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Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Lost Coast/King Range in March? on 02/16/2013 18:56:38 MST Print View

Did not think I would be ready to get back out there so soon after the last two trips, but...

I putting this invite out to the usual suspects. You should have an idea if this is you or not by now.

Want to explore up on the ridge. Want to camp at least one night at Bear Hollow Camp on Rattlesnake Ridge.

So start at Saddle Mountain TH.

Would like to go in March. Minus tides and New Moon on the weekend of the 9th. Afternoon low tide. This is good if we want to go

from Miller Flat to Buck Ridge.

Crapshoot weatherwise as always out there.

Go!

Edited by kthompson on 02/17/2013 09:07:12 MST.

Frank H.
(porker110) - F

Locale: California
Lost Coast/King Range Marchish? on 02/16/2013 19:03:36 MST Print View

Ken,

I'm available.

Depends on the dates and my school schedule.

-Frank

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Lost Coast/King Range Marchish? on 02/22/2013 21:19:30 MST Print View

Frank are you living up here yet?

Matt wants in. Bring raingear and a bear canister.

Weekend of the 9th OK?

Does anyone need a canister?

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Re: Lost Coast/King Range Marchish? on 02/22/2013 21:58:39 MST Print View

I have a Garcia, if necessary. We can carry two persons food in one can if my little Bareboxer Contender isn't enough. Uh, just the Bareboxer should be fine.

Frank H.
(porker110) - F

Locale: California
Lost Coast/King Range Marchish? on 02/22/2013 22:27:23 MST Print View

@Ken, I won't be moving up there until August.

I will let you know if I can go. Later this week.

I've got a bear can.

-Frank

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Lost Coast/King Range March 8-10 on 02/28/2013 18:08:11 MST Print View

So it looks like just the three of us are set for the week after next.

Do we want to stay on the ridge?

Saddle Mountain Trailhead on Friday.

What time do you think you can be there?

Frank H.
(porker110) - F

Locale: California
Lost Coast/King Range Marchish? on 02/28/2013 18:14:05 MST Print View

Ken,

I'm talking carpooling over with Matt. Trying to figure out the details.

I wouldn't mind staying up on the ridge, I haven't explored any other places along the Lost Coast besides the beach.

-Frank

Marc Eldridge
(meld) - MLife

Locale: The here and now.
Re: "Lost Coast/King Range Marchish?" on 02/28/2013 21:03:55 MST Print View

Me and Rick would be in for this trip. Let me know if there is room.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: "Lost Coast/King Range Marchish?" on 02/28/2013 22:06:50 MST Print View

For you two, always. PM sent

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Lost Coast/King Range Marchish on 03/01/2013 06:55:32 MST Print View

Ken,
I turned down a trip for this weekend, but I'd like to hook up sometime on a trip up north here sometime. I told Paige it was too far to go to Shelter Cove again. Our NorCal group is doing the nobo/sobo thing again. I just hate driving so much getting there, then the long drive back, 5 hours. Its been awhile since I was in the Alps and Marbles. I'm headed to CO in August for my annual bp vacation.
Duane

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Lost Coast/King Range Marchish on 03/01/2013 07:01:10 MST Print View

Paige is wonderful. But the same trips time after time. I hear you on the driving. Trailhead is less than 60 miles from my door and still takes 2 hours to get there.

Have a great seson Duane. I'll keep my eyes open for stoves.

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Re: Lost Coast/King Range March 8-10 on 03/01/2013 08:14:45 MST Print View

Ridge sounds great. When would you like to try to meet at Saddle Mtn TH? It looks like it will take quite a bit to get there after leaving Ettersburg Rd.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Lost Coast/King Range March 8-10 on 03/01/2013 16:29:44 MST Print View

So ridge it is.

I will work Friday morning, then head out. Marc and Rick are always first to arrive everywhere. So Matt what time do you think you can get to Garberville? Then add an hour and a half. That should be a realistic time to get from town to the trailhead.


Driving note. Be careful at the intersection with Ettersburg Rd. It's a funky right turn after a bend to te left right after a crest in the road, Surprise! 13 miles from 101. So be on the lookout. Ettersburg is basically one white bldg. on the left side of the road.

