Frenchmen’s Bar & Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 9.4 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1794.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 154 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 232243 feet

When I’m in the mood to stay close to home and see the Columbia River this is one of the places to go!  Such a beautiful day but with some nice breezes (if I recall correctly) that made it seam a bit cold.  There were some nice opportunities for pictures since I could see four volcanoes today; Mt. Rainier (just the tip), Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood!  There were also some beautiful high clouds, later in the day that made for nice photos!

I go here so much that it makes sense to skip to the highlights of the day.  I started the day by heading out on the Frenchmen’s Bar Trail toward Vancouver Lake.  I was so fortunate to meet a wonderful person named Pam!  We had such a nice conversation as we walked together for about 1.5 miles, until we reached her vehicle (which was actually my planned turnaround point).  I’m hoping we meet again some day and have a chance to talk again! 🙂

While heading back to Frenchmen’s Bar I tried taking a route along the beach to get back to the park.  The access to the beach is at Blurock Landing, and there is a parking lot there.  Not surprisingly, the Columbia River water level cutoff the way back to the park, and I had to turn around and go along the walkway.

After heading back to Frenchmen’s bar I walked along the southern dike and took pictures of the volcanoes.  Only a couple of the pictures came out well, and are included in my photos below.  Mt. St. Helens was in a haze and I only saw the tip of Mt. Rainier.

The last park of my hike was northbound along the beach.  There were some very nice river views and the high clouds presented some nice backgrounds.  The reflections of the clouds off the water, with the sun partially hiding, were especially spectacular!  I also tried photographing the migrating birds but can’t get very close up.  I threw in a picture of the sunset today although it wasn’t during my hike.  Such a beautiful red sunset!

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