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By Eric Troyer
Party: Eric Troyer
Trip Location: Granite Tors East Trail
Access: Trailhead at Mile 39.5 Chena Hot Springs Road
Trip Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017 (and Saturday, August 12) [Read more…]
By Erika Miller
We were eight people and two dogs. We met at the Pedro Monument and then carpooled to Skoogy Gulch.
We were looking for Bob Pettit’s rock that he climbed in 1968 but couldn’t remember its location was. Because he mentioned water coming out of the hill from a pipe and there is a water pipe at Skoogy Gulch, it seemed a likely prospect.
Jim Deininger knew the area and we hiked on a good mining road to a caved-in drift mine (hard rock). We then continued hiking up the hill along the power line with a good view of the hill on each side. Since it was early in the year, the visibility through the trees was good. We saw an old caterpillar and an old truck in Sgoogie Gulch and mining equipment including a trailer (to haul stuff with) upside down off the trail but no rock.
The trail ended at the True North Mine Road where we admired the views, but no Bob’s rock. True North did a good job of reclamation. Jim explained why the mining stopped. The gold in that area is in the shist and far too expensive to get the gold out. We passed the road going up to Pedro Dome but didn’t hike up since I knew where weren’t any rocks (tors) up there.
We then hiked back and stopped at Silver Gulch. It was a nice afternoon, not a very long hike and although it was not a success finding Bob’s rock, we saw another bit of the Fox area.
By Eric Troyer
Party: Eric Troyer
Trip Location: Granite Tors Trail, Chena River State Recreation Area
Access: Trailhead is at the Granite Tors Campground Day-Use Area at milepost 39.5 Chena Hot Springs Road.
Trip Date: Sunday, May 8 [Read more…]
Posted for Jim Trombley:
There seems to be plenty of interest in the trips I mentioned in the last email. Mark your calendars for April 15, 16, and 23 for Castner Glacier and Granite Tors. Here is the plan for first one:
Friday, April 15–Castner Glacier 5-hour snowshoe
Meet and greet 8:00-8:15 Walmart side lot facing Lowes. Anyone need a ride? Need to replace snowshoe straps or grab a snack for the road? We drive to Delta, pit stop at the store. Go south to Kastner River Bridge, anyone not carpooling can wait for the main group here. Plan is to snowshoe 11:30-6:00. The route proceeds east over the frozen? Castner River. Watch for open water!!! Then up glacier as far as time allows. The first two miles is basically flat, the next two miles is mostly up and some down on the lower glacier. You will be dazzled by amazing mountain views. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, layered clothing, including wind proof shell for top and bottom. Watch out for low spots!! that means a hole is under the slumping snow. For those wanting to socialize, we can do dinner at Delta Junction. Back in town 9-10 PM if not stopping to eat.
Saturday, April 16–Castner Glacier 3-hour snowshoe.
I will be camping in the area and able to go again in the morning. Meet at 8 AM Castner River Bridge pullout (west side of Richardson). Snowshoe 8-11. Back in town by 2PM.
Please RSVP by private email. Group size is capped at 12 people for glacier travel and three 3-person tents at the campsite I know about, but determined campers can find other spots near the road. Please let me know which day I should expect to see you. If driving please let me know if you have seats available and how many are available for carpooling. If wanting a ride down, bring gas money and pay the driver well so they will want to keep supporting these longer trips. How much? Depends on the vehicle, but I would say $12-$20+. If anyone wants to go but needs to borrow snowshoes, call me ASAP.
799-4958 evenings 7-9 PM best