Wednesday, June 30, 2010

20 Miles in the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness

Last Sunday, Chiyoko, Nancy, Karen, Eric & I set out on a marathon hike in the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness. Fist we hiked the Lower Douglas & Eagle Creek Trails then climbed up out of the Eagle Creek drainage off trail & headed cross country on a route known as Pablo's Way for the Plaza trail. Once on the Plaza we headed West again to Wildcat Mountain & finally McIntyre Ridge. A long & tiring but great day!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Devils Peak & Hunchback Mountain

Friday we had the chance to do a car shuttle one way hike with Nancy & Eric, we took the Cool Creek Trail up to the old fire lookout on Devils Peak then took the Hunchback trail along Hunchbck Mountain & down to Zigzag. The Cool Creek trail is well graded and even though it climbs about 3200 feet in 3.5 miles it spreads the climb out equally over the whole Distance. The Hunchback trail is a different story though! Better names would be the Trail of 10,000 blowdowns because it sure seems like you have to climb over that many on the first 4 miles from Devils Peak, or The Never Ending Trail because it seems to go on and on and seems to be much longer than it's posted 9 miles (even though it isn't)! With the spur trails included we did a touch over 13 miles and if you count all the ups & downs about 6900' in elevation!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Warren Lake Loop

Sunday, Chiyoko & I set out with Pascal & Kazoku to hike the Warren Lake Loop, we took the Starvation Ridge trail up & the Mt. Defiance trail down. The names for these two trails are pretty fitting! A great 12 mile hike about 4000' of elevation gain.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bagby Hot Springs

Early on a Friday morning Chiyoko & I headed out to Bagby Hot Springs. The last time I'd been there was in 1986! We were not sure how busy it would or would not be so an early start seemed like good insurance. We got to the trailhead by 7:30 & the Springs by 8:00 to find them deserted except for one other couple who were camping further up the trail. They were in pretty good shape though sadly a significant minority of visitors felt it was OK to leave all their empty beer bottles & trash behind for someone else to pick up :^(. After a good soak we headed on up the trail for a quarter mile or so just to check out the camping area & the lovely Shower Creek Falls.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A quick dash up Dog!

We hadn't planned on hiking Dog Mountain but it wasn't actually raining when we drove by on our way back from the Guler Ice Caves in Trout Lake so we made a dash for the top! We took the old less traveled short & steep way up and the more common way down. Peak flower bloom of the Balsamroot had past but it was still a lovely sight.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Guler Ice Caves

Sunday morning rain scuttled our hiking plans so we drove out to Trout Lake WA to check out the Guler Ice Caves. There was a bit too much Ice on the floor of the cave though to make our way all the way through & it wasn't long before stumbling around in the dark my foot found the Ice pool!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A real "Steam Roller"

Sitting quietly in Stevenson Washington & slowly being reclaimed by weeds is a real steam powered Steam Roller.This would look so good in our garden :^).....

Busy as Ants!

Even though it was Sunday on Memorial Day Weekend these ants were all hard at work when we passed them on our climb up Birkenfeld Peak!

Shipwrecks & Pelicans

So this Memorial Day Chiyoko & I broke with many years of tradition & instead of heading to Pacific City we went to Astoria, while there was no Pelican Pub there were real Pelicans! We had lunch at a new (to us) brew pub, & checked out the Astoria Column, the Peter Iredale ship wreck, Fort Stevens & the mouth of the Columbia River.