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PostWed May 10, 2023 9:02 pm 
Chase Mountain from Touchet Corral Sno-Park on the western side of The Blue Mountains. A road is drivable to near the summit in summer but I headed directly up the east ridge. Mostly easy waking through sparse forest until hitting the summit road higher up. Snow is still 6-8' deep in shaded areas above 5200' but I never used my snowshoes. A heavy thunderstorm started right as I got back to the car.
Bluewood Ski Area
Bluewood Ski Area
Middle Point Ridge
Middle Point Ridge
Chase Mtn
Chase Mtn
Hiking the summit road.
Hiking the summit road.
Toward Table Rock
Toward Table Rock
Forested summit area of Chase Mtn, 5642.'
Forested summit area of Chase Mtn, 5642.'
Back down the ridge
Back down the ridge
Sno Park
Sno Park

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PostThu May 11, 2023 11:44 am 
Did Mailbox on Tuesday, because weekend crowds moved it to my Never Do on Weekends list. Just a few snowy bits left but short enough that traction wasn't worth it except for training weight. I bet they'll be gone completely by this weekend with the coming warm weather.

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PostMon May 15, 2023 11:50 am 
Lewis Butte Saturday. Balsamroot past peak but still gorgeous. Lupine are at peak and smell terrific. The new loop is great--it takes you west though a little forest and a big meadow. And no one is on it--it seems like most people turn around and go back via the east half of the loop.

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PostTue May 16, 2023 10:03 pm 
Necklace Valley Trail footlog crossing, May 16
Downstream options used in the summer not much better either…

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PostWed May 17, 2023 9:18 am 
San Juan's from lookout point Mesa Verde NP

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PostThu May 18, 2023 2:05 am 
Blue Ridge near Olney pass got logged within the last few years, giving it nice views south and west in the mile or so of road around the "summits" (how does that work on an undulating ridge?) The real views are at the now clearcut lookout site though, contrary to summitpost's now outdated claim there is a view of Spada from the summit. I ended up jogging a significant amount due to the clouds of bugs that were following me trying to get into my ears, but in the summer this would be best with a bike due to the now extra mileage for a decent view, or best as a snowshoe to the first spur viewpoint. I don't think I'll walk it again. It was too smokey to get any shots, even index was hazy. Somehow I got a ridiculous sunburn through the overcast, though. Figures. 5.5mi/1.2k' gain to the lookout
Hazy index and persis
Hazy index and persis
Vesper, morningstar, sloan
Vesper, morningstar, sloan
Bare and spada
Bare and spada
three fingers
three fingers
vesper
vesper
morningstar
morningstar
Westward from the summit (very faint Olympics) lookout site on right
Westward from the summit (very faint Olympics) lookout site on right

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PostFri May 19, 2023 9:42 pm 
honeymoon
honeymoon
independence
independence
someone had a paddleboard but no pump and wanted to raft an iceberg... I'm much more practical
someone had a paddleboard but no pump and wanted to raft an iceberg... I'm much more practical

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PostFri May 19, 2023 10:35 pm 
I thought it was weird that they barred off Honeymoon. It's short and seems very stable but the other mine was left open. Actually we had a harder time finding the Honeymoon than the lower mine. The side road to the lower mine has gotten very overgrown since the first time I went to the lake in 2010 and I think most people miss it. The connector trail between the memorial and the waterfall trail has also gotten very rough since the first time I went there.

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PostSat May 27, 2023 9:36 am 
Took a quick trip up the West Fork Foss Trail to the snowline at 3,600 feet yesterday afternoon. Deep snow still covers the trail just past the footbridge crossing.
Waterfall crossings before the footbridge.
We were surprised to not see anyone else on the trail, but on the way back the holiday weekend campers began trickling in. It was great to see families with little kids so excited about their first backpacking trip of the year.😊

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PostSat May 27, 2023 10:10 am 
Went up to Loch Katrine yesterday to checkout last year's burn. Fires were mainly in areas that were clear cut but some near the lake as well. Lots of firefighting equipment still present. Nice waterfall near inlet of lake. Lake completely melted out.
burned slope
burned slope
typical burn area
typical burn area
burned clear cut
burned clear cut
hose that ran nearly 1/4 mile from lake to burn area
hose that ran nearly 1/4 mile from lake to burn area
Gas cans left by firefighting crew probably for running water pump
Gas cans left by firefighting crew probably for running water pump
Fallen timber from burned roots
Fallen timber from burned roots
Other-worldly combination of burned stump and tibetan prayer flags
Other-worldly combination of burned stump and tibetan prayer flags

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PostSun May 28, 2023 9:44 am 
Slim wrote:
Went up to Loch Katrine yesterday to checkout last year's burn. Fires were mainly in areas that were clear cut but some near the lake as well. Lots of firefighting equipment still present. Nice waterfall near inlet of lake. Lake completely melted out.
Thanks for the report! That is going to be one dry and dusty road for the foreseeable future. At least it's nice to see that some of the forest around the lake survived, and the lake is still accessible. It looks like the trees south of the lake were mostly unaffected? The trail around the ridge on the east looks like it may be a lost cause. frown.gif

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PostSun May 28, 2023 5:02 pm 
The trees to the south of the lake were unaffected but the little ridge to the east was burned and the trees laid down. It's a mess. re:road - yes, it was a slog even on a mild, sunny afternoon. I hope the FS comes back to pickup the fire fighting equipment. Seems like they had to drop everything and high tail it out of there. I may give the Ranger in Snoqualmie a call just as a reminder. ~Slim

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PostTue May 30, 2023 8:34 am 
Hey Chubby, did you park across the road and hike the Phillipa lake road and peel off at the fork that goes left and climb up to the lake? How's that road for electric biking?

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PostTue May 30, 2023 8:53 am 
Backpacker Joe wrote:
Hey Chubby, did you park across the road and hike the Phillipa lake road and peel off at the fork that goes left and climb up to the lake? How's that road for electric biking?
Chubby ? LOL BPJ - ebike would work fine on most of the road but it's a steep climb so need appropriate gearing etc. There's a section of road near the top that is unbikable because of dozer work from the fire. But it's short. I walked the main road going up looking for burn morels (didn't find any) but on the way out, I just came straight down the burnt clear cut intersecting the road near the Phillapa fork. Saved a bunch of time. Lots of variations are possible. ~Slim

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PostWed May 31, 2023 9:17 am 
Low Mountain. Up via Granite, down via Hemlock Pass. I like this route better than going passed Denny Lake. Walked the road back to the Granite trailhead (3 miles). Snows in great shape right now!
Needed to self belay working down through here.

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