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Archer Mountain East -again

7 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

I had so much fun last week, I came back for more exploring. This time I tried to find the trail on the east side of the mountain from the powerline. I think I found it, lost it a few times, some wonderful old growth. Headed south and went around the south ramparts crossing several scree fields, then back up between two viewpoints on a very well defined trail that reminded me at times of the Elevator Shaft. Still tons more to explore up there.....

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December 24, 2011

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route cliffs view west
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Archer Mountain East

7 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

My first time visiting the east arm of the Archer mtn Complex. I started from Duncan Creek Road and came up the powerline, turned south just past Cynthia Falls. I did not see any signs indicating the area was closed. The true summit is viewless, but you can continue south along a nice rocky spine to get viewpoints into the gorge.

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December 17, 2011

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route Cynthia falls with new pipes
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Hardy Ridge

8 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

I've been working a lot lately. Really needed this hike today. Brought along my friend Seeger.

No snow on the trail. It was very windy on top, hazy in the gorge, but very clear to the north. We could even see Rainier!

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December 9, 2011

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Two volcanoes Ridgetop Hamilton Mtn in foreground View east
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Multnomah Wahkeena Loop

5.5 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

Took this classic hike early on T-day. Pretty quiet on the trail.

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November 24, 2011

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PCT East from Trout Creek

8 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

Heading up to Sedum Point to break in my new boots. Wasn't expecting so much snow, but it was lovely.

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November 20, 2011

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Trout Creek Coyote truckin through fresh snow Cortinarius trail down low
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Ramona Falls

7 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

This is another trail I have avoided because of the touron factor- but if you go on a Tuesday in November- you get a pretty quiet trip. Just saw one other hiker. Easy run, easy crossing of the Sandy River (seasonal bridge has been dismantled). A few slightly clouded views of Wyeast. Cool to see how the river changes course. Gorgeous moss covered understory with very little herbaceous vegetation due to the sandy soil. Very cool to see those giant boulders moved by glacier action. Struck out finding the Sandy River Guard Station- a reason to come back!

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November 15, 2011

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mountain view such a goregeous trail!
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Elevator Shaft- Multnomah Basin

6 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

Beautiful fall color up in Multnomah Basin!

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November 11, 2011

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Looking down on the three youngsters I passed Archer Mountain view Fall color Nifty ridgewalk above Multnomah Creek Canyon
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FP- Lief Erickson-Springville- Wildwood

4.5 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

Little jog

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November 7, 2011

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Mowich Butte

11 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

I started where the PCT crosses 2070. This section of the PCT between CG2070 and the old FS 41 road is quite lovely and very mellow elevation gain- good section for running. I passed about 5 small waterfalls enroute. Turned west on FS 41 to find Mowich Butte- a former LO site. Views are mostly covered up by trees now, but you can crawl through them on the north side and see Helens, Adams and the local peaks in the Gifford Pinchot. Still a good popluation of mushrooms including chanterelles and lobsters up to about 2500 ft. Snow began around 3000 feet and mine were the only bootprints around- lots of critter tracks!

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November 6, 2011

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BIG leaf maple snowshroom turkey and coyote? track vs boot track line bear track Bit of Adams above the cloud layer bear toes
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Tom Dick and Harry

7 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

Snow starts just above Mirror Lake. Bonus for today was spotting a pika! he posed for me but I was very slow getting the camera out and only got one good shot. Also took a side trip to Yocum Falls- had fun wandering around on the "Original Wagon Route" and the old highway.

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November 1, 2011

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the view pika Yocum Falls
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Cockaponset State Park

10 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

I was vacationing in Chester CT for a few days and had a chance to go on a nice New England forest hike every morning. I would choose a different section of the forest for each walk. Solitude on every single hike (all weekdays), and easy bushwacking. The fall colors were terrific and it was interesting to walk around in the eastern forest- very few conifers!

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October 29, 2011

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Connecticut River ravine forest path sunrise in CT geology is different here leaf array
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Clackamas Wanderings

5 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

I visited the Alder Flat Trail and "The Pipeline" along the Oak Fork coming out of Lake Harriet. At the latter location, I was trying to reach an old mine site, but was stymied because FS4830 was closed due to a slide andI got cliffed out on my bushwack. No matter- still a great fall day in the forest.

