PCT Trail Angel Hike South into Indian Heaven Wilderness

Hike Distance: 9.0 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1017.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 1281 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 108108 feet

A nice amount of backpackers, section hikers and thru-hikers seen while providing trail magic on the north end of Indian Heaven Wilderness, despite the poor air quality in WA.   I’ve only included pictures of the section hikers and thru-hikers. The hike started out with Mt. Adams shrouded almost completely in smoke, from the BC wildfires.  At the end of the hike we got a much better view of Mt. Adams. Thankfully, the temperatures were about 20 degrees cooler than in Portland, OR, which made for a comfortable day. The biting flies were out in force, with the mosquito’s becoming more abundant towards the end of the day. We met some great thru-hikers: “Queedzal” (spelling?) from Mexico City and “Professor Oak”! We were also fortunate to meet a 2015 thru-hiker “Teflon”, and had some great conversation! Some very fine section hikers were also met on the trail: “Remy”, “Super Dave”, “Pocahontas” and “Bumper”! We just about emptied out our stash of Oreo Cookies and a bit fewer of the VIA coffee packets. 

A great day to be a trail angel! 

Lewisville Park Trail System Hike

Hike Distance: 4.8 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1008.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 411 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 106827 feet

High temperatures, over 100, and excessive smoke, from British Columbia fires, has continued to keep me close to home and hiking earlier in the day.  I also made sure to keep hydrated in these temperatures!

It was actually quite nice at Lewisville Park when I stayed close to the river.  There were plenty of people next to the river but I was still able to find some solitude.  The forested trail section of the park had relatively few people, and I also took some of the trails that spawned from this.  Unfortunately, there was also plenty of garbage due many rude people that don’t pack it out. 😦

Vancouver Lake Trail System Hike

Hike Distance: 5.2 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1004.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 425 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 106416 feet

Another day of high temperatures and pollution due to fires in British Columbia.  The high temperatures aren’t as difficult as the high humidity.  Again, staying close to home and starting my hike earlier than usual is my objective.

Vancouver Lake wasn’t very crowded and I had plenty of solitude for much of the hike.  The water level was sufficiently low to get to areas that aren’t reachable during the rainy season.    There was also a someone target shooting just outside the park, which caused me to turn around prematurely, due to the noise.

I also met a nice gentleman and had a nice talk with him.  A fairly nice day and casual walk.

Salmon Creek Greenway Hike

Hike Distance: 6.2 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 998.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 414 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 105991 feet

Hot, muggy and hazy are the weather conditions today.  I got out a bit late so decided to head out to Salmon Creek Greenway, which is only 5 minutes from home.  I thought I saw Emmi drive by me and wave, and this was confirmed by her Facebook post. 🙂

I walked around Klineline Park on the early side so the crowds were just starting to move in.  I stayed out of the sun, as much as possible, and it sure helped from being overheated.  I was fortunate to see a group of four badgers cross the trail while sitting on one of the benches. 🙂

A very nice day with a bit of exercise and somewhat fresh air.