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

Trailhead

 

 

Categories: Portland Area Hikes, Washington Cascades HikesTags: , ,

2 comments

  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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