12 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •
Via Grassy Knoll trail. Summit is a bit underwhelming, but route was pleasant and I was the only one out there. Good to be out on the trail again!
September 22, 2020
28.5 miles of hiking • 5250' elevation gain • 2 nights
We started noon on Saturday at Pete's Lake Trail. Was very busy, with many families and large groups heading to Pete's Lake, an easy 4 miles with very little eg. Most people stopped there. After another mile, you hit the PCT. We went north(go south to head to Spectacle lake), and climbed 2000ft over 5 miles and 23 switchbacks to reach the heavenly alpine terrain. Ripe huckleberries all along this route. Camped at some little tarns-unnamed on my map, but leader called them "Vista Lakes".
Started out early Sunday morning to climb Summit Chief Mountain, using the Beckey route. Lovely cross country travel over that granite rock. Pretty blue lakes, sea of mountains and views all around, but very little vegetation, and almost no goat sign.
Approaching the summit there was a nice big snow gulley to climb. Unfortunately, the final upper basin had melted out and we were stymied. The steep, loose rock and dirt slopes prevented us from attaining the summit ridge without protection. Some in our group were very uncomfortable with the sketchy scrambling, and after several different approaches we gave up 300 ft below the top.
Mon morning, team packed up early. I elected to stay, pick berries and planned to slowly make my way over to Spectacle Lake. However, the smoke came in the afternoon. The pleasant mountain ambience transformed to a malevolent apocolyptic scene, so I hiked out to my car and drove to hotel in Cle Ellum.
5.5 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •
Solitude until I returned back to lower bowl area. Moved slowly....Huckleberries!
9.5 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •
All I can say is.... been there, done that.
7 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •
Found the “Coopey Creek Datsun”, plus several other cardavers.
5 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •
Out for a little hike with a friend. Smoke crept over from a wildfire near Bonney Butte
20 miles of hiking • 4000' elevation gain • 1 night
Eleven years ago, I did Mt Curtis Gilbert as a dayhike from Conrad Meadows,with a bike assist.I remember looking down at the Conrad Basin and wanting to return. Finally got back and finished my vacation with a dreamy stroll through spectacular alpine terrain.
Started at Conrad Meadows where there were many horsecampers and hikers parked, and biked up the 1000 road to where it intersects the S Fork Tieton Trail. Stashed bike in the woods at the wilderness border. I went just a short distance, and picked up the abandoned 1131 trail which heads up along the northern side of Conrad Creek. The trail has seen some maintenance-especially in the first few miles,and it traverses some huge meadows, but is mostly through forest. There is plenty of blowdown, but you can see the tread, the old cut logs and blazes for most of the route. I lost the trail several times but found it again, it led all the way up to the alpine area just below the Devil's Horns.
I went over the Tieton Ridge at a pass just west of Devil's Horn, and took a well worn trail( maintained by goats) over to the Devil's Wasbasin where I had a refreshing swim-water was just perfect! I then returned back below the saddle and headed westerly to a nice platueau below Tieton and made camp. Enjoyed amazingly long sunset.
Next day, I crossed back over another saddle and traversed below Tieton all the way up to the Conrad Glacier and Lake-spectacular!!! It was here I saw the first humans, and high up on the glacier, a band of 38 goats trying to keep cool. Long ambulation out and over towards Warm Lake, which I skipped when I saw multiple tents dotting the landscape as I approached.
9 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain • 1 night
I stayed in Packwood for a night between my trips. Looking up from town, I noticed a distinctive summit. I thought it was South Point Mountain, but I was wrong, it was the adjacent Smith Point on Smith Ridge. I liked the pictures from FGS's reports, so I decided to try the South Pt mountain hike. Great summit 360 degree view, and with relics from the old LO tower. Makes me want to come back and hike Angry Mountain, and try the Klickitat Trail to visit Cispus/ Sisters/Castle and Pompey. Saw one other hiker.
I drove over towards Goat Rocks and stopped at Kloochman Butte. Been wanting to try this for years! Found the climbers trail and went up as far as I was comfortable. It is supposed to be a doable scramble, but i was alone and didnt have it on my agenda, so I stopped at final gulley. Camped nearby. A few ATVers around.
