Forum Index > Trip Reports > The Colockum - Quilomene Wildlife Loop
Previous :: Next Topic  
Author Message
wildernessed
viewbagger



Joined: 31 Oct 2004
Posts: 9238 | TRs
Location: Wenatchee
wildernessed
  Top

viewbagger
PostSun Apr 22, 2018 6:41 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Location :Started and Closed loop from Colockum Wildlife Area TH near the ranger HQ
Maps : Naneum East / West Map from WDFW, Caltopo custom
Stats : 45 miles, 7300' gain r/t
Locations visited : Upper and Lower Tarpiscan Creeks, Cape Horn, West Bar, Tekison Creek, Brewton Gulch, Brewton Ridge, Stray Gulch, Dry Gulch, Brushy Creek, Quilomene Creek, Wanapum Lake

Colockum Wildlife Area

Quilomene Wildlife Area

Green Dot Maps

Finally a series of sunny, warm days forecasted by all the weather services so we took a chance and aired it out and what was an overnighter to West bar became a long backpack through West Bar and out to Brushy and Quilomene Creeks, Wanapum Lake and the Columbia River. Steve had been out to West bar and Tekison Creek while this was my first time but wanted to make it out to the mouth of Quilomene Creek after we spent some time on the opposite side of the Columbia River on Babcock Bench a few years back. We left early so we had time and what was a two day trip became a one day trip. We had maps, but that was old information after the wildfires and time most of the roads have been reclaimed by nature, Steve's beta after Tekison Creek was from memory 35 years ago but it's open country so we used the main "Green Dot" roads where we could and otherwise were meandering pretty efficiently through the scablands. It was full sun and hot every day with the hiking cycle being gain a ridge-drop into a drainage and repeat water was plentiful in the main creeks so we were good there. Brushy Creek is very brushy in places and we were worn out at the end of day #1. On day #2 we decided after looking at the maps to take a ridge out of the canyon near the Columbia River instead of going back through Brushy Creek and that worked out well all though the hiking on basalt was hard on the feet, we made it back to Tekison Creek had lunch at the creek then headed West up Brewton Gulch gaining Brewton Ridge and following that West then switchbacked down to a hunters camp along the South Fork of Tarpiscan Creek where we set up camp. We had some passing rain during the night but it was a dry dawn with clear skies. From there on day #3 we followed the road over to the North Fork of Tarpiscan Creek then above it quite a ways stopping for an early lunch with nice views of Cape Horn and the Tarpiscan drainages before closing the loop and arriving at the TH where we met Charlie H. and a friend just getting ready to head out on a backpack. In summary with all that travel we never saw one rattle snake, wildflowers were behind except in the West Bar / Tekison Creek area where it was stunning, we could actually see the I90 bridge and all most decided to thruhike to I90 but never planned for it and didn't know the road conditions or water availability, and it was spectacular and as always an adventure getting out with Steve. I hope they never put a trail in that area. Home now and healing up. wheelchair.gif The morning of day #3 my camera read "Battery exhausted" but I did manage to get 8.2 GB of photos and video. I haven't even looked at the video yet.

