Salmon Creek Greenway Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 5.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1346.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 205 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 178446 feet

A nice quick stroll around a beautiful greenway near our house.  I got out late, again, but still needed some fresh air.  It was surprising that there were so few people on such an awesome day, except for the Klineline Park area.  Fresh air always feels good and I was glad to get out!

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 7.6 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1340.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 928 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 178241 feet

Such a beautiful day and we again decided to hike on a forested road, mainly to avoid the crowds on most of the trail systems.  I would so prefer to hike on a real trail as these roads are rough on the back and feet, but solitude usually wins out.

We again roamed around the trails and found a new road to explore.  Unfortunately, the road terminated after about a mile, but this section was definitely wonderful as it appeared abandoned and was starting to get overgrown.  We didn’t go too far since my wife needed to get back and prepare for work tomorrow, but the fresh air was nice!

 

PCT Trail Magic North into Indian Heaven Wilderness

Hike Distance: 8.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1333.3 miles

Elevation Gain: 1310 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 177313 feet

This opportunity for providing trail magic had us hiking north into Indian Heaven Wilderness. The weather couldn’t have been much better with sunny skies and cool temperatures in the 60’s!

Since we were hiking in the direction of the northbounders we were grateful to offload some of our treats on our outbound hike, and reduce our backpack weight. haha We met 9 thru-hikers during this outbound section, and six were at the permit station for Indian Heaven Wilderness. We hiked four miles north, from the NF-60 road, and the streams we crossed were dry but the lakes (Sheep and Green Lakes are more like small shallow ponds) still had some water in them.

We turned around at the southern flank, on the first switchback of Berry Mountain, where you first see a view of Red Mountain. I would have liked to gain more elevation, where the views are stellar, but we had to get back to our car and drive home.

Heading south, back to the TH, we were now hiking against the flow of the northbounders, and expected to see many more hikers. We were so fortunate to meet quite a few thru-hikers, whose destinations were Blue or Bear Lakes. We were able to empty most of the treats in our backpacks during this return hike, and it was so much fun!

After finally reaching NF-60, and our car, we noticed quite a few thru-hikers spending the night at the Crest Campground. We walked into the camp and again spread around some trail magic. There were a total of eight thru-hikers camping there for the night. Such a great group of people with so many stories. I would have loved to stay around and talk more but we had to get home. 

I have to say that all the hikers seemed in good spirits, and rightly so, since all the fires in Washington can now be bypassed.  This section of the PCT is probably getting close to the end of the season, and it’s sad when it comes to an end. However, we’ll remember meeting all the smiling faces, having a great time, on one of the most profound journeys of their lives! We’ll try to get out a couple more times, if possible, but will definitely look forward to providing Trail Magic to the class of 2019! Happy hiking everyone. 

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 7.3 miles          Yearly Hike Distance:  1325.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 1292 feet          Yearly Elevation Gain:  176003 feet

We needed to stay close to home since we would be babysitting out grandchildren tonight, and would have to get back early.  This road is about 40 minutes from our house and just off of the highway.

We’ve been here many times and decided to follow what looked like some abandoned roads.  The roads are really returning back to forest and have high grasses and blackberries covering most of the gravel.  It’s always nice to venture off the normal paths and investigate new (or old) ones.  It turns out the roads we explored all dead ended, but it was a fun time. 🙂