Exploring the Gobar Creek Drainage


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Gobar Creek

Weyerhaeuser owns vast amounts of private timberlands in the Pacific Northwest. The land is accessible to hikers, hunters and others by a limited number of permits.

West of Mt. St. Helens their holdings are great habitat for elk, and other animals.

After parking at a gate north of the Kalama River Road on a cold (24 degrees), sunny Sunday in early March, I spent four hours hiking logging roads as I looked for elk in the Gobar Creek drainage.

Near the end of Road 6360 there was quite a lot of old elk sign in the area but no elk. As I turned around in the foot-deep, crusty snow, a Boeing 737 took off from a tree nearby – – – okay, it was a blue grouse but it sure sounded loud as it flew back into the forest. Every deer and elk hunter knows the feeling.

A few hundred yards down the road, I spotted a young coyote. It was long gone by the time I raised my camera.

And, to add insult to injury, a blacktail deer had crossed the road over my tracks while I was exploring the area.

Nonetheless, it was a fun outing.

Gobar Creek (I caught many summer steelhead over the years in this stream)

Thankfully, the loggers weren’t working on Sunday

Sunshine bringing out the greens of lichen, licorice ferns and moss

Sign at the “trailhead”

Signs of active logging along Road 6300

Active logging site during the week

A cold morning

Sunshine and shadows

Road signs take a beating

Logging equipment taking a break on a cold Sunday morning

 

 

 

 

 

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4 comments

  1. A peaceful hike today, with many beautiful sights, John. I especially enjoyed the blue grouse and the deer tracks. Always a treat to join your intrepid hiking adventures, my friend. Lovely lichen and ice photos.

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  2. Very nice. I always enjoy seeing what you do through the camera lense.

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