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October 20, 2011

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Maple Loop Forest Park

4 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

First trail run in over a month-it felt so good.

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October 15, 2011

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Whistle Punk Trail

2 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

Wandering around in the woods for a few hours collecting chanterelles. Didn't cover much ground but it was sure nice to be out there.

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October 14, 2011

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Hidden Forest Cave and Boyd Cave

3 miles of hiking • 0' elevation gain •

Took the kids on a caving adventure.

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October 7, 2011

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Hidden Forest Cave Fall color in the high desert Boyd Cave Entrance spelunkers Just inside Boyd Cave
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Larch Mountain

4 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

I'm taking it easy these days due to a returned back injury. Don't mind too much right now because it's mushroom season and that keeps the brakes on.

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October 4, 2011

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results of this hike
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Monte Carlo

6 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

Mother nature provides the best classroom. Today's subject was scatology. Pics uploaded soon.

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September 24, 2011

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Bluff Mountain Trail

6 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

Not much mileage because of the huckleberries! I had to turn back before getting to the summit.

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September 23, 2011

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these slowed me down Little Baldy and Silver Star from the trail mountain ash and Little Baldy Mt Adams and Lookout Mountain
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Cached Lake and Needlepoint Peak, Wallowas

17 miles of hiking • 4000' elevation gain • 1 night

I joined a Mazamas group for this trip. We started at the Main Eagle TH, and hiked up Eagle creek to Cached Lake, made camp and summited Needlepoint Peak the next day. Fun off trail scrambling through alpine meadows and granite slopes. Stunning views of the Wallowas all around at 9000 feet!

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September 11 – September 12, 2011

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westward view from Needlepoint summit route Eagle Creek Trail Campsite at Cached Lake with Needlepoint Peak above High above the Minam River View north, Matterhorn is the white pointy peak
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Pine Lakes Wallowas

14 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain • 1 night

Gorgeous hike in a remote section of the Wallowas. Did not see another human.

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September 10 – September 11, 2011

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Natural rock arch on Cornucopia peak the trail was lined with fragrant mint Red Mountain One of life's greatest pleasures: swimming in an alpine lake! Lower Pine Lake Cornucopia
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Bridge of the Gods to Herman Creek bike shuttle

6.5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

I wanted to stay clear of the smoke and have an early morning beat the heat run. I hid my bike in the bushes at the Herman Creek Campgound and drove back to Bridge of the Gods. Nice easy run, did a little exploring at the Pinnacles and another outcropping along the way. Pretty quiet on the trail this morning. It was fun riding back through Cascade Locks on my bike- about 3.5 miles on the road, and 6.5 on trail.

Check out my track log overlayed on the topo map- it looks like the PCT is marked way off between Dry Creek and Herman Creek, or perhaps it's my instrument.

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September 4, 2011

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track defunct hotel Greenleaf Peak
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Mt Thielsen

9 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain •

I went with the Mazamas on this trip. There have been some thunderstorms in the area lately, so we watched the clouds carefully. Gorgeous morning, plenty of folks out on the trail. The scramble route up the scree to the summit block was fun, but very dusty on the way down. I reccommend wearing pants or gaiters, and bringing gloves. We used protection on the climb up to the summit block, although many others didn't.

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August 27, 2011

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scramble route Made it! rock formation on slope of Mt T The Lightning Rod of Cascades!
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Loowit Trail- west side

14 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Wow what a beautiful area! I started from the Blue Lake TH and took it to the Butte Camp Trail and headed up to the Loowit. In your face views of MSH, and very quiet on this side of the mountain, I only saw two groups of hikers and one group of trail maintenance workers in the 6 hours I was out. I headed back down on the Sheep Canyon Trail- which has a HUGE stand of Noble fir. It was magical.

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August 23, 2011

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Yummy! Junction at Butte Camp Trail heather blooming Goat Mountain and Goat Marsh washout Old growth Noble firs and oxalis carpet
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Burnt Lake

8 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

I started at the south Burnt Lake on FS 27. The road is very rough, but you get to travel through some lovely meadows up to the Zigzag Ridge before dropping down to the Burnt Lake Basin. Pretty buggy at the lake and in the woods. The breeze on the ridgetop was merciful, and a better place to have lunch than the lake.

