7.7 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •
Butte Camp trail with a bit of Loowit Trail. The mountain was all socked in at first, but started to open up, and then last clouds parted on the west side just as I got over treeline! It was really cold there, but cloud action was awesome, was nice to see fresh snow on top.
27 miles of hiking • 8500' elevation gain • 4 nights
Scrambling vacation in the Alpine Lakes, what can get better than this? Did pretty much the same route I've done three years ago - hiked to Rampart Lakes, Lilia Lake, Glacier and Icebox Lake, and to Chikamin Peak summit, with exciting part going over Hi Box Ridge and talus fields below Alta Pass. Planned my schedule better this time - no scrambling to knife-edge ridge with a flashlight, or other stuff I did on the first trip. But like then, I wished I had 2-3 more days just to wander around, and explore nearby destinations. Scenery is just epic up there, and fall colors were at their best.
9.75 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain • 1 night
Went after work on Friday and camped at trailhead, to get earlier start before rain arrives. Very warm night, full of stars. One trail runner ran downhill by my camp at midnight, then back uphill at 1am - now that's a dedication! I went to see some trails/ridges on southwest side of Gray Butte, then hiked over the summit on NW side, and returned on the road on E side to make a loop.
24 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain • 2 nights
Real wilderness, feels so wild and remote! Only PCT corridor was somewhat crowded. Lots of lakes and tarns, elk trails all over the place. I wanted to check out Tumac Mountain as well (for view of Rainier) but got carried away exploring the lakes.
4 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •
Great steep hike when we're short on time. I'd like to say the ridge was same as always, but it was not. The forest is stressed by drought, rhodies are also drying out. We need some real rain..
P.S. Just realized we were there just 4 days before a woman, who was attacked and killed by a cougar, was reported missing.
10 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain • 1 night
Checked some of the little lakes/ponds I found earlier in spring in snow - wanted to see how they look in the summer. Swam in 4. Ate so much berries I got stomach ache. Met 2 rangers (while on trail) and got my permit checked. Saw a dozen of elk (was slow with my camera), then another lone elk on the way back. Sitting by one lake & drying up I observed a mouse diving under water for extended periods of time (not kidding), only swimming up to take a breath; it took several dives until it was done foraging and run ashore by my feet.
9 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •
Family hike above Mt Hood Meadows.
2 miles of hiking • 0' elevation gain •
Not really a hike, just a nice vacation day on a lake. Mosquitoes were minimal, berries - plentiful, finally the time to hit trails in Indian Heaven. But I need more practice swimming, it's been a long time..
1.5 miles of hiking • 0' elevation gain •
Got a nice "hike" picking blueberries and peaches most of the day (to fill freezer for winter). One of the reasons I like living here is we're not limited to fruits from the mall, that taste like plastic. Now if we only get some decent rain so wild mushrooms can start..
10 miles of hiking • 0' elevation gain • 2 nights
Nice rest from the heat at the beach. Gorgeous gray skies, cold water, foggy 65 degrees, even some drizzle at night :) Low tides in the morning were the lowest I ever seen. Camped nearby in the Coast Range. It was nice to stay half day on Monday, before driving to work.
33.5 miles of hiking • 6750' elevation gain • 3 nights
4 days of exploring mountain meadows, scree fields, abandoned trails, ponds, and waterfalls. So much to see there!
2.5 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain • 1 night
Probably the laziest overnight trip (it was warm in low 80's, but so much better than near 100F at work); I got there on Wednesday just before dark, and spent Thursday swimming in the lake, going around it and checking out Little Boulder, and just reading in camp. Awesome day.
6.5 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain • 1 night
Went to about 8,700, not sure if I found the actual Triangle Moraine but was somewhere close. Great breeze, great views, lots of butterflies (video @ the link). Unfortunately my camera died before I got to best stuff. Hiking on glacier was pretty cool, as well as view north to all the cliffs, and the falls at the head of Clark Creek..
2.5 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •
Short hike after work. Slow, rocky road there, was surprised to see a Corolla at trailhead - it can certainly be done.
4 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •
Great family hike, real gem but getting up "road" to North trailhead is hard on the car. We need to get that Discover Pass and park at Grouse Vista next time.
30 miles of hiking • 5250' elevation gain • 3 nights
6 lakes+1 peak +7 passes = great formula for epic weekend (first night was car camping before the hike, but technically, a night under stars, so I think it counts)
30 miles of hiking • 5000' elevation gain • 3 nights
3-day 2-night loop (plus night near car before hike), from Lookout Mtn over Round Mtn, down to Walton Lake and Ochoco campground, then up Duncan Butte & over Lookout back to the trailhead. About 1/3 of the loop was with no trail - I went on ATV trails and logging roads, with short cuts through forest. Real ponderosa country, loved most of the loop.
6.5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •
Wo-hoo, can add photos again!
4 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •
Mostly offtrail / deer trails / wild hikers trails
67.9 miles of hiking • 10000' elevation gain •
Spent a week with my family in north/central Arizona; we did 2 short/medium hikes each day.
6.8 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •
Tried new loop with ridge off Bald Butte's west side - much better views than going via powerline road. Want to repeat when balsamroot bloom starts. GPS track is in the link
March 31, 2018
February 26, 2018
4 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •
Super warm day, felt like late spring.
1 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •
Saw big smoke on the way to post office, decided to investigate. Turned out it's firefighter training/ demolition, not accidental fire.
8 miles of hiking • 0' elevation gain •
Chapman and Arcadia Beach, and Hug Point. Only Chapman had some recent storm impact (dunes partially eroded). Arcadia and Hug Point had access trail washed out, but still easy to get to the beach. No logs on the beach to speak of, nice - after watching some recent storm coverage I expected everything to be buried with logs. Some of the lowest tide I ever seen.
5 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •
Grass widows already out and about (not many, but nice to see 1st signs of spring). Wanted to cross Catherine Creek around 1200' via abandoned road & going offtrail, but after catching 3 ticks on me decided against bushwhacking. Mostly stayed out of rain, even though it poured around Table/Hamilton/Dog on the way out & back.
7.5 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •
Lower trail out to old farm, road & Ferry Spring trail back. Lots of sun and golden grass, temps close to 60...
8.5 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •
Out n back on lower trail. Great day, sunny, near 60s.