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PostFri May 20, 2022 11:24 am 
I was in forestry school at the U of W in the late 50s. One quarter I got a job to help map the Arboretum. A previous crew had come in and grided the whole area into 100 foot squares. They set monuments at the corners of each square. We came in later with grid paper, a plane table, 100 foot rag tape, a 3 sided engineers scale and mapped  everything within each square. It was really fun job, and my first exposure to what led to a surveying  career.

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PostThu May 26, 2022 10:21 pm 
Spent 2 hours schwacking in the rain with EternalBlue trying to find the CCC cabin today. Didn't find it but did find some enormous trees and lots of bear poop. Also heard a baby bear and almost stepped on a grouse nest. Both startled us quite a bit. Saw some huckleberries starting to bud. I understand the roof of the cabin is busted up now but I figured it might still be standing. Maybe not after the winter. If anyone knows the approximate coordinates please send me a PM so I can compare it to my track from today. I suspect we were very close.

Super dense in some places
Super dense in some places
Some trees were 12+' in diameter. I've never seen any this large in King county before.
Some trees were 12+' in diameter. I've never seen any this large in King county before.
Pratt Balcony
Pratt Balcony
Somewhere up the CCC trail
Somewhere up the CCC trail

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PostFri May 27, 2022 6:54 am 
Was planning on heading up to somewhere in the Middlefork, but Cle Elum area looked better weather-wise. Wanted to head over to North Davis too, but way too many steep slopes with cornices, not having flotation, and a late start didn’t seem like a good idea (plus we were both pretty tired).
Cleared some limbs and trees lower down, but there are tons more that need to be sawed/moved out.
We both got a tick each :/..
Cornices looked like a warm week or two away from dropping.


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PostFri May 27, 2022 4:16 pm 
Plenty of trip reports for this one in the last couple years so felt like I didn't need to post a full report. Snowshoed up and spent the night on Bacon this past Saturday (May 21). As noted in reports from last year, Bacon Creek Road is blocked by a couple hundred trees down about a mile from the Bacon Creek Bridge (or just over 4 miles from Highway 20). Most of them are step-over. Then after the bridge there's another big blowdown section with much larger trees. As amazing as it sounds I lost the road and spent an extra 20 minutes bushwhacking through the downed trees. So you now have to park 2 miles and 500' vertical below where you enter the forest.

Attempted to follow flagging in the Schwacky portion, but ended up staying too far to the right which lead to a couple class 3 moves on mossy ledges. On my descent I stayed in a dry stream gully which was much more pleasant. I tried to get an early start, but ended up waiting for 3 hours at point 4,800 for clouds to move in and snow to stabilize a bit more. Then I traveled as quickly as possible through what I'm calling the Amphitheater of a Thousand Avalanches.

Camped out about 20' from the summit in a small wind lip as nearby thunderheads caught the evening light and then uncountable stars appeared overhead. Woke up in the morning to dead calm with temps in the mid 20s. Tagged Canadian Bacon on the way down. 13 hours up (including 3 hours waiting for avalanche risk to drop), 5 hours down.

The Amphitheater of a thousand Avalanches was quite imposing
The Amphitheater of a thousand Avalanches was quite imposing
Stayed dry the whole day as thunderstorms danced nearby (Electric Butte)
Stayed dry the whole day as thunderstorms danced nearby (Electric Butte)
I was exhausted by the time I made it to the glacier, but the views kept me entertained.
I was exhausted by the time I made it to the glacier, but the views kept me entertained.
Such a good perspective of the Pickets
Such a good perspective of the Pickets
Golden light
Golden light
A decent campsite
A decent campsite
Blum Blushing
Blum Blushing
I was too tired to stay awake much later than 11 pm
I was too tired to stay awake much later than 11 pm
A rare sight the last few months
A rare sight the last few months

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PostSat May 28, 2022 3:49 pm 
Oh boy…impossible to follow up sunset shots from Bacon…

Failed attempt on Persis this morning. We turned around around 4400ft when we got tired of sliding sideways into tree wells. 🤪 In a couple more weeks the snow will (hopefully) be melted up to the ridge line and make this more fun.


There was one other car and we followed those boot prints up. To that brave soul I tip my hat. Hope you made it and post a trip report!

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PostSat May 28, 2022 8:57 pm 
zimmertr wrote:
Spent 2 hours schwacking in the rain with EternalBlue trying to find the CCC cabin today. Didn't find it but did find some enormous trees and lots of bear poop.

If you found the big trees, you're close assuming you're referring to the gingerbread cabin. But someone bashed some support beams two years ago and it has fallen down since. The grove is much more interesting imo. Even when it was still intact, you couldn't see the cabin until you're ten feet away.

