Battleground Lake State Park & Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 7.5 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1625.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 849 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 213449 feet

I’ve done this hike many times before and each time I mix up the trails to make it different.  I hiked on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail first.  I was so fortunate to meet Susie, and her dog, while on the railroad trail, and we had a very nice conversation!  It’s always nice to meet other friendly people while hiking!

After completing the Chelatchie Prairie trail I hiked around Battleground Lake on the outer loop.  To make things more interesting I then ascended up to the rim trail and followed it clockwise around the lake.  The last leg of my hike was to track along the Battleground Lake shoreline, where I stopped to take plenty of pictures.

Such a nice time on this wonderful local hike. 🙂

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 8.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1617.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 1043 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 212600 feet

I’m having some trouble remembering this hike. 😦   It did rain during the hike and there were plenty of low clouds, which made for dramatic scenes of clouds colliding with the mountains.  The sun broke out at the end of the hike and the reflection off the wet ground was blinding.  There were also some flowers still blooming.

Frenchmen’s Bar Regional Park Hike

Hike Distance: 6.5 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1609.3 miles

Elevation Gain: 228 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 211557 feet

Yet another visit to the Frenchmen’s Bar area and a beautiful hike around the area.  I meandered around the trail system for a few hours and touched just about all the trails available in this park.  My favorite area is walking along the Columbia River and looking out over the water.  I watched one of the cargo ships swing around and face the opposite direction, but don’t know why they do this.  The stern seemed quite close to the shore where I would have thought the water wasn’t deep enough, but I’m obviously wrong.

There were plenty of migrating birds overhead, and I took a few pictures.  Many of these birds winter in the open grasslands around the park, but the hunters are lying in wait this time of year.  There are some conservation lands around this park and they have been building large berms around the periphery of the property.  I suspect that they want to isolate the birds from the cars and people on the trails that might disturb them, while they’re on the ground.

A very nice cool and cloudy day!

Whipple Creek Regional Park Hike

Hike Distance: 6.8 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1602.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 820 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 211329 feet

A short time to go hiking so I stayed close to home and hike this wonderful park!  There was the threat of rain but it never materialized, although it was very cool at the beginning of the hike.  The trail system was also devoid of people, except for a couple of riders on horseback, and I enjoyed the solitude.  There was still some nice color in the deciduous tree leaves and I took some pictures.  I also spent some time removing English Ivy from the trees.  English Ivy is invading this park in a significant way, and it will be killing the trees if not removed.  A fine day for getting some fresh air!

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 9.4 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1596.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 1747 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 210509 feet

A beautiful day on the forest roads.  There is a great view of a creek from bridge, and the water level was quite low.  The colors on the trees were impressive.  A great day in the forest!