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August 19, 2011

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Burnt Lake View from Zigzag
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Enchantments- Colchuck Lake and Little Annapurna

20 miles of hiking • 5000' elevation gain • 3 nights

A friend had a permit for 3 nights at Colchuck and invited me to join. It's a long drive, almost 5 hours, but worth it for this gorgeous alpine area.

On the second day we went up Aasgard Pass to the Enchantment Lakes Basin. Since we only had day packs, it wasn't too difficult, we saw lots of goats, some gorgeous flowers, one fat marmot, a ptarmigan, and of course all the little lakes and surrounding granite peaks- Prussik, McClellan, Colchuck and Dragontail.

I took a side trip up Little Annapurna. This was easy travel, smearing on glacier scoured rock, with just a short steep kickstep path through snow to the flat meadowy summit. The top feels like Scotland, and gives amazing views to the south of Adams, Goat Rocks and Mt Rainer, plus a good look at Mt Stuart.

Going down Aasgard is not so fun. The last day, I grabbed my thermarest, a book, snacks and sunscreen and spent about 5 hours lounging around the little pond on the SW side of Colchuck Lake and followed this routine: Swim, read, nap, eat, repeat. Did some late afternoon scrambling below the Colchuck Glacier. Campsite in the trees was pretty buggy, so we would bring our food up to the nearby Heli-pad to enjoy the breeze and views of the lake and Dragontail Peak.

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August 9 – August 12, 2011

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Colchuck Lake's emerald waters evening primrose heading up Aasgard Little Annapurna Enchantment Basin Easy route up Lil Annapurna no wonder the trees are stunted! Aasgard Pass
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Illinois River Trail, Oak Flat to Indigo Creek

10 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

I was in Agness for a wedding. We had some free time before the ceremony, so we headed out early to beat the heat. The first part of the hike is in oak forest, then some big firs before you hit the burn area ( from the 2002 Biscuit fire). My son hiked part of the way- 3 miles and 900 ft gain to Buzzard's Roost, then turned back with a friend. Three of us went on and dropped down to Indigo Creek to enjoy a fantastic swimming hole! Very nice to hike back out of that exposed canyon with wet knickers on to keep us cool.

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August 6, 2011

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Nicely constructed bridge. Illinois River Buzzards Roost is an interesting knob of conglomerate rock which gives great views of the river and surrounding steep canyons Swimming hole and mine shaft on Indigo Creek My buddy Mark, can't wipe the grin off! Happy swimmer
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Grassy Knoll

4.5 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

Nice morning hike to stretch the legs a bit. Flowers are on the wane, but great views today!

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August 2, 2011

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Big Lava Bed, Little Huckleberry and Mt Adams my lunch view
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Silver Star

10 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •

As I was driving up to Grouse Vista, I saw the WA discovery pass sign and realized I didn't have any cash to buy a pass, so I started at the gated logging road, which on some maps is supposed to be where you pick up the southern end of the180 trail. I took two wrong turns, but eventually found myself below the ridge with the indian pits on a road that was very similar to the Grouse Vista trail, and it led me right up to the summit.

The wildflowers are at their peak right now, amazing displays and gorgeous views all around today.

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July 29, 2011

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my approach Mt St Helens amazing flowers
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Three Corner Rock

10 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

I started where the PCT crosses CRG2000. This section between here and Rock Creek Pass is unremarkable, and I would recommend skipping it and starting at the higher Rock Creek Pass TH ( near the jxn of CRG 2000 and 2090). Very cool, humid and cloudy today, but the wildflowers on the ridge top were spectacular!

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July 26, 2011

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flowers and rocks footing of lookout structure small slice of Klickitat visible TCR
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Divide Trail Backpack

6 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain • 1 night

This was our first family backpacking trip. My son ( 8 years old) carried a small pack with his clothes, sleeping bag and a few other items. He has done a great job hiking lately, but the higher elevation and pack made this a bit hard for him. We didn't go very far, but conditions were good- warm weather, minimal bugs, great wildflowers. We camped at Oval Lake, and did some exploring on the ridgetop between Flag Point and Lookout Mountain.

