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William Lovis III
(wlovis)
Four Pass Loop Bear Protection on 08/04/2013 21:56:01 MDT Print View

I know a bear can isn't required. Are bears an issue 1) in general this Fall and 2) with properly hung food specifically?

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Four Pass Loop Bear Protection on 08/05/2013 03:28:54 MDT Print View

Review the official website and call the rangers. I hear there are food handling requirements, either canister or proper food hang.

Edited by jshann on 08/05/2013 03:33:50 MDT.

Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: Four Pass Loop Bear Protection on 08/05/2013 08:03:55 MDT Print View

Yes, bears are an issue in general. When I went 2 years ago they had just killed a bear 2 days prior for some attacks. Not sure how food storage played into those attacks though. I believe you won't have a problem if you follow good bear protocols. Staying away from popular sites would help as well.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Four Pass Loop Bear Protection on 08/05/2013 16:02:43 MDT Print View

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5422606.pdf

Randy Nelson
(rlnunix) - F - M

Locale: Rockies
Re:"Four Pass Loop Bear Protection" on 08/07/2013 10:44:29 MDT Print View

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5422606.pdf

That doesn't apply to backpacking the FPL. It's for campgrounds and day use areas.

I haven't had any issues there but have seen posted warnings. I've always bear bagged there, but I won't carry a bear canister unless required. Properly hanging your food will be fine.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Might be hunting season on 08/07/2013 17:08:40 MDT Print View

If you go in the fall check hunting season dates. Blaze orange might be a good idea. I hiked on the CT during bear season. Needless to say I didn't see anything.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re:"Four Pass Loop Bear Protection" on 08/13/2013 18:08:51 MDT Print View

In backpacking the FPL, some do camp in designated dispersed camping sites near Crater Lake and Snowmass Lake. The ranger I spoke with today said you would be ticketed if caught in those type locations and will get a lecture if camping in other areas.

Randy Nelson
(rlnunix) - F - M

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re:"Four Pass Loop Bear Protection" on 08/13/2013 23:08:46 MDT Print View

If you don't like the answer a ranger gives you, just call back and ask another. :)

Seriously though, neither Crater or Snowmass Lakes are listed in Exhibit A so a ticket wouldn't hold up anyway. It's very specific as to what sites are affected. But I think bear bagging is just common sense. Or a canister if you want to carry one.

My buddy and a friend were there last week and the pics were spectacular. Tons of wildflowers and very green. Should be a great trip.

Edited by rlnunix on 08/13/2013 23:09:28 MDT.