I arrived Friday afternoon and found a spot along the river along FR19.
Saturday, I waited till noon for friends to arrive, but they never showed up so decided to run the east end of the Naches trail 684 up to the west end where the 1175 trail starts. I latched onto the tail end of 4 Jeeps as we went thru some mud holes and over and around fallen trees until we hit snow with a long downhill. I turned around at this point as I didn't want to be a burden as it looked like a possible winch fest if I had to come back up it. After chatting with 3 Jeepers I met on the way back, I took a side road up to the 684-1175 intersection.
On Sunday I waited until 10am for my friends to show. No dice, so I decided to head out to take dirt roads to Clover Springs, then run the trails from there. I made it to about 6,400 ft and about 4 miles short due to snow. After I turned around, along came 2 Jeeps. After chatting for awhile, we all agreed to take a route to the Upper Clover Springs trailhead and see if we could reach the Springs that way. 1st we would take a little side-trip up to the Snowmobile cabin so they could look for a Geocash.
When we got to the turnoff from FR 1600 to FR 1605, we were greete by a closed sign. Alot of roads in the forest got wiped out by this springs storms, but I wasn't prepared for this one. After we weighed our options, it was decided to attempt and see how hairy the BLACK DIAMOND Lower Clover Springs trail was like.
Here we are starting down.
Bert is at the point of no return. Actually I'm at the point, but what he's looking at is alot scarier than what I'm looking at! The trail heads straight down from there!
Of course I couldn't take any pics on the way down, but here's some looking back up. At the upper end of the pics you'll see sky, but you're still coming straight down before that point!
After we reached the bottom, the trail tightly snakes in and around trees.
This trail doesn't get used much, I wonder why?
We had three fast moving creek crossings, the 1st one was the deepest and most worrisome.
Luckily the exit was totally different than the entry. Basically some short uphill, old logging road, then some semi-steep side hill that wasn't bad as I had reconnected my front swaybar before we headed up.
Lunch time a little self-pat on the back for accomplishing this trail I've wanted to try for a long time.