Wednesday we had a rare opportunity for a midweek hike, we headed off with the intention of doing Hamilton Mountain but changed our minds en route for Table Mountain. We took the shorter route up the old Carpenter Lake Logging Road to the PCT. We then headed along the PCT for about a mile to the East Kiosk of the Heartbreak Ridge trail loop. Up to this point the hike was a country ramble, that changed in a heartbeat with the final 1.25 miles climbing over 1600 feet to the Summit. We returned by way of the West Way Trail which is even steeper in places but avoids a talus slope that most people would prefer to go up rather than down. You can find a more detailed trip report here & More photos here.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Eric & I set out to follow the old Nesmith Ridge Fire Trail mentioned in Don Lowe's 1986 Book 50 Hiking Trails Portland & Northwest Oregon. It was a lost trail back then but recently some folks have retraced it & written up the route on portlandhikers.org. The hardest part is finding were to begin, basically you have to bushwhack up from Upper McCord Falls to a bench area at about 850' with no signs of a trail. Once you have done this you can find a faint but followable trail the rest of the way (well mostly!!). The trail is not for the faint of heart it's steep & you will need your hands & head as well as your feet!. To make a day of it we continued on to Nesmith Point then returned to the trailhead by way of the more sedate Nesmith Point Trail. A more detailed trip report is written up here.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Shepperds Dell on Young's Creek in the Columbia Gorge. Trouble was once I got there I chickened out figuring the risk reward ratio was just too high for this day, I'll try again when things are not so wet & slippery. Instead I had to content myself with the forgotten spur trail to the top of the Wahkeena Falls & an old closed trail with lots of steps on it :^)
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday I went up to the Miller Garden in Seattle for the Fall Great Plant Picks Meeting. We arrived about an hour early so we had time for a look around the garden. Sadly the drive home wasn't nearly so fun, heavy rain coupled with a Friday afternoon combined to make the drive home from Hell, it took us 7 hours to get back. More pics here.
Sunday October 11th, we thought we would try & get one last high elevation hike in on Mt. Hood before the winter snows came. Since Chiyoko was back visiting Family in Japan for a couple of weeks it just left Eric, Nancy & I for the day. We decided to go to Cloudcap as the road had just been reopened after more than a year because of the fire in September 09. The temperature dropped as we drove up the Coudcap road by the time we reached the trail head it was 25F but there were still some folks camping there. We dealt with strong biting cold winds at times and warm balmy sunny conditions at other times. A great day despite the wind.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Since I already had wet feet from Oneonta Falls I decided to go & check out the base of Triple Falls. To get to the base of Triple Falls you have to leave the trail about half a mile before getting to the Triple Falls view point, take a steep scramble trail down to Oneonta creek & then travel up the creek to the falls.
Friday, October 9, 2009
This week we harvested the first of our Bhut Jolokia peppers. Here they are photographed with a few Habaneros. I took them to work & sliced them up. They lived up their reputation making the habaneros seem like tomatoes :^). Incredibly hot, a few people managed to down a few small pieces but nobody could eat them without pain.....