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PostWed Jan 16, 2019 1:05 pm 
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On Monday, Triciaann and I decided to see how far up the Foss River Road we could drive. We made it as far as the intersection with F.S. Road 6530. We had no interest in ruining our day by getting stuck, so we parked here and commenced the usual winter roadwalk.
There were signs that some people had used chains, and the potholes were as huge as I have ever seen, but the road appeared driveable with AWD or 4WD up to

the Necklace Valley trailhead, and there was an Audi and a Subie in the parking lot.

Foss River Road  1/15/19
Foss River Road  1/15/19
Foss River Road  1/15/19
Foss River Road  1/15/19

We didnít bring snowshoes, but we decided to walk up the trail a ways, and were pleasantly surprised to find it was snow free up until the wilderness boundary.
Burn Creek was very pretty and the bridge across it looked like it had been upgraded recently.

Thanks to the people responsible for doing such a great job!
Necklace Valley Trail 1/15/19
Necklace Valley Trail 1/15/19
Necklace Valley Trail 1/15/19
Necklace Valley Trail 1/15/19
Necklace Valley Trail  1/15/19
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Necklace Valley Trail 1/15/19
Necklace Valley Trail 1/15/19

We met a couple at the bridge cooking a hot lunch, and a bit later as we proceeded up the trail, a guy and his dog caught up with us while we were taking pictures of icicles.
Necklace Valley Trail 1/15/19
Necklace Valley Trail 1/15/19
Necklace Valley Trail 1/15/19
Necklace Valley Trail 1/15/19

The snow gradually became deeper, so we decided to call it a day, and turned around after about 2 1/2 miles.
Necklace Valley Trail 1/15/19
Necklace Valley Trail 1/15/19

On the way back a couple caught up with us who had actually gone quite a ways further after putting their snowshoes on at four miles. They were the only other people we saw all day after the first two groups, making for a very pleasant walk. smile.gif
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PostWed Jan 16, 2019 1:20 pm 
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Love the two photos from the creek-level perspetive, Nancy Ann.  Great composition.  up.gif

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PostWed Jan 16, 2019 3:40 pm 
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Great report and photos.  I see the Necklace Valley Trailhead is shown as being at 1,670 feet altitude and your photos show snow at the trailhead.  What altitude does the snow along the road begin?
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PostWed Jan 16, 2019 4:12 pm 
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Nice, so jealous! The Necklace Valley is definitely on my "bucket list".

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PostWed Jan 16, 2019 4:36 pm 
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Neat pics, Nancyann. Looks wintry too.

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PostWed Jan 16, 2019 4:42 pm 
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Mikey, currently the snow on the road is intermittent at about 1500  feet, but that should change with the arrival of the next weather system.
CJ, I hope you are feeling better and will be able to get up there this year!
Thank you, Anne Elk, I feel like this creek is photogenic, especially with the nice-looking bridge. The East Fork Foss itself is very photogenic as well, thanks to its blue-green color, but the trail doesnít drop down to it until a little further up. smile.gif
Thanks Rich, youíre not missing that green moss are you?
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PostWed Jan 16, 2019 5:03 pm 
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Nancyann wrote:
Thanks Rich, youíre not missing that green moss are you?

Yes, I am!

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PostWed Jan 16, 2019 6:33 pm 
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Nancyann wrote:
Necklace Valley Trail  1/15/19
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Okay.  How on earth did you do this?  This is something like a gif, but different.  Pretty fancy stuff there.  ~z
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PostWed Jan 16, 2019 7:59 pm 
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Itís a fun phone app that I finally figured out how to use. wink.gif
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PostThu Jan 17, 2019 9:21 am 
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Nice pics
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PostFri Jan 18, 2019 5:21 am 
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Awesome write up thanks for posting
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PostFri Jan 18, 2019 1:14 pm 
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There is a WTA trip report of 2 guys who hiked fast (ran ?) up Necklace Valley and climbed 7428 ft Mt Hinman. in one day (July 15, 2015). A more detailed report of their one day hike is here. Years ago I climbed 7178 ft Bears Breast which we accessed via the Middle Fork Snoqualmie river trail and since then have intended to hike the Necklace Valley trail.
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PostSat Jan 19, 2019 6:13 am 
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Yup, that looks like it was a perfect day for a mind-clearing walk, for sure.  up.gif I love walking through the forest(s) in this kind of weather.

Nancyann wrote:

And this one is particularly interesting, I think.

Watch the relationship between the rocks at the right edge of the pic comparing their (apparent) non-movement to the edge of the pic, then look at the bottom and watch the bridge as it appears to move back and forth maybe an inch or so, according to camera movement when the short clip was taken.

And I agree, not ruining the day by getting stuck was a fine bit of wisdom!

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PostSat Jan 19, 2019 10:33 am 
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moonspots wrote:
watch the bridge as it appears to move

"appears"?  Obviously that bridge is breathing.  Remember what the O.P. said:

Nancyann wrote:
Burn Creek was very pretty and the bridge across it looked like it had been upgraded recently.

That's one of those high end models.   wink.gif   ~z
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PostSat Jan 19, 2019 11:01 am 
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I was having a little fun with a phone app in the moving bridge picture, but I also find that I still enjoy using my trusty little cheap Nikon Coolpix camera depending on what I am photographing. smile.gif
Does anyone know if it was volunteers who did the nice bridgework?
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