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Salmon Butte

11.8 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

Even though the views were completely absent, it was a lovely, misty green day out in the woods. The flowers are starting lower down, the Rhodies are a few weeks away from bloom and there were actually a few flowers blooming valiantly at the summit. Amazing day.

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May 19, 2019

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Wygant Mitchell loop

10.5 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

So great to get out in a green unburned section of the gorge. Lots of small viewpoints along the Wygant trail mostly looking west. We went to the small hanging meadows past Wygant Peak and through use trails, old roads and a bit of bushwhacking made a loop from the top over to Mitchell Point. The poison oak is mostly avoidable on the trails, but there are a couple of tight spots. Perfect day.

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May 12, 2019

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Dry creek falls

4.5 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

Great after work hike in the woods.

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May 10, 2019

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Hamilton Mt Loop and exploration

10 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Great day on Hamilton! After hitting the summit then the saddle, I took Don's Cutoff down to Upper Hardy Creek trail to check out the woodland bloom. Tons of yellow violets, some trillium, and bleeding hearts in the woods. Larkspur blooming in the exposed areas.

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May 6, 2019

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Coldwater Lake Loop

13.3 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

Great day in the monument. We started at the south Coldwater Ridge trail. Mostly snow free except for a few patches. One of them was too slippery, with a very steep run out, to navigate without a brief detour up and around. At the trail junction that heads down to the lake we kept going on the Ridge trail, for almost a mile east to check out the snow situation. It was sporadic back in there but the patches that were there, were postholey, or were on steeply angled slopes. It's melting fast though. Not impassable just a bit of work, given that we still wanted to do the lake on the north side. The creeks on the north side of the lake were all flowing well. The main waterfall crossing was easy but not entirely dry footed. Still a bit of snow on all the nearby peaks.

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April 25, 2019

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Angels Rest to Devils Rest loop

11 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

For all the many times I had been in the area, I had never returned from Devils Rest via Foxglove. The early bloom of Trilliums, oxalis and yellow violets is on to about 2200 feet and the Larkspur is almost ready lower down. The connector trail between Wahkeena and Multnomah is closed just beyond the junction with the Devils Rest Trail. Loved this first hot day.

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April 18, 2019

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Twin Tunnels

8.6 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

Had a great day seeing the bloom start on an easy level trail, along the old highway to Twin Tunnels.

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April 14, 2019

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Gales Creek

16.5 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •

Great rainy day hike. Lots of streams and small to medium waterfalls. We saw no one else out there. The trail is open to non motorized mountain bikes. The bloom is just starting. Great day.

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April 10, 2019

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Post Canyon Recreation Area

8 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Great day, cruising around in a big loop in this area. Sunny skies, minimal snow just in patches, a few mountain bikes up at the north end of the loop. Some clearcuts and great views up to Adams and down to Hood.

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March 31, 2019

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Herman Creek to Whiskey Creek

12.1 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

I wanted to see how the melt off was progressing, so I headed up to Herman Creek. The lot was full, but 90% of the folks were doing the Indian Point Loop. I just headed south, up the creek trail. I went about 6 miles in. The creek crossings were wet and a bit slippery but fine. Fairly continuous snow started at about the 5 mile mark, but was easy to navigate. The snow got softer and deeper past Whisky Creek, but was still only 6-8 ". A few blooms but not many yet.

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March 24, 2019

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Lower Deschutes Trail

12.8 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

Desperate for some non snowy trail we headed east and had a lovely day checking out the already faint traces of last summers burn. The boxcar is gone, but lot's of lovely rocks remain.

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March 20, 2019

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Minto Brown Island Park

6.3 miles of hiking • 0' elevation gain •

Getting out to hike, has been difficult the last month, so I was happy to get out with friends who were doing a rehab hike. They had invited a couple of hikers, I had been wanting to meet for awhile. It's a really nice park, the trails are mostly paved, with lots of wetland views. It seems like a great birdwatcher area. Great day with great people.

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March 3, 2019

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Old Maid Flats Snowshoe

6.8 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

Ducked off 26 on Lolo Pass Road just before the traffic slowdown this morning and drove up to the end of the plowed section of road and then snowshoed in to the Ramona Falls TH. Quite a few folks. Lolo Pass was packed snow in the morning and mostly bare pavement mid afternoon. Great snow and a wonderful day.

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February 17, 2019

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TDH Ridge

7.8 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

Great day with hundreds of other folks on the way to Tom Dick and Harry Ridge. The trail below Mirror lake is a complete ice rink, with melted water on top. Clear skies above and warm. Fantastic day.

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January 27, 2019

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University Falls Loop

8 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

Did a nice loop out to University Falls. Not many people on the trail, but a lot of gunfire and atv noise in the near proximity. There are some really pretty stretches of creek.

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January 26, 2019

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Wahkeena Springs

4.2 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

Just a wonderful short stroll to take a friend to see Wahkeena Springs.

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January 21, 2019

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Tilly Jane sno-park to Cooper Spur Shelter

7.6 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

A wonderful blustery day on the mountain. Right now the snow is packed and fine with just spikes. Once you get close to Timberline, the route is less obvious, because of wind blown snow, but if you have been before it would be fine. We saw no one above the A-frame. Stunning.

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January 13, 2019

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Larch Mountain Loop

16 miles of hiking • 4250' elevation gain •

Wonderful day back in the gorge. Hoping for sun we headed up to the top of Larch Mountain from Multnomah falls. It was pretty breezy at the top. Very limited snow on the way up. A bit icy on the steps up to the top. Spikes would be useful, but we didn't need them. On the way back, we decided to head down Oneonta trail and loop up through the crater back to the main trail. There was a bit more snow on this part and there were no boot prints on the trail. Maybe 6ish inches of snow total. Really nice variation on the out and back and so wonderful to get up there.

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January 11, 2019

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Angels Rest to Wahkeena Springs

10.4 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •

Tons of cars, but not as crowded as I expected. Beautiful day, great companionship and lots of beautiful moments big and small. Happy New Year all!

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January 1, 2019

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