Hike Distance: 8.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 1217 feet
It was a beautiful day to be out on a hike and I chose to stay close to home. I first headed out to Fairgrounds Park, from the main parking lot at Whipple Creek. I then headed back and completed a loop at Whipple Creek park. Very few people were on the trail, and it resulted in quite a bit of solitude.
Hike Distance: 7.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 396 feet
It started out as a cool and foggy day and then blossomed into one that was sunny and warmer! It was a great day to take pictures as the clouds added a dramatic effect to the pictures. There were plenty of people, for a week day, but there was still plenty of solitude. The Columbia River water level was so high that Cottonwood Beach didn’t exist, literally. It was a bit disturbing to see someone ignore the “Area Closed” sign along the trail. I tried to kindly mention this to the person but she was very rude and looked at me with a grimace and then turned away in defiance. Unfortunately, these are selfish disrespectful people that defy regulations to preserve the wildlife and scenic beauty, and ruin great areas for everyone. 😦 This area along the dike is plagued by people like this, and there is no enforcement of the regulations.
The day ended with clouds rolling in and the temperature dropping substantially. A great day to be outside and enjoy the fresh air.
Hike Distance: 7.0 miles
Elevation Gain: 184 feet
A cloudy day with very few people on the trail. This was an out and back hike. Our son Josh was with us on this hike.
Hike Distance: 4.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 577 feet
We parked at the intersection of Pebble Creek Mainline Rd and Scappoose Vernonia Hwy, which is not part of the standard TH’s. It rained heavily during the entire hike and we had to end it prematurely due to water leaking into my shoes! I have been wearing low top non-waterproof hiking shoes because of my ankle issues and have no other option as this time. Although is rained heavily, it was wonderful to be out in the fresh air. I had hoped to make it to Vernonia Lake but maybe next time?
Hike Distance: 7.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 76 feet
Today we went on a family hike to the Banks-Vernonia trail. It was a mostly cloudy day with occasional rain and we were well prepared. There were plenty of downed trees and debris, which may account for the trail being mostly devoid of bikers and hikers. A very nice day and my ankle cooperated to make this hike a pleasure!