21.5 miles of hiking • 6500' elevation gain • 3 nights
Parking a zoo at Carbon River Entrance, but most of them humans did not stray far from their vehicles. We biked up to Ipsut and spent the night. Next day we hiked up to Windy Gap via the Northern Loop trail. We then entered the backcountry and didn’t see any humans until we tumbled back onto the Wonderland two days later. We climbed up thru Crescent Gap and camped on the summit of Crescent Mountain. Heaven!!!!! Next day we dropped down into the Elysian Fields, climbed Old Desolate, and made our way over to a high plateau in Moraine Park. Goat watching and meteors. Nutty downclimb back to Wland, then fast walk out losing all the eg we earned. Sad to leave the alpine.
5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain • 1 night
First trip of my vacation. I was meeting friends next day for our backpack adventure and I wanted to test out my new tent and the bikepack set up. There were city hikers, burly trucks and ATVs all over this area, so I immediately cancelled my plan to go to Summit Lake. Stopped at a gate where no-one was parked, and hiked a few miles out and back on this old grassy forest road. Just a few peek aboo views of Carbon River and backside of Tirzah. Found a perfect camp spot in a meadow and went back to car, retrieved bike and gear. There is a new clearcut at start of road, but only first half mile. Wandered up an even older road up Cayada Mtn, but did not summit. Got a good view of Old Baldy and decided to head over that way in the morning.
Took the Kennedy Creek road up towards Surprise Lake, but access to our public land has been blocked. Just before the last crossing of Kennedy Creek, I found an old road that was likely the LO access road. I took it up a ways until it entered a heavy brush area-tread still visible, but I turned around realizing it would take a few hours to get up the remaining climb to the summit. Saw bench of road higher up-want to return!!! All these peaks on the Carbon Ridge look so inviting.
15.5 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •
Took the Paradise Park Trail #778 from Kiwanis Camp Rd. Although the trip is longer and in the forest, the trail has a very gentle grade and the miles go by fast. Lots of saprophytes along this trail. All the blowdown has been cleared. Only saw 2 people on the 6 1/2 mile out and back portion of this trip.
At Paradise Park, there were surprisingly few people. The flower fields fantastic and fragrant, bugs minimal. I climbed up alongside the Zigzag Canyon, stopping to look down at the waterfalls as I had lunch. Then I traversed over to Split Rock-fun navigating the drainages.
9.5 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •
Started at the airy Huffman Peak trailhead, off 6403. Big views from the get-go. Pleasant rambling, nice forest and shady sections. Berries starting to ripen. No humans. Great day in the Gifford!
9.5 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •
Biked up from the gate at MP 10, did the loop, plus a secret side trip. Saw zero people and as I was zooming downhill,I blasted my tunes, fun ride out!
3 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
There are so many Lost Lakes. This is the one just off highway 20 just west of Santiam Pass. It has a fascinating natural phenomenon. The lake actually drains INTO two lava tubes on the north side. I've been here three different times, with varying water levels. The first time was in 2015(first pic). Today you could see the lava tubes, but they didn't have the waterfall effect. After visiting the lake, I climbed up to the adjacent little volcano that abuts the highway. When I dropped into the forested crater, all sounds of the traffic disappeared and I felt like I had entered the "Land of the Lost". Was also attacked by huge swarms of wee beasties. Had to don the bug baffler which I carry with me June July and August for just such occasions.
13.5 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •
Easy five mile approach from Santiam Pass on the PCT. Then it is all up. Saw a few goats. Perfect weather with a kind breeze to beat off the heat. Moved efficiently with a party of four, but it somehow still took us 14 hrs. The climbing section was great, with three protected traverses(including "the crawl") and then a vertical climb to the summit block. Very little space on the airy summit. Fun rappel down. The sketchy approach to the summit ridge was intense requiring laser focus. I knew a young person who died coming down from the summit here in 2005, but I mostly kept it out of my mind while I was on that section.
7 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •
It was our anniversary and the spouse took the day off to go hiking with me! Quite a few cars at the Elk Meadows TH for a Monday, so we went a bit further and started off in the nordic ski lot and then turned uphill on the Newton Creek Trail where it was very quiet. Beautiful day on the mountain. We especially enjoyed the Heather Canyon area on Clark Creek.
11.5 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •
Started off with 5 mile bike ride from June Lake to Ape Canyon TH. Threw bike in bushes and hiked up Ape Canyon to Loowit, and headed CW back to the June.
39.5 miles of hiking • 9750' elevation gain • 4 nights
Fun tour of the Elkhorns, traveling most of the crest trail, with some side trips up the local peaks. We started from Pine Creek road for an easy car shuttle from Anthony Lakes.
Walked the four miles from end of pavement up the road to Pine Creek Reservoir where we spent the night. We had the place to ourselves( + the resident goats).
