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    Default Gifford Pinchot Adventure

    Rig is all packed up and ready to head out tomorrow. Meeting a buddy in Trout Lake and will spend the weekend exploring the wilderness east of St. Helens.

    Trip report to follow!

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    Just wondering how your trip went?
    Eric, KG7SEJ
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    Me, too! Looking forward to hearing about it.
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    It was very wet! Poured most if the day Saturday. But we had a blast. Been waiting for the pictures to come in from the others involved to make my trip report.
    Soon!

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    Okay, so I finally got everyone's pictures together and can do a proper trip report.
    This trip was composed of myself with my Tundra, Brian riding shotgun, and Dave with his UZJ-100 Land Cruiser.
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    Brian and I are from the Tacoma area. Dave is in Beaverton, OR. We chose to meet up in the booming metropolis of Trout Lake, WA.
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    Our first stop was the Guler Ice Cave. Having seen pictures of it on other trip reports and around the internet, it was definitely on my list to hit. Unfortunately, with the fantastic summer we had, there was very little ice left in the cave. There was a bit on the ground but nothing on the walls and ceiling. I definitely want to go back this spring.
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    From there, we headed West past Goose Lake. There was a fire lookout we were hoping to drive to. Unfortunately, the gate was closed. We ended up spending most of the afternoon just putting around looking for good views.
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    Breaking for lunch...
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    After lunch, we set out on foot for a while. The road didn't go to the top of the hill we were on. We decided we wanted to go up there anyway. A few hours of scrambling over rocks and through heavy vegetation, we made it to the top.
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    Up to this point, the weather had been cooperating fairly well. However, upon returning to our rigs, the wind had really kicked up and was blowing a light mist up the hillside. We opted to head back down to find a more protected place to camp for the night.


    Rained off and on for the rest of the night but we strung up a tarp between some trees and the Landie and stayed dry.


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    The next day, we set off in search of more caves. Rumor had it there were more in the area. I had GPS corodinates to get me close but from there we set out on foot looking.


    The road got a little narrower in places:
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    I spent most of the weekend worrying about pinstriping but all the rain helped to “lubricate” the branches and I only picked up one scratch.


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    Aaaaand then I high centered:
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    Soft dirt and a little too shallow of a breakover angle on the Tundra. Was an easy recovery though.


    Back on the road
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    We reached the coordinates for the caves and set out looking for them.
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    On the road again looking for somewhere to spend the night. At this point it was raining hard and would continue raining into the night. We didn't stop and get out much due to the weather.
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    This particular road turned out to be impassable due to the steep grade and sloppy slick mud. It made me happy with my General Grabber AT2s though when Dave's Land Cruiser with Toyo MT2s only made it about 10 feet farther up the hill than I did.
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    At this point we were on the south end of Gifford Pinchot near Carson.
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    We set up camp for the second night. Again with the tarp we stayed dry into the night.
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    Sunday morning turned out to be sunny and pleasant. We decided to forgo cooking breakfast and hit a diner in Carson. Then we found out that there's absolutely nothing worth noting in Carson. We landed in Stevenson and had a great breakfast at the Big River Grill.
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    After breakfast, we parted ways and headed home.
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    Ehh...any idea why my images aren't working?

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    Nice trip report, Aaron. Can't say why your pics don't post, I have the same problem from time to time. I clicked on your first link and it took me to Photobucket where I continued looking at the rest of your trip file. So I think I saw all or most of your photos. I sure do like driving the Gifford Pinchot NF, it's so diverse and so much to see. Also very few people to contend with. But, it looked like it was a WET one! What the heck, we are use to wet aren't we? Thanks for posting, Aaron.
    Jerry
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    At least in this portion of Gifford Pinchot I didn't experience the lack of people you mention. In fact, I saw things that made me glad that all of us had firearms... There were two groups of people who had built encampments of semi permanent to permanent structures. As we drove by, they all stopped whatever it was they were doing and smiled and waved. I didn't want to know what they were up to.
    Up another remote trail we found an older model tear drop trailer with no tow vehicle and no sign that one had been there any time recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronZR2 View Post
    At least in this portion of Gifford Pinchot I didn't experience the lack of people you mention. In fact, I saw things that made me glad that all of us had firearms... There were two groups of people who had built encampments of semi permanent to permanent structures. As we drove by, they all stopped whatever it was they were doing and smiled and waved. I didn't want to know what they were up to.
    Up another remote trail we found an older model tear drop trailer with no tow vehicle and no sign that one had been there any time recently.

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    Oh no, sorry to hear that. Sounds like the N Fork of the Snoqualmie River several years ago. It makes for an ugly sight and I know what you mean about taking along some protection just in case. Dang, the picture in my mind of those encampments spoils the memories. Well, shoot.
    Jerry
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    Looks like even with the rain and a few "questionable people", the trip was a good one. The Ice Cave is on my wives and my list also. To bad that they had mostly melted by the time you made it, but as you mentioned it makes for a good excuse to go back next year.
    Eric, KG7SEJ
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