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MikeWild
07-20-2009, 02:32 AM
Well today we decided to head out to Mystery Creek FSR and pick up where we left off on our winter excursion that stopped us short of our goal.

The weather was perfect & I highly doubted we'd be stopped by snow this time! :D

http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8806.jpg

made it through the rock garden that claimed a hub on my way out last time

http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8812.jpg

Got down to Lookout Lake without incident, ran into a couple guys fishing

http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8819.jpg

We were planning on stopping there for lunch and maybe a dip in the lake, but we figured we'd beat it and let the guys fish in peace.

http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8831.jpg

http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8839.jpg

We decided to head on further down the trail and make our way to the lookout. What I didn't figure on, was how over grown the trail was. Yes there's a trail in there somewhere
http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8842.jpg

Finally made it out of the bush
http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8858.jpg

When we got to the top, we came across what looks like an old rescue sled
http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8843.jpg

After surveying the damage the forest inflicted, I had:
1. about 10,000 new really deep pinstripes
2. a cracked windsheild
3. tore a few screws out of my fender flares
4. ripped the CB antennae off...again!
5. a few good branch slaps to the face (afterwards I remembered that windows can be rolled up to prevent that :D )

I figured the toll was too much, and hoped that the owners would come looking for their rescue sled and cart me away
http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8857.jpg

However the view from the lookout made up for the Tuna carnage
http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8859.jpg

http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8862.jpg

It was so nice up there that we decided to stop and have lunch
http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8881.jpg

Unfortunately, the bugs had the same idea and Chris just had to put a stop to it.
http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8874.jpg

My gratuitous ranger shot
http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8879.jpg

After lunch we decided to take the trail that joins up with the Hale Creek FSR and then head over to Chehalis and check things out
http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8909.jpg

K we're here.... now what?
http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8892.jpg

time to play around on the beach
http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8893.jpg

http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8890.jpg

there were some pretty cool root structures on some of the trees taken out by the landslide

http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8889.jpg

my gratuitous ranger shot at Chehalis
http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8902.jpg

I couldn't believe how good a day we were having, no real major carnage, the weather was perfect, nice and hot and sunny. good thing I installed a brand spanking new AC unit in the truck

http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8876.jpg

I knew it was too good to be true, the dark clouds of doom were rolling in
http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8870.jpg

in typical Ford fashion, the front axle shaft decided to spit out a cap from the u-joint
http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8927.jpg

oh well, another weak point identified. :D

After that we tried to take a trail that looped around and rejoined the Mystery Creek FSR, and after battling it in 2 wheel drive for quite a stretch we came across a quad, land crusier and dirt bike parked on the trail with noone in site, I guess they went for a hike. We saw in front of that there was a huge washout that took out the trail. We had to backtrack the way we came in.

Airing up at the end of the day
http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq109/inder_photos/Lookout%20Lake%20Loop/IMG_8932.jpg

Had a really awesome day, it's been a while since I'd gone out wheeling so it really felt good to scratch that itch!

North49
07-20-2009, 03:41 AM
great pics, looks like it was a alot of fun!

Tunabomber
07-20-2009, 09:06 AM
another great post mike thanks for shareing dude [36]


and a little tip for ya.......come wheeling with us some time. You can ride bitch with me and see what overgrown trails feel like with no doors or roof

could possibly be where the term bitch slap came from [16]

dirka dave
07-20-2009, 09:41 AM
Great shots and story mike !

bakelite
07-20-2009, 10:10 AM
Looks like another awesome day Mike, thanks for sharing it with us, great pictures and story as usual bud [36] [cheers]

NickB
07-20-2009, 10:13 AM
great pics and story

98ranger
07-20-2009, 10:22 AM
Wicked pics. I saw you guys going up right at the first campground area on the main road. I was heading down after a weekend of camping up there.

Metal Mulisha
07-20-2009, 10:40 AM
Nice pics. I think i will check that out in a couple weeks.

C-Dog
07-20-2009, 10:53 AM
As usual great Story and Pics mike

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keegs
07-20-2009, 04:52 PM
nice pics, and i agree with tuna, the trees make you their bitch, lol

d0ubledown
07-20-2009, 10:13 PM
nice ones mike [36] that trail to the lookout is pretty damn overgrown for sure. i remember thinking...'is this even a trail?!?' but the view is oh so worth it. i guess chris is just vicariously living through you and indir for the next lil while ha...

flipper
07-20-2009, 11:39 PM
Nice veiw from up there, I'll have to check that out some time.

MikeWild
07-21-2009, 12:07 AM
and a little tip for ya.......come wheeling with us some time. You can ride bitch with me and see what overgrown trails feel like with no doors or roof

could possibly be where the term bitch slap came from [16]

Oh I know exactly how that feels, I used to have a '75 CJ-5 that I'd wheel all the time out at McLean Creek in Alberta

nice ones mike [36] that trail to the lookout is pretty damn overgrown for sure. i remember thinking...'is this even a trail?!?' but the view is oh so worth it. i guess chris is just vicariously living through you and indir for the next lil while ha...

well he was pretty darn happy to get out on the trails again. Hopefully this little trip will help light the fire to him getting his rig on the road again.[cheers]

Troy
07-21-2009, 01:58 AM
right on looks like a great day out mike

been meaning to check out lookout lake....

hey did you pass the old guy in the motorhom and gate when heading up the chehalis lake fsr

MikeWild
07-21-2009, 10:29 AM
Nope. We were on the Mystery Creek FSR into Chehalis, is the old guy on the other side perhaps?

Lieutenant Johnson
07-21-2009, 01:52 PM
Great pics guys!! Thanks for sharing. I did that Lookout loop from Mystery Creek a month ago ... it was crazy at the Rock Garden!! Made it up with my 99 4x4 reg cab Ranger with only 31's . Should be easy now with 3inch lift and 33's !!

Thanks for sharing and nice Ford!!

vajayjay
07-21-2009, 07:18 PM
Some nice pics and a good story to go with them

Bronco Boy
07-21-2009, 07:26 PM
i guess chris is just vicariously living through you and indir for the next lil while ha...
Yup. And it was sure nice to pinstripe someone elses junk for a change. :D



well he was pretty darn happy to get out on the trails again. Hopefully this little trip will help light the fire to him getting his rig on the road again.[cheers]
My truck fixing juices area flowing, but now I want A/C back in the Bronco. :p



Well, Mike told the story, so I'll keep it short 'n sweet. Here's mine and Indir's perspective.....



Airing down:

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_003.JPG





Heading up to Lookout Lake:

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_004.JPG





Lookout Lake:

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_005.JPG

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_006.JPG

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_007.JPG





Leaving the lake:

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_011.JPG





We stopped on the West side of the look-out to check out the view:

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_013.JPG





Looking down on Harrison Lake:

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_014.JPG





Harrison Lake:

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_019.JPG

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_022.JPG





Lunch at the lookout:

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_032.JPG





Chehalis:

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_034.JPG

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_038.JPG

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_039.JPG





Nasty washout:

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_044.JPG





Had to turn around and head back:

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_045.JPG

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_046.JPG

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_047.JPG

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_050.JPG





Airing up back at the hatchery:

http://chrisb.users.superford.org/Bronco/Trip_Reports/2009/July_19-09_@_Harrison_West_052.JPG



Just another great day out on the trail! [cheers]