Hike Distance: 10.1 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 537.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 474 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 69633 feet
Such odd weather on the way to the Tumulus Trail, on the north end of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness. Temperatures in the high 30’s resulted in some blowing hail pellets, but nothing stuck. Since it started out as a cold and windy day we dressed for the conditions.
The trailhead is a large gravel area and the trail has an ATV barrier. This portion of the trail follows a large canal that had no water flowing. After about 1.7 miles we reached the true Tumulus trailhead. There are also some markers indicating the wilderness boundary.
We followed the Tumulus trail until we reached an intersection with the Black Lava trail. Turning right allowed us to make a large loop. Our return to the Tumulus trail was on the Basalt trail.
As the day went on the clouds increasingly cleared and allowed for some awesome views of the snow covered Central Cascades mountains! Most of the high peaks were seen at various points on the hike.
There were no flowers yet but the ancient Junipers and desert plants are always beautiful. I took tons of pictures on this amazing hike. Only one guy, and his dog, were seen the entire day! Such an awesome place for solitude and beauty. 🙂