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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-05-2017, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone,

Just curious to see if anyone has been up to Statlu lake at all recently. I know the access route has changed from Chehalis lake to the Chehalis-Mystery FSR off the Harrison Lake West FSR. Wondering what kind of condition Mystery FSR is in? Do you need high clearance/4x4?

Love to get out to this little gem sometime this year.

Thanks for any advice!
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Info from a client doing forestry in the area: the road is plowed as far as the bridge over Eagle Creek. Expect snow from there.
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Thanks Dru - I will probably be heading up later this summer when it has no snow, but how is the road itself when it is snow free? Is it pretty rough or accessible by car or do you need a truck/4x4?

I have a Jeep Patriot 4x4, just stock with all terrain tires.
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Thanks Dru - I will probably be heading up later this summer when it has no snow, but how is the road itself when it is snow free? Is it pretty rough or accessible by car or do you need a truck/4x4?

I have a Jeep Patriot 4x4, just stock with all terrain tires.
We went up last spring, around middle of May. Road was in very good condition for a FSR; we took our old 4Runner but definitely didn't need it. At that time, there was only some wild washboarding in a few sections, no big waterbars or potholes, so probably could have even made it to TH in a car. I don't think there were any areas that would be particularly prone to washouts over winter/spring but you never know. Hope that helps.
Here's my TR from last year in case you're interested:
https://www.livetrails.com/posts/Statlu-Lake-28360.html
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We went up last spring, around middle of May. Road was in very good condition for a FSR; we took our old 4Runner but definitely didn't need it. At that time, there was only some wild washboarding in a few sections, no big waterbars or potholes, so probably could have even made it to TH in a car. I don't think there were any areas that would be particularly prone to washouts over winter/spring but you never know. Hope that helps.
Here's my TR from last year in case you're interested:
https://www.livetrails.com/posts/Statlu-Lake-28360.html
That is perfect, thank you so much. This one's been on my bucket list for years, never got a chance to do it after they shut down the Chehalis lake FSR after the landslide some years ago.
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The road will be getting reopened further up Eagle Creek towards Grainger later this year. You should be able to drive to the trailhead no problem in a 2wd.
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The road will be getting reopened further up Eagle Creek towards Grainger later this year. You should be able to drive to the trailhead no problem in a 2wd.
Awesome. Good to know some of the accesses DO trending to the better side.
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Steven, you probably know already but for someone like you upper Statlu is place to go; some real good peakbagging above. There is this classic trip report ; I think Vienesse is not in Scrambles book
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Steven, you probably know already but for someone like you upper Statlu is place to go; some real good peakbagging above. There is this classic trip report ; I think Vienesse is not in Scrambles book
Yeah I have a vague idea about Clarke/Recourse/Grainger from a friend's words. Haven't read trip report yet. For me the most useful info nowadays is a labelled topographic map showing the route, so hopefully this one has that kind of thing. It's a summer trip anyway so no rush right now.
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The road will be getting reopened further up Eagle Creek towards Grainger later this year. You should be able to drive to the trailhead no problem in a 2wd.
While this is technically true, if the weather and road conditions are anything less than perfect expect your 2WD to take a bit of a beating. I drove to the trailhead in a Mazda 3 on a rainy day. Mud galore. Ended up with a broken splash guard and plenty of rocks lodged in the transmission.
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