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Old 05-20-19, 11:57 AM
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In the Hall of the Mountain King (pics)

Thursday evening my friend sent me a text, the road is open to the Cascade Pass trailhead, and my weekend plans were delivered to me on a silver platter.

A few sooty grouses greeted me in the woods, they're the strange looking birds.

Eventually the sound of a helicopter came to fill the air. Rescue is the only reason anyone is allowed in this air space. Somebody was having a very bad day.









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Leni Riefenstahl must've taken a another fall.

Great pics. I like how the bird looks like he's telling a very complicated joke:



"So anyway, the Turkey Vulture, the Passenger Pigeon and the Hummingbird walk into another bar ..."
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"Look at the grouse, look at the grouse"
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the sound of helicopter(s) in the mountains is never good.
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making it to ncnp is on the short list. riding it is on the even shorter list.
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Get in touch if you do, I'll recommend some stuff for you to see. Spend as much time here as you're able to, and not in August because of the fires and smoke.
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Get in touch if you do, I'll recommend some stuff for you to see. Spend as much time here as you're able to, and not in August because of the fires and smoke.
i'd be looking for the gravel/fire/dirt (not mtb) roads as i haven't come across too many obvious paved ones in ncnp for this roadie.
you post some sweet pics, mostly off pavement. one of these daze...hopefully in the next handful of years.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Thursday evening my friend sent me a text, the road is open to the Cascade Pass trailhead, and my weekend plans were delivered to me on a silver platter.

A few sooty grouses greeted me in the woods, they're the strange looking birds.

Eventually the sound of a helicopter came to fill the air. Rescue is the only reason anyone is allowed in this air space. Somebody was having a very bad day.









SAR





Great pics. Are you talking about 20 from Concrete and beyond, (the section that gets closed) on the Cascade loop? I have camped along that whole route in late September, but have never seen it in "spring."

Again, beautiful pics.
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Great shot, do these guys puff out those orange bladders like the sage grouse?

How'd you get the photo - a telephoto lens and a bunch of patience or do they tolerate people?
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Great pics. Are you talking about 20 from Concrete and beyond, (the section that gets closed) on the Cascade loop? I have camped along that whole route in late September, but have never seen it in "spring."

Again, beautiful pics.
If you're driving east, the highway turns 90* left in Marblemount. Going straight takes you immediately over a trestle bridge over the Skagit River. That's Cascade River Road, follow it to the end to get here. There are several other world class trails and climbing routes from the road: Monogram Lake, Lookout Mountain, Boston Basin, Forbidden Peak, Austera Peak, etc.
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Originally Posted by GrainBrain View Post
Great shot, do these guys puff out those orange bladders like the sage grouse?

How'd you get the photo - a telephoto lens and a bunch of patience or do they tolerate people?
I left my SLR at home on this trip because you traverse a steep meadow in the snow. It's very slippery, and people fall. I didn't want to land on it and break my ribs. So these are phone camera shots, from a Note 8. They seem pretty docile, and I've been around animals a lot, I was slow and calm, and that seemed to bother them less.

Yeah, apparently they puff those orange bladders up, and the ladies done it irresistibly sexy.
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I just head that somebody "fell into a creek" (which probably means a snow bridge collapsed under them) and was still missing as of Monday.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
If you're driving east, the highway turns 90* left in Marblemount. Going straight takes you immediately over a trestle bridge over the Skagit River. That's Cascade River Road, follow it to the end to get here. There are several other world class trails and climbing routes from the road: Monogram Lake, Lookout Mountain, Boston Basin, Forbidden Peak, Austera Peak, etc.
Thanks, I will have to take a look that way the next time I am in that region. Again, beautiful pics. One can just get lost looking at them. Cell phone eh? Wow.
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@genec

NPS Road Conditions

Cascade River Road gets closed at different points, by snow, and sometimes by washout after heavy rain. Unless you're going in the summer, check the link above to make sure it's open to the end.

The ranger station in that little town is full of good folks too. Just don't show up when they open, there's always a permit rush.
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The 54th Annual Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb


Here's one for the climbers July 27th. Starts at 7,540' above sea level at Idaho Springs Colorado. 27 mi. 10% max.

And no I've never done it. Not a climber.
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