Getting back our first camera station photos of the winter season

Bobcat in Pocket Creek area

Another bobcat in Pocket Creek area

Two mountain lions near Gumjuac Ridge


A reminder of what's to come......

Seeing as we are gearing up to set cameras targeting winter wildlife, I thought I would post a photo from late last winter (March 2014) as a reminder of the snow and winter fun to come. I know, I know, its gorgeous fall weather right now. But its exciting to have cooler weather and a change of seasons.


What does Cascade red fox scat look like? Here are some photos of scats that have had mtDNA sequencing.

Red fox scat has rounded ends that are tapered (not twisty) and is often segmented. It is similar to domestic dog scat but much smaller and often filled with berries, hair, bones, grass, etc.

It is approximately 0.25 to 0.5 inches (1cm) in diameter – the same diameter as a pinky finger – and 1 to 4 inches (2 to 10cm) long. If it is a little larger, it may still be fox. If it is smaller (American marten size but without twisty ends), it could be a fox pup. 

Below are some photos of Cascade red fox scats as confirmed by DNA analysis.


Current Trail Priorities

Fall is here, winter is on the way. If you are interested in collecting scats through November, consider one of the following hikes: 

Mt Hood
  • Timberline Lodge to Mt Hood Meadows along Timberline Trail (info here 9.0 mi RT)
  • Trail 630 - Pinnacle Ridge to Elk Cove (info here 8.4 mi RT)
  • McGee TH to Muddy Fork (info here but from McGee TH not Top Spur TH) (8ish mi RT)
  • Cloud Cap TH to Gnarl Ridge and up Lamberson Butte (info here 8.4 mi RT)
Indian Heaven
  • Cultus Creek TH to PCT (1.5 mi), and S on PCT as far as you want to go
  • PCT from Crest Horse Camp (FS60) to Berry Mountain (10 mi RT) 
  • Trail 111: Thomas Lake TH to Little Rock Lake (or Blue Lake)
  • Trail 171: Indian Racetrack and on to PCT junction
Mt Adams

  • Riley Trail to Crystal Lake
  • Shorthorn Trail
  • Gotchen Trail

Dark Divide
  • Elk Pass to Badger Lake or Badger Peak - approx. 7 miles RT (Dark Divide Roadless Area) 
Goat Rocks
  • Conrad Meadows Loop
  • Jordan Creek TH to Goat Lake
Mt Rainier
  • Tipsoo Lake Loop
Norse Peak Wilderness
  • Bullion Basin - approx. 7 mile loop (Crystal Mountain area)

What does a coyote scat look like? Here are some photos of scats that have had mtDNA sequencing.

Next in our scatology series..... the mighty coyote. The western coyote, that resides here in the Cascade Range, is significantly smaller than the eastern coyote so their scats are smaller as well.

Most scat identification books, such as Mark Elbroch's Mammal Tracks and Sign give a size range of 0.75 and 1.5 inches diameter. It is generally segmented with tapered end (not twisty ends like a weasel, or blocky ends like a bobcat).

Below are some photos of coyote scats as confirmed by DNA analysis.