Columbia River Dike & Steigerwald Wildlife Refuge Hike

Hike Distance: 7.4 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 696.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 178 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain:66057  feet

I intended to go to Mt. Talbert but there was a police incident that was occurring that shut down I205 and hwy 14.  I quickly diverted down another road to bypass the closure and ended up at the Columbia River Dike.

I was somewhat taken back by how high the water level was in the Columbia River as Cottonwood Beach was flooded, and inaccessible, in some areas!  The water level was so high that the canoes exhibit were flooded.  I walked around the area as much as possible.

The remainder of the hike was going east on the Columbia River Dike and then looping through Steigerwald Wildlife Refuge.

A truly beautiful day that was very enjoyable.

Trapper Creek Wilderness Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 7.7 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 689.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 1263 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 65879 feet

Another hot day and we decided to stay under the canopy in Trapper Creek Wilderness.  This is a favorite hike for us and it didn’t disappoint.  Plenty of cars at the TH and we bumped into about eight backpackers returning from a night of camping.  We found out that Observation Peak was still covered in snow and that they didn’t make it there.  Just a wonderful day seeing all the old growth and enjoying the wilderness experience.

Beacon Rock State Park Hike Horsecamp to Hamilton Mt. saddle

Hike Distance: 7.4 miles       Yearly Hike Distance: 681 miles

Elevation Gain: 1713 feet     Yearly Elevation Gain: 64616 feet

It started out cool in Vancouver but was already getting warm when we arrived at the TH.  This was a family hike and the heat, along with the elevation gain, caused many in our group to feel like this was a death march (luckily not me).  We didn’t start seeing other hikers until we reached the Hardy Creek picnic area, and it was a bit crowded for us so we continued onward.  By the time we reached the saddle it was quite hot out, but there was plenty of wind to cool us down.  The views were spectacular, and we spent some time taking pictures and talking.  The return hike was quite a bit better since it was past the peak heat and we were expending less energy to descend.  A fantastic day!

Chelatchie Prairie RR & Battleground Lake Trails Hike

Hike Distance: 7.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 674.3 miles

Elevation Gain: 702 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 62903 feet

I arrived at the Battleground Lake TH and saw there were many more cars than normal, for a weekday.  I also heard plenty of people yelling down by the lake.  That said, I first hiked up the Chelatchie Prairie RR trail, and only saw one biker.  I then headed out in a CCW direction around Battleground Lake, and was glad to only see several people on horseback.  It was only when I got in the vicinity of the lake that I heard the crowd of people there.  I also arrived at near the lake, close to 5pm , and the crowd was increasing due to the arrival of high school students.  It was a joy to see the trails practically empty and turned out to be a serene day.

Whipple Creek Park Hike

Hike Distance: 6.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 667.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 687 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 62201 feet

In keeping with wanting to stay close to home this week I went to Whipple Creek Park.  It was a lovely warm and sunny day.  I notices a “trail work ahead” sign at the TH and wondered who might be there.  I was happy to see the WTA working on clearing an existing trail and stopped to talk with many of them.  In fact, I probably spent 30+ minutes total talking to many of them.  It was a very gratifying day wandering around the park and just enjoying the beauty and being outdoors.  A great day!