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    Steven White followed Abby Elise

    about 1 month ago

    Steven White followed Heather Galekovich

    about 1 month ago

    Steven White reviewed Timberline Trail Around Mount Hood From Cloud Cap Inn

    about 1 month ago

    Fantastic loop. I did this over 5 days/4 nights with side trips up Yocum Ridge, McNiel Point, and Elk Meadow. I started from the Timberline Lodge and went clockwise. There are a few streams you have to ford, though I only got me feet wet on the Sandy river crossing. The Elliot crossing seems more daunting that it is. I used the ropes crossing and it wasn't bad. This guide is pretty helpful http://www.oregonhikers.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=19999. If I did it again, I would take high route up by the glacier as that seems like the shortest, least painful way.

    Steven White reviewed Olallie Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Did a quick overnight to Olallie Mountain. The road in is fine. I came in from 126 and took 19 down to the damn and crossed over, following 1993 all the way to the trailhead without any problem. The trail itself wasn't in too bad of shape for the early season. Some blow downs to traverse due to the fire here last year. The burn is patchy hear and there alternating with green. Views from the top were pretty spectacular as you can see the whole forest basin between Olallie and the three sisters. I'm sure this is why the lookout tower is here. There aren't many good flat spots on top to pitch a tent and the ground is really rocky making a free standing tent a better option. Quick hike with great views.

    Steven White completed Olallie Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Steven White reviewed Loowit Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    I did this loop in the summer of 2015 when it was very dry and water sources were limited.. Previous to my trip, I did quite a bit of research and was running into different reviews describing a wide spectrum of difficulties and troubles. I found that the trip isn’t that difficult with proper planning and I’m writing this review with some detail to try to help others who are thinking of going. The two biggest issues you have to deal with on this loop are 1) Access to filterable water and 2) traversing glacial washes and I’ll give my experience with both.

    Before I do that I just want to say this trip was one of my favorites so far. It has a wide variety of landscape and terrain. There is the massive ravine of the Toutle wash, the devastation of the blast area, many boulder fields, and majestic veiws of Mt. Adams to the east. Every side of the mountain is different and interesting. Check out my photos!

    First dealing with the wash/ravine crossings. Here is a link to current trail conditions. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/giffordpinchot/alerts-notices/?cid=fseprd492502 There are many glacial runoffs around the mountain which have dug ravines that must be traversed by going down one side of the ravine, crossing the stream, and climbing up the other side. The majority of the crossings have gentle slopes and easy stream crossings. This can change as the water reshapes the ravines.

    In 2015 when I went there were two significant ravine crossings. One was at Blue Lake Wash on the south side of the mountain, where the trail detours a ½ mile downhill, following the ravine to a crossable spot and then back up the other side. The other is at South Fork Toutle river. Either might have ropes to help you get down and back up. Neither is technical and can probably be traversed without the ropes, they just might it easier to do. I was also able to cross every stream without fording, but your results may vary depending on the time of year and day when you cross. The above forest service trail report seems to make it sound dangerous at parts, but it really isn’t. If you are an intermediate hiker with experience, the traverses should be no trouble.

    Second is the issue of water sources. The above forest service conditions page lists the year round water sources on the trail. It’s important to note that there are many streams along the trail, but almost all of them are glacial runoff and are filled with dirt and sand which will quickly clog and ruin your water filter and are hence unusable. I met two guys on the east side of mountain towards the end of the day who hadn’t prepared properly and didn’t know where the clean water locations and had tried to pump muddy water, clogging their filter. They had about 1 litre each of water to get them back out to their car, so they were safe, though their trip was over prematurely. I recommend assuming that you will only be able to get water at the listed sources. It’s what I did and with a bit of planning it worked out just fine.

    I started out by having a gallon of water at my car. I chose to start my trip at the Climber’s Bivouac. I carried 2 litres of water on me which I knew would get me to the first water source and camp site just south of the Toutle river crossing. There I got enough water for my evening/morning meals. In the morning I once again carried 2 litres of water as I knew this would get me the 8 miles up to the spring on the north side in the blast zone. It is a very nice cold spring, right on the trail, and the water is great on a hot summer day. Since the spring is in the blast zone, you aren’t allowed to camp there.

