Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 8.7 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1526 miles

Elevation Gain: 863 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 164664 feet

A much colder day but we were ready for the bad weather.  Motorcycles cruising around the roads all day, which detracted somewhat from the experience.  Still, a nice day to get out.

Coyote Wall Area Hike

Hike Distance: 8.6 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1517.3 miles

Elevation Gain: 2085 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 163801 feet

We headed out east to avoid the rain and were successful in that endeavor!  We absolutely love this area, and today was enjoyed to the fullest.  Temperatures were in the 40’s, and the wind cooled it down even more.  The wind helped us stay cool since we had to wear colorful jackets since it is hunting season.  That said, we saw no hunters today. 🙂

We parked near the Rowland Lake area and hiked up the old hwy until we cut in at the first trail.  It’s a steep scenic climb, and I love going on this route.  There were plenty of mountain bikers and just as many hikers, but not too crowded.  After about a 1000 foot climb we headed west toward Coyote Wall.  We took some trails around the Burns Ranch, and then continued heading west.

After reaching Coyote Wall, we headed back down toward the old hwy.  We’re always surprised how many mountain bikers head up the wall so late in the day!  A fantastic day on the east side of the Cascades!

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 7.9 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1508.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 1621 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 161716 feet

A cooler day, which made it a more pleasant hike.  Plenty of rain with an occasional sun break.  A nice day to get out!

Lacamas Heritage Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 6.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1500.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 213 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 160095 feet

I decided to hike the Lacamas Heritage Trail since I haven’t been here for a while.  It rained for the majority of the hike but still had some dry moments.

It was so nice to reach 1500 miles for the year, on this hike, given that I’ve experienced an excess of health issues this year.  I’m feeling fortunate that this is the second highest mileage year I’ve had since starting my 25k mile goal.  I tend to push myself, even when an injury occurs, and have been fortunate that most of the problems work out, with time.  I have seen doctors for all the issues, and have made sure I wasn’t going to permanently damage anything, which is always a wise choice!

Lacamas Lake was the lowest I’ve ever seen.  There was also a land bridge (of what looked like mud) to an island on the south side of the lake.  I expect the water level to be rising fairly soon, with all the rain forecasted.

There was quite a bit of noise, from some large construction equipment, on the SE side of the lake.  I don’t know what is being done but am quite interested in what’s happening.