Month: March 2020

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park March 27, 2020

My hike at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park this morning means more than ever as I now write my write-up! With the new closures announced this afternoon, I don't know when my next visit to this wonderful park will be. I cherish my ten kilometre experience there this morning which began with witnessing an amazing sunrise! trying to be artistic by adding a wood frame to the sunrise I opted for a different way down to the park bottom. The Visitor Centre is closed and has been for a couple of weeks. The lights remain on into dawn. The sky over Badger Bowl looked pretty in pink!With the rolling hills along Badger Bowl, I got to enjoy another sunrise.
This spot along the trail was worthy of investing a little time. The snow capped mountain peaks stretched from one end to the other. They are so close yet so far and even further away as each day passes and access to them is denied. In a couple of weeks the ground beneath my feet will begin to show shades of pink and purple as the crocuses c..

My hike at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park this morning means more than ever as I now write my write-up! With the new closures announced this afternoon, I don't know when my next visit to this wonderful park will be. I cherish my ten kilometre experience there this morning which began with witnessing an amazing sunrise! trying to be artistic by adding a wood frame to the sunrise I opted for a different way down to the park bottom. The Visitor Centre is closed and has been for a couple of weeks. The lights remain on into dawn. The sky over Badger Bowl looked pretty in pink!With the rolling hills along Badger Bowl, I got to enjoy another sunrise.
This spot along the trail was worthy of investing a little time. The snow capped mountain peaks stretched from one end to the other. They are so close yet so far and even further away as each day passes and access to them is denied. In a couple of weeks the ground beneath my feet will begin to show shades of pink and purple as the crocuses come to life.
farm land to mountain peaksbeauty far and wideMcPherson Trail was covered in sections of hard packed snow and ice. It was spaced out enough that I could get around it easily without sporting my spikes. I tried to be artistic again by placing a two inch piece of ice in the snow and capturing a shot of the sun shining through it.
another tiny piece of ice looking like it's covered with beadsThe descent from McPherson Trail was sketchy and the bottom part of it where it links up with Bowbend Trail was even sketchier. The river breached its banks and flooded the trail. Still being early morning the sun had not reached this section yet so it was still fully frozen.
along Bowbend TrailSee the deer?The cattle gate was closed to keep the cows out.It was now time to work on completing this great big loop and that meant I just had to get up out of the valley along this last stretch. To this point and over two hours, I saw a soloist in the distance and I passed by a couple and a threesome. We gave each other lots of space and shared pleasantries while doing so.
Every time I come to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, I have an enjoyable experience. I have hope that some day down the road I will get to drive down that long winding dirt road to where I can begin my day by witnessing another pretty sunrise.
This was today's 10km route.

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Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area VI / 威士忌迪克野生動物區之六

We got a late start last Sunday. And today was the same! Since the rain never came, the pups and I then went to the east side. The last-minute plan to Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area put us on the trail at 2 PM.
Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area wind turbinesSee more trip photos here.
Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area at a GlanceAccess: Quilomene Wildlife Area access
Round Trip: 5.6 miles
Elevation Range: 2100′-2800′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes
Whiskey Dick Wildlife AreaToday was the first day that the area was off-limits to motor vehicles until May. I enjoy exploring this place during the off-season for that reason. But, to see wildflowers like the balsamroot or daisies, then we would need to wait until spring.
Like many places with expansive views, crowds would rush in when the weather is decent. The sky is cloudy today. But it’s perfect for people who don’t mind the cold or the gloomy winter. We enjoyed complete solitude.
Closed to motor vehiclesSee more trip photos here.
Easter..

We got a late start last Sunday. And today was the same! Since the rain never came, the pups and I then went to the east side. The last-minute plan to Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area put us on the trail at 2 PM.

Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area wind turbines
Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area wind turbines

See more trip photos here.

Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area at a Glance

Access: Quilomene Wildlife Area access
Round Trip: 5.6 miles
Elevation Range: 2100′-2800′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area

Today was the first day that the area was off-limits to motor vehicles until May. I enjoy exploring this place during the off-season for that reason. But, to see wildflowers like the balsamroot or daisies, then we would need to wait until spring.

