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9/26/2010 – Surprise Lake Quad Trip

Date of Hike: 9/26/2010
Location of Hike: Fish Creek Basin - Old decomissioned roads - leading to Surprise Lake
Weather during Hike: Cloudy and drizzly
Hiking Buddies: Mark, Chris and Brian
Start Time: 10:30 AM  End Time: 4:30 PM
Hike Distance: 21 miles  
Pictures: Link
Description of Hike:
This was not a hiking trip, but a very tough trip with 4 quads down old decommissioned roads to Surprise Lake in the Fish Creek Basin. The roads are very rough and becoming overgrown with alder. We were whacking young trees almost the whole way.

At most of the creek crossings the crossing was tough since all the culverts have been removed and going down and then back up the ravines was difficult. The weather sort of cooperated, but it drizzled off and on all day. It was definitely cloudy and overcast. It was interesting to see much of the area that was closed after the 1996 flooding.

Although it was a physically very tough day, it was a lot of fun, although I’m not ready to repeat it anytime soon.

9/12/2010 – Abbot Road and High Rock

Date of Hike: 9/12/2010
Location of Hike: High Rock and East end of Abbot (4610) road
Weather during Hike: Sunny
Hiking Buddies: Mark and Andy
Start Time: 10:15 AM  End Time: 2:40 PM
Hike Distance: 3 miles  
Pictures: Link
Description of Hike:
This wasn’t a hike, but it was an interesting adventure in the woods…..I had always wanted to explore the east end of the 4610 road up to where the slide destroyed the road. We were originally going to take the quads up the old Fish Creek road “trail”, but it has been washed out again, so this was the alternative I came up with. It was a fun day and was interesting to see the little used east end of the road. There are some huge trees and huge rock slides on that end and the road gets VERY narrow in places. I’m not sure a normal truck could get through all the way to the landslide.

High rocks was an amazing place and being able to go up to the old lookout location was pretty cool.

It is a VERY steep trail to the top, and on the way down I slipped and before I knew it, I was on the ground and scraped up my arm pretty good. It didn’t bleed too much, but sure hurt a lot!

A great day of exploration in the woods, and a great way to recover what could have been a wasted trip….