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Loowit Falls

16.2 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain •

Great day. Saw some goats!

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May 24, 2018

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Mt Hood Campout

7.5 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain • 1 night

Took the kids camping. The Clear Creek campground is a gem, just 7 well spaced spots, very quiet. Although I usually avoid campgrounds like the plague, this is where the trailhead is, and it was so inviting, we decided to stay! Did the Camas Prairie Loop hike, and the next day we visited Mill Creek Buttes, east of Surveyor's Ridge.

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May 19 – May 20, 2018

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Cooper Spur

10.2 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •

Gorgeous day, we were the only ones up there! Road to Cloud Cap still gated. Snow appeared around the Tilly Jane Campground ~5700 ft.

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May 16, 2018

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Apron Falls

8 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Had fun in the magical forest around Duncan Creek. I continued upstream beyond RailcarFalls and found myself in a maze of Weyerhauser logging roads.Tedious wandering through clearcuts and monoculture reprod, what a sad juxtaposition to the fairyland I had departed! Ended up on the backside of Archer and came down the powerline.

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May 11, 2018

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Coldwater Peak

16 miles of hiking • 4500' elevation gain •

Long day but conditions were perfect. Last time we were stymied by the snowfield above St Helens Lake. This time we brought Ice axe and crampons. Only used the former. Snow very soft.

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May 8, 2018

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Horning's Hideout

5 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

This is a beautiful little place

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May 6, 2018

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Forest Park-Maple Trail Loop

8 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

New bridge in Saltzman Canyon!

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April 26, 2018

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Clackamas River-bike shuttle

8 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

Beautiful day. This is the perfect bike shuttle, uphill on foot via trail, downstream along the road by bike.

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April 24, 2018

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Seaside and Tillamook Head

7 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

Spent the weekend at Seaside.

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April 23, 2018

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Tryon

5 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

Got my morning exercise in a magical fairyland

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April 18, 2018

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Lyle Cherry Orchard and Rattlesnake Falls

8.5 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Escaped the rain. Flowers coming on strong!

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April 10, 2018

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Powell Butte

3.5 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

Little morning jaunt

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April 7, 2018

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Spring Break in Joshua Tree

20 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •

Family Trip to LA and our first time to Joshua Tree NP. Had fun climbing, hiking and running in the desert.

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March 30, 2018

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High Valley

6.5 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

Enjoying the glorious day

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March 20, 2018

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Wildwood loop

5 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

Little jaunt in Forest Park

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March 15, 2018

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western cascades

6 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

Went for a wander!

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March 14, 2018

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Cat Creek meander

6.5 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

Quiet day up there, flowers emerging, ticks are jumping, and poison oak is waking up!

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March 7, 2018

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Tabor in the Snow

5 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

Someday I will run it again

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February 21, 2018

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Sisters Backcountry

18 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

We attempted to do the traverse from Dutchman Flat to Three Creeks, but had to start in a snow storm, temp in the low teens, visibility poor. After 3 miles and 3 hours of breaking trail in knee deep powder, we knew we were not going to make the first hut before nightfall. We turned back and regrouped at a hotel.

The next day the hut owners gave us a snowmobile ride up to Three Creek Lake and we got to spend the night at the second hut. Fun skiing around that area, and the ski out the next day was mighty fine!

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February 19, 2018

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MSH

9 miles of hiking • 4500' elevation gain •

Gorgeous day, tons of people on the mountain, including many skiers, snowboarders and dogs! Seemed like a tourist trail and quite a few plodders not very well prepared. Above 6000 feet the temp dropped and snow was very icy, crampons needed.

At 7000 ft we saw a scary accident. A fellow tried to glissade a very steep and icy section, he quickly lost control and made no attempt to self arrest. He hit the rocks, ice axe flying through the air, and tumbled down into the adjacent gully. He raised his hand after a minute, and a group went to his rescue, I don't know what kind of injuries he sustained. We were all shaken witnessing this. Had two folks who had no previous crampon/ice axe experience. We decided to turn around and make our leisurely way down the mountain. Got quite a few good glissades in the softer snow at lower elevation.

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February 10, 2018

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Archer

3.5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

We have an exchange student from Germany who recently joined our family. I wanted to show him the gorge.

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January 28, 2018

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Fish Lake Guard Station

8 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

We rented some Forest Service cabins at this historic site on the Santiam Wagon Road. Has been around for 100 years as a waypoint for pack trains. Really delightful cabin with a great porch overlooking the lake. First two days were rainy, had to drive further up to Santiam Pass to get some snow action. On the third day we woke to a magical new layer of snow all around us flocking the forest and muffling the air. Fish Lake sits on a holey lava bed and drains in the summer to become a meadow. Hiked and skiied all around the area, complete solitude.

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January 25, 2018

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Sedum Ridge via PCT

12 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

Trying to reach the special spot. Haven't made it yet.

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January 16, 2018

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Gearhart

10 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

3 days at the beach!

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January 14, 2018

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Sedum Ridge Trail

8 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

First hike of the year! Did not hit persistent snow until 2600 ft.

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January 8, 2018

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