Discovery Historic Loop Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 4.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 133 feet

I just wanted to get out for a short hike and decided on this urban trail.  I started at a parking area in the Fort Vancouver Area.  I then walked clockwise  past Pearson air park and to the Discovery Trail on the Columbia River.  Near the Who Song And Larry’s restaurant I crossed the street and headed over Hwy 14 on a land bridge.  I then completed the hike after going through the Fort Vancouver area.  A pleasant enough urban hike except for the small homeless population around the restaurant.

Millersylvania State Park Hike

Hike Distance: 7.3 miles

Elevation Gain: 308 feet

A rainy and cold day in this wonderful state park.  There was plenty of mud in the SW section of the park where there are boardwalks, but it was easily bypassed.  We saw very few people on the trail system, which gave it a wilderness like experience.  A great mood and great day for a hike in the PNW.

Yelm to Tenino Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 8.3 miles

Elevation Gain: 401 feet

This trail is a long drive from our house but is fun to hike.  Since the trail is paved it tends to be a bit harsh on the back, so we typically don’t go for long distances on it.  I’ve been avoiding too much elevation and this rails-to-trails hike fit the bill.  I wanted to finish this 21.5 mile trail so we started at the terminus in Yelm to accomplish this task.  It started out as a mostly sunny day and ended up cloudy.  The further out from Yelm we hiked the less people were on the trail.  A very nice day, and we finally finished the entire length after this hike!  This hike also marked the countdown to having less than 100 miles to reach 10,000 miles!

Burnt Bridge Creek Trail Hike to Leverich Park & Beyond

Hike Distance: 7.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 599 feet

A nice cloudy and cool day on the trail.  I started at the Stewart Glen TH and headed east all the way to Leverich Park.  The first wooded section of the trail had been cleared of tree debris, and a section of the trail had been replaced where a group of trees had fallen over and caused damage.  After looping around the park I headed onto the Ellen Davis trail until I reached the parking lot near the dog park.  I bumped into a nice gentleman with three dogs and we talked while he threw sticks into the creek for one dog to retrieve.