Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Discussion about deep snow wheeling, vehicle builds, trip reports, etc
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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Postby winter4x » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:50 pm

do not have any current videos ... upload speeds are super slow here.
Cascades has avalanche warning in effect due to high temps and rain . Might wait till Sunday , or next weekend to go back out.

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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Postby christensent » Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:32 pm

The seasons have changed, and now it's slush-crawling instead of snow wheeling. Took exit 38 up an untraveled spur to about 2500ft then climbed another 2000ft and skied the North Couloir of McClellan Butte.

It's also the season of tree branches, ripped off two fenders and picked up a good bit more paint damage

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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Postby christensent » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:58 pm

And now it's snowmobile-trail-season. No wheeled vehicle signs are down for the year here, went out FS4330 to 1.9 miles from Mt. Daniel trailhead. Decided to call it quits where the road had half melted out and I didn't feel like probably winching through.

23 miles on 4-6 feet of snow in less than 2 hours. Old groomed trails are so easy.

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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Postby Nobody » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:13 pm

Good stuff. Thanks for the trip report! We finally had a decent snow year. :cool:
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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Postby christensent » Sun May 07, 2017 8:56 pm

Went up Glacier Creek Road on Saturday. Still probably 3-4 feet of snow for the last 2 miles. Had to cut out one tree and some medium-difficulty spring slush wheeling.

Then skied baker to 9200ft. Turned back from there due to wind, cold, and ice.

The best snow season is just getting started!

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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Postby christensent » Mon May 22, 2017 6:17 pm

Started out doing a loop on 4934 at Gold Creek. Went to the tower at 4970ft on old groomed roads, then down on the untouched remainder of the road. Many miles of heavy snowpack, great destination for a while still.

Then did Jack Pass over near Teanaway. Mostly melted out, just a little bit of snow up at the top (4800ft highest elevation). Big difference in snow depth as you head east.

Was 82F at Keechelus lake coming home!




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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Postby Nobody » Mon May 22, 2017 6:40 pm

Good to see you still getting out! Thanks for the updates. The jeep is working great :cool:
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Re: Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2016/2017

Postby christensent » Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:28 pm

Went to Gallaher Head Lake today. The last 0.75 miles or so had snow, but it took about 3 hours to go that section so I'll count it as a full snow wheeling trip! Difficult side hills, a steep snowy hill climb, and then patchy meadow where you fall through the snow into mud holes.

Brought skis in hope of going up Hawkins Mountain, but there was basically no snow up there.

Loosened up a bead flooring it up a hill climb at 2-3PSI and then rotated the tire a quarter turn on the rim... so I guess even double beadlocks aren't a guaranteed solution. At least I'll never actually lose it.

That's it for me, see you in the 17-18 season thread!

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