This BLOG is to advise you on a matter that stopped one of my trips last year.
On our HOME PAGE , I have listed all the nearby National Forest Alerts webpages.
PLEASE call the ranger district (phone numbers are listed in each hike wrote up), or refer to the ALERTS section at the bottom of our HOME PAGE, BEFORE you head to the trailhead.
Last year I was leading a trip to the Ward & Eagle Peaks area south of St Regis, Montana.
I wanted to show my hikers a special place along the St. Joe River area,
but was stopped in Avery due to a fire along the road.
This cost us our planned trip.
But as you may have noticed, on each write up, is a section that shows you hikes in the general area of our original trip. This can save a long drive, and gives you all an alternative place to play.
ALWAYS CARRY A U.S. FOREST SERVICE MAP AND A TOPO MAP
OF THE SPECIFIC AREA YOU WISH TO VISIT
HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN FOILED BY WILDFIRES AND SMOKE?
At the very bottom of our HOME PAGE are 4 websites, you can use,
to determine if wildfires and smoke will impact your outing.
It would be wise to study the 4 websites before you start planning your trip. so you know what to look for.
PLEASE REFER TO ALL THE INFO LISTED ABOVE TO HELP MAKE YOUR OUTING, GO.
In the ABOUT drop down menu, is our contact form.
PLEASE contact us a few days before your trip if you need our assistance.
THANK YOU ALL FOR USING OUR LOCAL WEBSITE,
DAVID & CHIC
March 18th, 2023
This is a local favorite for good reason. It gives you 2,000+ elevation gain in seven plus miles RT and offers some of the best views of Lake Pend Oreille looking east with the Scotchman Peaks as a back drop.
We broke trail after a snow storm the previous day. Something to be aware of if you are in a similar situation is the fact that there are no diamond trail markers so if you have not been on the trail before it is a little challenging to follow when it is covered in several inches of snow. I'm thinking the locals like that.
Another thing to be aware of is the fact that this is where the locals like to take their dogs for a walk off leash.
David and I first introduced a newsletter, but have decided to use a blog spot instead.
In this blog, we will keep you informed of any hazards, fires, road closures, etc.
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR HIKE IS SMOKY, WINDY, ETC.
On our website’s Home Page, scroll down, to access four ways to assure your hike is not Smokey, windy or poor weather conditions
The four websites are as follows:
Item 1 shows you all you need to know about the air quality index and wind direction.
Item 2. USFS Incident Report Website. Here you can find specifics on fires n our region.
Item 3. Windy.com will inform you on wind directions, particulate matter in the air, and the speed of the wind in your chosen hiking area.
Item 4-7 Above the HOURLY WEATHER GRAPH are satellite images.
On the right is the AIRMASS RGB image. It is enlarged below to see details better.
During fire season, you can see up to date images on where the fires are located and which direction the plumes are blowing.
But even with this information, it’s always wise to call the Ranger Station associated with your hike.
You can find the Ranger’s phone numbers on each hike’s write up.
Always asked about road closures related to your desired hike.
With the above websites, you can see up to date info on all weather, fire, closures, related to the outings you want to do.
Before hiking season get here, practice on the above websites usability.
They are somewhat complicated, but with a bit of practice, you can learn how to determine if conditions are right for your hike.
The reason I’ve listed these websites, is to avoid fires on your travel routes, during your hike.
David and I would like to thank you for using our website.
We have spent the last 4.5+ years creating a local, website, that allows you to contact us with your questions on a hike you want to do.
Please keep in mind, we may be out doing research for our website.
So please contact us several days in advance, so we can get you the info you desire.
We have added a new section to our website called “RECIPE”.
Here, we will have a selection of our, and your favorite recipes.
We encourage you to send us your favorite recipes.
Please follow the template we have used in the first few recipe write ups.
Please write your recipes as you are making your favorite dishes.
This way, we can be assured of your accuracy.
These recipes can be main dishes, desserts, potluck dishes, and anything else you want to submit.
From David and I, we would like to thank you for using our website, and to wish you all, have a great hiking season in 2023.
We would like to engage our users so we have started this blog so that we can interact with you. Please do not hesitate to comment on our posts if you have questions or things to add.