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Bingen, Washington Map

When you look at parts of this area on Google Maps you can see acre sized clearings of forest that resemble gambling dice. There is a 5, 3 and 2 I’ve observed since satellite maps became public. Only one news article exists regarding the phenomenon, explaining scientists started the ecology experiment in the 90’s. But trees in the clear cut areas seem much older than that. Why is the experiment only happening in this forest? There are no other forestry centers in the world that are doing this. I’ve measured the height of the trees by their shadows and what time of day it was. It doesn’t add up to the 90s clear cutting story and timeline. The Colombian News article is brief and doesn’t site any specific departments, or go into any specifics for that matter. It only mentions generic organizations. There is also a wrecked military plane out there with no back story.

“Researchers from the Pacific Northwest Research Station, the Forest Service, the University of Washington, Oregon State and the University of Oregon all worked or are still working on the project.”

When is the last time you heard of all these organizations working TOGETHER on a specific project of this scale, this well organized? Especially during the 90’s when most of these centers were just starting to get consistent funding. I’ve gone out trying to look for clues as to why these die really exist. The magnetic lava bed makes compasses worthless and gps gets buggy in the valleys. One time a black SUV with 5 men in suits was parked out there. Another time I saw 3-4 black-hooded individuals walking along the logging roads with no transport vehicle for many many miles. They had zero hiking or camping supplies and looked extremely out of place. When asking locals you get mixed reviews.

One armature website briefly mentions the die and assumes it was done by board loggers but the tree growth around it seems to say it was done in the 1930’s or 40s. Given the frequent Hood River logging bank robberies back then I have a theory the acre sized die are laid out to give coordinates to buried loot. With the die totals providing a solvable equation to a safe.

Anybody else smelling a D.B. Cooper type of story? I’ve studied this casually for years but now I need real answers haha. If anyone else is curious or had any strange occurrences out there email me at scott.wray.media@gmail. I may produce a show or documentary about it if other’s have had similar thoughts or curiosities about the clear cut, acre sized dice. Thanks!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

lots of mosquitos at 7pm, but worth the view at the top

Monday, July 10, 2017

Wonderful view, very much worth the effort! Lots of wild flowers at the top too.

on Little Huckleberry Trail

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I would consider this a moderate hike, not hard. The trail is incredibly steep right after trailhead. May 27th, 2017 - still snow on last 60% of trail towards summit. Very challenging, trail is covered and hard to locate, but doable.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Did this hike a few years ago. Please see my pictures and review on the Washington Trails Association web page (WTA.org). This hike isn't as difficult as some have stated here. If you go, the prize is the 360 degree view from an old fire lookout. The foundation for the lookout still remains. Mt Rainier, Mt Adams, Mt Saint Helens, and Mt. Hood are all visible from this amazing hike! Plus on the way up, you have a stunning view of the Big Lava Bed and a formation referred to as the Wart. All in all, an awesome jam packed hike, but you must make it to the summit for the 360 vista prize!

Friday, October 02, 2015

little huckleberry has a very beautiful view up top and ranges from 6 miles roundtrip. caution this hike idv dry steep most of the way.

Monday, August 10, 2015

PS This hike should be rated Very Hard instead of Hard. It will kick your butt!

Monday, August 10, 2015

This is the hardest hike I think I have ever done. It is almost non-stop steep with less than 1/4 of a mile being *partially* flat. You get a huge elevation gain and may have a hard time breathing when you start getting near the top. It said on another website that this trail was 5.2 miles round trip but that is definitely not right. The info on here seems to be more accurate. Wonderful hike that is very challenging going up but even more challenging going down--it hurts your feet a lot. It's a lot of fun though and has lots of shade.

Monday, February 02, 2015

steep from the start but levels off for a bit before getting steep again. worth the hike for the view at the top.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

With three different GPS units being use the average distance was around 5 1/2 miles. Amazing views at the top.

11 months ago

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Sunday, July 06, 2014