PCT Trail Angel Hike South from Panther Creek

Hike Distance: 7.5 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 992.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 870 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 105577 feet

Another fine day providing trail magic on the PCT, south of Panther Creek WA! We only saw three thru-hikers on this section, but it’s always a worthwhile and enjoyable experience. We passed out the usual Oreo Cookie six-packs and Starbucks Via coffee packets. First, we met the NOBO hiker “Lazy John”, from the Czech Republic. We jumped past each other a few times as we alternately took breaks, and we also bumped into the other hikers. haha We then met the SOBO thru-hiker “Hat”! We had a wonderful conversation before we parted ways. Lastly, we were startled by the NOBO thru-hiker “Quiet”. It was appropriate that we didn’t hear him coming until he started to pass us on the side. haha

PCT Trail Angel Hike – South from Frog Lake

Hike Distance: 7.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 985.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 1012 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 104707 feet

A beautiful day on the PCT south of Frog Lake in the Mt. Hood National Forest. My wife and I met five very special thru-hikers and handed out plenty of Oreo Cookies and Starbucks Via Coffee packets.
We met Mittens and The Kid hiking NOBO and talked for quite a while. This was a more relaxed day for them and they were heading up to Timberline Lodge, and looking forward to the famous all-you-can-eat buffet. They mentioned tough conditions in the Sierra’s with water crossing. The Kid was caught in a landslide and had quite the bruise on his ankle. Thankfully, he’s healing well! 
We then were fortunate to meet Atlas and Sequi (short for Sequoia), who traveled all the way from Germany to hike the PCT. Atlas and Sequi were also headed NOBO. They were also targeting the buffet at Timberline Lodge.
Lastly, on the way back to the TH, we met Walking Dutchman, from the Netherlands, hiking SOBO. He was fortunate to meet two experienced hikers, partner with them for two weeks, and they shared all their trail knowledge with him, along with hosting him at their home. Very special kind of Trail Angels (hope I got this story straight?).

Strawberry Island Trails Hike

Hike Distance: 5.0 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 972.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 307 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 103181 feet

This is typically a winter time hike but I was looking for a scenic trail with very little elevation gain.  Although warm, there was a strong wind, out in the open, that kept us cooled down.

There were plenty of flowers, and I stopped often to take pictures.  There were even some ripe blackberries and trees filled with unripe apples.  We found a great bench with a view of the Columbia River Gorge and planted ourselves there for a while.  It was difficult to get up and leave this beautiful location.

We continued our loop and were eventually getting close to returning to the car, but then, Carol noticed her sunglasses were missing from her pocket.  We backtracked and found them laying on the ground undamaged!

The best part about this hike was that nobody was on the trail system during our entire hike. 🙂  It was quite surprising considering it’s the peak of summer and should also be full of tourists.  A fantastic and beautiful day!

Moulton Falls Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 4.5 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 967.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 212 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 102874 feet

After seeing the doctor, for the one week checkup, I was given a bit of latitude in going for walks.  I probably won’t be able to resume normal hiking for weeks, and can only go on level trails that won’t cause me to exert certain areas of my body.  I’m trying to make the best of it as going for a short walk in a beautiful area is better than staying in the house!

So, we headed out to Moulton Park to walk a small section of the Murphy Grade Trail.  A very warm and humid day but a very nice shaded area that is filled with beauty.  Not many cars at the Hantwick TH, or people on the trail, so it was quite a nice day.  I’ll definitely have to wear a backpack (has aluminum struts for stiffness and support) for future walks as my back ached afterward the hike.  I’m also limited to 20 pounds maximum lifting weight, so I’ll unload most of the unnecessary gear to minimize the load. 🙂

Frenchmen’s Bar Hike

Hike Distance: 1,1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 963.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 45 feet       Yearly Elevation Gain: 102662 feet

Another chance to get out for a short walk on a beautiful day!  It’s nice to see the Columbia River at a reasonable water level as the last time I was there it was very high.  It was fairly crowded, with many large groups of people, but we expected that on a nice summer day.  We didn’t stay long as all the shady areas were taken.