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PostMon May 18, 2020 3:32 pm 
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Trail in decent shape except for two areas.  One is a 30 yard swath from a fresh landslide at 2500 feet.  It is a big landslide--its about 1000feet long!  You can make it across, but not easy for the average trail hiker.  The next area of difficulty is the crossing of Dicks Creek at 2800 feet.  Not easy for the average trail hiker to make it across.  Doable when the snow melt is gone, and when the water is running high like now, you have to get across downed trees.  We experienced snow at 3500 feet upon entering the basin.  It was still a lot of snow.  About 4 feet deep at this time.  Snow all the way to the lookout site.

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Take C Post Road just east of the Oso Landslide Memorial and drive down the road and park at the area just before the gate which is just before the Stillaguamish River.
Take mountain bikes for 3 miles taking logging roads taking the first left after crossing the river.  At the second road junction take the left again.
Drop bikes about 20 yards before the berms in the road. The trail is unmarked and hard to find at first off to the right, or east of the road.
Trail is in really great decent shape.
Trail problem at landslide at 2500 feet.  Its a big landslide about 1000 feet long and 30 yards wide the entire way...and maybe problematic for the average trail hiker.
Trail problem at crossing Dicks Creek at 2800 feet.  No bridge.  Difficult to cross when water is high.
Experienced deep snow starting at 3500 feet in basin before Myrtle Lake.  About 4 feet at this time.
Snow all the way to the top at this time.

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PostMon May 18, 2020 5:23 pm 
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Left after the river and left again? Isn't that going back to 530?

Good to see a report from this trail. I sure do miss it (thought I've only done it 3 or 4 times, it's still a place I really really like)

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PostMon May 18, 2020 6:16 pm 
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Always wanted to go up there, I bet there’s a great view?
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PostTue May 19, 2020 10:25 am 
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Kim Brown wrote:
Left after the river and left again? Isn't that going back to 530?

Correctomundo!

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PostTue May 19, 2020 10:25 am 
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cascadetraverser wrote:
Always wanted to go up there, I bet there’s a great view?

Correctomundo!

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PostTue May 19, 2020 10:39 am 
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So you started at the old old old trail waaay down by the river and not at the trail head we've used for the last few decades? (the one with the shot up sign at the beginning of the newest of 2 clearcuts?)

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PostTue May 19, 2020 11:18 am 
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I took the logging roads (taking two lefts) as you cross the river to 1,460 feet in elevation and started the trail from there as indicated on the USGS map.

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PostTue May 19, 2020 12:58 pm 
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Mt Higgins was the first peak I climbed after moving here from Oregon. Sunset magazine had a feature article on Higgins, titled "Modest peak, a view to brag about." It was an accurate description smile.gif

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PostTue May 19, 2020 2:28 pm 
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O for crying out loud. Had to look at a map.

I had hard lefts in mind. Your 2nd left is a veer. Which is still a left, of course.

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