Good Old Devil's Rest Loop 20-July-2012

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VanMarmot
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Good Old Devil's Rest Loop 20-July-2012

Post by VanMarmot » July 20th, 2012, 2:59 pm

My unexpected Friday off and the big plans I had for it came a cropper in the face of early morning thunderstorms, lightning, rain, wind etc., etc. from the Central Cascades N thru the Gorge. So Plan B became a hike just for the exercise - nothing new, no off-trail, no views. After waiting out the worst of the storms, I left the Angels Rest TH about 8:30am and went on up to Angels. The view from the boulder field near the top was not a sunny, happy one,

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but the Rest itself was doing some cool stuff with swirling clouds. The atmosphere today might best be described as troubled.

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It never actually rained on me but the vegetation crowding Tr 415 over to Wahkeena Springs was soaked and soon I was too. I got around to the best viewpoint on the Devil's Rest trail to find not much of a view.

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As I worked my way back to the TH, I came across this little guy in the middle of the biggest mud puddle in the Foxglove Trail. I don't have a beard and I'm a bit taller, but we sure shared the same same wet, mud, and expression. Dude, I feel your pain, what happened to summer?

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Despite the weather, the trail was busy from Angels on down and both parking lots were full - guess I'm not the only one who thought July = summer. Still, a good leg stretcher - 10.5 mi, 3000' EG.

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Re: Good Old Devil's Rest Loop 20-July-2012

Post by donaleen » July 21st, 2012, 9:21 am

I love that Angels Rest view photo. Very nice. Worth the trip by itself.

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Re: Good Old Devil's Rest Loop 20-July-2012

Post by Splintercat » July 22nd, 2012, 8:40 pm

Ditto on that, Van - that second shot of Angels Rest with mist rolling off the cliffs is a classic!

Tom :)

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