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July 23 – July 24, 2011

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ready to hike out after our first overnighter
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Gunsight Butte

9 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

I hiked the Gumjuwac Trail- starting on Highway 35, up to Gumjuwac Saddle. It's pretty nice, easy gain of 1700 feet in 2 1/2 miles through some nice forest. Took me about 1:20 -chaggling. The more single minded hiker can get up there in an hour.

At the Gumjuwac Saddle there are multiple options for some great backpacking. You can turn north on the divide trail and head over to Lookout Mtn. You can head down the ridge to Badger Lake. I took the Gunsight Trail and stayed on top of the ridge, heading southerly for an easy ramble up to Gunsight Butte in about 2 miles. I hiked back to the saddle on the Bennet Pass road that parallels the trail- but it is very rough and still has lots of blow down and snowdrifts. the trail has very little snow- just a few patches. Great rock gardens, just starting to bloom. Even found a few morels, at 5300 ft!! Mt Hood was clouded over, but considering the forecast I was happy with my intermittent sunshine today.

THERE WERE NO BUGS. [smiling emoticon]

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July 21, 2011

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dog vomit fungus earthstar or exploded puffball Pacific silver fir forest burn area between Gunsight Butte and Gum saddle ridge top flowers Rock garden Badger Lake and some weather coming in Mt Hood is in this picture
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Ole's Cave

6 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

My niece and her fiance were visiting from Florida and wanted to go visit a lava cave. It's a two mile walk in on logging road to the TH, then a short 1/2 mile hike to the entrance of Ole's Cave. We wore helmets and brought headlamps and walked through to the thired entrance- about .7 miles. It was a little easier than the upper section of the ape cave, without the tourists! We were then only ones there.

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July 13, 2011

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Siouxon Creek

8.5 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

What a beautiful emerald green color in this river. Many of the rocks are light blue to give this effect. I hiked the Siouxon Trail to the Chinook Trail, and crossed Chinook Creek below the falls. I then traversed downstream on the north side of Siouxon to Wildcat Creek. Instead of taking the trail, I had a delightful creek walk right up the Wildcat creekbed. Lovely grottos and little slides until I got to the base of the lower tier of Wildcat Falls. Enjoyed my lunch watching a dipper. I then had to cross back over Siouxon in thigh deep freezing cold water- YIKES!!!

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July 7, 2011

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map emerald green water swimmin hole Chinook Falls Walking up Wildcat Creek- what a hoot!
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Cripple Creek Trail

10 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

I hiked up the Cripple Creek trail from the Three Lynx area, intending to go to Cache Meadow. The trail is in great shape, but lots of poison oak hanging over the tread in the first half mile, don't recommend shorts on this section. Because of the rain the day before, all of the new growth was dripping wet, and despite my gaiters, I got soggy feet and upper legs. I ended up bailing off the trail onto the 4635 road which circles around the basin, quite a pleasant road walk actually. I then turned down a side road that dead ended and decided to go cross country back towards my car. I ended up having a crazy fun bushwack on the ridge above Surprise Lake, kept getting cliffed out. Lots of cool bluffs hidden in steep forest of old growth, including one cave area that I didn't explore because I was running late. Very nice meander on critter trails.

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June 30, 2011

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route meadow covered in rosy plectritis chickadee nest my new friend bear scat caves
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Trout Creek area on the Deschutes

5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

I started at the Trout Creek Campground and walked upstream a few miles, then scrambled up through a massive scree field and visited the bluffs favored by climbers. Walked back along the top of the butte, and dropped down through the rimrock back into the campground. Fun scrambling, and great scenery!

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June 26, 2011

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basalt columns climbers directions rimrock scrambling Deschutes
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Gray Butte

6 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

I hiked up from the Gray Butte Saddle. Pretty cool to look down on Smith Rock. Great wildflowers, amazing views. Fun times in the high desert!

