WSU Salmon Creek Campus Hike

Hike Distance: 7.2 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1623.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 942 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 211716 feet

I got out late again and the Washington State University Salmon Creek campus is very close.   The extensive, almost 10 mile, trail system affords many possible hiking routes and views of mountains and a wonderful creek.  I won’t walk through the route I took as it’s too convoluted to convey, and wouldn’t mean much.  I suggest people download the trail map and enjoy the wonderful trail system here! 🙂

It was a nice clear day and I was hoping to photograph a few volcanoes, and this worked out very well, despite the haze.  Not many people on the trail but the fine weather did draw out more than I typically see.

 

Salmon Creek Greenway Trails Hike

Hike Distance: 7.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1615.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 394 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 210774 feet

An ultrasound and some blood tests lead to me getting out very late.  Given the lack of time I decided to stay very close and went to the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail.  Gorgeous day with plenty of sun, but very few people given the nice weather.

I basically hiked the length of the Salmon Creek Greenway and made a loop of it by heading back along the southern unpaved trail.  I took plenty of photos as I found the lighting great for the type of pictures I enjoy.  The west most portion of the greenway trail affords a nice view of Salmon Creek in the foreground with Mt. Hood in the background, but the photo didn’t come out great because of haze (air quality wasn’t great).

 

Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 7.7 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1608.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 920 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 210380 feet

A nice walk along a forest road, but nothing special.  I’m always weary going out to locations where hunters can be but was hoping they wouldn’t be around at the middle of the day.  We didn’t see anybody, so all was well.  We did see a small family walking the road, but that was it!

Willapa Hills Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 9.2 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1600.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 529 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 209460 feet

The Willapa Hills Rails-to-Trails Trail is about 56 miles long, and we’ve been working on hiking different sections, to eventually complete it some day.  It was a beautiful day so we drove the almost two hours to get to a new section of the trail.

We started our hike at about mileage marker 33.  We hiked west and connected up with a previous hike, and this was uneventful.  In fact, this short 1.5 mile section is rather close to the Hwy, and we probably won’t come here again.  That said, we needed to hike it just once to say it was completed.  haha   So we turned around and hiked back east on the trail.  We passed where our car was parked (in a pullout along Hwy 6 in WA state), and continued east to try and complete another section.

About a half mile past our car we came to a train trestle where the trail was closed!!!  What the heck was this?  I didn’t do my homework and found out later that there were two trestles east of here that were never improved, and were unsafe to go upon.  So we ended this section of our hike at this first unimproved trestle.  😦

So…. we drove to the closest section of the Willapa Hills Trail that was east of the unimproved trestle, and then started hiking west.  It turns out that we hiked from about mileage mark 28.5 to 31 on this next section.  It turns out that the second unimproved trestle is just past mileage marker 32, so we didn’t make it there today.

This section of the trail, from mileage 28.5 to 31 was outstanding!  It is mostly in the forest and veered away from Hwy 6, so road noise wasn’t an issue.  We’ll definitely be back here, not only to finish, but to enjoy the solitude.  We only saw one mountain biker on this section, and had a nice talk with him.

A somewhat odd day, but not totally out of the norm.  I definitely need to check out the Willapa Hills trail status before heading out, and there are some sites that tell the current status of all segments of the trail.

Whipple Creek Regional Park Hike

Hike Distance: 6.1 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1591.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 962 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 208931 feet

A late, quick hike around Whipple Creek Park on a gorgeous spring-like day.  A fair number of people on the trails but that’s to be expected on a nice sunny day.  So many leaves on the ground provided padding for my feet.