Like many places with expansive views, crowds would rush in when the weather is decent. The sky is cloudy today. But it’s perfect for people who don’t mind the cold or the gloomy winter. We enjoyed complete solitude.

Closed to motor vehicles
Closed to motor vehicles

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Eastern Washington State

There is one thing about Eastern Washington, of which I’m not a fan. It is the desert part of the state. So the sight of rattlesnakes during the warm season is usually inevitable. That is why I started coming here during this time of the year.

While looking at the forecast earlier, I didn’t pay attention to the wind speed. But it ended up being a windy afternoon. The west wind has been blowing nonstop since before we came out here. And it continued well after we went back to the parking lot.

The other side of the ridge
The other side of the ridge

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Above Rocky Coulee

For recent trips, we would go up to Point 2901. It’s the highest point on the ridgeline above Rocky Coulee. Then from there, we would enjoy the view of the wind turbines on Whiskey Dick Mountain. But today, we stayed on the dirt road for the sake of Mr. Connor’s paws.

At two miles in was the lowest point of the hike. Then from there, we slowly went through the light brush and up to the ridgetop. But the pup seemed to do okay through this part. Meanwhile, the west wind seemed to blow in all directions. So it was beginning to get more uncomfortable.

Frenchman Coulee
Frenchman Coulee

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Outro

This time I decided not to go up to Point 2901 because of the wind. Instead, we dropped down onto the northern slopes. Then we hung out by the bump north of Point 2790. It was much less windy there. So we enjoyed some quiet time while checking out the wind turbines.

Despite the vast landscape of over 28,000 acres, we have yet to lose our way. I’ve even used my car as a point of reference to go back to the trailhead. With a late start today, we didn’t have much time to explore. So we got back to the car just after dark.

Thanks for a rain-free evening
Thanks for a rain-free evening

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Aguja Poincanot : 2 New Routes in Patagonia + Ismael Somoni 7696 m (Tajikistan) 37 Days +

Aguja Poincenot : 2 new routes in Patagonia by Favresse and Villanueva – PlanetMountain.com
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Steamboat Rock in Grand Coulee / 大深谷裏的輪船岩

Yesterday we went up to Mount Pickett on Orcas Island. But the weather was cloudy, and we had no views in the forest. So today, we came out east to Steamboat Rock in search of the afternoon sunshine. The recruit managed to hike the first mile up to the top of the plateau.
Steamboat Rock entranceSee more trip photos here.
Steamboat Rock at a GlanceAccess: Steamboat Rock State Park
Round Trip: 4.8 miles
Elevation Range: 1580′-2312′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes
Steamboat Rock State ParkThe state park is another area within the Grand Coulee group. The Ice Age floods had carved out the landscape over 13,000 years ago. Steamboat Rock sits near the north end of Banks Lake. The rock got the name because of its resemblance to a steamboat.
Like other coulees in the desert, basalt rocks also make up the humongous structure. Because of its size, the plateau spans an area of over 600 acres. But I would love to build a house on top and have all this space in my backyard!
Lookin..

Yesterday we went up to Mount Pickett on Orcas Island. But the weather was cloudy, and we had no views in the forest. So today, we came out east to Steamboat Rock in search of the afternoon sunshine. The recruit managed to hike the first mile up to the top of the plateau.

Steamboat Rock entrance
Steamboat Rock entrance

See more trip photos here.

Steamboat Rock at a Glance

Access: Steamboat Rock State Park
Round Trip: 4.8 miles
Elevation Range: 1580′-2312′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Steamboat Rock State Park

The state park is another area within the Grand Coulee group. The Ice Age floods had carved out the landscape over 13,000 years ago. Steamboat Rock sits near the north end of Banks Lake. The rock got the name because of its resemblance to a steamboat.

Like other coulees in the desert, basalt rocks also make up the humongous structure. Because of its size, the plateau spans an area of over 600 acres. But I would love to build a house on top and have all this space in my backyard!

Looking down
Looking down

See more trip photos here.

Hiking on Steamboat Rock

The walk from the parking area to the bottom of Steamboat Rock was short. Then we climbed another 500′ on steep and rocky terrain to get up to first and second tiers. The ground then eased up from here to the top. The view behind us was enough to keep one going for more.