If you need more detailed instructions I can do that.

Edited by kthompson on 03/01/2013 21:11:00 MST.

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Re: Lost Coast/King Range March 8-10 on 03/01/2013 20:19:34 MST Print View

Looks like about 4 hours to Garberville. Are you driving?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Lost Coast/King Range March 8-10 on 03/01/2013 20:38:08 MST Print View

I am driving, yes.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Lost Coast/King Range Marchish? on 03/01/2013 21:11:46 MST Print View

Weather forecast looks promising. Don't forget the sunscreen.

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Lost Coast/King Range Marchish? on 03/01/2013 21:19:07 MST Print View

Sunscreen, bear can, bivy, extra warm clothes and spare sleeping bag in car, permethrin on pants.

Frank and I are planning on leaving the City around 6:00 AM, Friday.

Edited by mtblack on 03/01/2013 21:23:03 MST.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Lost Coast/King Range Marchish? on 03/01/2013 21:20:37 MST Print View

AM or PM?

Frank H.
(porker110) - F

Locale: California
Lost Coast/King Range Marchish? on 03/01/2013 21:20:51 MST Print View

I can't wait. It would be nice if we had blue skies.

Frank H.
(porker110) - F

Locale: California
Lost Coast/King Range Marchish? on 03/01/2013 21:22:16 MST Print View

AM

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
sounds fun on 03/02/2013 02:40:09 MST Print View

Be sure to post a trip report, the wife and I are headed down that way at the end of March.

Frank H.
(porker110) - F

Locale: California
Lost Coast/King Range Marchish? on 03/02/2013 09:17:33 MST Print View

Ken,

Do you know if fires are allowed. I want to try out my Caldera Ti-Tri.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Lost Coast/King Range March on 03/02/2013 17:20:59 MST Print View

@ Frank Yes on fires. Your backcountry permit doubles as a fire permit there also.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Lost Coast/King Range March on 03/08/2013 06:18:22 MST Print View

Off we go this morning. Just the three of us.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Lost Coast/ King Range- March on 03/08/2013 07:26:16 MST Print View

Have a good hike and I wish I could of maid it--Busy with sons soccer playoffs this weekend.

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Re: Lost Coast/King Range March on 03/11/2013 20:40:37 MDT Print View

It was a good trip. Much more snow than we anticipated. Good company and beautiful country.

Without a full trip report, some reminders for myself and tips for anyone heading up there.

Saddle Mt. trail head is more accessible by heading N up King Peak Rd from Shelter Cove Rd. The distance is further than the approach from Ettersburg Rd but the road is so much broader and smoother that it simply isn't worth trying from North of the trail head.

Horse Mt is a nice area for car camping, 5 bucks a night. Pit toilets and water although currently water quality is under investigation and taps are off.

It's a good idea to leave extra water in the car just in case.

Edited by mtblack on 03/11/2013 21:39:00 MDT.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Lost Coast/King Range Unintentional Snow Trip on 03/11/2013 20:43:16 MDT Print View

Thanks guys for coming up. Even though things did not go according to plan I had a fine time outside. Good company.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Lost Coast/King Range Unintentional Snow Trip on 03/12/2013 19:24:07 MDT Print View

Snow? I want pictures!

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Snow on 03/12/2013 19:35:10 MDT Print View

plenty of snowFrankKen and Matt

Edited by mtblack on 03/12/2013 19:42:42 MDT.

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Re: Lost Coast/King Range Unintentional Snow Trip on 03/12/2013 19:37:31 MDT Print View

I unfortunately was too focused on my wet feet to get any shots of our setup in Maple camp. Frank did a great job using the lid off his bear can as an improvised shovel and scraping through about seven inches of snow to the bare dirt.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Snow on 03/12/2013 20:18:30 MDT Print View

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The snow seemed to be really concentrated in the area we were hiking. All the surrounding area was pretty snow free.

We all cowboy camped. Nice clear night.

Edited by kthompson on 03/12/2013 20:20:16 MDT.