10.5 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •
Wonderful day out in lake and meadow land. We made a grand loop, up Thomas Lake trail to Rock Lakes, cutting over to Junction lake on an abandoned trail. Heading north and east to Lemei Lake, and then continuing north to the cutoff trail at Clear Lake back to the PCT. WE followed PCT south to Bear Lake and then took another abandoned trail back to Rock Lakes. That route allowed up to stay more in the meadows. Bugs picked up in a couple areas around 5ish and we heard they were bad at night. Totally perfect day!
53.5 miles of hiking • 9500' elevation gain • 4 nights
I had an amazing eastern Oregon trip, doing several day hikes out in the Wallowas. My favorites were Ice Lake, Mirror Lake and Chimney Lake. I had planned to push myself by doing a couple of summits, but the temperatures were in the high 80's even at 7600'. So I was forced to chill out by the lakes instead, which was the best idea ever. The bloom is 70% done except high up and in wet patches, where it is still beautiful. There were almost no bugs except in a couple of boggy meadows briefly, and they weren't landing when I was moving.
7 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •
Wonderful day getting out of the heat.
7.6 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •
A marvelously quiet and beautiful day on the mountain. We hiked from the lower Cooper Spur TH up the Tillly Jane trail. The Lupines are mostly done, but the goldenrod, yarrow and penstamens were going strong. We headed over at the top to Cloud Cap, which was open for a tour, so we got to see the inside. We just caught a bit of the tour, but it sounded great. On the way back we did the Polallie trail down. Several logs to climb over and there was a a mile or so of working our way through the ceanothus. This trail is quickly being overgrown, but the views of the northern mountains are definitely better, and there were a few sneak peaks of Polallie falls, which is amazing even at a distance. Wonderful day.
12.5 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •
Wonderful day around and above Paradise Park on Mt. Hood. The flowers are still looking good. The biting flies aren't bad and I got up high enough, early enough above the park, to see some of the waterfalls coming off the glaciers. Wonderful day.
14.1 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain •
Absolutely fantastic day up exploring on Mt St Helens. The flowers are still peaking up around the Observatory and the lakes were beautiful as always. Tagged Coldwater Peak on the way back, which was awesome. Good company and good views. Perfect day.
9.6 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •
Flowers are looking good in the saddle below the summit. Plus, the clouds cleared away and gave us clear views of the Paradise Park Side of Mt Hood and partial views of Jefferson and Adams. There's not much snow at all on the South side of Mt Hood. Wonderful hike.
July 1, 2018
12 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •
Wonderful day getting back into one of my favorite areas. The bloom at High Prairie is just getting started. In a few places on the trail flowers were plentiful, in others the snow had just recently melted. We explored some of the amazing rock formations out there. I love the Badger Creek Wilderness!!
10.6 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •
Fabulous first trip up for the year. The flowers are just starting at the top, but are looking good around Bald Mountain. One sketchy spot still, right before the McNeil Plateau. The trail from the Mazama junction and about a third of the way up the first section of the turnoff trail to McNeil is still snow covered, so it is still helpful to know the route. Amazing as always.
3.5 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
There are no words to describe this place. A lot more folks are finding their way to this magical spot.
15 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •
I was happy to find many living trees, were still visible in much of the burn. Cedar Swamp was spared and still beautiful. There are a lot of small rocks dropping on the trail and some burned logs to crawl over, but still amazing. A wonderful day.
7.8 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
I decided to break up the drive north on I-5 with a quick out and back on the North Umpqua trail. Awesome day and perfect hike. The only thing I would do differently if I went again, would be to drive a few more miles down the road, to do a section further upstream. In the first 2 miles,there is a burn section that would be wonderful during fireweed season, but not so exciting for just a short leg stretcher. There are some wonderful big old trees in there once you get out of the burn and lots of lovely green.
June 11, 2018
6 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •
A dusting of snow over early alpine bloom greeted us as we went up the trail. This is an amazing short hike. Alpine lakes in flowering meadows and and an incredible view from the top. The base of Shasta was visible as were Red Buttes, Greyback and the Kalmiopsis. We had high clouds that blocked some of the further away peaks, but it was still stunning.
12.2 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •
Awesome day with friends, going up Phlox Point. The phlox is almost done, but there are lots of flowers up there right now. Then added a bit more on by crossing the horse bridge higher up and taking Don's Cutoff up to Hamilton Mountain Saddle. Great day
20 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •
Non stop views on a great day. Very quiet except for a dozen bicyclists. The Balsam Root is past peak, but lots of woodland flowers out. Took a detour up to the top of Shellrock Mountain for stunning views Hood, Adams, Rainier and Helens all looking good. We could see Lookout Mountain and it still has a good bit of snow on top. Wonderful day.
12 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •
Awesome day getting in some easy mileage. Mosquitoes were minimal and the bloom in the meadows is just starting. Super quiet up there right now. So enjoyable to stroll through all the empty campsites.