To make the long drive worthwhile, we maximize the mileage by tracing along the rim. The first couple of times we were here, we walked clockwise. But hiking in any directions would work. But we always made sure not to get too close to the edge. It’s a sheer drop down to the water!

The drop-off
The drop-off

See more trip photos here.

Summer in the Park

We came here once in August. But it was incredibly hot and noisy, not to mention the number of people crowding the park. Though, back then, we avoided the crowds by hiking in the inner parts of the plateau. Seriously. With over 600 acres of land, we had no trouble finding our piece of heaven.

Our next trips all took place in the winter. But it’s the best time of the year to avoid people and rattlesnakes. So, dog owners who are thinking about visiting Steamboat Rock for the first time. A non-retractable leash is a must. Another concern would be water because there is none on top.

Low season
Low season

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Steamboat Rock High Point

The highest point is on the eastern edge of the rock. So it’s 800′ above the lake. On a clear day, views to the north would be incredible. And we could even see into the Northrup Canyon on the other side of the water. But not today! Though, we had the view of Banks Lake throughout.

There is a defined path along the rim. So we hiked counterclockwise through lots of tumbleweeds. The trail was slightly muddy from the recent rain. Along the way, there were many places to take photos of the dramatic landscape. But it was too cloudy today to be exciting.

Thanks for a rain-free afternoon
Thanks for a rain-free afternoon

See more trip photos here.

Outro

Since we started at noon, we didn’t have time to walk around the entire rock. So we got on the trail at the southwest depression. Then we hiked the last mile out from below Point 2285.

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Confluence Park & Nose Creek March 25, 2020

I woke then tossed and turned for a bit, then I contemplated what could today possibly look like! Some things I have control over for how this day will transpire. So I began the opening up, not of the news nor of emails but rather I first opened the curtains and then the blinds. When I saw some snow had fallen over night I knew this mornings walk would be wonderful. I opened by heart to the love I could find in this day!
the beginning of the Nose Creek & Confluence Park trailsI walked from home to the park and noticed no vehicles in the parking lot. It was still on the early side for most people. It was not too early for wildlife.off in the distance the city was beginning to wake It was serene seeing this skiff of snow, so white, so bright, sparkling, untouched and so pure.The path leads down to Nose Creek. This robin looked very healthy or maybe she is expecting!As the minutes passed and the further down hill I hiked, the prettier it became. The early morning light brightened up the ..

I woke then tossed and turned for a bit, then I contemplated what could today possibly look like! Some things I have control over for how this day will transpire. So I began the opening up, not of the news nor of emails but rather I first opened the curtains and then the blinds. When I saw some snow had fallen over night I knew this mornings walk would be wonderful. I opened by heart to the love I could find in this day!
the beginning of the Nose Creek & Confluence Park trailsI walked from home to the park and noticed no vehicles in the parking lot. It was still on the early side for most people. It was not too early for wildlife.off in the distance the city was beginning to wake It was serene seeing this skiff of snow, so white, so bright, sparkling, untouched and so pure.The path leads down to Nose Creek. This robin looked very healthy or maybe she is expecting!As the minutes passed and the further down hill I hiked, the prettier it became. The early morning light brightened up the bushes .I followed the path along the creek and then veered off to hike back up to the top, getting in a tiny bit of elevation. Still there was no one. You can see the pathway that I was just on, across and down below.
What goes up must come down! I went back down again, to follow the pathway along Nose Creek and to cross a couple of the bridges over the creek. There is something taking place in this photo which I have never seen here before. The reflection! It is crisp it is clear it is colourful! This creek is always muddied and dismal, not today!
view of Nose Creek with the reflection, taken from the bridge view of the not yet fully thawed creek I followed the trail along the valley bottom towards the main Trans Canada Trail pathway system which is now called The Great Trail. I stayed on it for awhile before veering off and up into a residential neighbourhood then walking a few more kilometres back to my home.
I left a little love behind for others who may come here to find a little peace.

