hiking
10 days ago

5/23/20: The gate to Abernathy Road was locked so I hiked to the PCT trailhead following the map and signs for Midnight Lake from the sno-park. Patchy snow on the road and once on the trail, it got deeper. There were some sections that climbed and didn’t get much sun, so the snow made traversing a little cumbersome. The trail was obvious until you reached a small pond to your right. Going left, I followed Nordic ski tracks toward the lake. AllTrails interactive map helped me find the actual lake as any kind of side trail was covered by the snow and it was not obvious from the PCT. Fun adventure in snow, no mosquitoes yet, and no one on the trail. Just did an out and back because of the snow, and it was under 6 miles round trip.

hiking
24 days ago

5/9/20: Less than 8 mi round trip to Fawn Lake. The trail still has snow on it, especially close to the lake, and navigating can be tricky in spots where the trail is obscured. The interactive map helped, and I followed some tracks. Fully intended to either continue to Stag Lake or loop around on the Pretty Lake Trail, but I kept it to an out and back due to difficulties finding the trail in snow. Fawn Lake is pretty with its peaks still snow dusted, and the mosquitoes hadn’t hatched yet. It was quiet on the trail with just a handful of hikers on the return trip. Road into campground was marked closed but parking area still had cars.

Lots of snow still-from a few inches to waist deep depending on where. Hard to say if it would be better in snow shoes or hiking shoes/gaiters. Hiked up as far as I could to Pulpit Rock. Camped at middle Rosary Lake. Lakes are still frozen but beautiful. Really quiet during the day but can hear train and highway noise at night. Would love to come back to this area once it’s thawed out.

Passable with microspikes, but snowshoes made it much easier. Parking lot across the trailhead is inaccessible due to snow, but there’s room for one car if you wedge it off to the side.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Spectacular views on top! Did this hike in mid November, 2019. First 5.5 miles are flat to minimal incline, and trees provide covers. But the last mile and a half kicked my butt. Scrambled the last section up and down. Will return when the weather is nicer. A 4x4 or a high clearance vehicle is highly recommended to get to the trailhead.

Tough snow shoe climb, but well worth the effort.

on Fuji Shelter Trail

snowshoeing
snow
4 months ago

Snow was a bit soft so it added a level of difficulty but there was plenty of snow and fantastic views. Thank you to Meandering Goose for the log wall. We wondered how intentional that set up was and it definitely worked to keep the heat in- and I dare say, kept the stove free from the 4-5 ft of snow that the hut was buried in! We had to break an opening through a snow wall to get in and it was nice and dry in there!

on Fuji Shelter Trail

hiking
snow
6 months ago

Broke the 4 mile trail up to the lookout then summited Fuji. wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving. still a ton of wood left in shelter. we built a wall with the rounds to keep in the heat. worked wonderfully! 9 degrees out and we were toasty warm! the views are breathtaking from the shelter!

hiking
6 months ago

First up for the winter season, no snow on the ground and all the gates were still open. The road to the shelter is marked by a green gate on the north side of the road by the first lake you come upon, I had to backtrack to find it again after hiking past it. Shelter was cozy but there was a huge rat nest on the sleeping platform so i pitched my tent for some alone time. The view of Diamond Peak is mostly blocked by trees, hence the 3 stars (and the rats).

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

The views were spectacular!!! The trail got aint from time to time and the scramble going down hill didn't feel great on my knees but this was a perfect day trip that allowed you to summit without needing any technical skills. My dog was even able to summit. If you have a four wheel drive vehicle with decent clearance I reccomend camping at summit lake the night before you climb up. such a pretty place to camp and right by the trailhead.

Loved this section of the PCT. nice and easy. 25-30 mile days are easy to do. Easy water access for most of it. Incredible

WARNING: the road from Crescent around the lake is a bad route, unless you want more adventure. Drove it yesterday with my Tacoma, DO NOT go this way without a 4x4 with clearance. It is a fun road, but be aware. Take the route from Oakridge. Drove back this way and the road is suitable for most vehicles. Good weather. Pleasant temperatures. Will be back. No cell service (a good thing or a bad thing, you be the judge).

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail!

mountain biking
blowdown
snow
7 months ago

Due to a late start we didn’t get the whole way round but the ride was excellent. Went south from the North campground. Few snow patches but a great ride!

just went october'1st 2019 little bit of snow but still a very good hike

Did the hike on 9/21, and had great weather. We accessed the trail head with a low clearance Subaru Impreza too!

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

My friend said this hike was about half as long as it was, but I think the view of Fawn Lake was worth it at the end! Just have some sore legs now

Great hike for the first 6 miles. As soon as you get to Yoran lake the trail disappears, no sign of a trail at all. Tried following the gps ended up walking around the woods for a mile before turning back and heading home. Wasn’t worth staying overnight fighting off mosquitoes. Otherwise a beautiful 6 mile hike to Yoran lake

backpacking
9 months ago

The bridge says it’s closed for damage and to use ford. But I still used the bridge, only the last couple feet doesn’t have a railing. I camped at yoran lake and didn’t see a single person the entire hike. Beautiful forest to hike through as well with just a gradual incline. All around good hike

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

hiking
bugs
scramble
9 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

The bridge across Trapper creek was damaged recently and is closed. Signs direct you to ford it instead and is not an exaggeration - the water was too high and fast to allow you to cross it atop exposed rocks or something like that. There is an alternate route on an old trail, though, that will allow you to bypass it. From the Trapper creek campground, go west on the main paved road (you're already on the side of Trapper creek you want). Go maybe a 1/2 mile until you can see the "West Bay" of Odell lake on your right (North). On your left (South of the road) you should see an obvious trail, marked by some exposed beams poking out of the ground. Go South on that, across the railroad tracks, and up the hill. There are a lot of downed trees, but you should still be able to make out the old trail. It put me out right at the junction with the Yoran lake trail, which was well marked. Kind of a hassle, but beats dealing with fording the creek. The hike was as pretty as you like, but there were lots of mosquitoes in mid July! I had the trail completely to myself - I literally didn't see a single person (probably because of the bridge situation).

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