Hike Distance: 7.1 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1545.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 379 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 202501 feet
You couldn’t ask for better weather today! Clear skies, a nice breeze and temperatures in the high 60’s made for perfect hiking conditions. This hike included my son and so we had a kind of partial family get together.
The hike consisted of much meandering throughout the Frenchmen’s Bar beach and trail system. Although it was a crowded day we were fortunate to avoid most of the people that were mostly on the beach. It would be difficult to recreate the route we took around this area so I’ll focus more on what we saw.
The park contains a couple of dikes and we chose to walk along them, which avoided all people. The benefit of walking along the dike is that there are views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens and the tip of Mt. Rainier! Most of these volcanoes are so far away that they won’t show up well with my camera. That said, I was able to take a nice picture of Mt. St. Helens. 🙂
We also walked along most of the beach for a few miles. We did avoid the areas where the majority of the people were settled, which gave us much solitude. The beach is such a wonderful place to view the Columbia River, and many birds were seen there. It was odd to see so many tires along the beach and I hope they’re removed sometime.
We did make a loop that included the beach and then went along the Frenchmen’s Bar trail, which parallels the road. It’s unfortunate that they have installed tall berms on either side of the road as there used to be views of the bird flocks, and Columbia River from this asphalted trail. Now, there is only a view of the road. 😦
I wish we could have spent more time just relaxing and looking out at the Columbia River but we tend to keep moving. A wonderful day to be outside in the fresh air!