Salmon Creek Greenway Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 5.0 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 900.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 467 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 117303 feet

This hike stated out with me forgetting my hiking poles.  So, I went home and came right back.  At this time they are checking for the park pass at the station, for which I have a yearly pass to the Clark County parks.

The main goal of this hike was to get out and assess how my feet were doing, with all the pain I’ve been feeling because of the various shoes I’ve been trying out.  My feet still aren’t doing very well but I managed this small loop in a somewhat comfortable manner.  I stopped quite a bit to enjoy the creek and took plenty of pictures. 🙂

There were plenty of people in the Klineline Park area but that’s to be expected on such a nice day.  Elsewhere on the trail the number of walkers was much smaller.  At the end of the hike the ballfields were starting to fill up for a couple baseball games.

A very nice day!

Whipple Creek Park Hike

Hike Distance: 6.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 895.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 879 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 116836 feet

A quick jaunt around this wonderful park with some awesome sunny weather.  Not very crowded with plenty of nice solitude!

My right foot, near my little toe, has been having some intense pain after hiking about five miles.  I tried out a pair of Lowa Sesto hiking shoes, for my upcoming PCT hike, last week.  This spot near my right toe started hurting after trying these shoes for the second time.  The boots felt narrow but I didn’t notice much rubbing.  I decided to return them at REI andI have since gone back to my Lowa Renegade boots, but the toe still bothers me.  I noticed a small bump near a joint on my little toe and saw the left foot didn’t have that bump.  Looking up the issue on the internet yielded a preliminary diagnosis of a Taylor’s Bunion. 😦   I’ll be making an appointment with my foot doctor or orthopedist tomorrow, whomever is available sooner.

It figures that trying out all these shoes would give me foot issues I’ve never had before.  I really didn’t have a choice since wearing very heavy and hot boots, like the Lowa Renegade, is inappropriate for my first long distance hike in summer weather.  I now know I need a wide foot box.  I’m just hoping the issues rectifies before my PCT hike?

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 8.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 889.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 1104 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 115957 feet

 

The day started out with ominous clouds with rain a constant threat, but it never amounted to more than a few drops.  I could see the rain falling in the distance, though.  It was also a bit windy and cool which led me to wear a rain jacket, but it warmed up nicely in the afternoon.

Plenty of flowers out and one great view at the start of the hike.  The views weren’t very noteworthy later in the hike.  However, the flowers were everywhere, and I took plenty of pictures of them.

Today is when my right toe started to really hurt in earnest.  I didn’t worry about it much and figured it would go away.  I did, however, ice my foot after I got home.  I guess this might be the beginning of an adventure for this toe issue. 😦  Ugh.

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 8.8 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 881.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 1056 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 114853 feet

We roamed around a new forest road area and were actually able to connect to a previous hike.  A nice day with plenty of forest views.  We also saw a few snakes catching some rays on the road, and took a few pictures for everyone to see.  We had the opportunity to take pictures of the Toutle River, which was quite beautiful.  A very nice day!

 

Fort Stevens State Park Loop Hike

Hike Distance: 9.2 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 872.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 487 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 113797 feet

My wife and I had decided that when the weather is nice on the coast that we would head out for a hike there.  That day finally came and we decided to drive to Fort Stevens State Park in Oregon!!

Being a nice day the parking area was crowded at Coffenbury Lake, and it appeared that most of those people were fishing along the shoreline.  We talked about how odd the name for this lake was; Coffenbury Lake?  I still haven’t looked up its origin but the name doesn’t give me a good feeling.  haha

We didn’t traverse the two mile circumference of the lake and instead headed north on the paved trail toward Swash Lake.  There were some bikers and walkers but it was surprisingly sparse on such a nice day.  When we reached Swash Lake there was a short trail leading to an observation deck.  The lake looks more like a green marsh with no observable water.  Plenty of birds were chirping but out of sight in the tall grasses.

We then continued north to one of the Fort Stevens Batteries.  It’s quite an impressive historic site, and was somewhat crowded but dispersed.  You could spend a lot of time exploring all the buildings but we just briefly went around the area and took pictures.  We’ll have to make a note to come back and explore this area more extensively!  There are plenty of views of the Columbia River in this area, as you’d expect.

We then headed back out of the historic area and headed west toward the beach.  When we reached the beach there were very few people.  In fact, heading south we saw very few people and had plenty of solitude.  There were some sailboarders to watch, which is always interesting.

Heading south we eventually reached the shipwreck Peter Iredale.  This is where the crowds are usually overwhelming, but many people had already left for dinner.  Still, we didn’t stay long as we enjoy smaller or no crowds.  We then hiked east to our car and ended a fantastic hike.  If ever you visit the Astoria, OR area then Fort Stevens should be on your list of places to see!