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June 25, 2011

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Just ignore those ugly communication towers summit view- Smith Rock is lower left View along the way awesome camping spot at the saddle TH
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Foley Butte

6.5 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

Foley Butte is on the western edge of the Ochocos, east of Madras. Access is very limited because of the amount of private land in this area. There is no trail, I mostly walked on logging roads, but found some old ones that cut throught he forest. The summit ridge has big ponderosa pines and a park like setting, full of wildflowers. It has an ODF lookout tower, and I was surprised to find it already staffed. The fire lookout allowed me to come up and visit where he was keeping an eye on a grass fire near Prineville. I found alot of big agates on the walk in.

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June 25, 2011

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big agate The Lookout Tower View of Gray Butte which I had climbed earlier in the day
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Unicorn Peak- Tatoosh range

6 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •

I did this climb with the Mazamas. We had a great day, wonderful snow climbing on nice malleable crusty stuff in the morning, which made ascending through the snow chutes very manageble. The sun came out and views all around were amazing. Short climb on a fixed rope to the summit. The sun softend the snow for our after lunch descent- fun glissades down.

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June 20, 2011

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Unicorn Peak Hello! closing in Climb Leader Doug your struly at the summt cornice
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Wahkeena Devil's Rest loop

7 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

I've been laying low because of a back injury. It was good to get out on the trail again today.

The wildflowers are amazing on this loop. Wonderful variety as you ascend, including....spring beauty, oxalis, waterleaf, inside out flower, wild ginger, rue, bleeding heart, valerian, serviceberery, bunchberry, thimbleberry, salmonberry, false Solomon's seal, goat's beard, corydalis, columbine, arnica, wild rose, wild strawberry, anemone, bead lily, even the vine maple was in bloom!

West of Devil's Rest, you go through a chest high gauntlet of delphiniums. Saw the first goldfinch of the year. So lovely.

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June 14, 2011

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route on topo Pacific waterleaf switchback Iris tenax!!! arnica columbine vanilla leaf Prindle Mtn with 3-Corner Rock on the horizon deer fern the name of this trail needs to be changed to the delphinium trail!
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More Ramblings in Lower Greenleaf drainage

4 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

A little morning ramble looking for another one of those big mossy scree fields after seeing it on Google Earth. This one is huge and covered with soft deep moss, and has a nice ridgetop giving spectacular views. The big bonus was finding what I am sure is a vision quest pit, at the top, in the NE corner- approximate location marked on the map. See link to TR. Downside is navigating the abundant poison oak that surrounds the area in the forest -although there isn't any in the open scree field.

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June 11, 2011

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mosstacular this pit is 4 feet deep
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Swale Canyon

8 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

Beautiful area! I came here for an easy stroll and wanted to find the marmots and get some good wildflower photos. Success on all three goals. Next time, I'm bringing my bike.

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June 2, 2011

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gorgeous allium Balsamroot rivals Dog Mountain Swale Canyon heavenly hike
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Scree area below Table Mountain (with kids)

4 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

I brought the family along for a little exploration. My husband and two kids age 8. Our mission was to check out my game camera on Greenleaf Creek and find a hidden lake nearby- waypoint marked on map.

We started from the Blue Lake side and walked in on gravel logging roads owned by Longview Fiber. We got to the creek and decided not to cross- interesting how things seem riskier when you have kids along. Set off cross country through some nice forest- unfortunately there was a ton of poison oak. Wonderful scrambling on moss covered slopes, the kids had a blast, but we really had to navigate them tightly because of the PO.

We found the lake, which does not seem to have a water source, and it is evaporating quickly. No doubt it is dry in the late summer. I'll be back soon to explore the other scree fields nearby and check my camera.

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May 29, 2011

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dragonfly kids on mossy boulder slope lake outlet shows evaporation little lake
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Palmer Mill Rd

10 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

Mellow run up the Bridal Veil drainage. This is a great alternative to Angel's Rest which allows you to get up to Devils Rest and Multnomah Basin without having to plow through all the tourists!

The lower section of Palmer Mill Road between the Angel's rest TH and Brower Rd is closed, so you have to approach from Brower Rd. Upper section is still gated as always, and there is a long washout near the gravel pit- this can still be traveled on foot or bike.

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May 26, 2011

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tracklog washout hail
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Lower Greennleaf Falls

5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Goofed around in the woods for a few hours setting out my game camera, and exploring Greenleaf Falls. Visited the mysterious moss covered scree field reported by Don Nelson last year, and I noticed in Google Earth, there is another larger one nearby- due east.

