BCEP Trail Conditions (Responses)
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Date of Hike/ActivityHike/Activity NameHike/Activity LocationYour NameYour Role in BCEPConditionsConditions DescriptionIs there any other information you would like to share?Timestamp
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3/16/2019King MountainKing MountainTim ScottTeam LeaderGood
We hit snow at about 2000+'. At first it was hard and slippery. At about 2500', it began to get deeper and less slippery. By the time we got to the picnic table, we were post-holing up to the knee. On the summit, in some spots, it was hip-deep.
It was a lovely day.3/19/2019 13:15:26
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3/19/2019Elk MountainElk Creek TrailDuncan A. HartTeam AssistantOK
Left the trailhead 8am @ 39 degrees. The snow starts 0.75 miles up the trail and I had to put on snow shoes. At the trail junction leading up to the Elk-King traverse, the snow depth is 1.5ft deep. The trail has a few down trees but mostly clear. There are several creek crossings and they are easy step overs.
It would be very slow going without snowshoes. If attempting to circumvent Elk Mountain and attempting to do an Elk-King loop, be advised that there are 5 foot snow drifts on Elk Mountain summit as of March 14th. I suspect there is at least 2-3 foot of snow on the traverse. The Tillamook Forest trail crews are actively working on the Elk Creek campground and trails (Wilson River, Elk Mt, Elk Creek)
3/20/2019 9:11:43
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3/14/2019Elk MountainElk Mountain summitDuncan HartTeam AssistantOK
Started at the Elk Mountain trailhead near Elk Mountain campground. Halfway up to the summit, ran into icy conditions and put on micro-spikes. There are 5 foot snow drifts on the summit.
I attempted to down climb the back-side of Elk Mountain summit with a plan to access the Elk-King traverse. The snow was too soft to safely place an ice ax and I did not have a rope to rappel. There was no evidence that anyone had been up or down the backside of Elk since the last snow fall.
3/20/2019 9:19:56
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3/21/2019Larch MountainColumbia GorgeDuncan A. HartTeam AssistantOK
Trail conditions are deteriorated once you leave the paved section and start up the Larch Mountain trail. There are patches of snow that make passage challenging at times and hikers are creating short cuts that are undermining trail integrity on switchbacks. At mile 2.5, there are a series of creek crossings with consistent snow/ice on the trail where micro-spikes are helpful. At miles 3-4, snow depth on the trail varies and builds to at least two feet. There is no trail maintenance being done starting mile 3 in the burn section so there are some down trees that are safe to cross. Most of the bridges are heavily damaged but passable. At mile 3.5, I started post-holing. Only a handful of hikers were on this section of trail today.
Poles and micro-spikes are recommended. Snowshoes would make the upper section of the trail more enjoyable
3/21/2019 18:00:27
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3/23/2019Dog MountainDog Mountain LoopDuncan HartTeam AssistantGood
On the way up, we took the left turn (More difficult) path. There was several hundred feet of soft snow before the trail junction. The trail is muddy and with long stretches with soft snow up to the breakout. Once on the breakout, the lower switchback sections of the trail above tree line are clear and there is some snow on the last two switchbacks leading to the summit. On the way down, we tool the less difficult route and the trail was clear of snow. No beta on the Augspurger trail.
Microspikes not needed. There was a dramatic snow melt over the past week. There was a decent snowfield below the summit for students to practice roped travel and plunge stepping.
3/25/2019 7:19:19
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