Colockum - Quilomene loop 2
Colockum - Quilomene loop 2
Tarpiscan Creek
Tarpiscan Creek
We hiked that entire ridge in years past from Colockum Rd.
We hiked that entire ridge in years past from Colockum Rd.
No way around the basalt piles.
No way around the basalt piles.
Tarpiscan Creeks.
Tarpiscan Creeks.
Colockum HQ in the far background.
Colockum HQ in the far background.
Cape Horn ahead !
Cape Horn ahead !
Hiking Cape Horns long South ridge.
Hiking Cape Horns long South ridge.
West Bar is beyond massive as you slowly descend down different benches to the bottom.
West Bar is beyond massive as you slowly descend down different benches to the bottom.
Got miles and miles of desert ?
Got miles and miles of desert ?
Hedge Hogs were in bloom from Cape Horn to Quilomene Creek.
Hedge Hogs were in bloom from Cape Horn to Quilomene Creek.
Winding down an old road through scablands below Cape Horns South ridge.
Winding down an old road through scablands below Cape Horns South ridge.
Phlox and rocks.
Phlox and rocks.
Dropping down through into West Bar.
Dropping down through into West Bar.
Entering the Northern section of West Bar.
Entering the Northern section of West Bar.
Wavy dunes in West Bar.
Wavy dunes in West Bar.
Entering Tekison Creek drainage from West Bar.
Entering Tekison Creek drainage from West Bar.
Tekison Creek drainage.
Tekison Creek drainage.
Tekison Creek
Tekison Creek
Lunch time at Tekison Creek.
Lunch time at Tekison Creek.
Looking down on Tekison Creek and West Bar.
Looking down on Tekison Creek and West Bar.
Potholes Coulee across the Columbia River.
Potholes Coulee across the Columbia River.
Steve pulling out of Dry Gulch.
Steve pulling out of Dry Gulch.
Brushy Creek drainage.
Brushy Creek drainage.
Looking East down Brushy Creek towards the Columbia River. The Gorge Amphitheater is across the river in the distance.
Looking East down Brushy Creek towards the Columbia River. The Gorge Amphitheater is across the river in the distance.
Dropping down into Brushy Creek.
Dropping down into Brushy Creek.
Hiking through a long gone homestead in Brushy Creek.
Hiking through a long gone homestead in Brushy Creek.
Brushy Creek drainage.
Brushy Creek drainage.
Brushy Creek drainage.
Brushy Creek drainage.
Camp night #1 after a 18.2 mile day.
Camp night #1 after a 18.2 mile day.
From our campsite where Brushy and Quilomene Creek converge to form Wanapum Lake at the mouth of the Columbia River.
From our campsite where Brushy and Quilomene Creek converge to form Wanapum Lake at the mouth of the Columbia River.
colockumpano
colockumpano
Day #2 camp and 35 miles of breaking in the body for 2018.
Day #2 camp and 35 miles of breaking in the body for 2018.
Grinding the final miles out towards Quilomene Creek.
Grinding the final miles out towards Quilomene Creek.
Layers of interesting terrain on West Bar.
Layers of interesting terrain on West Bar.
The road goes on forever...
The road goes on forever...
From high on a desert ridge looking back down at the Columbia River gorge.
From high on a desert ridge looking back down at the Columbia River gorge.
Climbing out of the Columbia gorge / Wanapum Lake area.
Climbing out of the Columbia gorge / Wanapum Lake area.
Wanapum Lake - Columbia River at the mouth of Brushy and Quilomene Creeks.
Wanapum Lake - Columbia River at the mouth of Brushy and Quilomene Creeks.
Dry Gulch to the right burned out by the wildfire could be a short cut in from Tekison Creek with an early water supply.
Dry Gulch to the right burned out by the wildfire could be a short cut in from Tekison Creek with an early water supply.
Wanapum Lake.
Wanapum Lake.
Balsam Root up the Quilomene Creek drainage.
Balsam Root up the Quilomene Creek drainage.
My body hurts but Morning Joe helps !
My body hurts but Morning Joe helps !
Another year on sunrise watch.
Another year on sunrise watch.
With over 40 miles in over 3 days of sunshine and 70's we sat on a ridge above North Tarpiscan Creek and ate lunch enjoying one last grand view before we turned North and closed the loop.
With over 40 miles in over 3 days of sunshine and 70's we sat on a ridge above North Tarpiscan Creek and ate lunch enjoying one last grand view before we turned North and closed the loop.

--------------
Living in the Anthropocene
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
RichP
Member
Member


Joined: 13 Jul 2006
Posts: 4561 | TRs
Location: Moscow, Id.
RichP
  Top

Member
PostSun Apr 22, 2018 7:05 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
That looks like an awesome ramble through that area.  up.gif

--------------
Without obsession, life is nothing. John Waters
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Get Out and Go
Member
Member


Joined: 13 Nov 2004
Posts: 1828 | TRs
Location: Leavenworth
Get Out and Go
  Top

Member
PostSun Apr 22, 2018 8:31 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
45 Miles! dizzy.gif  Hard men, you guys. And no snakes, either.  hairy.gif   I might easily keep up with you....for coffee.   coffee.gif

--------------
"These are the places you will find me hiding'...These are the places I will always go."
(Down in the Valley by The Head and The Heart)
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
puzzlr
Mid Fork Rocks



Joined: 13 Feb 2007
Posts: 6505 | TRs
Location: Stuck in the middle
puzzlr
  Top

Mid Fork Rocks
PostSun Apr 22, 2018 8:42 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Very interesting. I followed along on Google Earth using your photos. About a month ago I was looking for east side destinations and this huge undeveloped area caught my attention. I enjoyed your TR and many photos of it. I'm not sure I'll ever spend three days there, but I'd like to get a sample of it somehow.

