Wednesday, August 21, 2002
Silver Star area is one of the great hiking spots on the district. The views are spectacular in this area and wildflowers are still in bloom on the high peaks.
The area is located on the west edge of the forest just outside Battleground so it is easy to access for a day hike. Take plenty of water since this is all high ridge trail system. There is no water available along the trails.
Wilderness campers in Indian Heaven Wilderness need to remember that there are designated camp sites in some areas around many of the lakes.
In other areas there are no restrictions but regulations do call for the camp the be no closer than 100 feet from any water source or lake. If everyone would practice no track camping, further restrictions in the forest wildernesses could be avoided.
A great mountain bike ride this time of year is into the Lone Butte Wildlife Habitat area. The road system is closed to motorized vehicles, and bikers will have the area to themselves.
Wildlife is abundant in this area and the open meadows offer some great viewing opportunities early in the morning or late evening.
Huckleberries are of growing interest this time of year. Huckleberry pickers can now find berries in many places on the district. The higher fields are not yet ripe and the berry crop in these areas does not look too good.
The berries are running a little on the small side this year so far because of the dry weather. A nice rain storm would plump up the berries a lot.
With the first rains will come the fall mushrooms. If you know the area and can read the habitat there are a few mushrooms already showing on the district. Last week this writer was able to find enough Cantrell mushrooms for dinner with a little looking.
Steelhead fishing in Drano Lake and the Big White Salmon are good now but the mouth of Wind River is not showing many fish yet.
Trout fishing in most the high lakes is slowing down. With the abundance of feed and warmer water temperatures, morning and evening are the best times to fish.
Archery elk and deer season opens on Sept. 1. With the hot dry weather most animals are going to be hard to find and get close. The bulls are not showing any sign of going into rut and normally do not until the last few days of the season.
ATVs are not allowed on any forest road and are not allowed to be used to access behind gates on closed roads. Archery hunters need to be very careful; if you build a campfire, never leave it unattended.