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Hood River Mountain/vicinity

4 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

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June 18, 2017

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Grassy Knoll

4.2 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

Trail is in good shape (a couple short brushy spots, only 1 blowdown); flowers were just starting, maybe at 20%. Should be really good by July 4th. The road had some deep water-filled potholes, especially the last 2 miles - but made it ok in a Corolla so almost any car can too...

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June 17, 2017

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Larch Mt Rd to Devils Rest viewpoint

6.5 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

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June 10, 2017

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Paradise Park

12 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

Got a chance to free up Tuesday and went to Mt Hood, to beat the heat and try to reach Paradise Park from Twin Bridges campground.

The trail was in good shape up to about 4300', then blowdown and snow started so I went straight up. There was not much snow overall, 1-2 feet deep before 5000' elevation (ridges are already melting out), then about 3-5 feet above that, and just below the Park there were some impressive 10+ ft deep drifts that will last long time. Got to the first real views at 5800'; if I had extra hour would go to see Split Rock - but didn't want to deal with blowdown and snow bridges in the dark on the way back. About 7.5 hours up & down. That's a long and nondescript trail to get there, but the Park and close-up views of the mountain make it totally worth it. I wouldn't try heading over Zigzag Canyon anytime soon, a lot of snow there & Zigzag River was running really strong near trailhead.

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June 6, 2017

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Ball Point - Little Badger Creek loop

9 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain • 1 night

Really nice conditions this last weekend - sunny and cool, I don't think there was warmer than 65F. Lots of flowers, but they are on the decline. In a couple weeks there will be lots of strawberries, especially along Little Badger. The trail was in good condition, couple of large trees on upper trail I had to crawl under, but overall a lot fewer blowdown than couple years ago. Brush got cut through Ball Point NW saddle, but then ~1/3 mile is pretty brushy, that was the only slow part. I worried most about Little Badger (lower) trail though, if it was passable at all given how overgrown it was last time, but it turned out well maintained, definitely work have been done there. Connected 2 trails via easy bushwhack from lower trailhead.

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June 3 – June 4, 2017

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High Lakes

16.5 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain • 2 nights

Explored High Lakes and area to the NE, was thinking this is public land as maps show it. Saw property sign on the hike in odd location (well within NF boundary), so did an after-hike research. Turned out this area was in National Forest long ago, then was privatized by Weyerhauser, then sold to a smaller investor in 2007 (& got closed to the public), then subdivided - and is in danger of getting built-up. Glad I got to see it still relatively intact, but sad it's being lost for hikers... Higher parts of this area are almost on par with Margaret Backcountry, only greener with the trees planted; the view of snowy peaks across Coldwater Lake was incredible. Lots and lots of wildlife, a pair of beavers swam by my camp back and forth completely unafraid, just a couple yards away. Elk and coyote tracks were everywhere. Pictures (fixed!): #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9

The story of High Lakes from Oregonian is in attached link.

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May 27 – May 29, 2017

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Cannon & Chapman Beach, Hug Point

6 miles of hiking • 0' elevation gain •

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May 22, 2017

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Oak Ridge to Surveyors Ridge trail

5.2 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

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May 20, 2017

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Hood River Mtn (short hike)

3 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

Came back with my parents and brother, it was perfect day to be out there. Flowers were near their best on the hills, though orchards in Hood River were mostly done. And nice to finally see that view of nearest volcano against blue sky.

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May 6, 2017

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Hood River Mountain/vicinity

5.8 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

[GPX link added] Still very nice hike despite some recent logging. Lots of flowers right now, more than I ever seen there. Hood River's gardens are in white, too. Tried to find straight way from summit down to Hood River, but it all seems to go into private land. Also checked a little summit east of Elder Rd, owned by same logging company, open to hikers.

P.S. Ok it let me add some photos for short time, but now cannot upload anymore.

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April 29, 2017

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Coy Wall area

9.6 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

Bike trails through private pastures/timberland in Coyote Wall area.

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April 22, 2017

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Eastern Gorge hike - 4

5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Favorite hike for my parents, they want it to stay off the forums. Grass widows were almost out, but balsamroot started in earnest at about 800-1000', will be better in the coming weeks. Lupine is showing up too, no flowers yet.

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April 9, 2017

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Coldwater Lake Loop

11.5 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

It's still 2-4' of snow on far side of the loop (mixed with slide alder laying at different angles), and worst 3 miles took about 4 hours of deep postholing. Lower trail along the lake was nice. Returned to car shortly before midnight due to snow and getting a bit lost (planned 8:30pm), in the last 2 winters I think I forgot how bad the snow can be. Also, it gets amazingly dark in those parts - if I just followed the trail with flashlight it would be easy (done that), but trying to follow the terrain I could barely see snow-covered ridge ahead of me, and didn't see anything beyond 30-40 yards once snow ended. A tiny light of Coldwater Visitor center was visible on the other side of the lake, that was a nice beacon: if I wasn't seeing it anymore, this meant I dropped off ridgeline onto E side. Following the top of the ridge was much quicker, almost no snow - only by the end I messed up and descended on the E side a couple hundred feet; followed an old road grade back to the trail. Saw elk at least 3 times, pretty cool. Some ski tracks followed the ridge, but they turned back just before real snow.

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March 31, 2017

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Eastern Gorge hike

5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

First wildflowers, really nice...

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March 19, 2017

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Eastern Gorge hike - 2

4.5 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

Pics @ the link

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March 19, 2017

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Bridal Veil plateau - Angels Rest trl loop

7 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

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March 16, 2017

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Mitchell Point & beyond

4 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

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March 12, 2017

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Bridal Veil area

5 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

Finally a shorts and t-shirt weather! Had to be at work til noon, so went to my usual stomping ground close to Troutdale...

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March 10, 2017

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Vancouver Lake, Frenchman's Bar

4.5 miles of hiking • 0' elevation gain •

Quick loop at Vancouver Lake (map link) with newly constructed trail, then about a mile beach walk at Frenchman's Bar. Lots and lots of birds there today, flocks of white geese were so numerous one field looked white like snow, the next field was gray with Canada Geese, I heard some cranes as well...

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March 5, 2017

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Angels Rest - Palmer Mill Rd loop

8 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

GPS track @ the link...

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March 4, 2017

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Bridal Veil plateau small loop

4.43 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

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February 26, 2017

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Deschutes

7.5 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

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February 25, 2017

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Whipple Creek park

3.5 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

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February 22, 2017

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Angels Rest area-logging roads

5.5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Loop on closed/abandoned road grades, with a bit of bushwhacking to connect the segments.

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February 18, 2017

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Larch Mtn closed roads

5.5 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

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February 12, 2017

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Deschutes River

6 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

Nice sunny hike, very warm out in the desert but the hills were still 50% covered in snow, and some people tried to ski the road grade.

Uploading photos doesn't work for me anymore, cannot figure why

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February 11, 2017

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Palmer Mill Rd

4.5 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

Sunday's a working day, this little hike was a nice break

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January 29, 2017

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Palmer Mill Rd

4.5 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

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January 25, 2017

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Palmer Mill Rd

4.5 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

Long lunch break hike (15 min from my work)

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January 23, 2017

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Wahkeena trail

4 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

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January 14, 2017

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