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PostWed Aug 05, 2020 1:22 pm 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
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Ptarmigan Traverse July 25-29

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Indian Head Pk and Pilot Ridge loop August 1-2

These both seem worthy of more than a paragraph in the lazy TR thread.  No pics?

Edited the post above to add pics
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PostWed Aug 05, 2020 2:36 pm 
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Edited the post above to add pics

up.gif  Sweet!
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PostThu Aug 06, 2020 3:14 pm 
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I've been on this abandoned trail/ road thing for a few months... And hikes on the south side of i90.

This is new...


With the freeway noise in the background focus is on the trees and what's growing beneath them!


Nice summer color further up!


It seemed evident that Jeepers had pushed to the upper limits of this unused or abandoned logging road. As the alder had been pruned or pushed aside. Thanks!


Eventually the pruning stopped and a mystery unfolded as there was a trench dug and scratches on a tree. At first glance it looked like the scratch marks were caused by delimbing of the tree with a powered saw of some sort. But then I wondered if an animal made these scratches?


The brush beyond wasn't bad...


I did see one snake but I heard many more on this hike. Evidence:


Sooner or later the truck will emerge...


Each time I see it, it seems to look the same although it seems to be listing to the port side?!

I climbed up to get a better vantage point:


I chugged a bunch of water for the dry rocky descent with my deer fly companions...


The descent was uneventful and soon I was back to the car after all that steep zig zagging.

2900ish elevation gain. 7'ish miles with some off route investigating.

A few beer cans and 103 rifle rounds retrieved. (comment removed)

Mostly dry route, drank close to a gallon of water.
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PostFri Aug 07, 2020 8:15 am 
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You never know what you will find on those abandoned trails, Brucester!
I have been staying close to home this week, waiting for news on the birth of my second grandson in Berlin. Took a relaxing walk down the PCT on Tuesday. Encountered a fair number of dayhikers and a few section hikers, but no thru hikers. Also one exhausted trail runner complaining about her knees, coming down from TML. Everyone was very good about social distancing. The bugs were not too bad, thanks to a lovely alpine breeze.
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
PCT south of Stevens Pass 8/4/20
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PostFri Aug 07, 2020 8:37 am 
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I was on the PCT S of Stevens last weekend; my favorite spot is that expanse of hellibore and arnica, though in the past, I didn't ever see the arnica, which later in the season is spent, and the hellibore taller and in bloom. That trail and Boulder River - I never mind seeing other people, because they're always so happy.

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PostFri Aug 07, 2020 10:21 am 
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I love that spot too, Kim. Depending on the time of season there is always something beautiful to look at there. Once when I was returning through, I was fortunate to be able to watch a big cinnamon bear grazing in the meadows high above. Now I look for that bear every time I pass below the meadows in hopes of seeing it again. smile.gif
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Did a small loop Monday - Wednesday in the Chelan Sawtooths. Went in Monday with a couple friends that had to be back Tuesday afternoon. I was planning on leaving Thursday but had a sore foot that wasn't getting better probably in part to an overloaded pack and bailed Wednesday. The three of us spent Monday night at Sunrise Lake. One other hiker came in that afternoon.Weather was good and bugs were just a slight nuisance. After the guys left Tuesday AM I wandered around the lake only to come back and see a marmot n the snow patch where I had stashed over a pound of meat. The critter took off leaving no sign of the bag and a small piece of meat. Tuesday night was beautiful. That day a family of four came in. Very nice family from Snoho. At about 1000 a coyote chorus began in Merchant's basin. It was kind of neat listening to them for a half hour or so.
Decided to go ahead and go to Cooney Lake. The foot did not care for the downhill part. Nobody at Cooney. I continued back to the trailhead and have been taking it easy on the foot since.
Nice trip. Sunrise has been "busy" to say the least. Trails are very dusty. Tis the season.
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PostSat Aug 08, 2020 3:13 pm 
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Completed the McAlester-Rainbow Lake Loop in the NCNP. 40ish miles: heavenly flower fields, deep forests, and high ridges.  Not logged out this year, so stock camps open to hikers. To wit: High Meadows stock camp was a fantastic surprise. Even saw a bruin from the PCT!

The flies were swarming below 6k and the mosquitos above 6. But they never joined forces against me on this trip.
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PostMon Aug 10, 2020 10:17 am 
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Short Note - Goal was Price Lake off the Nooksack Cirque trail.   You can easily wade Ruth Creek or cross on the log jam downstream of the trailhead.   The famous log is finally gone so if you are going to Price Lake you will need to wade the Nooksack River.
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PostTue Aug 11, 2020 3:23 pm 
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Did Cascade Pass on Sunday.


Had to get some panos too.

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PostTue Aug 11, 2020 6:55 pm 
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Leafguy wrote:
Did a small loop Monday - Wednesday in the Chelan Sawtooths. Went in Monday with a couple friends that had to be back Tuesday afternoon.

Did you catch any fish after we left? It was such a nice day we envisioned you laying in your pack raft on the lake all day whipping the water to death!
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PostTue Aug 11, 2020 7:31 pm 
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loving the exploration of the interstitial lands Brucester.  The strange archeological appeal of man meeting nature, and for some strange reason there always seems to be more wildlife than in the wild...
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PostTue Aug 11, 2020 8:04 pm 
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Did you catch any fish after we left? It was such a nice day we envisioned you laying in your pack raft on the lake all day whipping the water to death!

About the same as Monday. Signs of lots of pressure. Steve saw lots of entrails in the water. Glad I took the raft. So darn relaxing floating around. Didn’t fish Cooney. Overweight hiker + overweight pack makes for sore feet.
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Heading up to Mount Dege I chatted with a ranger about seeing things on trail never seen before like an abandoned stroller while hiking at St Helens on a dirt trail... She said she saw a dude in a unicorn onesie the day prior...

So I'm up at Dege and there's this girl taking selfies in a hot pink crop top...

Headed over to the Fremont lookout was eventful for Covid times. Mask on and then mask off to breathe mountain air.

It seemed crowded. Groups of 5 seemly everywhere. I got to the lookout and felt crowded so I left. I didn't take one picture. Too many people!


Back at the trailhead...

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Brucester wrote:

Is that your ride?

That looks like one of those crawler things that go out on the ice along the Icefields Parkway up in Alberta.
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