Duckabush River — Monday, May. 28, 2012
The Duckabush trail is closed for very good reason. The burn area starts just past 2-Mile (River) Camp. Charred snags and huge fir and cedar supported only by burned roots with the soil gone from underneath present significant danger. Loose rock and branches were coming down with no wind at times. Our WTA crew wore hardhats at all times. The problem is, things seem just fine until they aren't, and one loose rock or canopy wind can take out a tottering snag. I'm not generally a doom and gloom kind of gal, but unless you are with an approved work crew, please stay off this trail! I hope my pics at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/51278183@N05/sets/72157629945878746/ are enough to quell your curiosity until this wonderful trail re-opens. If personal safety is inadequate motivation, the Forest Service is tracking scofflaws who choose to hike this trail despite the warnings, so prepare for a ticket if you're reckless enough to disregard the trail closure. And please, please, if you choose to have a fire backcountry, put it out COLD! The river was only a few feet away from the human fire that burned nearly 1,300 acres of beautiful forest. Despite the burn, sedum, trillium, paintbrush, monkey flower, false Solomon's seal, strawberry, rhodies (first part of trail only) and salmonberry were blooming in protected damp spots.
W(e're) T(otally) A(wesome)!
"Bob and Barb" on May 31, 2012 10:02 AM
Thanks for the report!
"HalfCenturyHiker" on Jun 02, 2012 09:32 PM
only greenhorns build campfires
Skip the fire. Curl up in a pile with your sweetie and the dog, sip the whiskey, and watch sky TV. I guarantee: you'll come to prefer it.
You've got to be really clever to start a fire in one of the wettest forests in America, and you've got to be a real greenhorn to want a fire in warm weather. That fire heavily hazed my view on Fortress Mt. (NE of Glacier Peak). I could smell it. It was so smokey, I thought the fire was at Darrington. The night was so warm at 7300' that I didn't even think of putting up the tent, or even fully zip up the bag. Yes, I am an insufferable no-fire snob, but NOBODY in Washington needed a campfire that week.
A campfire is always by far your greatest impact.
"Cascade Liberation Organization" on Jun 13, 2012 03:35 PM