rocks when in deep snow. 

No one was at the top to greet me--no people, no goats.  It was quiet with a light breeze.  Very nice.  Mt. Stuart was magnificient as were the peaks of Ingalls.  I had half my lunch there on the dry rocks.  I looked at a number of peaks I had scrambled with various partners over the years.  Not Hinkhouse looked a little rugged from down below, but at one time I had come down from there with E.K.  Lots of snow on Fortune, and covering the basin route up to South Ingalls.  It had been sunny when I started yesterday morning, but clouds began drifting in during my ascent.  This was fine with me because the bare sun was pretty warm. 

Eventually I saw three distant figures on the trail around Headlight Basin.  I waited for their arrival.  Three folks who had overnighted at the Pass and been to Lake Ingalls for lunch.  They hadn't seen anyone their entire  trip.  Eventually I headed up that way myself and took another lunch break on a nice big rock near the larches at Headlight B.  Two other hikers came by on their way to the lake.  They looked fresh and unencumbered--as if they had stepped out of an REI flyer. 

I didn't go to the lake.  I didn't have my axe and it was pretty slippery on those slopes.  As I was heading down through the steep maze, the other two hikers showed up.  They had a GAIA app on their phone.  So we teamed up and navigated together through the cliffy portion.  That was terrific and enjoyable to have the company.  It was their first time in the Teanaways.  I quickly suggested several other hikes for their future trips that offered similar view payoffs and levels of difficulty.  Then they picked up the pace and I continued on. 

I encountered two groups of two headed up.  More vehicles were in the lot when I got back down.    ~z
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PostFri Jun 19, 2020 7:13 pm 
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^^ no pics??  OK then, here's a pano from Bean yesterday looking your direction (and others).

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PostFri Jun 19, 2020 10:42 pm 
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neek wrote:
here's a pano from Bean yesterday looking your direction

Yes, that's me over there below Fortune Peak. wink.gif   I loved those clouds yesterday.  They gave dimension to the sky.  And shielded me as well.  Thanks!     ~z
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PostSun Jun 21, 2020 12:42 pm 
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Had Lake Metam on the Mount Pugh Trail to myself on Friday night, which was a surprise. A nice spot for a solo hiker, but would be a tight squeeze for a larger party. Hit steady, obscuring snow at about 4700 under lowering skies on the way to the pass in the morning and headed back to other commitments. Lots of ripe salmon berries around the trailhead and the road up.
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PostTue Jun 23, 2020 4:09 pm 
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Despite my concerns of it being a less than great trip, I don't think we could have asked for better conditions for our overnight backpacking trip last week (Jun 18-19).

We hiked from the Conrad Meadows TH starting around 2 pm and enjoyed the easy walk to Suprise Lake encountering virtually no snow. Another party that we saw coming the opposite directing near the TH had us worried because they said they were trying to make it to Suprise and had gone as far as they were comfortable going. Turns out they had taken the loop the opposite direction and encountered snow before the lake. Apparently, they weren't very prepared or adventurous. The lake was just melted out with 2 good campsites. The next day we finished the loop back down to Conrad Meadows. Starting at the Lake and until we got to the north side of the basin, the trail was completely snow-covered but my sisters made it across just fine in tennis shoes and we picked the trail back up. Great weather, few bugs.

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PostMon Jun 29, 2020 9:09 am 
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We went up Poe via Little Wenatchee Ford on Friday. Trail was in good shape until 5,000 feet, then mostly route-finding in deep snow after that. I was glad to be wearing my Microspikes on the steep traverses. Awesome views all around of the snowy cascade crest, still a lot of melt out needed on the PCT for comfortable travel.
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Glacier lilies blooming but not much else yet.
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North side of Poe skiable! We skipped the summit. lol.gif
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The path to Whittier was partially thawed out but still blocked by deep and steep patchy snow in some spots.
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Glacier Peak was sulking behind clouds but we still enjoyed the views.
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The late afternoon lighting east of the crest created interesting shadows.
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Saw no one the entire day, no worries about social distancing!
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