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Nick Eaton Ridge to Peak 3152

9.8 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

Great day out at Herman Creek. I went up the ridge via Gorton Trail to one of my favorite lunch spots. Peak 3152.

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May 5, 2021

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Almost Devils Peak via Cool Creek Trail

8.9 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

We made it to about a half mile from the top. Solid ice alternating with steep sloped sliding slush defeated us even with micro spikes, Still it was wonderful.

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April 29, 2021

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Cottonwood Canyon

13 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

I had never been to Cottonwood canyon and I wanted to go before it got too hot. Great day with some easy off trail climbing up high for amazing overlooks of the John Day River. The Balsam Root is starting to fade, but the phlox and Bicolor lilies were blooming. Wonderful day!

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April 27, 2021

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Hardy Ridge

10.1 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

I started out at the Equestrian TH and made it to Phlox Point despite some pretty fierce winds up top. Nice Glacier Lilly bloom stating about 2400 and continuing to the top. Lots of yellow violets lower down and a smattering of Trilliums. I went down the east side and wandered north a bit along Hardy Creek. I had thought about hitting the saddle on Hamilton since I was so close but I decided to call it good and quit before the clouds rolled in. A wonderful day.

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April 19, 2021

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Angels Rest Wahkeena Spring to Devils Rest Loop

10.8 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

Despite starting up via Angels Rest it was a day filled mostly with solitude. No snow on the trail. Just a few patches here and there in the woods. The Trilliums were full on, but every thing else is still not blooming. There are still a few old Russ Jolly engraved signs up there, but mostly trail helpers are posting new ones. Lovely jaunt in the mostly green forest.

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April 15, 2021

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Bonneville TH to Aldrich Butte

12.3 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

I wanted to have a day that was somewhat leisurely with a lunch that was in a warm spot with a view. And I found it. The cutoff trail from the PCT to Carpenter Lake was still in great shape. I was hoping to hear the frog orchestra at the lake but no luck. It appears to have dried up even more since the last time I was there. The top of Aldrich was so windy I could barely stand so I walked down the trail a few feet and got out of the wind and still had a great view. Super great day!

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April 12, 2021

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Catherine Creek

7.8 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

A wonderful leisurely stroll to see flowers at Catherine Creek. Bloom is full on down low. I saw all my favorites.

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April 7, 2021

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Dog Mountain Loop

7 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

My friend Susan took a day off from work and suggested Dog Mountain. Completely beautiful views of course and a wonderful day. No snow. But the trail through the top meadows is pretty muddy and a bit slippery. Wonderful day!

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March 31, 2021

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Frenchmans Bar

10.5 miles of hiking • 0' elevation gain •

I just wanted to get some miles in and still have time later in the day. So I went to Frenchmans Bar in N Vancouver and got a lot of views of cranes, egrets, eagles, herons, tundra swans, geese and ducks. I was especially pleased by a description on a sign of what the birds needed the area for. Along with feeding, staging and migrating they included loafing as a designated activity for the birds. I'm for it!

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March 21, 2021

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Bridge of the Gods to Herman Creek

11.4 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

It's so great to have the daylength to go slow and have a leisurely lunch

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March 16, 2021

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Hamilton Mountain

9.6 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Great day but we didn't get as far as we wanted because the snow between the summit and the saddle was super soft and slidey and it really slowed us down. The roads up from the saddle and the road by the creek past the saddle were covered in soft melting snow. We ended up just adding a bit onto the usual saddle loop and enjoying the beauty.

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March 13, 2021

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Twin Lake Snowshoe

8.3 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Beautiful last day of some sun. The trail from Frog Lake up to Lower Twin was the perfect for snowshoeing. Not iced but well packed. Once we got past Lower Twin Lake even though the trail was broken it was super soft and slidy. It felt much harder than it should have. It was great to hit the well packed section on the way down again. Right now it's not spikable at all. Snowshoes or skis are the way to go. Beautiful day.

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March 4, 2021

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North Vancouver Lake

5 miles of hiking • 0' elevation gain •

I wanted to have a gentle stroll with some friends I don't get to see all that often. So we went to North Vancouver Lake. It's basically a wetland with many paved paths and some not paved with options to connect up to other bike paths and trail. We saw a ton of Sandhill Cranes, Geese, an Egret and the usual birding regulars. No real views of the lake from the main path. Wonderful day

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February 21, 2021

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Labyrinth Coyote Little Maui

9 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

Surprisingly quiet day out there. Some grass widows and the umbels are just starting. 4-8 inches of snow in the shade. At about 1000'. I heard there was a foot of snow up higher. We stopped at about 1700 feel.

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February 20, 2021

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Lower Deschutes

14.6 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

Quiet day getting some nice flat mileage in.

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February 10, 2021

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Forest Park

10.5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

I hadn't planned to hike but there were some sunbreaks so I dashed out to Forest Park and got some fun miles in. Not too crowded.

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February 6, 2021

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Old Maid Flats to Burnt Lake TH

9.8 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

We wanted to go somewhere quiet, so we parked at the closed Sandy River Bridge and wandered all over, eventually ending up just beyond the Burnt Lake TH. Almost no snow lower down, 3-4 inches at the top near the TH. Wonderful day.

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January 29, 2021

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Herman Creek to Whiskey Creek

12.2 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

The parking lot at Herman Creek is closed but you can park at the entrance to the road up to the trailhead and walk in. The creeks were pretty full so I only made it as far as Whiskey Creek. Between Slide Creek and Whiskey Creek. There's a lot of downfall that really slowed my down. Great sunny day!

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January 19, 2021

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Yale Reservoir Road

7.7 miles of hiking • 0' elevation gain •

I wanted to get out with a couple of good friends. An easy day was called for so we went to just outside of Couger and walked an abandoned road along the river. Lots of nice side creeks on a misty day.

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January 10, 2021

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Hamilton Mountain Meander

10.6 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

We wanted to find a close in less crowded hike. So we parked at the Equestrian TH to Hardy Ridge and took the lower route up to a brief stop at the Hamilton Saddle and then decided to explore on of the options north from the saddle that I had not been on yet. Wonderful day.

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January 9, 2021

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The Other Eagle Creek

13 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

No big waterfalls, but tons of beautiful cascades and mossy cedars. The road in is a bit rough but fine. With all the water right now the side creeks were running strong. The further in we went we needed to spend a bit of time searching for the best way to cross, which was fun. About a mile the ford of Eagle Creek we hit one that was doable but didn't have anything that both of us felt comfortable with given the amount of daylight left. So we called it good and headed back.

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January 5, 2021

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