Banks to Vernonia Trail Hike from Manning TH

Hike Distance: 7.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 284.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 337 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 41231 feet

My son wanted to practice riding on his new recumbent bike, so we headed out to this rails-to-trails hike, at the Manning trailhead.  The weather was very nice with plenty of sun  peeking out from the clouds.

The asphalt surfaced trail is a bit hard on the body but we didn’t hike far enough to take a toll on our body.  We especially enjoyed the long Trestle Bridge contained on this segment of the trail.

On our drive home we saw a beautiful rainbow when we were in the Hillsboro area.  A great day!

Salmon Creek Greenway Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 6.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 271.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 368 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 40031 feet

Qutie the gorgeous day on the Salmon Creek Greenway!  Colder than expected with frost and ice in the shadows.  Plenty of people walking on the trail but it was expected on such a nice day.

I brought my new Canon g9x MarkII camera on this hike and was pleased with the pictures in that the colors and sharpness was quite good.  I did notice that when using the HDR mode that there was a purple fringing type artifact at the tops of the bare deciduous trees.  I’m wondering if this is an artifact of merging the three photos together?

A great day to be hiking. 🙂

Wilson River Wagon Road Trail Loop Hike

Hike Distance: 8.9 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 265.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 1457 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 39663 feet

A day for going on a well known trail that we enjoy and love!  This area is quite unique in that it is a multi-use state forest where so many people, with differing outdoor interests, occupy and overlap activities.  That said, it can lead to an interesting mix of noise at different points on the trail.  We heard ATV’s and dirt bikes where the hiking/biking trail neared the motorized trail system.  This was also an especially noisy day for target shooting, and at times sounded like the fourth of July.  There were more hikers around the University Falls area.

We parked at the Roger’s Camp area and started hiking clockwise around this loop.  We were quite fortunate that there were very few hikers on the trail, which gave us some solitude.  University Falls was also great to see and so gorgeous, and we love visiting!  Some great views of creeks and rivers along the length of this trail!

The unfortunate thing we observed was that there is significant logging and thinning occurring in Tillamook State Forest, and it was decided to log the trail out near University Falls.  I’m also concerned about the tree thinning as we’ve seen other areas where this was done, and it resulted in invasive species taking over the under-story. 😦

A very nice hike and a great day to be outdoors.

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 9.2 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 256.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1082 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 38206 feet

My wife and I again headed north onto the forest roads for a hike. Surprisingly, it was very cold and we had expected a sunny and warmer winter day.  We were both chilled despite our wearing the proper clothing.  It helped to start walking but the chill really never left us until the end of the hike, when it turned sunny and the heat of the sun was felt.

We saw no people the entire day and were under the canopy for most of the day.  Unfortunately, there were no great view or water features, but we were pleased with being surrounded by trees and in the fresh air. 🙂