Whipple Creek Regional Park Hike

Hike Distance: 6.4 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 116.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 989 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 14593 feet

Another loop hike around Whipple Creek Park.  I got out very late but needed to get back early so my wife and I could see our son and family.  This hike gives me the opportunity to get some decent distance in a short time.

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 7.8 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 110.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 1472 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 13604 feet

A new forest road area and completely under the canopy.  The unique aspect to this hike was finding a short spur road that was like walking on a grass covered carpet.  We love these “padded” roads as they’re easy on the feet.

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Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 7.8 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 93.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 1355 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 10955 feet

Okay, I’m going to be honest.  This forest road experience sucked big time.  The drive to this road was full of brand new clearcuts, and they were logged right up to the road.  Once we parked it was a short road walk to what felt like a highway.  And, this highway had way more traffic then we’ve ever seen on a typical forest road.

Once on this main road we found large expanses of clear cuts!  So we decided to get off this main road and were now on a natural gas right-of-way!  These natural gas right-of-ways looks horrible, and they went on forever.  Couple with this that there were power lines going through this area and you have one big ugly disgusting mess.

It’s a disgrace to see such devastation in the Pacific Northwest.  Yes, we know that the natural resources and utilities are going to be somewhere, but all in one place just wasn’t our cup of tea.  It is true that there were some nice roads with big trees, and no traffic, but it was a small portion of the hike.  The most positive side of this hike was that my back held up quite well for this distance and elevation gain, and is a big win! 🙂

Lacamas Park Trail System Hike

Hike Distance: 7.3 miles     Yearly Hike Distance: 85.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 1009 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 9600 feet

I was feeling like this place may have some bad karma associated with it.  Last time I visited this area my SI joint gave out and I had sharp stabbing pains that made it difficult to even walk a few steps.  It’s been about 1.5 months and I’m still trying to get past this issue.  Spoiler alert; no problems this time around. 🙂

I did the same clockwise loop that I’ve done in the past.  This gave me views of the upper and lower falls, along with great views of Round Lake.  The significant news is that I tried finding Woodburn Falls but somehow missed it altogether.  For some reason I keep doing this, as the signage to this falls is horrible.  I mean, there are some signs indicating where you should turn but as you get closer there are other trails that have no signage.  Very frustrating.

It was quite a nice day, for me, and I really enjoyed it, especially since the last time.  It was interesting to see that Round Lake was very low, but they may have upped the flow rate at the spillway?  You could have walked around much of the Round Lake shoreline, if you wanted.  It did rain much of the day but I was well prepared, which made it a positive experience!

Moulton Falls Area Hike

Hike Distance: 7.4 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 77.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 1570 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 8591 feet

So I’m ready to go someplace different and decided it’s another waterfall day.  I’m feeling pretty good and am willing to try a longer hike.  The Moulton Falls parking area is about a one hour drive so why not?

It’s dark and I think it might rain, but it never occurs, until I’m driving home.  During my drive home it was a downpour.  All I can say is the timing was great for leaving the trail.

I head out to make a small loop around the Yacolt Creek Falls trail.  I get to the falls and am in awe of its beauty, and the water is flowing well.  The sound of the falls drowns out all other noises in the area, including those in my head. haha  I’m mesmerized by the falls and I hang around for about 5-10 minutes.  I took many pictures but they just don’t capture the feel of being there, but I’m not disappointed.

To complete this small loop I need to cross over the metal grated bridge below.  Looking down I see that the bridge has been rotated out of position and can’t be used to cross the creek.  Argh.  So I turn back and head toward the Moulton Trail, and the high bridge that crosses over the East Fork of the Lewis River.  Thankfully, this bridge can’t be moved and is open year-round. 🙂

The Moulton Trail is about three miles long and level.  I didn’t hike the complete distance but instead stop at some ponds, that are about 2.5 miles out.  There’s a great bench there and I stopped to have a snack and powerade.  On my way back to the car I decided to take a turn an climb up the Bell’s Mountain Trail.  The Bell’s Mountain Trail is extremely long but I only climbed up about a half mile.  I really only went up the trail to get some elevation into the hike, and it felt great.

Coming down from the Bell’s Mountain Trail I turned and headed back toward my car.  The constant view of the East Fork of the Lewis River are amazing.  Also, the view of Moulton Falls is a beautiful sight to behold.  Pair the view with the mood and you have a perfect hike.  So enjoyable and I can again say my back held up well. 🙂