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PostWed Jun 08, 2022 7:39 am 
After reading this report on Vets Peak I was stoked to check it out!
Things came together nicely.  agree.gif

https://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7983307&highlight=methow+pinnacle

Btw, I came down the route I took up.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/44468754@N04/albums/72177720299641599

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PostTue Jun 14, 2022 6:34 am 
Big Craggy and West Craggy Peaks - 6/11/22

These peaks got a lot of attention over the weekend, probably because it was one of the few areas in the state with a decent forecast!  The sunshine was glorious, and it was a beautiful day!  We took the ridge up to Big Craggy which was the way to go for sure given the conditions.  We caught up with another party on the summit of Big Craggy, but didn't stay long.  The traverse over to West Craggy was my favorite part, great views and interesting mixed terrain.  There was wallowing in soft snow, consolidated snow, scrambling, and some choss.  Good views from West Craggy too!  The descent down the "magic ramp" was a little spicy on steep snow.  A mix of nice consolidated snow and thigh deep post holing got us back to the trail.  It was so nice to have some sun!


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PostTue Jun 14, 2022 9:08 am 
awilsondc wrote:

Geez Louise!


Great framing.

Such a beautiful day up there.      ~z

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PostTue Jun 14, 2022 10:56 am 
BCRT with WTA starting at Sweat Creek Picnic Area (Defunct) to Clackamas Mountain and Maple Mtn. June 9-12, 2022.

This is a section of The PNT that climbs up from the north side of Highway 20 about 30 miles east of Tonasket and 8 miles west of Republic. I got in a few peaks before and during. Fir Mtn has a trail to the top and is directly across the highway from Sweat Ck TH. Clackamas has a trail nearly to the top as does Maple. An active grazing allotment ensures that cow pies and moos are almost always present.

Sweat Ck is strange in that a nice FS sign indicates that it is a picnic area but it is not, and there is no sign indicating a trailhead, which it is. There is a very nice (and clean) restroom that seems popular with passing motorists. It was also a campground at some point but it is no longer.

A nice 10ish mile loop can be made from here up The PNT and down the Clackamas Mtn Trail. The FS does not want The Clackamas Mtn Trail to be maintained anymore due to illegal motorized use but I've heard that it's still passable.

Looking north to Clackamas Mtn, 5280 and Maple Mtn from Fir Mtn
Looking north to Clackamas Mtn, 5280 and Maple Mtn from Fir Mtn
Mt Annie from Fir
Mt Annie from Fir
Cornell Butte Lookout. Notice the holes burnt in the flooring
Cornell Butte Lookout. Notice the holes burnt in the flooring
Storm King summit
Storm King summit
The biggest log
The biggest log
Sawing away
Sawing away
After the cut
After the cut
Summit register
Summit register
Summit of Maple Mtn
Summit of Maple Mtn
Fir Mtn from 5280
Fir Mtn from 5280
Fir Mtn on the hike out
Fir Mtn on the hike out

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PostThu Jun 16, 2022 10:02 am 
Quick conditions report for the East-Central Pasayten. We finally decided to pull the trigger on a big trip out of Billy Goat, over the Fool Hens and Bauble Butte, out to Sheep, then to Two Point and Skepticle before taking the valley back to the trailhead. Well… it was not to be.

The road to the trailhead and even the trail was logged out to Bill Goat Pass last week, but it was just our luck that a massive blowdown came down in the last few days from just before Copper Glance, so we had to walk from there. We made decent time up to the pass and Pk 7967 and onward to Burch Mtn. This is where the postholing began. We’d be walking on decent spring snow for 50 yards or so, and then without warning, plunge down to our wastes. This persisted to the summit of Burch. Beyond that, on our way to Little Fool Hen, the intermittent postholing just continued and our traverse to Fool Hen began to feel like a fool’s errand. We decided to bail when it was still convenient. Direct and unpleasant route back down to the valley and the car by 7:30.

This disappointing start to the season continues. I suppose I’m thankful that we seem to be in a good place in terms of fire season…

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PostSun Jun 19, 2022 1:32 pm 
RichP wrote:
Sawing away
Sawing away

What saw is that?  How long did it take you to make those cuts?

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PostSun Jun 19, 2022 3:09 pm 
thunderhead wrote:
What saw is that?  How long did it take you to make those cuts?

I don't know the brand but like most good saws, its pre 1930. AFAIK crosscut saws, at least quality ones, are no longer produced. It belongs to our crew leader, Holly and she named it "Princess." Those cuts take approximately 30- 45 minutes on a log like that. We had to make three cuts on this log and it took nearly 3 hours to get it all done with a crew of 8.

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PostSun Jun 19, 2022 5:46 pm 
Went up Iron Peak in the Teanaway today. Fourth weekend in a row I've grabbed a summit or two there. First time the snow wasn't crappy though. It's very well consolidated and melting fast. Will probably be gone in a couple weeks.

Mighta saw Ozzy at the DeRoux trailhead?


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PostFri Jun 24, 2022 11:26 am 
Rode/pushed the bike up to Ten Four yesterday. Started at the unmarked logging road off of Ben Howard south of Sultan known as 297th. It was a grunt but the ride down was energizing.

Stopped by the lookout site on Haystack Ridge along the way. Scenic views from all the clearcuts.

Airplane Lake
Airplane Lake
Da top
Da top

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