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After the epic snow storm this area got a few weeks ago, be prepared to run in to closed roads, trails, downed trees, anything really.  The FS put up a notice today that lists well over half of the areas in the forest as limited, or no access.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mnf/alerts-notices/?aid=15500

Mind you the hunters and stuff in the next few weeks will probably help open up some of the main FS roads, but as far as trails, expect hiking to be very very tough, and maybe impossible is some areas for a good long time.

I have not been out personally to see the situation in the forest, but I plan to head out this weekend and maybe cut some wood, since most of the snow is gone now.  I'll try to report back on what I find.
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There is an update here.

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I'm not so much worried about the FS roads next year, as anyone with a chainsaw can clear that, but the trails are going to suck big time in some areas.  I know a few were in horrible shape after the June storm, and had not been cleared, now this.  The FS as slow as they work will take years to get to all areas.

I guess just more of a challenge ???
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I was on a remote section of Roaring Plains in October and saw absolutely no effects from the June derecho. I guess it all depends on the location.

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I was on a remote section of Roaring Plains in October and saw absolutely no effects from the June derecho. I guess it all depends on the location.

Yeah that area didn't seem hit too bad.  I was over around Canaan Mtn. back in July when Arfcomhkr was camping over there, and there was no damage there either.

As far as this storm, I have a feeling it'll be more like some areas will be horrible, while some not affected, just depends on how the snow loaded up, and collapsed trees.
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Went up to the top of Shavers this morning and when back in to Otter Creek trail head.  The main FS road has been plowed out with a bulldozer, and the trees cleared back far enough for vehicles to go through, as far as the top of Stuart Knob to the Radio towers.

The road from the intersection back into the trail head has not been plowed, but it had been cut clear of trees.  there are several spruce down in the parking area, and not cleared.  I did my good deed of clearing a few trees back further, as I was out getting firewood with the chainsaw :;):


There had been a FS vehicle back in to the lime station it looked like, and cut trees out of the road.  There were some very large spruce down between the gate and the foot bridge also that had been cut.

As far as the rest of Stuart Drive, there were tons of Spruce down across the top of the mountain, and a few smaller trees on the bickles knob side, all had been cleared.  The part of the road down near Stuarts park was horrible, huge 2' oak trees down, and were cleared just enough for a vehicle.


The FS will have fun in the spring clearing Stuarts Park, as it looked like a disaster area beyond the gate.



Some of the trees that ccame down were huge, I mean whole trees just uprooted, branches everywhere.  If this was minor damage, I'd hate to see the trails :(
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Looks like a mess.  Too bad I live so far away as I could make good use of my saw and winch.

Not like I have anything better to do this winter. :p
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Looks like a mess.  Too bad I live so far away as I could make good use of my saw and winch.

Not like I have anything better to do this winter. :p

Well damn it you could move up the winter trip to December, I'm open before Christmas :;):
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Looks like a mess.  Too bad I live so far away as I could make good use of my saw and winch.

Not like I have anything better to do this winter. :p

Well damn it you could move up the winter trip to December, I'm open before Christmas :;):

That's fine. When does deer rifle season go out?
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Well, after the 8th of December we should be GTG in the nat forest in Randolph, and Pocahontas.  There is a muzzle loader season that ends the 8th, and buck season goes out on the 1st.

There is doe season, but you can only hunt those on private land in these counties.  Bear may be in, but I wouldn't say you'd see a lot of folks.....

I'll message you here in a bit on arf....
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I'll throw the chains in the back of the powerwagon, Maybe we can cut our way back up 235 and dump a few years worth of fire wood in that camp site. :)

Not sure if that gate at first fork is closed now though.
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Watch Otter Creek during bear season. I know of quite a few folks who hunt bear in there.

Looks like a good snow pack still on up high but pretty bare down at Stuart Park.


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Watch Otter Creek during bear season. I know of quite a few folks who hunt bear in there.

Looks like a good snow pack still on up high but pretty bare down at Stuart Park.

Actually there was no snow all the way across Stuart Knob, only snow pack I ran into was on the shady side of the mountain, and in the Spruce groves.  The road on up to Bickles, and just a bit below Bickles still had snow on it, but it's a shady spot.  That trail head back on Otter Creek doesn't seem to get sun in the winter, so it stays covered.
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