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May 22, 2011

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Sacajewea and papoose loom over the mossy scree field Upper tier of Lower Greenleaf Falls middle tier of Lower Greenleaf Falls Third drop
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Palmer Glacier

5 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

I got acute mountain sickness on my way up Mt Hood, had to turn back around 8800 ft. Real bummer, this has never happened to me before. No pics, it was still dark when I turned back.

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May 19, 2011

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Coyote Wall

5 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

Mellow wildflower hike with a friend. Balsamroot and lupine are going strong above 800 ft.

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May 15, 2011

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Larch Mountain logging roads

7 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

Around MP 8.5 on the Larch Mountain Rd, there is an orange gate on the left(west) side. This logging road branches several times and leads to many hiking/running options, without a huge amount of elevation gain. If you are willing to bushwack a bit, you can cross Bridal Veil Creek and get onto Palmer Mill road and the Larch Mountain basin area. If you fork left at all forks, turning west/southwesterly, you can find a network of some cool hidden trails in some very lovely forests. This is also a great area for chanterelles in the fall.

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May 11, 2011

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Mt St Helens

12 miles of hiking • 5500' elevation gain •

Gorgeous day to hike up MSH. Pretty mushy though, had to wear snowshoes the whole route up.

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May 9, 2011

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Nick and Becca Hood above the clouds summit approach steaming crater Spirit Lake and Rainier Summit studdette vent close-up
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Foerst Park- Newton Road, BPA Powerline loop

6 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

One of my favorite loops in FP. I started at Germanton Rd and took the Wildwood NW to Newton Rd- love that trail. Up BPA powerline- best elevation gain in the park, back on the Wildwood.

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May 6, 2011

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Forest Park Figure 8

5 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

ATC mileage. Started down by the St Johns Bridge, went up Fireland 7A- trail petered out into a bushwack, still beautiful! Took Lief Ericson to Hardesty, then back down on the Ridge trail.

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May 4, 2011

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Ruckel Ridge/Creek Loop

9 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain •

Great day for this hike. Made the first tracks in new snow from earlier this week. Snow started around 2900. Still pretty deep on top of the Benson Plateau.

We had lunch in a sunny XMas wonderland while trees bombed us as the snow dropped off the branches. Several in our party had done this hike before, but we still wandered around the eerie plateau for awhile before we found the top of the Ruckel Creek Trail.

Wonderful profusion of flowers on moss covered basalt outcroppings of Ruckel Ridge: gold stars, glacier lillies and a robust population of Columbia kittentails. Crowds of chocolate lillies in the vision quest area on Ruckel Creek Trail, but the upper meadows of Ruckel Creek are not in bloom yet.

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April 30, 2011

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Ruckel Ridge Benson Plateau Heading down Ruckel Creek
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Timberline

4 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Spent several hours doing this short hike because we were practicing rope travel in adverse conditions. A very good learning experience to find out what gear I need for our summit attempt in a month.

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April 24, 2011

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Elevator Shaft/Cougar Rock

7 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

My first time on the Elevator Shaft, what a hoot!

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April 19, 2011

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Cougar Rock from the base of the elevator the trail beauty of a day forest in Multnomah Basin
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Table Mountain

8 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •

Snowy in the trees above the boulder field on the Eastway Trail. Much less snow on the Westway route- just a few drifts below the summit near the indian pits. Table top is snow covered, but the south spur is open, worth postholing over there on a clear day.

Dick Thomas Trail is extremely muddy, I recommend starting from the Aldrich Butte TH.

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April 16, 2011

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Dog Mountain

7 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •

All the snow is gone, but no views today.

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April 9, 2011

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Columbia kittentails
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Hamilton Mountain Loop

7.5 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

I was one of hundreds of people up here today, including two BCEP groups and at least two other hiking club groups. This experience validated my preference for hiking alone, on weekdays, on obscure trails.

