Forum Index > Trip Reports > Tuck & Robin Lakes - Avoid
Previous :: Next Topic  
Author Message
pnw_transplant
PNW Transplant



Joined: 07 Sep 2020
Posts: 4 | TRs
Location: Portland, Oregon
pnw_transplant
  Top

PNW Transplant
PostMon Sep 07, 2020 10:17 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Made the mistake of jumping into a group backpacking this weekend at Tuck & Robin Lakes in the Alpine Lake Wilderness (without knowing anything about the area). Big mistake. Arrived to the trailhead around 10:00am to find cars parked half a mile down the road and then leading all the way up to the three parking areas. People everywhere. Not to mention the hundreds of people dispersed camping along the entire forest road to the trailhead. Hiked up to Tuck Lake (one of the harder trails to backpack due to the sheer elevation gain in the last mile up to the lake) and it was just overrun with people. Toilet paper tucked into the underbrush in a lot of spots. People camping RIGHT next to the water. Attempted to hike up to Robin Lake and again, nowhere to camp. We could have camped on ground cover but we knew it was not the right thing to do so we had to head back down. Found a campsite lower in the forest and then day hiked back up to hang out at the lakes.

Trail conditions: super dusty, lots of people too. Wear a mask if for nothing else to keep the dust out of your airways (got a bad sore throat from it!). Good shade during the morning but definitely heats up in the afternoons. No bugs, but probably because we had a steady breeze the entire time.

Note: I know how discouraging it can be to backpacking somewhere and to find there are no established campsites available, but please do not create new sites by camping on delicate ground cover. Go in with the mindset that you will Leave No Trace, no matter what, and be prepared to pivot plans if need be. The health and preservation of our natural spaces is more important than you're desire to camp somewhere.

Happy trails everyone.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
Chief Joseph
Member
Member


Joined: 10 Nov 2007
Posts: 5542 | TRs
Location: What Verlot Forgot.
Chief Joseph
  Top

Member
PostMon Sep 07, 2020 10:25 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
That's really old news for us, but thanks for the update. Research is your friend, welcome to the site.

--------------
Go placidly amid the noise and waste, and remember what comfort there may be in owning a piece thereof.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
pnw_transplant
PNW Transplant



Joined: 07 Sep 2020
Posts: 4 | TRs
Location: Portland, Oregon
pnw_transplant
  Top

PNW Transplant
PostMon Sep 07, 2020 10:51 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Yeah usually I research my own trips to death but made the mistake of trusting my friends do the same and didn't so much as google this place.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
philfort
Member
Member


Joined: 02 Sep 2003
Posts: 93 | TRs
Location: seattle
philfort
  Top

Member
PostMon Sep 07, 2020 11:58 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Did a day hike in that area yesterday (near Mt Daniel). Plenty of folks camped on the meadows around Peggy's Pond, some right on the shore (although in general that area didn't seem too crowded). Just seems like a lot of new people in the woods not knowing about LNT.

That line of parked cars was insane, but arriving at 6:30am there were some empty spots right at the trailhead. Seems like a lot of people left Sunday evening too.

Also saw:
- Several vans of trail runners, I dunno if it was some event
- A family standing in the middle of the forest road, shooting into some meadows... seemed like a bad idea with so many people around
- There's some type of "commune" along the forest road that sprinkles boulders across the road to attempt to slow people down. If you had a low clearance vehicle you'd probably have to clear some of them out of the way and potentially have conflict with the people  dizzy.gif
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
olderthanIusedtobe
Member
Member


Joined: 05 Sep 2011
Posts: 6933 | TRs
Location: Shoreline
olderthanIusedtobe
  Top

Member
PostMon Sep 07, 2020 12:10 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Sigh.  It seems like a lot of places are pretty much ruined now.  At least I got to visit some of them while they were still okay.
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
pnw_transplant
PNW Transplant



Joined: 07 Sep 2020
Posts: 4 | TRs
Location: Portland, Oregon
pnw_transplant
  Top

PNW Transplant
PostMon Sep 07, 2020 12:14 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Is it just me or has this summer been absolutely insane? We've only been in the PNW for three years but even some of the spots we like to frequent because no one is there, we'll arrive at the trailhead and there will be 10-15 cars.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
philfort
Member
Member


Joined: 02 Sep 2003
Posts: 93 | TRs
Location: seattle
philfort
  Top

Member
PostMon Sep 07, 2020 1:00 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
I think it's primarily two things:
1) COVID, forcing people into the mountains since there is nothing to do in the city
2) A few of the social media apps/groups (WH&C, alltrails), which have the effect of concentrating people in a handful of areas happen to be most instagram-worthy at the moment.

