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Snow at Salmonberry Rd shoot spots?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by C&H, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. C&H

    C&H SW Portland Member

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    I'd like to take my son out shooting this afternoon, to try out his new present - a 10/22.

    Does anyone know if there's [much] snow at one of the first few spots off Salmonberry road? The wife took the truck this morning, and I don't want to set him up for disappointment if the Honda Element can't make it....
     
  2. The Cheese

    The Cheese somewhere special Member

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    with the snow level as low as it has been, you will probably be into some snow out there. How much? I don't know. If you go, go prepared.
     
  3. elkhunter

    elkhunter vernonia New Member

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    was alot of snow last weekend up there
     
  4. ApronAmy

    ApronAmy Beaverton, OR Member

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    Sorry this is kind of late, not sure if you've made it out there yet... we just went yesterday and there was about two inches of very slushy snow on the ground at the first few spots off the road. The road was a little slick, definitely a good idea to have four wheel drive. The rain may have melted some of the snow but it was kind of cold and messy yesterday.
     
  5. djm68

    djm68 Portland, OR Member

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    Was out there 01/08 with a buddy. There was a solid foot of snow accumulation at the first shooting spot (off to the right side of the road). We only saw one other vehicle that day -- serious looking, old school jeep. We made it up the road fine in a stock 1994 Nissan pathfinder, no chains, no special tires -- at the "all terrain" types. We first gear creeped up a few areas, but had no problems otherwise. It snowed hard several times and there are few people around there - come prepared! Throw some spare blankets/sleeping bag in your vehicle.

    Cheers,
    DJM
     
  6. andreys21

    andreys21 Milwaukie, OR Active Member

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    yup, i tried going there last week and almost got stuck in the snow attempting to turn around to go back into town.
     
  7. stevepdx80

    stevepdx80 portland Member

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    this should become the official "salmonberry road is open for business" thread.
    i eagerly await some more melting.
     
  8. The Cheese

    The Cheese somewhere special Member

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    Snow should be almost all gone out there. I was up off of hwy 6 and I was able to get up to about 2700ft before I hit anything that made me turn around. That was saturday. Now it should be clear all the way up to probably 3000ft or so with out problem. Salmonberry is way lower than that so it should be gtg as long as you have a decent 4x4, just to be safe.
     
  9. barrigadaharley

    barrigadaharley hillsboro Active Member

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    was there sunday and dirt roads was clear up to the rock pit coming off 26.....was a different story when i went thru timber road to get up to the rock pit......still had snow in certain spots and still gave my diesel a hard time to get thru......it was a good day as i had the place all to myself the whole day......
     
  10. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    Roads are open all the way to the big pit on camp 5 road.
     
  11. tiber1

    tiber1 Portland New Member

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    Never been to Salmonberry Rd. Is the road worse then the one at Browns Camp? Is the road marked? I believe it is just past mile marker 32, do I just stay on Salmonberry until we get to the pit?

    Thanks!
     
  12. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    If you are going to go to the pit you turn onto Salmonberry Rd., which is just pass MP32, stay on the main road for about 2 miles then take camp 5 rd. which will be on your left. Go about a mile and you're there. The pit is not as big as Browns camp or as deep, but you can still have about a 100 yard shot. (About half way up Salmonberry you will cross Section 10 Rd. Don't turn just keep going straight.) Hopes this helps.
     
  13. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Anyone have any word on conditions lately? Wouldn't think it's particularly accessible now, but haven't been up in a few weeks.
     
  14. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    Still a lot of snow up there. Did see someone with a cat working the road pushing the snow out of the way. Don't know how good road is at this time.
     
  15. djm68

    djm68 Portland, OR Member

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    I was just up there on Sat 3/19; the road in totally clear up to the first small pit. Once you get up the road a bit further, the snow is deep, icy on top, and slushy underneath. We made a go at it in my buddies pathfinder and soon changed our minds -- not easy going.

    DJM
     
  16. sadiesassy

    sadiesassy Prescott Active Member

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    On 3/22 there was some fresh snow at the 1st pit. But road was clear.
    JUst up the road there started to be some snow and slush but nothing difficult
    . But som eof the non traveled roads had snow and no traffic
     
  17. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    Tried to get to the big pit,still can't do it. About 6 inches or so slush type on the road above section 10 cross road. The first two spots and the one on section 10 are open though. Good shooting
     
  18. nickyjusa

    nickyjusa NE PDX New Member

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    Main lower roads clear as of the 3/26/11.
     
  19. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    Was able to make it to about a 100 yards or so of the big pit yesterday. Looks like some have tried, but I turned around, and I drive a pickup with 4 wheel drive and new offroad tires.