There is no trail from the Pine Creek Basin to the crest trail, but the cross country travel was delightful. After gaining the crest we dropped our packs and climbed up to Rock Creek Butte( no trail but easy walk up). We then backtracked south on the crest trail to the gorgeous Twin Lakes to camp on night two.
There were a few other human groups at Twin Lakes, and hundreds of goats who have become habituated to people visiting in the summer. It was enjoyable to watch them graze the hillsides, but not so fun shooing them away from camp.
Our third day involved a 13 mile hike along the crest trail and we turned off to camp at Summit Lake a mile to the east. Wow, that place is just gorgeous! Much bigger than we expected, and set in a dramatic bowl surrounded by granite peaks. It truly rivals Colchuck in beauty. There were several other parties at the lake, but we found an excellent lakeside campsite.
Day four was the funnest because we were in the granite territory and we scrambled up Mt Ruth (easy fun) and Mt Angell (dicey!). Spent last night camped along the Crawfish Basin trail.
Notes: 1) The northern half of the crest trail still has a lot of snow covering the tread. It was soft enough to travel on top of, but I wouldn't recommend trail runners. 2) Mosquitoes not too bad, appeared in the evening around the lakes, but we all had some tick visitors on this trip.
13 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •
Did the loop and added on out and back to Hidden Falls from the Sturgeon Rock/Tarbell junction.
Not happy about more clearcuts on the Tarbell Trail.
Flowers going strong up there, with some nice beargrass fields too. No goats today.
4.5 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
Staying at the beach with family. Up early for a quick jaunt. Previous day very rainy, trail was terrible- roots mud and long stretches of standing water. Required lots of attention to footwork. Loved the big trees and when I reached the tip of the point, enjoyed watching numerous seabirds below including at least 20 pelicans.
Low tide. On the return trip I took a scramble trail adjacent to the waterfall down to Short Sand beach. Almost calamity slipping on the rocks of the last cliff band. Saved by clinging to spruce branch until I got my footing.
11.5 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •
Great day but Hood never came out of the clouds. Feet got a little wet crossing the Muddy Fork.
16 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain • 1 night
This is in the Cottonwood Canyon State Park. Met my pals at the TH. We hiked up past the Lost Corral and set up camp above the mouth of Esau Canyon, then went a-wandering the hills above. Saw some baby deers! They froze and were camoflaged very well. (Used zoom on my camera, didnt get too close) Love all the gorgeous basalt. Explored the Rattlesnake Canyon and falls too. Very cool.
Beautiful evening in camp, we hung out in the dark after dinner and listened to the birds and crickets. So nice to NOT be shivering at night and feel like you have to dive immediately into your tent-yay summer!
7.5 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain •
I drove up to the Rooster Rock TH and threw my bike in the bushes. Then drove down and started at the Old Bridge TH. I was expecting a ridge walk, but this was more of a "below the ridge walk", in the cool woods for several hours with just a few wildflower meadows and viewpoints along the way. Trail is very well maintained. It was a pleasant gradual uphill grade, just one steep section around mile 3. After 5 1/2 miles and over 3500 ft gain, I reached "Chicken Rock", which gives great views of Rooster Rock and other pinnacles, plus all the surrounding cascade mountains. Continued on the trail towards Pechuck, but ultimately decided to skip it this time. and just dropped down to the upper Rooster Rock TH. Zero humans. Fun bomber ride down the gravel road back to my car.
5 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
Well I heard the Larch area was open so I headed up to one of my favorite areas to wander. Had been avoiding this for a few years because of a massive clearcut around 2015 at the Palmer mill townsite. The young trees are now tall enough to obscure the carnage. Still some big trees and cool alder hallways around. The trails have been lightly trod in recent times.
May 28, 2020
16 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain • 2 nights
I've been wanting to do this bike/ski/climb trip for the past few years. Now have an adventure buddy who can rock all three.
Sunday: We put our skis in a kiddie trailer and slowly rode up McKenzie Pass from the gate. Stashed our bikes and trailer at Lava Camp Lake, and attempted to ski south on the PCT. Well it was a little too late this year for the skiing. The snow was patchy for the first couple miles until N Matthieu, then it was steeply forested. We hiked/postholed and carried our skis about as much as we skiied. After several hours navigating through the wilderness, we were very surprised to find three groups already camped at South Matthieu lake-including a family with barking dog and a fire near a "no campfires" sign. Grrr. Apparently there is an easier way in from the east via the Scott trail. Luckily everyone left the next day.
