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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-31-2013, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Default Chehalis FSR and Statlu Lake trail conditions?

I'd like to go to Lower Statlu Lake in mid-June. Can anybody fill me in on current conditions? In particular:

- Is the Chehalis FSR still passable in a low clearance 2WD to the parking spot in the trail wiki?
- Can it be driven without a 2-way radio? We would go on a weekday, so perhaps there will be logging trucks?
- Are the bridges on the new trail in good shape?
- Anything else to keep in mind?

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You can't get there from Chehalis FSR. You need to take West Harrison/St'sailes FSR then Mystery Creek branch. I was told last week that there is active logging in Mystery Creek and that the road is consequently in excellent shape as it is being actively worked by a grader to keep it smooth for the trucks.
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Thanks Dru - first screw-up avoided. And great news about the surface condition. So just cautious driving should do it?
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You can't get there from Chehalis FSR. You need to take West Harrison/St'sailes FSR then Mystery Creek branch. I was told last week that there is active logging in Mystery Creek and that the road is consequently in excellent shape as it is being actively worked by a grader to keep it smooth for the trucks.
Can anyone please provide an update on this situation? I'm interested in hiking Statlu Lake but don't know the area whatsoever, least of all the FSR network back there. I've heard some of the roads further up are rough 4wd. I'm in a 2wd and wondering if this is at all realistic. Would be spending the night in the area around Harrison so would plan on getting an early start and day hiking Statlu upper lake.
Thanks in advance.
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I've heard some of the roads further up are rough 4wd.
That would be the last couple hundred meters or so, which can be easily walked.
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I'm interested in hiking Statlu Lake but don't know the area whatsoever, least of all the FSR network back there. .
Get a backroads mapbook. Otherwise SAR will be out looking for you.

But basically: drive about 26 km up Harrison West/Sts'ailes FSR
Take a left at Harrison-Mystery
Drive about another 10 km
Park and walk trail down to the footbridge
Cross Eagle Creek
Follow trail to old logging roads beyond
Hook a left
15 minutes to Statlu Lake turnoff.
About 2 hours to lake from your car.
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Get a backroads mapbook. Otherwise SAR will be out looking for you.

But basically: drive about 26 km up Harrison West/Sts'ailes FSR
Take a left at Harrison-Mystery
Drive about another 10 km
Park and walk trail down to the footbridge
Cross Eagle Creek
Follow trail to old logging roads beyond
Hook a left
15 minutes to Statlu Lake turnoff.
About 2 hours to lake from your car.
I've got the Backroad Mapbook and will study it before heading out. Thanks very much for the info. I am encouraged!
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Would be spending the night in the area around Harrison so would plan on getting an early start and day hiking Statlu upper lake.
Did you consider overnight? There is awesome TR here on CT

You don't have to scramble all peaks as these guys did, but just exploring fantastic alpine about upper Statlu lake looks rewarding enough. 3 day trip -- 1st day drive, hike in and & setup camp, 2nd day explore and 3rd day hike out and drive back. Just an idea
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Thanks Zeljkok. I agree the area looks beautiful and full of possibility. I will add it to the pages long list :-)
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Can anyone please provide an update on this situation? I'm interested in hiking Statlu Lake but don't know the area whatsoever, least of all the FSR network back there. I've heard some of the roads further up are rough 4wd. I'm in a 2wd and wondering if this is at all realistic. Would be spending the night in the area around Harrison so would plan on getting an early start and day hiking Statlu upper lake.
Thanks in advance.
I recall last summer that the drive until the turn off near the bottom of a hill, which is like 350m from the trailhead (quite overgrown), was easily doable with a 2wd. We drove midway down the final spur in a tacoma to the trailhead, with some waterbars, but it wasn't worth it to be honest. Check backroads mapbook and google earth...
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