We saw lots of bear tracks where we were.
No one goes to this TH.
There were tire tracks however.
Also some skinnier tire tracks from either a 4wheeler
or a motorcycle. I think the rednecks use this TH.
I made up the name 'cause the road ends in a trail that leads to Coquette Falls
in the deep Bolam Creek drainage. Reminded me of Mud Creek, but not as deep.
If you remember, a few years ago, part of the Bolam collapsed and made a huge
ice damn/lake that soon melted and the water and debris went down Bolam Creek and destroyed
the Bolam TH. It also covered highway 97 in 8-10 feet of rocks and debris for about
1-2 miles wide. I remember driving into the Bolam TH that next spring (mid 90's, I think).
Awesome fresh carnage!
Anyways, the road IS rough, but switchtele's Subaru Forester made it no problem.
Well, there were a few rocks moved and lines scoped out, but his vehicle got no damage
except for a bunch of manzanita scrapes on the way out.
We took another way out - Bolam Rd.
I had a BLAST in the Jeep! :D
I'm working on the TR for this past trip,
but it's the same place as my trip on May 2nd.http://www.earnyourturns.com/11005/shas ... e-02may12/
If you have a map of all the roads - I got one that I got 20 years ago.
I don't think it's still available.
But a proper Forest Service map will get you there.
I'll give you kids a jump start on my TR...
Head to North Gate. I'm sure you've all seen this sign:
This is road 42N34
42N16 is the road where you take a right off of Military Pass Rd. (43N19)
yea i no its complikated, yu got a map bro? itllll allmakesense...
Take that road to 42N33 (Bolam Logging Road)
Between my map and Google Earth, there are differences...
But it's real easy to just follow the tire tracks and follow your nose.
Where we parked, my watch said 7100' and switchtele's read 7300'.
We drove in as described above, but drove out via Bolam Road (43N21).
I would say Bolam Road is just as rough as the main drag to North Gate.
Just because of all the road cups (washboard) on the main route.
I hate road cups!!!
A bit of clearance helps - big rocks and deep ruts
will offer to give pause, but there is always a route through...
The Jeep, of course, was just plain fun!
Here is a visual of my map.
This would be an excellent way to access the north side of Shastina.
We thought of cruising over there.
We drove to about a 20 minute hike to the Wilderness Boundary.
I might use this TH a few more times before I head over to Brewer Creek.
But what you might want to consider is the fact that this place melts
out first(the north side in general).
This would be a SWEET trip really early in the spring.
It offers DIRECT access to the bottom of the Bolam glacier.
check out my Flickr account.
Here, I used the search function for you:http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Coquett ... %40N08&z=e
I'm totally undermining my TR on earnyourturns - don't tell Dostie! :lol: :wink:
I've already received over 700 hits on my Flickr account in the past 3 days...
The gullies in the woods offer excellent skiing.
Can't get lost - we parked @ a 5 minute walk from Bolam Creek gully.
Shastina's north side will be going off for at least another month.
The road without my photoshop directional arrows is road 42N18.
Very smooth sandy road. But a tad confusing. I was going to head
that way on the way out, but missed it and we were committed to
exiting via Bolam Rd.
It was a rush exploring terrain in the Jeep Wrangler, that I haven't seen in years.
Some of these roads I have only traveled in my - all original - '61 Jeep Willy's Wagon.
Used to get a month off about this time of year - for years...back in the 90's.
Travel from TH -TH as they opened up - every year...
AnyHull - hope that helps, this really is the best north side TH. Seriously - no joke.
DIRECT TH to summit access to the north side and very close to the north side of Shastina.
Just a bit of clearance on your vehicle/imaginative driving... and your good to go.