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April 2, 2011

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Linnton to Waterline Hike/Run in Forest Park

6 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

I parked at the Linnton Community Center, then crossed highway 30 and picked up the Linnton Trail behind the bus stop. I took it up to Forest Lane 9, which ends on Germantown rd across from Lief Ericsson. I then took the Cannon Trail to the Wildwood to the Waterline trail which ends at the water tower surrounded by a pretty park like setting. Got snowed on up there. The Waterline trail was slick as snot. The rest of the trails were in good condition with occasional mud puddles and bogs.

After returning downhill about halfway, I realized I didn't have my gps and had to backtrack all the way up to the top. I was so relieved to find it up top in the spot where I was putting my jacket on. I have got to get another tether for that thing!

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April 1, 2011

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Ruckel Creek jaunt

5 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

A quick morning climb to about the 1800 foot level.

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March 28, 2011

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vision quest pits snow queen Synthris reniformis Ruckel Creek Canyon Ruckel Creek
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Coyote Wall/Labyrinth

8.5 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

All the snow is gone now. Flowers are late this year, but starting to emerge.

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March 26, 2011

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route the wall the labyrinth grass widows
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Brooker Creek Headwaters Reserve

5 miles of hiking • 0' elevation gain •

Incredible nature preserve north of Tampa, Florida with several biomes, and two carnivorous plants

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March 19, 2011

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gator on the Hillsboro River sundew Longleaf pine canopy pileated woodpecker Pitcher plant Sarracenia major
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Forest Park Ridge Trail Loop

5 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

Starting at the St Johns Bridge, the Ridge trail goes all the way up to the top of Firelane 7. I took the Hardesty Trail part of the way down to make a lollipop loop.

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March 11, 2011

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first trillium sighted! St Johns Bridge start here on the eastern ramp to the bridge
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Dog Mountain

7 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •

Bluebird day for the Dog Mountain Loop. The upper portion of the Augsperger Trail was a bit scary to traverse.

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March 6, 2011

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GPS track Puppy point westward view backside
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Wahkeena to Devils Rest

6 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

4 inches of fresh untracked powder starting at the Devils Way trail. Unfortunately my camera battery died after taking one picture.

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February 24, 2011

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Icy Wahkeena
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White River

5 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

This was a really fun hike down a gorgeous canyon in the high desert. We started at White River Falls, explored some cool old buildings from the old power plant, and then meandered down to the Deschutes.

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February 18, 2011

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White River Canyon White River Falls Mark inside the powerhouse Sagebrush buttercup hexagonal basalt columns RR bridge powerhouse
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Muir Peak

11 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

See link to trip report

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February 10, 2011

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View of L A Old hotel on Echo Mountain inspiration point Me on the summit of Muir Peak
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Major Creek

5 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

Jane and I rambled around the meadows between Major Creek and Catherine Creek. Grass widows were just starting to pop up.

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February 6, 2011

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deer watchng us Basalt bluffs on east side of Major Creek rainbow over Major Creek grass widows
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Greenleaf Falls

6 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

I brought Meghann up to see the slide and try to get a look at Greenleaf Falls

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February 3, 2011

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darn trees are in the way Firts glimpse eroded hillside prevents you from getting close
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Cedar Falls

6 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

I moved my game camera to the Cedar Falls area.

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January 29, 2011

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Cedar Falls the critter cam elk bones
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Greenleaf Slide

6 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

I wanted to show Jane the Greenleaf slide. We came in from Blue Lake.

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January 23, 2011

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Jane and Table Mountain upper portion of the slide
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Aldrich Butte and PCT

8 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

I placed a game camera in the Cedar Creek area behind Aldrich Butte and returned several times in Jan and February. No luck with critter shots.

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January 22, 2011

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Cedar creek area
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Larch Mountain Trail

5 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

I returned to the same trail a week later looking for my gps. Never found it, but in just 8 days all the snow had melted and two new washouts appeared on the trail

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January 21, 2011

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Multnomah Creek trail damage about 2 1/2 miles up
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Larch Mountain Trail

5 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

Icy conditions above Ecola Falls

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January 13, 2011

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My new traction wear Icy trail
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Oneonta to Franklin Ridge

7 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Off trail exploring on the west side of the Oneonta drainage

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January 6, 2011

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6 inch mosses on scree field Devils Backbone on ROA ridgeline

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