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Re: Eagle Cap Wilderness
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2017, 09:02:16 AM »
Where you coming in from? We went to Wonker Pass the other weekend out of W Eagle. Trail is good all the way to the cut off to Elk Cr trail. I've never been on the Elk Cr section to climb up and over, and frankly I'm not sure I will. Looks and sounds steep. I haven't been to Tombstone or Diamond yet, but if it were me I'd maybe go in from Buck Cr.

If you do, are you planning on trying to fish? The fishing was down right terrible this year at Echo, Traverse, and another spot. I think it froze especially hard and killed a bunch. Usually it's lights out for us.

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I'm not doing any fishing, being out of state it just isn't worth it for me unless I'm staying at the Splash Dam. I've always accessed Diamond and Tombstone via Buck Cr. trailhead and going over Burger Pass. The trail isn't as bad as what you deal with going up to Echo. For accessing that end of the Minam, Buck Creek is a nice starting point. I know the FS did open the road Squaw Creek so the bridge crew could get to the Buck creek bridge easier.

As a kid Diamond and Tombstone were a long day ride for us, not knowing what the trail is like and cutting as I go, I'm figuring on just making to the lakes and staying the night. I'll pack up and head back out the next morning. If it's easier than I plan I might cut down Elk Creek to where it meets the Minam. Might go look at the old bridge abutments where the Trail Creek trail came across the river, that canyon roared when that bridge came out.

Let us know how it goes. The lady and I plan on taking some time off after harvest and riding into some new areas. My plans to come up to WA for the high hunt might be shot since our harvest is shaking out later than I'd like.

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Re: Eagle Cap Wilderness
« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2017, 09:06:42 AM »
The wife was in there this weekend. More snow than usual this time of year, duh. they made it to the top of Eagle Cap despite a fairly large snow field. The picture is of Glacier Lake probably 70% covered in snow. this was Friday the 28th of July. We got a horse trip planned up the Minam this weekend then in a few more weeks we'll be making a loop past Steamboat and Chimney Lakes. This link might help too.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5317834

You can also call the Wallowa Mtns visitor center: 541-426-5546
How did your trip up the Minam go? I'm considering as a backup: starting at Moss Springs, going to Red's, then heading up river till Rock Creek, then back to Moss Springs via the Lackey's Hole. If the trail is plugged up I might just go that way.

Our trip was good. We started just up from the Minam/Wallowa confluence. Rode in 7 or 8 miles to a place called Meads flat. Found a nice camp site right on the river with a big eddy to fish and swim in. The ride was fine, had to ford the river a few times to get around some bad sections. It was pretty warm down low but not nearly as smoky as it looked up high, and we stayed pretty cool with the timber and the river. Saw 4 bear over the weekend, 2 shooters, kicked myself for not bringing my rifle but oh well. All in all it was a good trip.

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Re: Eagle Cap Wilderness
« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2017, 09:33:09 AM »
I'll be going in again this weekend. Starting at Bear Wallow trail head and going in past Standley guard station on foot. Hopefully we can find some elk.

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Re: Eagle Cap Wilderness
« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2017, 10:14:11 AM »
I'll be going in again this weekend. Starting at Bear Wallow trail head and going in past Standley guard station on foot. Hopefully we can find some elk.
To the Guard Station is usually pretty good but I've had no reports what the Washboard is like. Fox Point hasn't been cut out in years and Dobbin hasn't been cleaned out in 2-3 years.

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Re: Eagle Cap Wilderness
« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2017, 10:25:13 AM »


Let us know how it goes. The lady and I plan on taking some time off after harvest and riding into some new areas. My plans to come up to WA for the high hunt might be shot since our harvest is shaking out later than I'd like.
Will do. I did notice that things are running late. Still seeing standing quite a bit of standing mint and looks like some are still working on grass seed. When I worked for Rudds grass was usually close to being wrapped up or was done by the time the fair rolled around. Usually just had wheat to deal with and burning off the grass fields by around this time.

There's a number of loops you can make out of Moss Springs that are open and Bear Creek is always cooler to ride in than most anywhere else. Rock Springs down to the Land Ranch is open as well as the trail from their up to Red's, no idea how the main trail past that looks like as to if it has been cut out or not past Red's.

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Re: Eagle Cap Wilderness
« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2017, 06:43:42 PM »


Let us know how it goes. The lady and I plan on taking some time off after harvest and riding into some new areas. My plans to come up to WA for the high hunt might be shot since our harvest is shaking out later than I'd like.
Will do. I did notice that things are running late. Still seeing standing quite a bit of standing mint and looks like some are still working on grass seed. When I worked for Rudds grass was usually close to being wrapped up or was done by the time the fair rolled around. Usually just had wheat to deal with and burning off the grass fields by around this time.

There's a number of loops you can make out of Moss Springs that are open and Bear Creek is always cooler to ride in than most anywhere else. Rock Springs down to the Land Ranch is open as well as the trail from their up to Red's, no idea how the main trail past that looks like as to if it has been cut out or not past Red's.

I'll have to pick your brain some more it looks like. I manage the grain terminal here, and unfortunately the timing is terrible for when I really want to get up there. My wife does grass harvest in the Willamette Valley, and then I'm locked up here until about Oct for any lengthy trips. I finally made a couple trips by myself in July, but I really need to get her in there. We've been here 5 years and haven't hardly had a chance to spend time up there.

