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by pdxalex
June 25th, 2022, 5:42 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Larch Mountain from Grouse Vista, 6/25/2022
Replies: 0
Views: 164

Larch Mountain from Grouse Vista, 6/25/2022

The hike for this weekend had to be relatively close to Portland (about an hour away) and relatively short (5-6 miles). Given my preference for not being in crowds when I hike, I chose Larch Mountain, about 20 miles north of Washougal. There are only two trip reports posted so what the heck. We opte...
by pdxalex
June 20th, 2022, 12:30 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Bee Line and Wycliffe Butte, Cranbrook, BC 6/16-17/22
Replies: 1
Views: 262

The Bee Line and Wycliffe Butte, Cranbrook, BC 6/16-17/22

This is a little out of the normal range of hikes described on this site but ... my wife and I drove to Cranbrook for a few days to visit our son. If you haven't been there, the town is in SE British Columbia with the Purcell Range to the west and the Rockies to the north and east. There are many, m...
by pdxalex
June 13th, 2022, 6:14 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Grassy Knoll and attempt at Big Huckleberry, 6/8/22
Replies: 3
Views: 611

Re: Grassy Knoll and attempt at Big Huckleberry, 6/8/22

How was the drive to the trailhead? I drove the length of forest road 68, in from Carson and out through Willard. I thought it was in pretty decent shape. There are potholes but nothing horrible, just slow down for them. A 2WD car can easily get to the trailhead. There are trees down on the road, m...
by pdxalex
June 9th, 2022, 7:30 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Grassy Knoll and attempt at Big Huckleberry, 6/8/22
Replies: 3
Views: 611

Grassy Knoll and attempt at Big Huckleberry, 6/8/22

I decided to take the day off to go for a hike. I opted to try for Big Huckleberry from the Grassy Knoll trailhead. The weather forecast was not exactly balmy but I assumed that there would be some flowers out. I hit the trailhead at 0815. The car said it was 54 degrees but the stiff breeze made it ...
by pdxalex
April 18th, 2022, 6:21 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Wildflowers at Lyle Cherry Orchard 4/17/2022
Replies: 2
Views: 1001

Wildflowers at Lyle Cherry Orchard 4/17/2022

I originally proposed to my wife that we check out Cook Hill but saw that the summit was buried in a thick cloud bank and that neighboring Dog Mountain had a decent layer of snow. It didn't look like much fun so we kept going east and decided on the Lyle Cherry Orchard hoping for a nice wildflower d...
by pdxalex
April 4th, 2022, 6:35 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hood River Pipeline Hike 4/3/2022
Replies: 2
Views: 993

Hood River Pipeline Hike 4/3/2022

I hesitate to describe this as a "hike" given the far more vigorous and challenging ones posted throughout the website. But, I noticed that there weren't any trail reports listed and I wanted some kind of exercise to feel a tiny bit better about picking up a wine club order so we decided to visit it...
by pdxalex
March 30th, 2022, 1:24 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: East Sooke Regional Park, 3/26/2022
Replies: 2
Views: 687

Re: East Sooke Regional Park, 3/26/2022

What a pretty coastline! Do you know the provenance of the petroglyph? From what I've read, the artist carved it into sandstone using a technique called "skimming" which involves chipping off the darker layer leaving lighter colored crystals behind. Experts don't have a way to estimate the age. I'v...
by pdxalex
March 30th, 2022, 7:08 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: East Sooke Regional Park, 3/26/2022
Replies: 2
Views: 687

East Sooke Regional Park, 3/26/2022

With the Black Ball ferry running out of Port Angeles again, my wife and I took a long weekend to visit our son. It is always nice to visit Victoria but we needed a break from walking on pavement so we struck out for East Sooke Regional Park. It is about 15 miles west of Victoria but it takes nearly...
by pdxalex
February 24th, 2022, 7:20 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cape Disappointment 2/13/2022
Replies: 3
Views: 1533

Re: Cape Disappointment 2/13/2022

Regarding Deadman's Cove, there weren't any signs along the trail that said the beach was closed. There are obvious trails down to the beach as well as reinforced steps cut into the bank. Given that the lumber used in the steps is of differing sizes, it looks like they're user built. However, once y...
by pdxalex
February 23rd, 2022, 10:08 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cape Disappointment 2/13/2022
Replies: 3
Views: 1533

Cape Disappointment 2/13/2022

For a change of pace, I decided to go for a drive and check out the trails at Cape Disappointment, just outside of Ilwaco, WA. It is a Washington State Park on the site of a former coastal defense installation with two lighthouses. The lighthouses, interpretive center, campground, and major gun empl...