    If you started at Climber’s Bivouac as I did, it is important to note that this spring is your last water source before you reach your car. If you do get in a bind, you can drop down to June Lake on the south side for water if needed. I instead decided to load up all the water I would need for the remainder of my trip at this spring. This required 6 litres of water by my calculations. 1 to get me to my camp for the night, 2 litres for dinner/breakfast, and 2 more to get to my car the next day where I had the remainder of my gallon of water. I added a sixth for fudge room. The big downside to this method is that you are carrying close to 20 pounds of water for few miles from the spring up over windy pass down to campsites near the Ape Canyon Trail. But so is life.

    People will hike the trail both directions, though after doing the math, I chose clockwise from Climber’s Bivouac as this made gave me the shortest possible mileage while carrying 20 pounds of water. If it’s your first time out, you can just follow the way I did it and have a great time, getting a look and the trail and maybe doing a different way the next time.

    Steven White completed Loowit Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Steven White reviewed Jefferson Park Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Hiked in on the PCT from Breitenbush Lake. FR 4220 is a difficult road. You can get in with a regular car but it takes quite a bit of time and you aren't going to be moving very quickly. I'm sure if you have a high clearance vehicle it's a different story. The hike itself is great. I took the quick side trip up Pyramid Butte. The view from Park Ridge overlooking Jefferson Park from the north is a spectacular way to enter the area.

    Even though we went during the week, most of the designated sites were full. The ranger told me they are going to start permitting camping next year in the area. I also visited the springs on the Breitenbush trail which is 2 miles west of Jefferson Park.

    Steven White reviewed Senoj Lake Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Great backpacking trip. 6 miles from the Lucky Lake trailhead and a great lake with a view of the South Sister.

    Steven White completed Senoj Lake Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Steven White reviewed Snowshoe Lake Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    This trail goes between the Winnopee Lake trail and the PCT passing the snowshoe lakes. The lower Snoeshoe lake is particularly lovely.

    Steven White reviewed Winopee Lake Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    I hiked this trail from Cultus Lake up to the Snoeshow Lake trail. Muskrat Lake is a great camping spot as there is a feeder stream on the north side.

    Steven White completed Winopee Lake Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Steven White reviewed Corral Swamp Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    I did the piece between Lucky Lake and Cultus Lake. Nice trail. Lots of blowdowns in June. Mostly flat, easy trail. Could be a nice day hike from the Lucky Lake trailhead to Cultus Lake and back.

    Steven White completed Corral Swamp Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Steven White reviewed Lucky Lake Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Nice quick hike. Uphill to the lake.

    Steven White completed Lucky Lake Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Steven White reviewed Horse Creek Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Steven White completed Horse Creek Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Steven White reviewed Seperation Lake Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Steven White completed Diamond Peak Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Steven White reviewed Diamond Peak

    almost 3 years ago

    I hiked in from Summit lake on the PCT. The last bit of the road running S>N along the lake is very rocky and is better for high clearance vehicles. If you are careful you can drive all the way to the north side of Summit lake to the Trailhead. If not the PCT shadows the road starting at the South side of the lake where there is a pullout for parking a car or two. The actual summit trail is consistently steep up until the top ridge line and requires a certain amount of stamina, though I think is doable by most people. A couple in there 60's summited shortly after I did =) Great views all the way around and totally worth the trip.

    The other hikers I encountered all came in from the Rockpile trailhead, so it might be the better one.

    Steven White reviewed Diamond Peak Loop

    almost 3 years ago

    I did this in June and there were quite a lot of mosquitoes. I was prepared with long sleeves, long pants, and a head net, so it wasn't too bad. The Diamond Peak area itself is quite good, though I'm hesitant to recommend the whole loop. The PCT side is very scenic as it's up at the treeline. The western side is forested for 12 plus miles between the Divide Lake trail and the Rockpile trail. I think doing the loop that stays completely on the eastern side (Yoran lake trail > PCT > Marie Lake > Diamond View Lake) would be nicer. The 3 stars are for the loop, not for the Diamond peak area, which is quite lovely.

    Steven White completed Odell Lake To Marie Lake Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Steven White reviewed Three Sisters Loop (Backpacking)

    almost 3 years ago

    Nice loop trip. I went counter-clockwise. There's no camping in the burn area on the East and Northeast parts of the loop, so be prepared for that. There's no water in the 6.1 miles between Matthieu Lakes and White Glacier Creek. Camped the last night at Sister's Mirror lake, which was lovely.

    Steven White completed Three Sisters Loop Trail

    almost 3 years ago