Monday, December 31, 2012
Many thanks go to Chiyoko & Mirranda for putting on a Great Christmas Dinner that we all enjoyed! Although no Christmas would be complete without Suzy's Steamed Cranberry Pudding, flambéed by Phil!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
Sunday 12/09/12 I set off with a group from portlandhikers.org on a Russ Jolly - Nesmith Point Loop. We started at Horsetail Falls at 7:00am. We took the Russ Jolly Trail to the Upper Shelter & then a bushwhack route up to the Rock of Ages Trail. From here we hiked over to the junction with the Horsetail Creek trail & then on to Nesmith Point in the snow. After a short lunch break we hiked down the Nesmith Point trail to it's junction with the old washed out section of the 400 trail that heads back to Dodson. We took this trail & found it to be mostly easy going despite the washouts. From Dodson we quick marched back to Horsetail Falls on the road for a 14.6 mile loop with about 4675' of EG.
December 8th was the annual portlandhikers.org Meet n' Deet! Like fishermen getting together to tell tall tales of their hiking exploits over the previous 12 months. Special guests for the evening were Don & Roberta Lowe who kindly signed books that they had written in the 60 & 70's about hiking trails in Oregon & Washington. There is a thread on the event here on the portlandhikers site.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Saturday November 10th we set out for a loop around the Multnomah Basin. We went up the Larch Mountain trail as far as the High Water trail before heading into the Basin. We checked out the remains of the old 1931 Buick, the Christmas Trail, Nesika Lodge & Bickel Point.
Sunday Eric & I headed out to map the last few bits of trail we were missing on the East side of Archer Canyon. We tracked the new trail from the Scott Point Junction up to Arrow Point. The Arrow Point - Quiver Point connector & finally the short connector between the Pipeline & the Hanging Meadow trail. I think we now finally have everything on the East side of the Canyon mapped!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Saturday 10/13/12 I set off with Peder, Eric & Mark to hike a route we had stitched together from High Valley, Archer Mountain to the Aldrich Butte trailhead making use of unofficial trails, the old Russ Jolley trail, old forest roads & even an old logging railroad grade. Originally it was going to be a peak bagging trip but because of the bad weather we just hiked the main route from end to end. It still came in at 22 wet & soggy miles with over 6500' of elevation gain! Mark & Eric made a couple of fun movies of the trip, here is Mark's & here's Eric's.
For some unknown reason some Kill Joy or Kill Joys in the Forest Service didn't like the fact that the trail was opened again & keep pulling down the directional signs that volunteers put up but the fact is it's open & thanks to Portland Hikers gaining in popularity again. Depending on how many of the side trips you take you can hike anywhere between 6 & 9 miles on this out & back hike. We tried to hit all the known points of interest along the way. They are: The Rock Pile, Owl Point, Alki Point, Perry Lake & the short bushwhack side trips to Kutsak Point & Red Hill.
Eric at Illumination Rock..
Saturday 10/06/12 I set out with Eric, Peder & Brad to hike a loop around Mississippi Head & up to the Illumination Rock Saddle at 9300'. We also checked out the old crash site of the B26 plane. It was a dry sunny day but in places we battled terribly windy conditions especially on the Zigzag glacier climb up to the Saddle. Nevertheless it was was great hike & my first trip up to the Illumination Saddle.
Saturday 09/22/12 Don Peder & I set out to find the Waterfalls on Opal Creek, a tributary of Eagle Creek in the Columbia Gorge. It took us over 4 hours to travel the 3.5 miles up the creek to the falls! We then bushwhacked our way up to Tanner Butte & returned by way of the Tanner Butte trail. The whole trip was about 21 miles with 4500' of Elevation Gain. The 5.5 miles of bushwhack took us 8.5 hours & the whole trip almost 13.
Sunday 09/30/12 Eric, Peder & I headed out for another hike over the Eliot Glacier & around the Mooney Tarn. The Goal of this hike was to see if there was another high lake up on the mountain near the Mooney Tarn. The reason being there is a lake called Recession Lakes marked on Most Topo maps. After climbing about 1000' above the Mooney Tarn we can say that there is no second lake up in the area & the Mooney Tarn & Recession Lakes are one and the same place. It was a great day in perfect weather to be out on the mountain.
On 9/16 Eric, Mikio, Chiyoko & I set out on a great trip up the ridge that separates the Glissan & Ladd Glaciers. It's unofficially called "Gladd Ridge". We then crossed over the foot of the Ladd Galcier to Barrett Spur & came back down by way of the ridge on the East side of Ladd Creek. A great off trail trip.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Saturday September 8th I set off with 7 other portlandhikers.org folks to hike the Mt. Hood Timberline trail in day. We set out from Timberline Lodge just after 5:00am going counterclockwise towards Cloudcap first. The whole thing clocked in at 37 miles, 9,500' of elevation gain & about 15 hours on the trail. I didn't take too many pictures as I was always afraid of falling behind the rest of the group! If you would prefer to do this hike in 12 minutes rather than 15 hours then watch this video :^).. Thanks to Eric & Mark for all the photos that filled in the places I missed!
Labour Day we set out on a Car shuttle hike from Timberline Lodge to Paradise Park & then down the Paradise Park trail to Road 39 near Highway 26. The flowers at paradise were in fine form & the weather was perfect! Along for the hike were Kazuko, Dominic & Pascal, Keiko, Greg & Chizuru. Just over 14 miles but nearly all down hill :^)..
Well OK it's not really Mars but the Langille Crags on Mount Hood. Peder & I did a loop around the Languille Crags & the Mooney Tarn taking in both the upper & lower crossings of the Eliot Glacier.
Heading down the Langille Glacier (more of a snow field these days) to the Mooney Tarn.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Sunday August 18th, Chiyoko, Eric & I decided to knock out two Mt. Hood Access trails that Chiyoko & I had never hiked before & Eric hadn't hiked for 20 years! The Elk Cove Trail & the Pinnacle Ridge Trail. Since we were also on that side of the mountain we decided to make a trip up to the Mooney Tarn & the old Mooney plane crash site. A long but very enjoyable day was had!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Anthony Lake - Wednesday Morning at 6:00am
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Saturday July 7th Pascal & I used the excuse of Kazuko & Chiyoko's July Birthdays to go for a Hot Air Ballon Ride with Vista Ballon Adventures. We had to be there by 5:15 which meant leaving home at 4:15am. We told the girls we were going hiking on the coast & wanted to be there in time for the Sunrise :^).. The flight was supposed to be about an hour but (luckily for us) our ballon pilot had a difficult time finding somewhere to land so we were up for about 90 minutes & ended up having to be pulled out of a radish field! It was lots of Fun....