(2) is obviously a long term issue, so the only solution is to monitor those groups and see where not to go.

A few times this summer I've been pleasantly surprised at how uncrowded a trail was (Monogram Lake and the Loowit trail on St Helens come to mind).
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
seattlenativemike
Member
Member


Joined: 06 Oct 2012
Posts: 514 | TRs
Location: seattle
seattlenativemike
  Top

Member
PostMon Sep 07, 2020 1:04 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
pnw_transplant wrote:
backpacking this weekend

This was a large part of the problem sadly
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
Malachai Constant
Member
Member


Joined: 13 Jan 2002
Posts: 14786 | TRs
Location: Back Again Like A Bad Penny
Malachai Constant
  Top

Member
PostMon Sep 07, 2020 1:36 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Wait until larch season huh.gif

--------------
"You do not laugh when you look at the mountains, or when you look at the sea." Lafcadio Hearn
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
reststep
Member
Member


Joined: 17 Dec 2001
Posts: 4441 | TRs

reststep
  Top

Member
PostMon Sep 07, 2020 1:41 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Did you check Granite Mountain Pot Holes for camping spots?

I suppose with the crowds all the spots in that area were taken also.

--------------
"The mountains are calling and I must go." - John Muir
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
Outdoorsman
Member
Member


Joined: 24 Jul 2014
Posts: 3 | TRs

Outdoorsman
  Top

Member
PostMon Sep 07, 2020 2:28 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Timing is everything.  My son and I were just at Tuck and Robin Lakes / Granite Mt / Potholes / Trico a week ago Sunday through Tuesday, and other than passing many on their hike out the first day, we saw very few people.

Granted we don't always have the option for a weekday trip, but it provides a greater opportunity for solitude when you can make it happen.
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
Dick B
Member
Member


Joined: 06 Jun 2013
Posts: 128 | TRs
Location: Redmond, Or
Dick B
  Top

Member
PostMon Sep 07, 2020 4:47 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Hiking has ramped up down here on the Deschutes, out of Bend, also. Last Tuesday my wife and I arrived early and did the easy loop around Todd Lake. Not many cars when we left the lot, but it was full when we got back at 10:30. Drove down to the Green Lakes/Soda Ck TH and it was nearly full. Went on to Devils Lake and it was full also. Those hikers were probably heading up South Sister, or off to the PCT to hike thru the wilderness. We got our hiking and back packing in years ago. Often we were often the only ones on the trail. Not so now, and this summer has been the worst.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
MyFootHurts
Huge Member



Joined: 22 Nov 2011
Posts: 890 | TRs
Location: Kekistan
MyFootHurts
  Top

Huge Member
PostMon Sep 07, 2020 6:41 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Dick B wrote:
Hiking has ramped up down here on the Deschutes, out of Bend, also. Last Tuesday my wife and I arrived early and did the easy loop around Todd Lake. Not many cars when we left the lot, but it was full when we got back at 10:30. Drove down to the Green Lakes/Soda Ck TH and it was nearly full. Went on to Devils Lake and it was full also. Those hikers were probably heading up South Sister, or off to the PCT to hike thru the wilderness. We got our hiking and back packing in years ago. Often we were often the only ones on the trail. Not so now, and this summer has been the worst.

That Cascade Lakes Highway is like the I-90 of bend.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
Randito
Snarky Member



Joined: 27 Jul 2008
Posts: 7473 | TRs
Location: Bellevue at the moment.
Randito
  Top

Snarky Member
PostMon Sep 07, 2020 7:20 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
I'm shocked, shocked I say that one of the most scenic destinations in the state with no limits on overnight permits was crowded on a Labor Day Weekend with perfect weather.
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
BigBrunyon
Member
Member


Joined: 19 Mar 2015
Posts: 896 | TRs
Location: the fitness gyms!!
BigBrunyon
  Top

Member
PostMon Sep 07, 2020 9:03 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Need to reinstall grizz specially at Robin lakes!!! Area needs a solid predator presence. Has for a while! Keep these hooligans out. Keep em out.

--------------
YOU NEVER KNOW!!
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
  Display:     All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Forum Index > Trip Reports > Tuck & Robin Lakes - Avoid
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