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Steamboat Rock in Grand Coulee / 輪船岩之五

Yesterday we went up to Mount Pickett on Orcas Island. But the weather was cloudy, and we had no views in the forest. So today, we came out east to Steamboat Rock in search of the afternoon sunshine. The recruit managed to hike the first mile up to the top of the plateau.
Steamboat Rock entranceSee more trip photos here.
Steamboat Rock at a GlanceAccess: Steamboat Rock State Park
Round Trip: 4.8 miles
Elevation Range: 1580′-2312′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes
Steamboat Rock State ParkThe state park is another area within the Grand Coulee group. The Ice Age floods had carved out the landscape over 13,000 years ago. Steamboat Rock sits near the north end of Banks Lake. The rock got the name because of its resemblance to a steamboat.
Like other coulees in the desert, basalt rocks also make up the humongous structure. Because of its size, the plateau spans an area of over 600 acres. But I would love to build a house on top and have all this space in my backyard!
Lookin..

Yesterday we went up to Mount Pickett on Orcas Island. But the weather was cloudy, and we had no views in the forest. So today, we came out east to Steamboat Rock in search of the afternoon sunshine. The recruit managed to hike the first mile up to the top of the plateau.

Steamboat Rock entrance
Steamboat Rock entrance

See more trip photos here.

Steamboat Rock at a Glance

Access: Steamboat Rock State Park
Round Trip: 4.8 miles
Elevation Range: 1580′-2312′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Steamboat Rock State Park

The state park is another area within the Grand Coulee group. The Ice Age floods had carved out the landscape over 13,000 years ago. Steamboat Rock sits near the north end of Banks Lake. The rock got the name because of its resemblance to a steamboat.

Like other coulees in the desert, basalt rocks also make up the humongous structure. Because of its size, the plateau spans an area of over 600 acres. But I would love to build a house on top and have all this space in my backyard!

Looking down
Looking down

See more trip photos here.

Hiking on Steamboat Rock

The walk from the parking area to the bottom of Steamboat Rock was short. Then we climbed another 500′ on steep and rocky terrain to get up to first and second tiers. The ground then eased up from here to the top. The view behind us was enough to keep one going for more.

To make the long drive worthwhile, we maximize the mileage by tracing along the rim. The first couple of times we were here, we walked clockwise. But hiking in any directions would work. But we always made sure not to get too close to the edge. It’s a sheer drop down to the water!

The drop-off
The drop-off

See more trip photos here.

Summer in the Park

We came here once in August. But it was incredibly hot and noisy, not to mention the number of people crowding the park. Though, back then, we avoided the crowds by hiking in the inner parts of the plateau. Seriously. With over 600 acres of land, we had no trouble finding our piece of heaven.

Our next trips all took place in the winter. But it’s the best time of the year to avoid people and rattlesnakes. So, dog owners who are thinking about visiting Steamboat Rock for the first time. A non-retractable leash is a must. Another concern would be water because there is none on top.

Low season
Low season

See more trip photos here.

Steamboat Rock High Point

The highest point is on the eastern edge of the rock. So it’s 800′ above the lake. On a clear day, views to the north would be incredible. And we could even see into the Northrup Canyon on the other side of the water. But not today! Though, we had the view of Banks Lake throughout.

There is a defined path along the rim. So we hiked counterclockwise through lots of tumbleweeds. The trail was slightly muddy from the recent rain. Along the way, there were many places to take photos of the dramatic landscape. But it was too cloudy today to be exciting.

Looking down
Looking down

See more trip photos here.

Outro

Since we started at noon, we didn’t have time to walk around the entire rock. So we got on the trail at the southwest depression. Then we hiked the last mile out from below Point 2285.

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Croatan National Forest: Neusiok Trail, SR 306 to SR 101 (Blog Hike #791)

Trail: Neusiok Trail
Hike Location: Croatan National ForestGeographic Location: east of Havelock, NC (34.90101, -76.81793)Length: 5.2 milesDifficulty: 4/10 (Moderate)Last Hiked: March 2020Overview: An out-and-back through wet piney woods featuring numerous long boardwalks.Trail Information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=48492&actid=50Hike Route Map: https://www.mappedometer.com/?maproute=787281Summary Video: (coming April 3)Photo Highlight:

Directions to the trailhead: From the intersection of US 70 and SR 101 in Havelock, take SR 101 east 5.1 miles to SR 306 and turn left on SR 306. Drive SR 306 north 2.1 miles to the Neusiok Trail parking area on the right. The parking area is unsigned, but you reach it just after passing Apple Drive. Park in the small gravel parking area.
The hike: Consisting of 160,000 acres of coastal pine forest and wetlands, Croatan National Forest is the eastern-most national forest in North Carolina and the only coastal national forest in the eastern United States. The national forest is surrounded on three sides by tidal rivers: Bogue Sound to the south, the White Oak River to the southwest, and the Neuse River to the northeast. These tidal rivers combine with the nearby wet pine forests of slightly higher elevation to give visitors two distinct habitats to see. By far the best way to see the national forest is by hiking one of its many trails. The forest’s signature trail is the 21 mile Neusiok Trail (pronounced like new-see-ock), which runs from north to south across the peninsula between the Neuse River and Bogue Sound. While the entire Neusiok Trail is too long for a comfortable dayhike, this hike describes one of the trail’s most interesting sections, a section that features numerous long boardwalks. Combining this hike with the short interpretive trail described in the next hike gives a good sample of the hiking Croatan National Forest has to offer.Neusiok Trail's SR 306 trailhead From the SR 306 parking area, head south on the Neusiok Trail; a wooden information kiosk and mandatory self-registration book stand at the start of the trail. Marked by aluminum rectangular markers nailed to trees, the trail heads southeast through a scruffy mixture of loblolly pines and oaks. As you approach the Apple Drive housing development, you pass through an area that has sustained recent heavy storm damage. Watch for the trail markers and navigate around the fallen trees and mudholes the best you can.Hiking through dense forest After skirting the perimeter of the housing development, the trail heads into deeper woods with private property on the left. Some jets from nearby Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station will likely zoom overhead, but otherwise the ambiance is quite wild and rustic. In fact, I did not see another person on this entire hike. At 0.4 miles, you cross the first boardwalk, which is a baby relative to the boardwalks to come. This part of Croatan National Forest is laced with old logging roads that look like trails, and near 0.6 miles a deceptive old dirt road exits right. A single aluminum marker points left toward the real trail here, and if you choose to turn right like I did you will end up in a maze of old logging roads all of which eventually peter out. In general, if you walk more than a couple hundred feet without seeing a trail marker, you need to turn around and re-find the trail.Crossing a boardwalk Soon you cross the second constructed boardwalk and then pass through some wet areas on more primitive wooden structures. At 1.2 miles, you cross Forest Road 143, another old logging road that now deadends at a private tract of land to your right. At 1.6 miles, you reach the first long boardwalk, a boardwalk that bears the name Cottonmouth Spa. This boardwalk’s name turned out to be prophetic: a cottonmouth snake slithered through the pine needles and vibrated its tail at me while I was crossing a later boardwalk. After dropping off the south end of Cottonmouth Spa, you pass the wooden post that is the Neusiok Trail’s mile marker 13. At 1.9 miles, you cross sunny Forest Road 136 and reenter the forest on the other side. Next you cross the boardwalk named Toad Wallow; this boardwalk is nearly 0.5 miles long! Imagine the time and effort that went into building these boardwalks, and imagine how horrible this hike would be if you had to slog through the ankle-deep water they carry you across.Crossing Toad Wallow Just after crossing Toad Wallow, the Neusiok Trail comes out on the north shoulder of SR 101 near 2.6 miles into the hike. An overnight shelter stands less than 1 mile further south on the trail, and a parking lot on the south side of SR 101 allows you to park a second car here for a shuttle. There are no more long boardwalks between here and the shelter, so I chose to turn around here and retrace my steps 2.6 miles to complete my journey on the Neusiok Trail.

