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2019-10-21  
Rhododendron Ridge #564, OR
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Rhododendron Ridge #564, OR 
Rhododendron Ridge #564, OR
 
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2019
keepmoving
Hiking9.90 Miles 1,469 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles
1,469 ft AEG18 LBS Pack
 
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In search of a good rainy day overnight, I stumbled across Rhododendron Ridge and the Hawk Mountain Cabin. The cabin itself is open to general use on a first come, first serve basis, so I decided to check it out.

I initially planned to hike in from the southern trailhead, but a collection of people camped out nearby in dilapidated trailers made me a bit uncomfortable, so I drove up to the northern trailhead in hopes of reducing the chance of having my car broken into.

From the north, it's just about 5 miles to reach the cabin (the southern approach is only 2 miles). The trail is relatively easy to follow, but there is some blow down and its a little overgrown in a couple of places. It's your typical boring forest type hike, with nothing of major interest until you reach the cabin itself. It was rainy, windy, and foggy the entire time- but in an enjoyable way. Most of the trail was snow free, but Hawk Mountain had several inches of snow on the ground.

The cabin itself is super tiny, it really only has room for 1 or 2 people at the very most, but there would be plenty of flat spots outside to camp in warmer months. The single foam cot has been gnawed on by critters and has definetely seen better days, but I found a blanket in one of the cabinets to lay over it, then placed my sleeping bag over that. I napped off and on, cooked dinner, and listened to podcasts. But between the sounds of mice scampering through the walls and the cabin creaking and moaning in the wind, I realized I wasn't going to get a good nights rest, so I packed up and headed back down trail around 21:30.
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