When doing that I ran across this 2017 map. Do you know of those "Green Dot" roads are actually drive-able? Maybe it's different in the northern part where you were.

--------------
Mid Fork Rocksflickr
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
DigitalJanitor
Dirt hippie



Joined: 20 May 2012
Posts: 664 | TRs

DigitalJanitor
  Top

Dirt hippie
PostSun Apr 22, 2018 9:08 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Right on. We have friends that do a lot of bikepacking put there.

--------------
~Mom jeans on wheels
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
wildernessed
viewbagger



Joined: 31 Oct 2004
Posts: 9238 | TRs
Location: Wenatchee
wildernessed
  Top

viewbagger
PostSun Apr 22, 2018 9:28 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
puzzlr wrote:
Green Dot" roads are actually drive-able?

The green dot roads may be drivable but their condition is highly variable many are in poor condition even for high clearance 4wd so they get used by ATV’s I would call the area wildlife office and get specific information on conditions since the large wildfire. Not seeing any snakes in that area was very uncommon. I have the Naneum East / West Map I bought from the Colockum Wildlife HQ.

--------------
Living in the Anthropocene
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
wildernessed
viewbagger



Joined: 31 Oct 2004
Posts: 9238 | TRs
Location: Wenatchee
wildernessed
  Top

viewbagger
PostSun Apr 22, 2018 9:40 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Get Out and Go wrote:
45 Miles! dizzy.gif  Hard men, you guys. And no snakes, either.  hairy.gif   I might easily keep up with you....for coffee.   coffee.gif

whaambulance.gif   drink.gif

--------------
Living in the Anthropocene
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
HitTheTrail
Member
Member


Joined: 30 Oct 2007
Posts: 4880 | TRs
Location: 509
HitTheTrail
  Top

Member
PostMon Apr 23, 2018 5:07 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Wow! And here I had been sitting at home feeling sorry for myself for having too many domestic duties to join you guys. But now my feet (and bod in general) are feeling much better about it. Great trip guys! up.gif
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
wildernessed
viewbagger



Joined: 31 Oct 2004
Posts: 9238 | TRs
Location: Wenatchee
wildernessed
  Top

viewbagger
PostMon Apr 23, 2018 6:49 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
RichP wrote:
That looks like an awesome ramble through that area.  up.gif

I put links to both wildlife area websites as well as Green Dot Maps.

--------------
Living in the Anthropocene
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
wildernessed
viewbagger



Joined: 31 Oct 2004
Posts: 9238 | TRs
Location: Wenatchee
wildernessed
  Top

viewbagger
PostMon Apr 23, 2018 10:55 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
The short photo collage version...


--------------
Living in the Anthropocene
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
wildernessed
viewbagger



Joined: 31 Oct 2004
Posts: 9238 | TRs
Location: Wenatchee
wildernessed
  Top

viewbagger
PostWed Apr 25, 2018 6:27 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
puzzlr wrote:
I'm not sure I'll ever spend three days there, but I'd like to get a sample of it somehow.

I talked with a person in charge of the South unit there is a new updated map we were looking at coming in that way but the temps are way to hot coming up. To get to Wanapum Lake drive Park Creek Rd. to Quilomene Ridge Rd. also known as Army to Quilomene Creek which has to be forded on foot you can then hike out to the miles long sand bar beside the Columbia River which is tree’d. There will be snakes by now.

--------------
Living in the Anthropocene
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Brushbuffalo
Member
Member


Joined: 17 Sep 2015
Posts: 1253 | TRs
Location: there earlier, here now, somewhere later... Bellingham in between
Brushbuffalo
  Top

Member
PostThu Apr 26, 2018 10:07 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Beautiful! You had the flowers that weren't out yet up on Umtanum Ridge last weekend.

--------------
Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
  Display:     All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Forum Index > Trip Reports > The Colockum - Quilomene Wildlife Loop
  Happy Birthday gigamike, wheezer!
Jump to:   
Search this topic:

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum
   Use Disclaimer Powered by phpBB Privacy Policy