Archive for June, 2008

Celebrate

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

So here’s a list of things I’m presently celebrating:

1. School’s out for summer

2. I received my Master’s on May 3rd.

3. I completed the requirements for my recertification.

4. Tyler finished his first year of high school.

5. I’m finally caught up posting hikes on the blog.

6. In 6 hours, Tyler and I are going camping/hiking in Redwood NP for a week.

7. Alice Smith’s CD: For Lovers, Dreamers & Me

Angel’s Rest

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

date hiked: June 19, 2008
distance: 5.8 miles
highest elevation: 1650 feet
elevation gain: 1650 feet
time: 1 hour 45 minutes

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I think I have a new favorite quick hike. Angel’s Rest isn’t especially long in distance, nor is it especially difficult. It’s a great hike if you only have a few hours to spare, but still want more than an easy stroll. The most awesome thing is…once you are at the top…you climb this rocky ridge…and the Columbia River goes on for miles in both directions.

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It was so sunny the day I was there. I fell asleep sunning on the rocks, listening to music while chipmunks played around me. I was there on a weekday and there were several people on the trail. From what I hear, the weekends are extremely busy.

Eagle Creek

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

date hiked: June 14, 2008
distance: @15 miles
highest elevation: @1400 feet
elevation gain: @1400 feet
time: 4.5 hours

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I was back out at Eagle Creek today, but I had decided to hike further then I ever had before. I figured I’d hike to what’s named 7 1/2 mile camp then turn around. It was a gorgeous day. When I arrived at the trailhead there was a SAR (search and rescue) going on. I immediately realized I had no idea what the appropriate ettiquette is. Is the trail still open? Am I supposed to follow certain rules while on the trail? Of course, I had to ask. And I got a look…like, “Are you an idiot?” So…I plugged in my iPod and went about my way (on the obviously open trail, duh).

The hike was awesome. The picture above is just beyond Tunnel Falls. It’s sometimes called Twister Falls or Crisscross Falls. It was so cool. Oh…and the SAR was successful. They were coming out when I was at about the 3 mile mark. Woohoo! Safe backpackers and hikers!

Herman Creek Trail

Friday, June 20th, 2008

date hiked: June 8, 2008
distance: @10 miles
highest elevation: @2000 feet
elevation gain: @2000 feet
time: 4 hours

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Herman Creek Trail is somewhat of a misnomer. The trail doesn’t take you along a creek (although you can hear it down below). You occasionally see water. Usually, you are deep in the forest. I’m going to go back again for a longer hike once the snow has melted.

Devil’s Rest via Wahkeena (starting at Multnomah)

Friday, June 20th, 2008

date hiked: June 1, 2008
distance: 8.5 miles
highest elevation: 2400 feet
elevation gain: 2400 feet
time: 3.5 hours

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It was a classic Pacific Northwest day on this hike. Misty and cloudy…yet still beautiful. I had decided this year that I would hike no matter what the weather (within reason) because if I waited for it to stop raining I’d never get to head out. I have discovered some of my favorite hikes are on rainy days. For one, it rarely rains very hard, so a raincoat covers things well. Second, not many people hike in the rain so I usually have the trail to myself.

Devil’s Rest is a pile of boulders in the trees. Literally. Most books prepare you to be disappointed because you work really hard to get to the top, yet there’s not much to see once you’re there. Along the way, however, there are some great views…even on a rainy, cloud-covered day. I imagine on a clear day it’s even grander. 

Hamilton Mountain

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

dates hiked:

May 17, 2008
June 15, 2008

distance: 8 miles
highest elevation: 2400 feet
elevation gain: 2100 feet
time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Hamilton Mountain finally thawed out in May. It was great to hike up, albeit a bit muddy. Rodney Falls seems like an absolute menace there is so much water coming down. When I hiked up in May it was our first heat wave since September of 2007…we hit 95 degrees. It was so hot…but so awesome. Then we plunged back into wintery weather again with more snow in the mountains for another month.

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By mid-June, it seemed we had finally left winter behind. The day I hiked up was not nearly as warm (high 70’s), but just as sunny (and sweaty). Someone kindly offered to take a picture of me with Mt. Adams in the background at the top.

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Wahkeena Falls – Multnomah Falls Loop

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

dates hiked:

April 2, 2008
May 4, 2008

distance: @6.5 miles
highest elevation: 1600 feet
elevation gain: 1000 feet
time: 2.5 hours

The beginning of April still revealed low elevation snow on most trails throughout the area. Many roads to trails were snowed in…so I found myself hanging out in the Gorge for much longer than I had anticipated. Lucky for me, no matter how many times I hiked this loop, I still enjoyed it.

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Do you ever get sick of a great view?

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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

date hiked: March 30, 2008
distance: 2 miles
time: 1.5 hours

Tyler and I took a friend out to the Ridgefield NWR. The refuge is in the same area where I’d like to buy a houseboat one day. In the meantime, we like to walk in the refuge. It has several different ‘units’, one having an auto tour and trail that’s open seasonally and the Carty unit with a 2-mile hiking trail in wetlands. It was quite cold the day we were there (even though it was our spring break and should have been spring). It was in the low 30’s, so we were bundled a bit.

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The Carty Unit has a Cathlapotle Plankhouse, a full-scale Chinookan-style cedar plankhouse. It’s quite amazing, although I have yet to be inside. We followed deer tracks for quite a long while on this hike, but never saw the deer. There were lots of birds and it sounded like the ducks were everywhere. It’s a nice place to relax.

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Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls

Friday, June 13th, 2008

dates hiked:

February 17, 2008
February 23, 2008
March 16, 2008
March 22, 2008
April 12, 2008

distance: 12 miles
highest elevation: 1200 feet
elevation gain: 1200 feet
time: 3.5 hours

Once Eagle Creek opened again in January, I couldn’t wait to vary my winter hiking a bit. I had spent the winter in the Columbia Gorge, specifically around Multnomah Falls. I was looking forward to getting out to Tunnel Falls. The first two tries in February, I didn’t make it. There was too much snow for me. By March, I was able to make it to the falls with YakTrax on.

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The interesting thing is…this year we have had record amounts of low elevation snow. It’s now mid-June (I’m really late posting) and you still hit snow around 3000 ft. up the trails. That has also meant there is a ton of water. Along the Eagle Creek trail, there’s a waterfall (below) that I don’t ever remember seeing before.

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Many people say Eagle Creek Canyon is nerve-racking because of the steep drops and no-where-to-go cliffs. I find the trail beautiful.

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Snow Boy

Friday, June 13th, 2008

date: january 6, 2008

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In January, Tyler and I headed up to Mt. St. Helens for the day to play in the snow. It was awesome!