Duncan Ridge to Duncan Hill

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A ridge outing that begins higher and stays higher. The trail follows a higher forested ridge till about 6700 feet and then breaks out into open nation with fabulous views of the Entiat River Valley, Seven Finger Jack, Mt. Maude, Mt. Daniel and additional.  Update: The region burned through the Duncan Fire in 2014 and can nonetheless be hiked or mountain biked but is significantly changed (see the situation report beneath).

Maps: USGS 7.five minute Series: 1) Saska Peak two) Pyramid Mt. View our topo map.  Note: use ‘Print Preview’ ahead of printing to adequately scale this map to a complete sheet of paper.

Activity: Hiking, Trail Operating, Mountain Biking
Nearest Town: Entiat
Talent Level: HIKING/Operating: two MTN BIKING: three
Fitness Level: HIKING: two Operating/BIKING: two+/ three-
Distance: 14 miles round trip
Elevation: 5160 to 7820 feet (2660 feet obtain)
Advised Season: Late spring to mid fall

Access: From Highway 97A close to the southern finish of Entiat, drive the Entiat River Road 34 miles (33 miles are paved). Turn suitable onto the signed forest road 5608 and comply with it six miles uphill to the trailhead.

Trip Guidelines:
–Follow the trail along the forested ridge in a northwesterly path. The walking is pleasant and climbs steadily (but not swiftly)uphill. The trail hits a little meadow (three.five miles from the start off, six,050 feet) with a little stream crossing on the far side. Even in the fall of 2005, a pretty dry year, there was a small water in this stream.
–Soon (three.9 miles six,200 feet) the trail hits one more meadow with superior water flows. Fill up the water bottles right here. If camping, keep in the basic vicinity of this stream—the route is dry from this point on.
–At 7,380 feet the route leaves the southern ridge of the peak and traverses about the peak to the NW side of the mountain. Note: This is a scenic contour with good views of the surrounding peaks but if time is quick, seasoned hikers can scramble, cross-nation, up the south ridge of the peak.
–At six.three miles, turn suitable at the trail intersection and continue .five miles to the summit (7,820 feet).

Cons/Hazards: Although motorcycles are permitted, their use of this trail is not heavy. In addition, the riders I’ve encountered on other trails about the Entiat district have virtually usually been polite and considerate of hikers.

Makes use of Permitted: hiking, mountain biking, motorcycles, horses
Land Ownership: Forest Service
Costs/Permits: None
Reporter: Andy Dappen 9/four/05

Situation Update – September 25, 2017: Practically the complete hike burned through the Duncan Fire of 2014. This is now a scorched landscape studded by the whiskers of burn trees. If you want to get up-close-and-private to see how wildfires can turn formerly beautiful areas into Mordor, hike this route. We basically extremely advise hiking or biking the route for the reason that: 1) it graphically demonstrates how forests that are fuels heavy (for the reason that  fire was suppressed more than the previous century) burn also significant and/or also too hot for their personal superior two) it will assist you picture how quite a few other areas all through the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will turn into megafires unless we empower land managers to treat their land at the suitable time of year (spring and fall) with a dramatic raise in the quantity of prescribed burning performed. The destruction of quite a few other cherished areas is imminent if we enable wildfires to burn these areas at the incorrect time of year (the hottest months of summer season). For additional information and facts view this short article Go to to Mordor.

Dirt bikers, are the heaviest customers of trails all through the Entiat River drainage and they have accomplished an fantastic job of opening up this trail by cutting hundreds of logs that covered the path in the aftermath of the fire. Without the need of dirt bikers operating on the trail, it would be a nightmare to hike this trail, so be appreciative if a couple of dirt bikers pass you when you hike this route. Regrettably the deadfall of burnt trees will be a month-to-month and a seasonal challenge for decades to come — just about every windstorm and winter snowstorm is going to bring down new snags across the trail. The identical applies to the access road: Even although the road was in superior shape when we wrote this situation report, windstorms and winter snows will retain a steady provide of burnt snags falling across the road for a generation to come. We advise carrying a saw capable of cutting a 12-inch log in the vehicle if you ‘re going to hike this trail — new logs coming down across the road is practically a weekly occasion. Seriously.

Leave It Superior Than You Located It: This really should be just about every outside user’s objective. Choose up trash left by other people, pull noxious weeds along your route, disperse old fire rings (they encourage additional fires), throw branches more than spur trails and spurs amongst switchbacks (make it tougher to do the incorrect factor than the suitable factor).

Vital Disclaimer: Treat this information and facts as suggestions, not gospel. Points modify, situations modify, and these contributing these reports are volunteers–they may well make blunders, fail to give full information and facts, or may well not know all the challenges affecting a route. So neglect about finger pointing: If issues go incorrect, you are entirely accountable for your self and your actions. If you can not reside with that, you are prohibited from employing our information and facts.

This guide is sponsored by Andy Dappen, 1 of the founders of WenatcheeOutdoors.org . “I hope this hike (or ride) will assist guests appreciate the devastating impacts of massive fires on the landscape and rethink how superior forest management may well avert the forest-destroying megafires we’ve noticed right here.” Study the short article at the hyperlink above ‘Visit To Mordor’ for more  insight. 

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