Hike Distance: 7.5 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1146.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 1247 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 146450 feet
We drove north from our home into the cascade mts, west of Mt. St. Helens, and hiked up one of the forest roads. It was terribly hot and humid so we knew it would be a short hike.
The beginning of the hike was out in the open and this wasn’t a good thing. The hot sun was beating down upon us and we were sweating profusely. The road continuously ascended, but at a decent grade, so we were able to handle the exertion. After about 2.3 miles we reached solid tree cover and a beautiful canopy of deciduous trees! The temperature was a good 10-15 degrees cooler than out in the open, and the hike was now comfortable and more of a pleasure.
We didn’t go much further and turned around and headed toward the trailhead. It was still hot but the entire length back was downhill. My wife got bit by some nasty bug, and I think it was a Stag beetle, at the end of the hike? She took off her shirt and I saw it fly away. It wasn’t a wasp and looked like a large beetle. Looking it up on Google, and watching a YouTube video, the Stag Beetle was definitely it. I didn’t know there were any biting beetles. Whoa!
A fairly nice day but this area would be better in cooler weather.
Hike Distance: 9.4 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1139.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1517 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 145203 feet
A beautiful and warm day but we wanted to avoid the crowds. This was a road not far off of Hwy 26. We were fortunate that there was shade along most of the road or we would have been fried by the sun. The road led into the Mt. Hood National Forest, and the forest was alive there. So many new trees in the under story. A long hike for us, this summer, but it felt great!
Hike Distance: 5.7 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1129.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 853 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 143686 feet
A very late start so we needed to stay close to home. My wife hasn’t been to Lacamas Lake Park recently so we headed out there.
We got to the parking area and all I can say is that it was a zoo! I expected this but it was still a shock. I guess it’s telling of my age when seeing crowds of people feels overwhelming and undesirable. Oh well, we went out with the intent of enjoying this beautiful day, and it didn’t disappoint. 🙂
We basically circum-navigated the park in a clockwise direction. We got great views of the Upper and Lower Falls and also Round Lake. When not in the vicinity of the lake or falls the trails people were scarce. 🙂 We didn’t stay out long so the hike was on the short side, but definitely sweet.