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Weather Conditions: Browns Camp

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by stackinchips, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. stackinchips

    stackinchips Portland, OR Member

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    Hey Guys,
    I am thinking of heading to Browns Camp this weekend. What are the roads like during this time of year? Is there ice or snow on the gravel roads? Thanks for the info
     
  2. matt_w

    matt_w Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    I drove by there last weekend. The roads up to the turnoff were clear, but there was a few inches of ice/snow on the actual trails. A decent 4x4 should be able to navigate it.
     
  3. stackinchips

    stackinchips Portland, OR Member

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    How do you think a Cargo Van would handle. 2WD
     
  4. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    Carry tire chains. You may need them.
     
  5. BWH

    BWH Tualatin, Oregon Active Member

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    file a travel plan as well.
     
  6. stackinchips

    stackinchips Portland, OR Member

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    Sorry, could you explain what that is?



    Also... any other input... chains/no chains?
    (I currently do not own chains, i'm see'ing if I could wing it by just driving slow and careful)
     
  7. stackinchips

    stackinchips Portland, OR Member

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    I have shot at this spot...

    Google Map: 45.61896,-123.397365

    It is right off 6. Right now there is a HUGE mound of rocks/dirt and there is targets posted. Approx. 1 mile west from the Browns Camp Turn off. Right off the highway.

    Has anyone else shot here. I have gone there twice with no problems, but always felt on-edge/shady when I had been shooting there.
     
  8. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    you should invest in a set of chains. If you really are hard up for $$, you can purchase them from one of the places that allows you to return them for full value if you don't use them. Also, if you're going off into the hills in the winter you should carry at a minimum; a few flares, blanket, water, and a long handled shovel.
     
  9. HankDiesel

    HankDiesel Oregon Member

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    A few friends were up there 4wheeling last saturday...they said there was close to a foot at the entrance off highway 6 and several feet up at the crushers...sounds like chains would be a must...
     
  10. matt_w

    matt_w Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    I was thinking about going on Tuesday, so if you get stuck over the weekend, help is just a few days away. :thumbup:
     
  11. keystir

    keystir Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    It means tell someone where you're going and when you expect to be back. Especially if you're just going to "wing it" with no chains. Driving slow and careful works fine when we get that dusting of snow here in Portland and everybody freaks out on the way home from work not so much when you get into the higher elevations. Be prepared!!!
     
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    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    the-shining.jpg
     
  13. stackinchips

    stackinchips Portland, OR Member

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    thanks for the info guys!


    haha thanks!

    Hope I don't end up like Jack above me HAHA
     
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    Solo Portland, OR Member

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    I've driven full sized vans for years. They're terrible for traction. I would not go in there with out chains.
     
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    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Same for pickups in 2WD. No weight in the back end. If I know a big snow is going to hit I put about 150 lbs of sand in the back end. You can get 75 lb bags of sand at Les Schwab pretty cheap. As a last resort I will put it in 4WD if things are really nasty.
     
  16. Solo

    Solo Portland, OR Member

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    I used 400 lbs. over the axles, studded snow tires, and still had to chain up a time or two.
    I no longer have this truck, but I do have those studded snows here if you're interested. 95% tread left, mounted on 15" GM 5 on 5 wheels.
     
  17. pdx lefty

    pdx lefty portland Active Member

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    This is always a good idea, regardless of the season. I usually go shooting with my Brother but if i go alone i leave a note on my desk so someone will know were i went, when i left and plan to return, and most importantly what i took with me.

    Also, going anywhere unprepared is irresponsible. If you drive, take what you think you'll need to walk back. I drive a full size 4X4 and would still throw my chains and shovel in the bed.

    Have a safe trip and let us know how it was!

    Lefty.
     
  18. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    I'm going out to Salmonberry Rd. tomorrow because it's too raw up at Brown's Camp.
     
  19. stackinchips

    stackinchips Portland, OR Member

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    Would you be kind to share where that is?
     
  20. stackinchips

    stackinchips Portland, OR Member

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    You know what.. I just found out the info, by doing a little NWFA research... Thanks!