Grass seed just finished this last week, mint just got started, and we might be 25% through wheat. Spring wheat is going to be late.

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Re: Eagle Cap Wilderness
« Reply #21 on: August 08, 2017, 01:01:59 PM »
The mules speak for themselves, however the fact they are roached between the ears tells ya something, the saw scabbard is first class, and anyone towing a FeatherLite displays an unspoken level of intelligence.

I'm beginning to slowly develop some respect for theleo.

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Re: Eagle Cap Wilderness
« Reply #22 on: August 09, 2017, 07:39:51 AM »
The mules speak for themselves, however the fact they are roached between the ears tells ya something, the saw scabbard is first class, and anyone towing a FeatherLite displays an unspoken level of intelligence.

I'm beginning to slowly develop some respect for theleo.
Respect my dad, I'm 30 years old with a young family. I drive a paid off Hyundai and have a 94' Toyota pickup that I've had since high school. Not A chance I could afford to own those animals or the ground to keep them on without being so in debt I'd never be able to afford the diesel to take them anywhere. I do the best I can for making up for being a pain in the a$$ kid, so he lets me nab the animals whenever I want and head into the hills. They're definitely top rate mules (the red mule I trust more than any other being on this planet) and all of the equipment/tack is the best I guy could ever want for doing what we do. Might be able to afford to own the sort of animals he has someday but it's not today. 

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Re: Eagle Cap Wilderness
« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2017, 08:27:40 AM »
I see nothing here that is not worthy of respect.
Obviously your dad has done a good job starting his mules and his son.
You will do the same with your kiddos.

Time outdoors is priceless.


Side note: Tell your dad I need a good riding mule in the near future. Perhaps he knows of one.

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Re: Eagle Cap Wilderness
« Reply #24 on: August 09, 2017, 09:47:42 AM »



Side note: Tell your dad I need a good riding mule in the near future. Perhaps he knows of one.
Just riding or are you packing? What's good, tall, short, older, younger? I can definetly ask around, I know one of his friends got a couple of mules from a breeder in Montana or Wyoming. His friend went up for a to the breeder/trainers place for a few days and rode a couple of mules, he couldn't decide which was better so bought both. There's another one of his friends that has a few he's had going since colts but I'm not sure if he's selling them still or not. I've been around them and they are going little SOB's with great demeanors. The challenge would be towing a pack string behind them and keeping things slow enough the string doesn't have to jog to keep up.

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Re: Eagle Cap Wilderness
« Reply #25 on: August 09, 2017, 01:08:17 PM »
For sure on the jogging thing.
I have mules I pack.
I'm looking for a good riding mule that isn't old. :) (Ain't everyone)
We ride in the hills weekly, but at 52 I don't necessarily want to do the whole training thingy......again.
As it stands I'm just finishing the 4 year old horse I ride.
Once I'm done with it it will be passed down to my 10 year old son, his horse will be passed down to his younger sister, and dad will need a new ride.

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Re: Eagle Cap Wilderness
« Reply #26 on: August 09, 2017, 03:04:21 PM »
For sure on the jogging thing.
I have mules I pack.
I'm looking for a good riding mule that isn't old. :) (Ain't everyone)
We ride in the hills weekly, but at 52 I don't necessarily want to do the whole training thingy......again.
As it stands I'm just finishing the 4 year old horse I ride.
Once I'm done with it it will be passed down to my 10 year old son, his horse will be passed down to his younger sister, and dad will need a new ride.
In other words 7-10 years old with most of the bad habits ridden out of it? What about size? Use to never think there was such a thing as too tall till I got acquainted with that black mule. He's rite at 17 hands and at 6 feet tall I don't attempt getting on him from a position of a vertical disadvantage.  :o

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Re: Eagle Cap Wilderness
« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2017, 10:23:17 AM »
LOL.
One of the best mules I owned was a legit 17.
Tall skinny black rawboned saddle mule I called Walker.
Picked him up in Salmon from a guy that use to hunt rattlesnakes off him along the main river.
Say "foot", tap a leg, and Walker would lift that foot.
His one bad habit was jumping fences. :)
If he was in love or hungry he could easily walk up to a 5' tall fence flat footed and clear the top wire/board.
He was awesome but is pushing daisy's behind the barn now.

Honestly I'm looking for something 15-16 hands, saddle broke, well behaved, bridges, water, loads, clips, easy to catch, not spooky, easy keeper, Red, Black, or Bay.
You know what I want as much as you ride the woods.

I'm in no rush but as mentioned in the next year my 8 year old daughters trail horse will be the old horse out which forces a rotation of the critters.


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Re: Eagle Cap Wilderness
« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2017, 11:26:29 AM »


Honestly I'm looking for something 15-16 hands, saddle broke, well behaved, bridges, water, loads, clips, easy to catch, not spooky, easy keeper, Red, Black, or Bay.
You know what I want as much as you ride the woods.


I normally ride in the woods with a group of crabby old mule skinners and each one is pretty particular about their animals. :chuckle:
Even when my dad was in his 50's he wouldn't ride a tall animal and they had to be on the slender side otherwise it'd play hell with his hip, especially in November packing elk. Just making sure you were just looking for the perfect mule, not the extra perfect kind. I'll ask around.

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Re: Eagle Cap Wilderness
« Reply #29 on: August 10, 2017, 01:01:03 PM »
LOL.

 

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