Well, the views looking south from our campsite were magnificent. The starry sky the first night was incredible, I saw the Milky Way and a satellite!
The next day we did a 10 mile tour through the lavalands. Our objective was Little Brother. We skiied until it started getting steep, then switched to our mtn boots, but the snow was soft and it was arduous. The beginning of our climb,but we were pretty fatigued. The morning was gorgeous, but the weather had turned by the time we reached Opie Dilldock Pass. We decided to climb Collier Cone instead and then suddenly the clouds just covered everything up and it started to rain. So we bailed, rats.
Skiing out of there the next day was also a challenge because going downhill on ice with a heavy pack through trees was beyond my skill level. The tree wells un-nerved me. After falling several times, I got this ominous feeling that an injury was looming, so I just carried them for rest of the return trip.
We dropped all of our gear near the road and went on a nice bike tour of the pass area before heading back down to the gate. Great adventure!
63 miles of hiking • 9500' elevation gain •
I've been active, but was reluctant to post. Using this one for all the little local forays I did in Forest Park, Marquam trails, Tillamook Forest and such. Will post separate TRs for the more interesting trips.
Fri March 27, 2020. Maple Loop variation: 8miles, 1000 ft. 10 humans one dog. Forest perennials coming up. Violet and trillium blooming. Tread a bit messy. Moist day.
Monday March 30,2020 Gales Creek Trail, 5 miles 500ft eg. Rainy. Saw no-one. The Tillamook Forest is open for hiking!
Tuesday March 31, 2020 Urban hike-Mount Tabor, 5 miles 500ft, hundreds of people.
Friday April 3rd 8 miles 1500 eg, Gales Creek Story Burn loop. One pair of hikers. Delighted by skunk cabbage, snow at the top!
Sunday April 12th 7.5 miles, 900 gain, Step Creek Trail in Tillamook SF. After a couple hours of solitude, saw 8 people in last half mile near TH.
Tuesday April 14th 4.5 miles, 750 gain Marquam, Flicker and Warbler Loop also using Fairmont and Sherwood roads. Passed only 6 humans.
Saturday April 18th-Reeher’s Camp loop: Gales Creek trail to Bell Camp Road and logging road rambles around Round Top mountain-13.5 miles, 2500 ft. Plus I got a tick! One pair of runners at bottom.
Friday April 24th Council Crest Hike 3.5 miles, 750 ft Misty morning, passed 7 people 1 dog on trail, saw a few milling around on top.
Thursday April 30th-Forest Park Maple-Koenig loop 6.5 miles 750 eg. Saw 10 people on foot, 3 cyclists and one dog.
Tuesday May 19th- Just got NP swabbed for the 3rd time. Gave me a headache that the forest couldnt fix. Really nice to be back in green moist lush PDX! 2.5 miles 250 ft
May 18, 2020
7.5 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •
Who doesn't love a waterfall in the desert? Spectacular area.
4 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •
The park had just reopened a few days before my visit. Started in the equestrian area and it really had a wild, abandoned feel to it. Biome similar to Bend, with Pondersa pine and open understory. This river feels like it's in the wilderness, rather than in the suburbs of a small city. Love the basalt formations here.
3 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •
Enroute to a 2 week deployment in Spokane. My intention was to go to Potholes Coulee, but the map brought me to Potholes State Park. This is mostly an anglers boat ramp with very little hiking so after a frustrating lakeside wander, I headed to nearby Blythe Lake which was awesome! Followed a deer trail to a cool rim. Fun scrambly ridgewalk. Almost stepped on a rattler. Very dramatic.
6 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •
A bit creepy on the approach to TH. Hoping for some spring Morchellas. No morels but found an antler. Saw 2 cyclists, tons of elk sign, nice flowers and birds.
8 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain • 1 night
Pat's Cabin Canyon is a BLM wilderness study area. Located just north of the Painted Hills Unit on Burnt Ranch Road. It is just beautiful. So dreamy wandering up and down here. You travel along an old road or in the canyon creek bed (dry). Too bad there isnt a year round water source up in the canyon, although I did see some seeps. I camped near the mouth at Bridge Creek. No-one around.
6.5 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •
Escape to the high desert! Took the off trail route suggested by Barbara Bond in her 75 scrambles book. Had fun wandering the upper basalt layers of the Carroll Rim. Hedgehogs blooming on the summit. Looked down on the Painted Hills unit, which was closed.
10.5 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain •
Started early, ran the river trail and some of the traverse. Saw only 1 person on traverse, and then about 15 people and 7 dogs on the final 3 mile leg down Kings which is a brutal descent, don’t care for it at all.
