Six years later the old back roads are
in worse shape, getting quite overgrown before we start the steep drop
into the canyon. We stage our gear up top and head down.
rough section is overgrown too, and has several downed logs. It takes
us over two hours just to drop a car at the confluence and come back up with the help of chainsaws.
maps we make good progress until we hit snow. Then more snow, and
deeper snow. It's wet spring snow, heavy and soft, perfect for
bottoming out in. It's a slow shuttle, 3:58pm and this spot is too deep. Joseph Hatcher, Trevor Tanhoff and Colby Eliott
backtrack, drive around on an alternate route to hit more snow drifts.
It's almost five in the afternoon, we're a couple miles from Canyon
Creek and snow coverage is complete. With summer sleeping gear we're
not too interested in sleeping on the snow, and we agree it's not in
our best interest to continue towards the river.
It's just too deep.
April 24th I return to scout, and a week of warm weather has melted
most of the snow off the roads. A few trees can be handled by a handsaw
and the roads are clear.