A snowy trip into the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness

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We were looking to try to escape the snow that is still in the mountains near us. The Blue Mountains usually melt out before our mountains do, but not this year.

The forecast was supposed to be rainy the whole trip. It was raining when we started out, but stopped shortly after we started hiking. As we started climbing we hit snow earlier than I was expecting. We made camp about halfway up the climb to the top of the bluff.

The second day we started hiking our way up and right away we were in the snow. It was slow going, but manageable. We were hoping that once we hit the top, the snow would've melted off, but that was not the case. At that point we decided that we would change our route because we were not going to be able to make the mileage we needed to complete our original route. We decided to try going further west to try to get out of the snow, but it was nothing doing. Everything was choked in by snow. On the 2nd night we ended up camping at the Godman Campsite.

On the 3rd day we worked our way down the drainage, in the snow, to find the Meadow Creek trail. We found a couple different road cuts that we followed, but they kept taking us up out of the drainage. The drainage was starting to get really steep and we were getting a little worried that we could get cliffed out, so we just dropped straight down in to the bottom of the drainage. We finally located the trail and walked out of the snow. It was quite and adventure!

 

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Interesting trip. That area is almost always where I go for a first trip of the year, usually mid-May or so. It's rare to find that much snow there, though I don't know when your trip was. That Panjab-Turkey loop is nice, though it's a bit of a bummer to have so many viewless forest miles at both ends. And Turkey Creek is always muddy and wet. You missed the gorgeous, miles-long ridgetop meadows of Indian Corral, so you do need to go back someday.

I've never hiked that end of Meadow Creek...I avoid it because it's open to ATVs. I really like the Panjab-Rattlesnake loop, but the Rattlesnake end is getting so brushy it's hard to follow and, more and more, even to push through. Gorgeous place.
 
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Interesting trip. That area is almost always where I go for a first trip of the year, usually mid-May or so. It's rare to find that much snow there, though I don't know when your trip was. That Panjab-Turkey loop is nice, though it's a bit of a bummer to have so many viewless forest miles at both ends. And Turkey Creek is always muddy and wet. You missed the gorgeous, miles-long ridgetop meadows of Indian Corral, so you do need to go back someday.

I've never hiked that end of Meadow Creek...I avoid it because it's open to ATVs. I really like the Panjab-Rattlesnake loop, but the Rattlesnake end is getting so brushy it's hard to follow and, more and more, even to push through. Gorgeous place.
This is also our early season destination. I don't know that wilderness very well yet, though I've done a few trips there now. The Panjab-Rattlesnake loop was the first one I did here. There are so many more miles to do there that I'll definitely be back. Probably next spring. :)
 

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