Vancouver Lake Area Hike

Hike Distance: 5.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 276.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 212 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 31801 feet

Before this hike I saw the D.O, at Rebound, for the first time.  He was very thorough and felt that there was nothing that should stop me from accomplishing my goal!  He listened well and then performed quite a few manipulations on my back.  He wanted to get together next week to see how those manipulations worked on my back issue.  He didn’t give me any restrictions on hiking, and I was surprised at that, but pleased.  We’ll see how it goes?

Today’s hike was just meant to get out and get some fresh air.  I didn’t want to exert myself too much since the D.O did quite a bit on my back.  I hiked the typical trails I normally go on here.  Nothing spectacular but just a pleasant day, if not a bit too cold from the wind!

Frenchmen’s Bar Regional Park Hike

Hike Distance: 5.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 271.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 171 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 31589 feet

I’m starting to think that my future trip reports, for local hikes, won’t contain as much detail as our weekend hikes.  My rationale is that I tend to do these hikes often and there’s not much new to say about them.  I really enjoy these hikes but don’t think most other people are interested in frequent reports on the same local locations, and it’s difficult to add something new about the trail system.  In addition, I hike so often that it’s not possible to take a long drive, to a new and exciting location, five or more days per week.  The truth is, many days I just don’t want to get up early and take a long drive for a short hike, especially when I’m alone.

That said, I’m still planning on many exciting hikes this year, and plenty of backpacking.  My wife and I have also planned three vacations for the remainder of 2019, and those will contain many new and remote hikes!  We’re also planning on continuing our PCT Trail Angel activities, and will report on all the great thru-hikers and section hikers we meet!

I was moving fairly slowly today to try and make this hike as painless to my back as possible.  Slow and steady was the plan, and I followed through with that.  I watched all the large cargo and container ships along the Columbia River, and took plenty of pictures.  This was the first time I ever found a syringe on the beach, and it definitely bothers me. 😦   All in all a nice day was had.

Salmon Creek Greenway Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 6.5 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 266.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 390 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 31418 feet

A nice day to go for a local walk at the Salmon Creek Greenway!  Plenty of people fishing in the area.  I also saw plenty of birds and took some pictures.  The water level at Salmon Creek was quite a bit higher than I’ve recently seen, but still much lower than a flood stage.

Champoeg State Park Hike

Hike Distance: 6.2 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 260.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 316 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 31028 feet

I wanted a level hike that was not covered in snow so we set out to Champoeg (pronounced Shampoo-ee) in Oregon.  We parked at a lot just off Champoeg Road near the heritage area.  The lot was almost empty and we loved having much of the park to ourselves!

The heritage area has a gift shop and washroom.  there is also a historic area where we’ve seen demonstrations of how the pioneers built things out of wood.  This event is great for kids and I’m sure there’s info on dates when this occurs. 🙂

We headed down the paved trail and crossed a wood bridge that crosses Champoeg Creek.  We then crossed a road and at the paved trail intersection turned left to make a clockwise loop around the huge field.   There were nice views of the mountains in the background.   There was also a small pond in the foreground, that was obviously just a flooded area.

The paved trail takes you to another parking area where you also meet the Townsite Trail.  The Townsite Trail goes east and affords views of the Willamette River.    It is also a nice dirt trail.  On this trail we saw a couple of volunteer groups that were cutting damaged trees.  At the end of the Townsite Trail our directions are difficult to describe.  We had to cross another car crossing bridge, over Champoeg Creek, and this gives you access to a paved trail that leads to the historic Butteville Store.

The first section of this paved trail you’ll pass by cabins, yurts and an RV camping area.  The ivy in this area is severely overgrown!  We’ll have to come back and lay waste to the ivy! haha  After passing this camping area the trail turns into a beautiful rural forested area that follows the Willamette River.  We went an approx. 1.5 miles on this trail before turning around.  We didn’t make it to the Butteville Store but have done this in the past.  I believe the store may only be open in the summer months, but on our last visit it was closed.

After turning around we again crossed the Champoeg Creek bridge and then continued our clockwise loop around the main park area.  There is a large frisbee disc course just west of this bridge and there were a few people playing on it.  It wasn’t long before we returned to our car to end this hike.  I highly recommend a visit to this park and it is family friendly!  There is much to explore and there are plenty of opportunities for exploration!

Coyote Wall Area Hike

Hike Distance: 5.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 253.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 657 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 30712 feet

We headed out for the Klickitat River Trail and arrived at the TH to find my son had forgotten his hiking sticks!  There was so much snow, well everywhere, and I refused to hike the trail without him having some walking aids.  We had Khatoola micro-spikes but they really aren’t enough to stay upright when there could be tripping hazards.  My son noticed that the Coyote Wall area had less snow, since it’s exposed and the sun has ample opportunity to melt the snow.

We parked near Rowland Lake where the Syncline TH gives you access to the old hwy, and Coyote Wall.  We walked west on Old Hwy 8 and quickly came to a raging waterfall!  I really love this falls and we stopped to take pictures.  We knew it would be tough to get any mileage, since I couldn’t do much elevation, per my doctor’s request.  So, we headed to the west parking lot at the end of the Old Hwy 8.  We passed a couple more falls, which we haven’t seen often, due to the dry conditions our here on the east side of the Cascade Mts.

Today, there were streams flowing everywhere, and we had never seen so much water running on the trail and through the meadows.  Although it was cold, the snow was still melting at an alarming rate.  Muddy and wet were the rule for the day.  More surprising was the huge number of people on the trail.  Mountain bikers and hikers were everywhere.  There were so many people that it was difficult to take a pee.  😦

We had ascended up the Old Ranch Road Trail, which leads up Coyote Wall.  The large number of switchbacks allows you to gain elevation quickly, and easily.  We didn’t ascend more than 600 feet before reaching the snow line.  Nobody wanted to put on micro-spikes so we turned around here.  My back actually did fairly well here.  We had a great day and so enjoyed the snow and east side of the mountains!