Whipple Creek & Fairgrounds Parks Hike

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.

Columbia River Dike & Steigerwald Lake Wildlife Refuge Hike

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.

Crown Zellerbach Trail 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?