Hike Distance: 7.5 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1665.0 miles
Elevation Gain: 390 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 218697 feet
So I’m making the rounds on the local hikes again and decided upon Vancouver Lake Park. In the future, I’m going to try and break away from the Vancouver, WA trails and head into the Portland area and Columbia River Gorge! Although the Vancouver hikes are very nice I’m ready to see some new places, but have been hesitant to fight the heavy traffic of Portland.
Today it threatened to rain for most of the day but never materialized until the end of my hike. I basically hiked the trail system from north to south. There is an area, on the north side of the park, at the waters edge that will not be accessible in the near future due to rising waters and mud, so I visited it one last time. This area didn’t disappoint and I took many striking photos of the clouds and lake!
This area can yield some nice views of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood, on a clear day. Unfortunately, today wasn’t that day. 😦 The clouds certainly made up for the lack of volcano views. I’m sure there will be some nice views in the coming months, when the air is colder and clearer.
As I traveled south I reached a large inlet to Vancouver Lake. At this location there are always fishermen looking to get lucky. It turns out this inlet is fed from the Columbia River, and I would think would be a great source for stocking the lake with fish?
A couple things I noticed during this hike were interesting. The first was a person that spent the day foraging for mushrooms. At first I was surprised when he popped out onto the trail and then back into the brush. I didn’t think this was a place to pick mushrooms, especially since this is a county park, but what do I know. The second thing I observed was a man and his dog climbing under a barbed wire fence onto private conservation land property. There are clear signs along the property indicating it’s private and meant for wintering waterfowl. I’ll report the breach to the Columbia Land Trust so they know where the fence is compromised. I just want to do the right thing!