11 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •
Came in from the north over Bald Butte and went a few miles down the Surveyors Ridge Trail. The flower show on Bald Butte is probably 3 weeks out. But no snow at all. Our high point was at 4100'. Excellent day with a good friend.
April 28, 2018
10 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •
Great day. I went up the east side of Tracy Hill along the rim of Major Creek and then north on Tracy Hill until i hit non public land. A few Lewisias are starting, camas, death camas, rosy plectritis, popcorn flower, clovers and many others. The lupine isn't going yet.
April 23, 2018
13.2 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •
Beautiful sunny day and views from multiple clearcuts. Early spring blooms were looking good. Trillium, sorrel, violets etc. Great day!
April 19, 2018
13 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •
Beautiful day exploring the Salmon. Spring Lillies are starting to pop and every little creeklet and stream was gushing! No snow that I could see from 2600'. Snow on the surrounding peaks still, but melting fast.
April 9, 2018
8.2 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
Had a great snow shoe trip from the snow park out along the Big Trench to check out the lava bridges over a collapsed lava tunnel. This would be a great place to cross country sky, but probably this weeks rainstorm is going to take out much of the snow. We checked out the Peterson Guard Station, which is a newly opened rental as well. Great day!!!
April 1, 2018
12.7 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •
Great day. Lomatiums are starting and I even saw some phlox and 2 lupines budding.
March 25, 2018
14.6 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •
Spring Equinox is wonderful in the gorge. I took the PCT up from the N. Bonneville trailhead and followed the Two Chiefs Trail up to an amphitheater overlooking the gorge and then on to Greenleaf Falls. Super quiet on the trail and lovely.
March 20, 2018
12 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
Perfect day, perfect company. Sunshine and only a couple of ticks. What more could one ask for. We saw a few grass widows, gold stars and yellow bells, and the lomatiums are starting to pick up steam. At least a few weeks until full on flower season though.
7.6 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •
Had a great hike with a great hiking buddy and a new trail friend. The lower parking lot was completely full at 8:30, but we didn't see that many people on the trail. The yellow violets are starting to bloom. One tiny patch of snow. Although it was cloudy, there still appeared to be quite a bit of snow on Table Mountain. At least on the west side.
12.2 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •
Beautiful day out east. The latest cold snap slowed the bloom a bit, so it is beautiful but sparse. Wonderful day.
8 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •
Beautiful sunshine!! Just a few flowers at this point.
4.5 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •
Wonderful day, no rain and even some blue sky. Crosstown Trail out of Government Camp was well broken, but on the Glade Trail up to Timberline we got to break trail. Right now the Timberline Trail was not really accessible off the Glade. Too many ski berms and tree wells, but we just went up a bit higher and then headed over. Beautiful day.
8 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •
Yesterday was beautiful and sunny but with a bitter wind, so I chose to stay in the trees and go up Augspurger Trail to the top of Dog. I have missed the gorge sneak peeks through Douglas firs so I was super happy to go this route. The wind had shifted to the north by the time I hit the top, so the trees made a lovely warm place for an extended lunch. The Dog portion of the trail was super muddy and a bit slick. Great day!!
14 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •
We decided to hit Bald Butte from the Northern end off FR 17/ Pinemont Dr. using and ATV route for the first few miles. Then we headed south, to the Rimrock viewpoints. There was no snow at all, although to the west, it was evident there was snow much lower. Just a few small ice patches on the trail. Wonderful day.
7.5 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •
Great day in partial sun. The grass widows are starting to spread up the slope and a few umbels are blooming. Lovey time strolling and exploring.
13.2 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •
Great day. Sun, clouds and lots of solitude.
4.8 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •
About 3 feet of fresh snow up there. Fortunately, a couple other folks had broken trail just ahead of us. We had a lot of fun getting snow bombed by the trees. We had thought about doing a loop over to Chocolate Falls and down, but the boulder field was not covered in enough snow and the trail was not apparent, as well as the sky being misty with very low visibility. Wonderful day with great friends.
15.8 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •
Awesome day out in the creekside green. Lots of old cedars, mossy trees and waterfalls galore. Plus fun company with a great trail friend and a really fun new trail friend. I've so missed the mossy river canyons. Plus no rain!!!
January 20, 2018
3 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
I decided to take my afternoon walk as a small hike to Lauterell Falls. it was a great idea.
January 15, 2018
5.2 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •
Wonderful day on the mountain. No real snow as far as the Tilly Jane cabin and very solid ice rink quality tread on the first 1/3. Some traction a necessity, but snow shoes are a bit much and awkward in some places.
6.6 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
In my ongoing search to find lovely hikes to replace my gorge standbys, I headed out along the Lewis river from Hantwick TH over to Yacolt and Moulton Falls. Great area and it seems like a nice gateway to some longer hikes. Great company and a lovely day!!
6.8 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •
Fantastic day with a friend snowshoeing the Twin Lakes area. Trails are well broken in and there is a good amount of snow. Palmateer looks like it may be currently accessible from the PCT cutoff. At least the start of it was super packed down, but the connector trail from Upper Twin Lake was invisible.