Trail: Neusiok Trail
Hike Location: Croatan National ForestGeographic Location: east of Havelock, NC (34.90101, -76.81793)Length: 5.2 milesDifficulty: 4/10 (Moderate)Last Hiked: March 2020Overview: An out-and-back through wet piney woods featuring numerous long boardwalks.Trail Information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=48492&actid=50Hike Route Map: https://www.mappedometer.com/?maproute=787281Summary Video: (coming April 3)Photo Highlight:

Directions to the trailhead: From the intersection of US 70 and SR 101 in Havelock, take SR 101 east 5.1 miles to SR 306 and turn left on SR 306. Drive SR 306 north 2.1 miles to the Neusiok Trail parking area on the right. The parking area is unsigned, but you reach it just after passing Apple Drive. Park in the small gravel parking area.
The hike: Consisting of 160,000 acres of coastal pine forest and wetlands, Croatan National Forest is the eastern-most national forest in North Carolina and the only coastal national forest in the eastern United States. The national forest is surrounded on three sides by tidal rivers: Bogue Sound to the south, the White Oak River to the southwest, and the Neuse River to the northeast. These tidal rivers combine with the nearby wet pine forests of slightly higher elevation to give visitors two distinct habitats to see. By far the best way to see the national forest is by hiking one of its many trails. The forest’s signature trail is the 21 mile Neusiok Trail (pronounced like new-see-ock), which runs from north to south across the peninsula between the Neuse River and Bogue Sound. While the entire Neusiok Trail is too long for a comfortable dayhike, this hike describes one of the trail’s most interesting sections, a section that features numerous long boardwalks. Combining this hike with the short interpretive trail described in the next hike gives a good sample of the hiking Croatan National Forest has to offer.

Neusiok Trail's SR 306 trailhead

From the SR 306 parking area, head south on the Neusiok Trail; a wooden information kiosk and mandatory self-registration book stand at the start of the trail. Marked by aluminum rectangular markers nailed to trees, the trail heads southeast through a scruffy mixture of loblolly pines and oaks. As you approach the Apple Drive housing development, you pass through an area that has sustained recent heavy storm damage. Watch for the trail markers and navigate around the fallen trees and mudholes the best you can.

Hiking through dense forest

After skirting the perimeter of the housing development, the trail heads into deeper woods with private property on the left. Some jets from nearby Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station will likely zoom overhead, but otherwise the ambiance is quite wild and rustic. In fact, I did not see another person on this entire hike. At 0.4 miles, you cross the first boardwalk, which is a baby relative to the boardwalks to come. This part of Croatan National Forest is laced with old logging roads that look like trails, and near 0.6 miles a deceptive old dirt road exits right. A single aluminum marker points left toward the real trail here, and if you choose to turn right like I did you will end up in a maze of old logging roads all of which eventually peter out. In general, if you walk more than a couple hundred feet without seeing a trail marker, you need to turn around and re-find the trail.

Crossing a boardwalk

Soon you cross the second constructed boardwalk and then pass through some wet areas on more primitive wooden structures. At 1.2 miles, you cross Forest Road 143, another old logging road that now deadends at a private tract of land to your right. At 1.6 miles, you reach the first long boardwalk, a boardwalk that bears the name Cottonmouth Spa. This boardwalk’s name turned out to be prophetic: a cottonmouth snake slithered through the pine needles and vibrated its tail at me while I was crossing a later boardwalk. After dropping off the south end of Cottonmouth Spa, you pass the wooden post that is the Neusiok Trail’s mile marker 13. At 1.9 miles, you cross sunny Forest Road 136 and reenter the forest on the other side. Next you cross the boardwalk named Toad Wallow; this boardwalk is nearly 0.5 miles long! Imagine the time and effort that went into building these boardwalks, and imagine how horrible this hike would be if you had to slog through the ankle-deep water they carry you across.

Crossing Toad Wallow

Just after crossing Toad Wallow, the Neusiok Trail comes out on the north shoulder of SR 101 near 2.6 miles into the hike. An overnight shelter stands less than 1 mile further south on the trail, and a parking lot on the south side of SR 101 allows you to park a second car here for a shuttle. There are no more long boardwalks between here and the shelter, so I chose to turn around here and retrace my steps 2.6 miles to complete my journey on the Neusiok Trail.

