Question, my fellow explorers:
I am seeking information about Trail 471, a branch that some old maps show. This trail intersection is obvious at about 5960' where it leads north from the trail leading to Fred's Lake, Lake Doris, and Shellrock Pass, which most people use for access to Osceola, Carru, Lago, etc. As I recall it is signed as 'abandoned,' (or is it 'not maintained' ?) as one hikes up to Fred's Lake
On Dick Pargeter's wonderful pictorial map The North Cascades, East trail 471 contours north to Bark Creek and further to Pleasant Valley Creek, then ascends to the ridge between Lease Creek and Middle Fork Pasayten River, then to Point Defiance before descending through a large burn to 3 Forks on the Pasayten.
Trail 471 is visible on Google Earth south of Pleasant Valley but I can't see remnants north of there until near the site of a former lookout at Point Defiance, the lookout foundation being clearly visible as a square, obviously manmade ( ok, human made).
Have any of you used this trail 471?
-------------- Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
We were up that way a few years back. Trail was pretty straight forward getting to Pleasant Lk. We were heading for the lakes on the E side of the ridge, so didn't spend any time looking for the trail going north from the lake, but just angled up the hill to the ridgetop. You can pretty much walk wherever you want up there. The little valley above the lake heading toward Osceola Pk is a nice side trip.
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