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Old 09-24-17, 10:31 PM
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Larches are starting to go off at 5+ thousand feet

There's still a lot of green in the yellow, but the larches at Harts Pass are starting to turn, also in the Cutthroat area, the basins near Washington Pass, etc. I'd guess peak will be somewhere in the next 2 weeks. There's already snow on the ground at Harts Pass.

Here's a photo from yesterday. Sorry for the low resolution. The yellow in the background is a forest of alpine larches on the PCT.



The Diamond Creek fire is still burning, but seriously diminished.
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Old 09-25-17, 06:32 AM
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Lucky SOB. I was gonna put in a Monty Python reference when I saw the part about "The Larch", but I doubt anyone here would get it, and the joke would be on me.

You really gotta stop posting spectacular scenery like that, unless you want to see a flood of California cyclists fleeing north. Great shot, BTW. I bet there wasn't another person around for miles.
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California people: it's very cold here. You wouldn't like it. Sports Illustrated did a beach photo shoot here, it was called "the Babes of Goretex."
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Yes. The short sunny season is over (it was mostly smoke filled with forest fires anyway). Now begins a solid six plus months of gray skies, drizzle, and 39 degree temps.

Love it or...stay where you are.
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So... cold winter in the offing? Global warming... kaput? The water is still 85 in coves at Lake Havasu in AZ.

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Nice to see you pushing a MTB!
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@woodway

I bought a wheelset from the fine folks at Methow Cycle and Sport. We rented MTBs while they set things up for me. Rode around Harts Pass, the picture above is the PCT trailhead.

Here's another shot from down lower.

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I bought a wheelset from the fine folks at Methow Cycle and Sport. We rented MTBs while they set things up for me. Rode around Harts Pass, the picture above is the PCT trailhead.

Here's another shot from down lower.

Very nice. I have had great experiences with Methow Cycle and Sport as well.
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Spectacular. Thanks for sharing.
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Getting pretty high up there. Great time of year for it, before the snow.
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Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte View Post
I was gonna put in a Monty Python reference when I saw the part about "The Larch", but I doubt anyone here would get it, and the joke would be on me.
The Python skit was posted in last year's SeattleForrest larch alert thread. No need to be redundant unless you so choose.

Great pics as usual from SF. He certainly keeps us up to date on scenery and road conditions in the Cascades. I've ridden locations on the east side based on his reports.
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Old 10-24-17, 09:25 AM
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I heard from a friend yesterday the western larches at Blewett Pass are slightly past peak but still golden yellow. Now would be the time to go.
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Old 10-27-17, 08:44 AM
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I had a good day at Blewett yesterday, hope I can post a photo or two soon. The trees are slightly beyond peak but still look great, and should still be in good shape this weekend. It's going to be warm and sunny, too. Probably our last chance until next October.
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Still going this weekend - this is from Iron Bear near Blewett.
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Great pic, @woodway! Did you bike or hike Iron Bear? (I've only been there in June, need to fix that.)
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Blewett Pass a week ago (10/26), on the road to the Tronsen Ridge trailhead.

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Great pic, @woodway! Did you bike or hike Iron Bear? (I've only been there in June, need to fix that.)
I've done both. In this case I was with friends who did not bike, so we were hiking. Came up from the Highway 97 side. It's a good hike, short, not too difficult with a good payoff.
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