8 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
A lot changed in the world between this hike and my last.
Faced with uncertainty whether we should hike together or not, a few of us decided we could still practice social distancing on the trail.
With one ankle injury among us, we opted for the flatness of the Deschutes. It was a gorgeous day - snow juxtaposed with spring blossoms. We all had heavy hearts but enjoyed each others company (at a distance.)
It was hard not to hug my friends goodbye at the end of the hike, especially not knowing when we will get to hang out again. I have a feeling many of us will find solace on the trail in the coming weeks and months.
9.3 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •
The trailhead for this is about a mile south of the Clackamas River Trail. Quiet, low key day enjoying some old growth along a gentle trail.
Went off trail to get closer to the Creek and almost took out a friend when I climbed out over a boulder. Note to self - more distance between friends when bushwhacking. It could have been bad, but luckily no one was harmed.
Though rarely used, trail was easy to follow.
11 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •
It was a super moody day in the gorge, our 11 mile hike contained pouring rain, raging wind, hail, and periods of blue skies and sunshine. Our last glimpse of sunshine gave us a double rainbow, before the rain gods decided we needed another drenching for our last mile and a half out.
8 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •
Sunshine and waterfalls with some mountain dogs.
5 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •
Woke up late, so opted for a quick little ass kicker (Wind.) Felt guilty for not doing enough and decided to pop over to Wahclella, even though I almost had to headlamp it out. Nice day to get out and go my own pace, just me and my dog Lily.
7 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •
Choose your own adventure path kind of day.
5 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
Recent snow made this much harder than it should have been. I had snowshoes and my partner did not - so we turned around when we reached the actual trailhead because he couldn't keep up post holing and his shoes were too wet. It was a good workout so not a wasted day.