Battleground Lake State Park & Chelatchi Prairie Railroad Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 7.6 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 314 miles

Elevation Gain: 953 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 43519 feet

A fantastic day hiking around Battleground Lake and additionally adding the Chelatchi Prairie railroad trail to it.  There were plenty of clouds earlier on in the hike but it eventually gave way to mostly clear skies.  There was also a thin layer of snow on and off much of the trail.

I spent quite a bit of time clearing branches from the trail.  It’s so rewarding to help take care of trails, when I have the time. 🙂

Willapa Hills Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 8.5 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 306.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 114 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 42566 feet

Some strong winds were expected today so we headed out to an area where it was out in the open, and less susceptible to falling branches.

This is a great rails-to-trails hike that spans 50+ miles from I5 all the way to the Washington Coast.  We started at the TH just off I5 and proceeded to hike west.  There are a number of road crossings but the trail primarily goes through farmland.   Plenty of views of the Chehalis River and some nice trestles crossing it!  We did see the blue sky peek out a few times, which is always nice.

Very few people seen on rainy days like these. 🙂  A great day to get some fresh air.


Millersylvania State Park Hike

Hike Distance: 7.2 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 297.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 474 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 42452 feet

We haven’t been to Millersylvania State Park in a while so we decided to head up there to hike the extensive trail system.  It’s a long drive (about 90 miles one way) so we don’t go up there too often.

Fantastic weather and a light dusting of snow on parts of the trail made for a wonderful hike.  The trail system was in good shape, but was muddy around the lowlands..  There is plenty to see in this park and we passed by a nice old growth area, walked on boardwalks and had great views of Deep Lake. 🙂  The best part is that there were very few people on the trail!

Truly a great day in the outdoors!

Burnt Bridge Creek Trail Hike from Bernie Drive

Hike Distance:  3.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance:  290.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 474 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 41978 feet

The past couple have weeks I’ve slowed down quite a bit due to many factors.  The Portland/Vancouver area has been seeing plenty of snow and we’ve spent quite a bit of time held up in our house.  I’ve also had a couple of procedures that required days of preparation and took my energy level down.  All these activities have taken away my short term motivation, and I hope to get back in the swing of things soon.

I almost stayed home and vegged out but was able to pick my lazy butt up and get out for some fresh air.  I’m so glad I did as the fresh cold air, and snow flurried, put me in a more energetic mood. 🙂   I was so slow to get out that I forgot my hiking poles, which hasn’t happened before.  I also found my satellite beacon had no battery power, and tethered it to my lithium-ion battery pack for the entire hike.

A bit of snow is still hanging around and the mood was fantastic.  There was about a half dozen people seen during the hike.  Not a long hike but certainly high quality.

Salmon Creek Greenway Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 3.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 287.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 273 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 41504 feet

A short family hike on the Salmon Creek Greenway.  It was cold but with plenty of sun to help build up our Vitamin D supply.  This is our go-to place when we want to get out late for a hike and need someplace close.