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Did a two-night trip from Seattle to Winthrop WA to visit the Seattle City Light infrastructure and pick some Morel mushrooms. Camped at "Wolf Creek Trailhead" and "Cutthroat Lake Trailhead". Neither are campgrounds, but for a self contained camper ideal as they empty out early in the evening and we had them to ourselves (both on Nat Forest and not signed "no camping" so fair game)
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Newhalem - the construction town for the dams (Gorge, Diablo and Ross) from the 20's - although Gorge High Dam wasn't completed until 1961
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We got to drive across Diablo Dam. It is 300' high and what a view!
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Although there is a road to Ross Dam and the power-house, it doesn't connect to SR20. In fact the only access to the dam is via ferry from Diablo. So we walked the mile to the dam. Another 300+ foot spillway.
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No photo of the van at Wolf Creek, but it is in the middle of a massive forest fire from last summer (Heat Dome anyone?) and these puffballs were everywhere. Hmm, butter, garlic and fry these babies up in slices...
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Our real goal. We only found three. :( We arrived Juneteenth and I suspect the area was picked over the previous two days.
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Cutthroat Creek trailhead. We camped here after an early evening hike to the lake. Pretty crowded at 3pm, empty by 6pm.
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Our last stop: Washington Pass Overlook. Worth the entire trip. SR20 was only opened 1972. The overlook was still gated off (the pass only opened up to traffic May 16th) so we had to walk 500' to the overlook parking lot.
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That is SR20 switchback behind the fence...
 

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Looks like a fantastic trip. Thanks for sharing the photos.
 

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Looks like a fantastic trip. Thanks for sharing the photos.
Thanks for the notes on what to see! We spent a lot of time at the gorge powerhouse and rhododendron garden.

There are many burn areas with blocked access (debris hazard) and wolf Creek must have recently opened as the forest service had it listed as closed on their website.
 

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Great pics! We went through there two weeks ago. It rained pitchforks and hammer handles! I was surprised that the National Park Service campgrounds were free if you did not reserve online. We saw a #200 black bear walk right past our campsite. Another treat (you probably know) was in Leavanworth! Nice country out there.
 

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That's the road that goes through Winthrop and Twisp, haven't been up there since 1986 or so. Back in travel trailer days we went from Boise to Lewiston to Spokane, then took 20 up and over the Cascades, beautiful drive. Stayed on 20 to Whidbey Island, ferry to Port Townsend and camped on the Olympic Peninsula. We got lucky with the weather for two full weeks, even with the short stay in that temperate rainforest. Yeah, that dam is great, nice shot of it.
 
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