Forest Road Hike near Kalama, WA

Hike Distance: 6.7 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1262.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1095 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 132883 feet

I’m starting to do some forest road walks just to change things around a bit, and do something a bit different.  This area has a significant amount of logging going on and was a bit depressing since most of the trees are small and in various stages of growth.  I’ll include some pictures of these areas, from time to time, but it may not be worth posting many.

The main advantage of these areas is that they will be located in Washington and don’t require us to drive in Portland during rush hour.  Also, now that the Columbia River Gorge has been burned to a crisp, and will be likely closed until next spring/summer, I need other places to temporarily go.

Whipple Creek Park Hike

Hike Distance: 5.2 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1255.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 595 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 131788 feet

At the last moment I decided to get out for a short hike, and so stayed close to home.  There was a large group of high school students, from the track and field club, that were all over the park providing volunteer maintenance!  Very nice to see young students learning about how to take care of our parks. 🙂   A very pleasant day in a beautifully forested area.

Burnt Bridge Creek Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 4.2 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1250.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 156 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 131193 feet

The rainy weather has finally arrived, and it’s helping put out all the wildfire’s in our area! 🙂  The rain has also made me feel like I want to stay in, at least today.  That said, I got out late for this short and pleasant hike.  Very few people on the trail, but then, rain tends to keep the crowds down.  I’m glad I got out as it put me in a good mood for the remainder of the day. 🙂

Tillamook State Forest Hike Trails From Reehers Camp

Hike Distance: 8.7 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1246.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 1108 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 131037 feet

We haven’t been to the Tillamook Forest for a while, so decided to head back to the Reehers Camp area.  It was so nice to have it rain all day, given that the wildfires have been burning out of control in so many areas.

Almost nobody on the trail, which made for a nice amount of solitude!  We started out by heading down to the Newhalem River.  As usual, this is a favorite place just to watch the river flow.    We then headed out in a loop on the Triple-C trail, which heads toward the northern side of the Gales Creek Trail.  Everything was so nice until we saw the MASSIVE new clearcut across the rive, towards the end of this loop. 😦

I was a bit depressed but we decided to head south on the Gales Creek Trail, which also had a large clearcut at the starting point near the road.  Once we got past this clearcut, the trail remained intact for the remainder of the hike, while going south!  We ended up hiking the 3.5 mile Step Creek Loop, and had a great time in this beautiful section of the forest.