A Stormy Hike in 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. For the last several years I have paid for a permit to enter those lands by foot.

Gobar Creek

After parking at a gate north of the Kalama River Road on a cool. rainy and breezy mid-December day, I spent four hours hiking logging roads focused on spotting elk in the upper Gobar Creek drainage. I primarily stayed on Road 6310.

At the end of Road 6324 there was evidence of an old elk camp. And, there was quite a lot of elk sign in the area.

On the way back to the car, I continued to spot elk sign but no elk. It brought back memories of my youth when the old cowboy would remind me: Son, track soup makes for mighty thin gruel.

A stormy day in the mountains

Roosevelt Elk sign

Very easy to get lost

Lots of Sword Ferns and Lichen

Gloomy Gus kind of day

Rain, rain and more rain




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  1. Oh how frustrating to see all these fresh signs of nearby elk, and then not see any. Despite their absence, I’m sure there was much beauty to enjoy. I liked hearing the cowboy’s quote, and enjoyed your photos immensely, John.

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