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Vista Ridge to Elk Cove Camping

Posted: July 15th, 2021, 12:40 pm
by Runnerinblack
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Little three-day jaunt up Vista Ridge to Elk Cove.

Vista Ridge - Counted 36 trees across the trail, maybe 1/3 of which are new. less than 1/2 of them require you to leave the trail to skirt by. Snowfield at the top, as per usual this time of year, no issues though.

Timberline to Elk Cove had a few downed trees, maybe one of which is new, all easy to get under, over, or around. Very few snow patches, all easy to cross.
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Camped in the Cove with a deer friend.
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Hiked out at sunrise.
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Re: Vista Ridge to Elk Cove Camping

Posted: July 15th, 2021, 3:24 pm
by teachpdx
Beautiful photos! One of my absolute favorite areas on Mt. Hood.

Curious about the bug situation, were they tolerable? I've had some mid-July trips up there that were no issue, and others where we were run out by mozzies and biting flies.

Re: Vista Ridge to Elk Cove Camping

Posted: July 18th, 2021, 1:28 pm
by Runnerinblack
Thank you for checking out the photos!

They were tolerable for people that are used to being outdoors, but for people that are not, they were oppressive at times. :D

Re: Vista Ridge to Elk Cove Camping

Posted: July 23rd, 2021, 5:43 am
by Dean_J
Beautiful photos, and great trip report. Heading up to Vista Ridge today for a day-hike to Eden Park/Cairn Shelter loop.