Monday, May 24, 2010

Ruckel Ridge Loop

Sunday's forecast wasn't great but we headed out to the Gorge anyway & hoped for the best. Well when I say "we" I mean Eric & I, Chiyoko took one look at the weather forecast & declared a hiking strike for the day! Despite the poor weather we decided to tackle the Ruckel Ridge - Ruckel Creek Loop. Ruckel Ridge is not for the faint of heart, it's an unmaintained 4 mile ridge route from Buck Point to the Ruckel Creek crossing on the Benson Plateau at 3700'. As well as your legs you will also need both hands and your wits about you, there are plenty of opportunities to become a TV news statistic along the way:^) That being said it's a great route for those looking for a hike with a touch of adventure! The return route is by way of the much more sedate Ruckel Creek trail making a loop of about 10 miles & 3700' or so. On the way back you will get to see some 1000 year old Vision Quest Indian pits.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hardy Ridge & Phlox Point Loop

Sunday we headed out with Kazuko & Pascal, Junko & Noriko to hike the Hardy Ridge Loop. We headed up the West Way Road & trail then returned by way of the East side route, Weather started out great but Thunderstorms were brewing! Luckily we made it back down with only a few spots of rain falling on us.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Indian Point

Sunday Chiyoko, Nancy I hiked up to Indian Point. Weather was perfect, the trail was empty & when we arrived we had the place to ourselves:^)... We carried on to Deadwood Camp then took the Deadwood trail up Nick Eaton Ridge. All in all about 10 miles and a bucket full of fantastic views!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Exploring Larch Mountain.

Last Sunday I had a chance to explore some of the hidden secrets of Larch Mountain. Though you wouldn't know it today around 100 years ago Larch Mountain had miles of logging railroad all over it used to log the old growth timber. We got to check out some of the old railroad grades that are now fading back into obscurity. Above a old Cedar stump & below one that survived the logger's axe.