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PostWed Mar 18, 2020 12:37 pm 
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Thanks for the info about that gate!  Are there interesting hiking opportunities or views beyond that gate?  And don't forget that not all Vietnam vets are nuts!  Just some of us--and we are nuts for the Middle Fork!
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PostWed Mar 18, 2020 12:53 pm 
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I hope they fix the road by summer. Im looking forward to biking to the end and getting back up the Dutch Miller after so many years.

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PostMon Mar 30, 2020 9:19 pm 
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Last weekend the DNR moved the Middle Fork road closure back to Valley Camp. On the weekend officers were posted at the closure to enforce it. All DNR land and trails are closed, so don't park before the closure and walk in.

Middle Fork closure by Valley Camp
Middle Fork closure by Valley Camp

That made me change my plans for the day (I was going to do some solo weeding on USFS land). I thought I'd check out the other area trailheads to see what the closures looked like.

Little Si trailhead closure
Little Si trailhead closure
Mount Si trailhead closure
Mount Si trailhead closure
Teneriffe trailhead closure
Teneriffe trailhead closure
Teneriffe bus turnaround trailhead closure
Teneriffe bus turnaround trailhead closure
CCC road trailhead closure
CCC road trailhead closure
North Bend ranger station closed
North Bend ranger station closed

Then decided to drive up the North Fork. I hadn't been up that way since last summer.

Sunday Creek bridge
Sunday Creek bridge
Big slide along the North Fork river a little past Sunday Creek. Google Earth imagery shows this starting in about 2009, but it seems to still be eroding.
Big slide along the North Fork river a little past Sunday Creek. Google Earth imagery shows this starting in about 2009, but it seems to still be eroding.
Trashed car at the Sunday Lake trailhead
Trashed car at the Sunday Lake trailhead
Lennox Creek bridge view downstream
Lennox Creek bridge view downstream
Spot along FR 57 where the creek is running close to the road
Spot along FR 57 where the creek is running close to the road
My turn around spot on FR 57. The snow got deeper here and I could see deep snow ruts ahead. I wasn't even close to the Bare Mountain trailhead.
My turn around spot on FR 57. The snow got deeper here and I could see deep snow ruts ahead. I wasn't even close to the Bare Mountain trailhead.
View down to Lennox Creek. The old road has been completely washed away
View down to Lennox Creek. The old road has been completely washed away
Hail on the North Fork road
Hail on the North Fork road
Mount Si from 428th Ave
Mount Si from 428th Ave

[Edit] Adding video of huge puddle on the road


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PostTue Mar 31, 2020 3:30 am 
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Thanks for the North Fork information Puzzlemeister.  I was wondering about that.

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PostTue Mar 31, 2020 5:44 am 
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I was wondering about the N fork as well. Gee, that vehicle sh##-show really gives me pause about parking anywhere up that road. That might keep away people as well as any gate!!
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PostTue Mar 31, 2020 7:03 am 
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Thanks for the update puzzlr.  Whoa--that car destruction.  To think of the malice of those individuals is unsettling to say the least. 

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Mount Si from 428th Ave
Mount Si from 428th Ave

Some of my favorite views of Mt. Si are in this area.   Thanks,  ~z
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PostTue Mar 31, 2020 7:10 am 
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Tinkham Road is closed? Washouts and trees?

Noticed this several weeks or months ago, just too lazy to do a search here.
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PostTue Mar 31, 2020 7:14 am 
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I wonder about Hansen creek road...is it blocked by snow on the first flats?
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PostTue Mar 31, 2020 6:06 pm 
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I think Tinkham road always closes for the winter, but I wouldn't be surprised if it stayed closed longer to keep people from camping up there.

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PostTue Mar 31, 2020 6:15 pm 
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puzzlr wrote:
Trashed car at the Sunday Lake trailhead
Trashed car at the Sunday Lake trailhead

The North Fork is the new Middle Fork!
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PostTue Mar 31, 2020 6:49 pm 
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The north fork is the OLD middle fork!
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