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Bells Mountain Trail

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!

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April 19, 2018

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Salmon River Hike

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.

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April 9, 2018

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Atkisson Sno-Park to Natural Bridges

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!!!

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April 1, 2018

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Lower Deschutes

12.7 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

Great day. Lomatiums are starting and I even saw some phlox and 2 lupines budding.

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March 25, 2018

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Greenleaf Falls

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.

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March 20, 2018

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Swale Canyon

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.

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March 18, 2018

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Hamilton Mountain Loop

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.

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March 17, 2018

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Coyote Wall Loop

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.

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March 12, 2018

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Crawford Oaks Loop

8 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Beautiful sunshine!! Just a few flowers at this point.

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March 6, 2018

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Glade Trail to Timberline Snowshoe

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.

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March 1, 2018

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Dog Mt via Augspurger trail

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!!

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February 13, 2018

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Surveyors Ridge

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.

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February 11, 2018

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Tracy Hill Loop

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.

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February 7, 2018

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Lower Deschutes

13.2 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

Great day. Sun, clouds and lots of solitude.

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January 30, 2018

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June Lake

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.

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January 27, 2018

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Clackamas River Trail

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!!!

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January 20, 2018

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Latourell Falls

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.

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January 15, 2018

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Tilly Jane area

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.

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January 13, 2018

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Moulton Falls from Hantwick TH

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!!

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January 7, 2018

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Upper Twin Lakes

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.

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January 6, 2018

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