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Cleaning Everest and Training Indoors + Grand Canyon Meetup Photos (Flagstaff AZ) + Cabinet Mountains – Multiple (Cascades)

No Season Update : Cleaning Everest, Training Indoors – from Explorersweb.com website
Flagstaff Arizona Meetup.com pictures in the Grand Canyon – Weekly hiking trips
Cabinet Mountains – Multiple (Cascades) – Trip report with pictures from CascadeClimbers.com
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Cleman Mountain by Naches River / 靠納奇斯河的克萊曼山

Cleman Mountain was perfect for staying away from people. There was no one here! Things had progressed so fast. Just last weekend, we were up on Tiger Mountain seeing people out and about. But then I started hearing terms like social distancing, self-quarantine, or flattening the curve.
Cleman Mountain summit aheadSee more trip photos here.
Rattler Benchmark at a GlanceAccess: Waterworks Canyon Trailhead
Round Trip: 15 miles
Elevation Range: 1650′-5115′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes
Waterworks Canyon ApproachWe had been here once. But back then, we were near the canyon. There are many options to go up to Cleman Mountain. Some people come up through the Wenas Valley. While others take the southern route through Sanford Canyon. But we started at Waterworks Canyon.
As soon as we entered the gate, we went up the steep slopes to the left. The terrain eased up past Point 2090. But soon, it steepened once again at 2800′. From there, we then moved to the southwest ridge to..

Cleman Mountain was perfect for staying away from people. There was no one here! Things had progressed so fast. Just last weekend, we were up on Tiger Mountain seeing people out and about. But then I started hearing terms like social distancing, self-quarantine, or flattening the curve.

Cleman Mountain summit ahead
Cleman Mountain summit ahead

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Rattler Benchmark at a Glance

Access: Waterworks Canyon Trailhead
Round Trip: 15 miles
Elevation Range: 1650′-5115′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Waterworks Canyon Approach

We had been here once. But back then, we were near the canyon. There are many options to go up to Cleman Mountain. Some people come up through the Wenas Valley. While others take the southern route through Sanford Canyon. But we started at Waterworks Canyon.

As soon as we entered the gate, we went up the steep slopes to the left. The terrain eased up past Point 2090. But soon, it steepened once again at 2800′. From there, we then moved to the southwest ridge to avoid the loose rocks. Then we slowly worked our way up to 3500′.

A path to follow
A path to follow

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Going up the Ridgeline

Once we were on the ridgetop, the route then became more apparent. So from there, we followed a faint path on the mild, rocky terrain. Meanwhile, I saw Yakima Valley on the east. We hiked two miles while gaining 1400′. Soon, we were on the road on the main ridge.

So far, our views included the Oak Creek Wildlife Area below us. Plus, Tieton River Valley through the town of Naches. As we moved higher, the nearby canyons began to take shape. Soon, we were on the main ridge at 4900′ with views of distant peaks.

Yakima Valley
Yakima Valley

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Ridge Walk to Cleman Mountain

The ridge walk ended up taking much longer than I had expected. Four miles to be exact! Also, the ridgeline wasn’t as flat as I had thought. So it was more of a rolling hill walk. We had uninterrupted views of Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, and the Stuart Range. But going through this part was unexciting.

The closer we were to the radio tower, the more snow we encountered. The vegetation grew dense as well. At one point, we even walked through the forest before getting to the top. Half a mile before the summit, I noticed tire tracks and more snow. So we moved closer to the rim and finished the last bit of the hike.

Cleman Mountain miles away
Cleman Mountain miles away

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Cleman Mountain Summit

So far, it has been windy all morning. So despite the warm temperatures, I had my jacket on for the entire outing. Then when we got up to the radio towers, we stayed below the crest on the north side. It was less windy there. The communication towers had fences around them to keep out visitors.

The summit was spacious. I read that one can drive up to the top in a high-clearance vehicle. With the amount of road walk, it would have been more enjoyable to come up by car. We hung out for about an hour and then left the summit. It was 7.5 miles to get back to the car.

The east rim of Cleman Mountain
The east rim of Cleman Mountain

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Outro

The undulating terrain wasn’t feasible for us to make shortcuts. So we hiked four miles back to the other end of the ridgeline, where it began to drop. Then from there, we got back on the south-trending ridge and went down the mountain.

We had sightings of the Bighorn Sheep throughout. A couple of herds saw us when we were going up the mountain. Their color blended into the landscape so perfectly. So the puppy didn’t even notice them until they moved. Then on the way back, many groups of them were running out of one canyon and into the next.

Moving on out
Moving on out

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