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 Post subject: Deschutes day hike - new years eve 2016
 Post Posted: January 1st, 2017, 7:41 am 
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After losing almost three months (most of March and April to eye surgery - most of November to back surgery), then the onset of a quite icy/snowy December made just leaving my garage a task, I at least got in my annual new years eve day hike at Deschutes State Park.

I hiked early to avoid as much of the low-hanging and way too in-your-face sun as possible, and needn’t have worried. It only showed up on my way back. Thick swirling fog kept it at bay most of the short morning hike - only five miles - which after so much down time I felt happy to get in.

I tried to get to Cottonwood Canyon earlier in the week, but the roads were just too iffy early in the day. Hard enough just getting out of Goldendale some mornings.

For me, the trail never disappoints, and hiking with snow around for one of the few times just added to the outing. There wasn’t much, but what there was made it such a stunning landscape when coupled with the fog, river and regrowing burn area. The air was icy cold, and when the breeze kicked up.....ohhhhh.....I tucked down inside the layers and just enjoyed how much better I liked this over my nice warm sofa - cold nose and all.

On the way back, the first train I’ve seen in a while lumbered by - so a final train of 2016 for Brian.

Hope everyone has a banner trail year for 2017.


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 Post subject: Re: Deschutes day hike - new years eve 2016
 Post Posted: January 1st, 2017, 9:29 am 
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thanks, that's a really nice trail in the winter

it looks like the snow is melted off enough I could camp :)


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 Post subject: Re: Deschutes day hike - new years eve 2016
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Easily Jerry - - the low side along the river had very little snow. I was passed on the way back by a couple who had overnighted up past the old RR car. Just cold and that freezing fog to deal with.


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 Post Posted: January 1st, 2017, 7:50 pm 
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Your photos look cold!

I backpacked there last February. Slept warm enough. Next morning, put water in my pot to boil it, and watched the water form into an ice-ball, floating in the center. Twas cold.

Kelly


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 Post Posted: January 2nd, 2017, 6:20 am 
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that's what really makes a backpack fun, when your drinking water starts freezing. I hate it though, when the cap freezes and I can't get it open


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