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Dog Mountain

6 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •

Did not manage to get a hike in last weekend, as I was busy at the Mazama lodge playing rescuer and patient in the snow finishing up my Mountaineering First Aid. I was happy I didn't die in the mass casualty scenario, but post holing in the snow up to my waist searching for rock fall victims made for a very sore hip. Which lead to a sore and slow hike up Dog Mountain today. (And I still haven't managed to get my new boots broken in, ouch.) Felt like a mini climb with the current conditions, and I almost felt as if I should have had my ice axe and crampons. Snowshoes not needed, I think the Mountain Dog's BCEP team broke trail pretty well on Saturday am. We just used poles and microspikes, as it was icy up, but slushy on the way down.

Always fun to see a trail I frequent in a completely different light. We stopped just shy of the summit as the wind was roaring and I was afraid of my dog getting too cold.

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March 10, 2019

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Camp Westwind Weekend

5 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain • 2 nights

Spent the weekend camping at Westwind, as part of a Trackers Earth employee getaway. (My partner works as a 7th grade teacher for the Forest School, as well as a summer camp educator.)

The majority of the weekend was spent walking the beach, drinking, playing board games, eating, drinking more, and checking out God's Thumb. Lots of walking, just took a guess on mileage. I did not go all the way out on the thumb, the view (and my queasiness because of beverages consumed the night before) was making me nervous. I'll have to go back and force myself to make it all the way to the end.

Fun weekend, but restless sleep as I came down with some sort of cough/cold.

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February 23 – February 25, 2019

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Angels Rest

5 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

I always try to do the popular gorge hikes when the weather is bad, so I expected with the snow/slush that it would deter the typical crowd. Not so. I encountered every type of hiker I dislike today. As a dog owner, I'm really sad at how many inconsiderate dog owners are on the trails giving the rest of us a bad name. All of my bad experiences today came from bad dog owners. One dog, tried to lunge at my dog as if it wanted to kill her, luckily this one was on a leash and the owner held on for dear life. Forgivable since they kept it back, but I hate to think what would have happened if they had not pulled their dog far enough away from the trail. Multiple other dog owners had their beasts off leash, on a slippery trail. Not cool for anyone. Then, some lady with a giant off leash dog, had the nerve to touch my dog multiple times with her trekking poles as we went to pass her. My dog was completely ignoring her off leash dog she was holding, but she kept saying "Leave it" as we passed and she hit my dog. Of course, I told her, "Don't fucking touch my dog."

Why do I even bother with the popular trails anymore? I'm such a grump.

Even with the bad, it was still a beautiful solo hike with my favorite hiking partner, Lily.

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February 18, 2019

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Firelane 15, Forest Park.

4.2 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

Forgot to add this romp through the far end of Forest Park from last weekend. Secluded, muddy, dog had fun despite the occasional hail.

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February 3, 2019

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Little North Santiam River

4.5 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

Today was an odd day.

Set out from Portland at 8:00 with an AYM group, celebrating Matt Reeder leading 10 years of hikes with AYM. Lots of last minute cancellations, bringing our group down to 8 from 12. (Don't be a dick, canceling the night before a hike is just rude unless you have an emergency.) So is not showing up when you are still signed up. Anyway...

Today was supposed to be a longer trek, but a knee injury close to the halfway point changed our plans. It was a really beautiful pleasant hike until one member took a nasty fall. During the time of the fall, some assholes decided it was time to start shooting right next to the trail. There is one thing that always ruins my time on a trail, and that is gunfire, especially when I don't know what they are shooting at and where the bullets are going.

Anyway, we picked two of our fastest hikers to backtrack and bring two cars to the further trailhead so we wouldn't have to do the whole return trip with an injured hiker. None of us really minded much, it was still a beautiful trip despite the gunfire.

Ended the day with one more roadside waterfall, and a trip back to Salem for cake. (I'm not a big sweets person.) Everyone enjoyed giant pieces of cake while I had half a piece of cheesecake. (Honestly, just give me salt after a hike.)

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January 27, 2019

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Wind Mountain

2.5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Just a quickie up wind mountain today. Slept in and didn't leave Portland until around noon. The gorge was like night and day on our trip out. Near Portland, a cloud hovered and kept the beginning of the gorge looking like you were driving in the movie "The Mist". But we came out of it and into sunshine. Nice way to stretch the legs on an otherwise lazy day.

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January 26, 2019

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Tamanawas Falls

3.8 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

Originally had plans to hike on Saturday with a friend, but she canceled on me last minute so I ended up sleeping in on Saturday and wasting a beautiful day.

To make up for it on Sunday, Zane and I got an early start from Portland to try to beat the crowds that would surely be heading to Mt. Hood on a bluebird day. Our objective was an easy stroll to Tamanawas Falls, with a plan to maybe try to hit one more trail afterwards. Parking was easy when we arrived, but we quickly realized it was going to be a huge struggle to park and hit anywhere else for the day. After our easy achievement with microspikes, we hit up Bunsenbrewer in Sandy for one beer, then headed home. The rare sun of the day zapped us of all energy, and a long nap was had when we arrived home even though we barely felt we got in a hike with such a short approach. Hence, me being up late now writing about it. Spent the evening pouring over posts of Hood and Helen's climbs, and kind of sad I only did a short hike this weekend with the beautiful weather.

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January 13, 2019

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Swale Canyon

10 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

A good friend of mine who is getting over some health problems that have prevented her from strenuous activity has decided to make 2019 the year she starts hiking with me.

She insisted it would be a girls only day on the trail, so we headed out alone at 8 am from Portland. I decided to pick a trail that I knew would have no gain, so as not to scare her off from hiking with me again.

However, as I tend to do, I may have overdid it with the mileage, as I find on straight trails the miles come easily. As I heard my gps say mile 5, I decided we had better take lunch and turn around. She did great until around mile 9, when she told me her feet officially hated me.

It was an oddly cloudy day in the canyon, the only bit of sunshine that hit us was at our lunch stopping point at a small waterfall in a side canyon, which was rather fortunate and beautiful. We didn't see another soul the entire day, until we were at the Harms Road trailhead (which we SHOULD have started at to cut out 1.5 miles of farmland.) A local farmer was riding an ATV and looking for missing cows, and was actually very friendly to us. We joked if he was there to bring us the rest of the way to our car up ahead at the Centerville Hwy trailhead. I don't regret the extra mileage, I thought the farmland around us and the snowcapped peaks visible from Centerville Hwy were quite beautiful. However, next time (which will honestly probably be by bicycle) I'll skip it and start at Harms Road.

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January 5, 2019

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