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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-10-2007, 12:03 PM
David and Karen
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If you make it up to Chowder Ridge the views are awesome and you likely won't see many people.

2 recent reports from WTA...

Aug 03, 2007 by happy hiker
Cougar Divide #601
The North Cascades
a call to the glacier public service center revealed that the access road is now cleared. it has been washed out for the last several years. the road crew, however, have not cut the brush yet. so you can expect some serious scratching of the paint on your car.
the bugs are out and will only get worse. the usual peak of pesky bugs is 3-3 1/2 weeks from early to late august. so come prepared if you choose this route.

Reported problems: Trail over-grown, Bugs!
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Jul 22, 2007 by Alan
Cougar Divide #601
The North Cascades
With reports of the road to Skyline Divide #678 being blocked, I thought it would be a good chance to try Cougar. It's very similar to Skyline Divide, except you're spared the 1800ft climb through the woods. The trail is primitive, and there's no green line on the green trail map #13, but you can overcome that by taking a green pen marking the top of the ridge. The trail does get a little mysterious at times, especially at a few blow-downs, but it's a well boot-beaten trough for most of the trip. There's very little snow until the ascent to chowder ridge.
Very early in the hike you break through the woods and climb to a peak at 5382ft. From this peak there are stunning views of Baker and the surrounding area. You then dive back under tree line until approximately the peak at 5640. We hiked about half-way up to Chowder Ridge, but had to turn around because of time considerations.

As cited in other reports on the web, the mosquitoes are crazy when you're under tree line. They will swarm you. Don't attempt this hike unprepared. Bring >30% Deet, or long sleeves/gloves/bug net.

Take HWY 542 to FS Rd 33 and drive to the end(passable for most passenger cars). Go left at the Y near the end. Rd 33 is closed 11/1 thru 7/1.

Reported problems: Blow-down, Bugs!

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