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Cheater Mt Gleason TR

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:20 pm    Post subject: Cheater Mt Gleason TR  Reply with quote

Cheater because I simply rode in with a couple colleagues/friends who were going there to repair some equipment.  I've considered whether it's uncool to post a TR if no self-powered locomotion was involved, but eventually decided that since the PCT is open, the conditions might be of interest if someone's considering a trip.

Mt Gleason was one of my very first hikes, 25 July 2009, one month before the Station fire.  At that time we were able to drive the road to a turnout just past Camp 16 and hike a few PCT miles to the summit area.  We had a little picnic under some trees and lightly explored a little building by some water tanks.  

On the way in, this time, we were talking and instead of transitioning onto the unpaved part of the road, we accidentally followed the paved road into Camp 16.  Snapped a few pictures through the windshield.

20170524_102729 by moore91024, on Flickr


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According to my memory, the unpaved portion of the road is actually in better shape now than then.  I was told it was used for staging equipment for the big transmission line project, so perhaps it got touched up.  According to some info here the road might open again someday if the Sand fire closure ever ends (it was just renewed for another year).

Up on the summit, the weather was very comfortable. The depressing direction is  east, where the fire burned the trees that we sat under in 2009 and the roof of the little building by the tanks.

DSC00654 by moore91024, on Flickr

To the northwest, the trees did not burn, so that is nice.

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Mt Wilson and Disappointment look like this from back there.

DSC00656 by moore91024, on Flickr

Hours later on the way out, we stopped by the Station fire memorials.

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The green box contains 2 books for signing.  I got the feeling they might be given to the families of the deceased firefighters.  "Station fire sucks" didn't seem quite appropriate, so we simply added our signatures to each and left the rest unstated but implied.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like all kinds of reports on the mountains, driving trips included. Thanks for the info on Gleason. It's still on my to-do list. Do you know if there is any available water around there?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't look into any water sources, having access to plenty of it in the truck.  Very Happy But I'd think the PCT water report https://pctwater.com would be as good as any resource... it suggests Big Buck trail camp had good flow a few days ago.  

Also, my colleague said the ranger who gave them the key said something about a water source for through hikers in there, but it was unclear to me whether they were talking about a cache or a natural source, and what location they were talking about.  That contact was at the LARRD office on Little Tujunga Cyn Rd, so it's possible someone there could know something.
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