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Dima

Forbidden Peak and Mt. Buckner quasi-TR

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Ok, we are back.

Well,

 

We found out everything ourselves!

The Cascade River road is closed by Dept. of Transportation around mile 6 with a sign. The road becomes impassable to street cars and maybe 4wd after mile 17-18. So we walked in ~8 miles. It is close to a disaster over there: ruined bridge and rock-slide block after mile 20.

 

Gosh, it was too warm and too much snow. We got to the trailhead on the 2nd day's early morning swimming in snow to our waists. It was too miserable to continue.

 

On our way back, it has become even warmer and we struggled to pull our car (slipping on dirt) out of the park. Fortunately the road got somehow plowed just about 1/3 mile back of the place where we abandoned our car (mile 16).

 

Getting there was fun, but getting out was even more so!

We did not waste our trip completely though.

We skied 2 days on Mt. Baker in fresh powder and climbed Smith Rock for 2 days.

 

Happy thanksgiving, ya all!

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Thanks for the info. It's good to know how bad that area got hit, and leaves something to watch for as repairs are made next year. I've got climbing plans in there next year, so hope they can patch it together at least to mp 20.

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