Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 8.7 miles        Yearly Hike Distance: 1494.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 1741 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 159882 feet

A beautiful and cool day for a hike!  A bit more elevation than I’ve been doing but the good news is that my ankle felt great today in spite of the gravel/uneven surface! 🙂  I also found myself getting a runners high for much of the hike.  I love this feeling of euphoria when the exercise and beauty is working its magic!

Vancouver Lake Park Hike

Hike Distance: 5,4 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1486 miles

Elevation Gain: 278 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 158141 feet

Sunny day with a comfortable temperature, and a nice day to be outside!  I basically explored along the southern part of the Vancouver Lake park.  I managed to see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood, from various locations.  There was enough haze to keep my camera from recording much.  I also didn’t have a telephoto lens to zoom in on these mountains.  A spectacular day!

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 10.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1480.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 1022 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 157863 feet

It started out very foggy and cool, but with no breeze.  Some clearing occurred but then the clouds rolled back in and created a surreal effect!  A nice day for a hike!

PCT & Twin Lakes & Palmateer Trail Loop Hike

Hike Distance: 9.0 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1470.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1463 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 156841 feet

We parked at the Frog Lake parking lot and were surprised that there were so few cars on such a beautiful day.  The temperatures stayed in the high 40’s and low 50’s, which made for a comfortable hike.

Heading out on the PCT we hiked toward lower Twin Lakes.  A few backpackers were seen at the lake but it wasn’t crowded.  Lower Twin Lake was gorgeous, and we spent a few minutes there just admiring the clear water and beautiful scenery.

We then headed out toward Upper Twin Lake and only saw two hikers there.  The tip of Mt. Hood could be easily seen in the back of the lake.  Such a serene nature setting, and we could have stayed there for hours, but moved on to complete the loop.

We came to the Palmateer trail intersection and decided to take that in order to make a longer loop hike.  We decided not to go to Palmateer Point for concern we would get back home too late.  I’m sure the view would have been spectacular.  We only saw a few people on this section of the trail.

We finally made it back to the PCT and took it south to get back to the parking lot.  Such an amazing hike on a beautiful day!

Whipple Creek Park Hike

Hike Distance: 4.5 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1461.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 601 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 155378 feet

I got out late so I picked a place close to home.  It was a beautiful day with some nice fall foliage colors.  I met  a couple of very nice women, on horseback, and had a wonderful chat with them!  It’s so nice to meet friendly people on the trail.