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!