9 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •
You've all seen these cool pinnacles north of Smith Rock from the highway. This is within the Crooked River National Grassland. I started at the equestrian corrals just outside of the Henderson OHV. Wide open country for ridgetop ramblings, cool pinnacles and rock formations for scramblings, no-one around at all. Fun to look DOWN on Smith Rock.
12.5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain • 1 night
Magificent! Love the high desert solitude. Basalt formations excellent. Watched bighorn graze the hillside across the river from my camp.
5.5 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •
Well since the ski area was closed we decided to just take over the slopes, ha ha! It was surreal to be traversing the slopes on this bluebird day with no-one around and the chairlifts stilled.
I rented BC Nordic skis that weren't so great on the 3 hour long trip upwards on the stiff, sometimes icy surface of West Leg Road, but they sure helped me carve some turns on the way down via the Glade and Alpine runs. The Timberline Ski Area and Wyeast Lodge are closed, but we were surprised to find that Timberline Lodge (and dining room) itself was still open.... with guests.
I only counted the uphill mileage.
7 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •
Whacked a lot of bushes today. Stick in the eye, attacked by pricker bush, and a sharp scree rock pierced my favorite hiking pants. Excellent fun!
5 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
Very pretty spring morning. Only a few trilliums blooming today, but lots of indian plum. In some areas there was a continuous carpet of waterleaf. In most of the other areas, the evil ivy rules.
March 3, 2020
February 29, 2020
7.5 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •
Started out with a ridiculous bushwack, but then spent hours wandering the woods in my favorite go to wonderland. Didnt see anyone.
February 25, 2020
7 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •
Ski/snowshoe combo up to the critter cam. No good animal pictures this time, but a banner day to be out on the mountain!
February 18, 2020
7 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
Last class with the students-a ski tour inside a snowglobe!
February 16, 2020
8 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •
We rented this extremely rustic cabin for the night. Fun ski in. Had some issues with the woodstove and got a few facefulls of dust and smoke. Next day, my asthma was terrible.
In the morning, we skiied east to a landing area at 5300 ft. I was short of breath and having trouble keeping up with my fast moving friends. I sent them onward to climb Mt Mcloughlin and I slowly followed behind. They successfully summitted, but I turned back at the "South Tip".
February 4, 2020
1 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •
This was a 33 mile bike trip, but I did stop and hike up the Harris Canyon and another gully. Wanted to log it here just so I could post some pictures! It was so very beautiful. The best part is between mp 10 and 13- such excellent basalt formations, pinnacles and caves, all inviting exploration.
I want to go back soon and camp. Hard to travel across a scree field in bike cleats.
4 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
Struggling with my asthma and SAD. Got a good fix up from the forest. Found an interesting rogue trail,with art. Pretty soaked.
January 28, 2020
6 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
Helping out with Mazamas Nordic Ski School, assisting with the same class I took 5 years ago! It was slow going for our novice skiiers, but I did get a good little workout in when I had to accompany some folks out early, up and down the same road twice.
January 26, 2020
12 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •
Starting from about MP 9 on Larch Mountain Road(where they stopped plowing). Grueling uphill grind through heavy wet snow. Was pleased to have mild winds and some views under the cloud deck at the summit. Totally gassed afterward.
6 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •
Another exploration of our wonderful urban trails. I forgot how gorgeous Balch Creek Canyon is, very quiet in the morning,and then extremely crowded in the afternoon on return. Instead of going up to Pittock Mansion, I looped the Audobon trails. The Collins Sanctuary was delightful. Looks so pretty with NO IVY!
4 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •
Variation on the last trip, just wanted to explore more of this trail system. Trails are quieter than Forest Park, but the ivy is frightening in some areas.
January 16, 2020
4 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •
Did a loop with the Marquam, flicker and Towhee trails. How lucky are we to have such wonderful trails right in town? Dreary moods begone!
3.5 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
New trail to me-connects lower part of Germantown Rd to Leif Ericson drive. Evidence of old homesite. Muddy and slippery fun.
January 6, 2020
18 miles of hiking • 5250' elevation gain • 1 night
A challenging trip in the desert to start the year. Went up Tanque Verde Ridge to camp at Juniper Basin, 6000 ft where there was some crusty snow. We set up camp then climbed Tanque Verde Peak. Sun went down and temps plummeted. Cold night in the tent, need to fix that situation.
4.5 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
On vacation with family. First foray into the desert, scouting out next trip.