I guess Spring is in the air because the urge to go hiking is getting pretty strong - so strong that I willing hurled myself into a wet, soggy, and muddy Gorge just to log a few precious trail miles. Decided on Hamilton. Muddy trail enroute and around the falls, otherwise pretty good. Rain varied from drizzle to big drops but never actually completely stopped.
Still, I was pleased that my rain gear kept me warm, if not actually dry. If I'd wanted dry, I would have stayed home and challenged the cat for more space on the couch. There was a little snow (2-3") right near the top and a nice brisk wind blowing over the summit - bracing!
It started snowing just as I left the summit heading N to the road - but soon it was back to rain. Took Dons Cutoff and then past a pretty energetic Rodney Falls back to the parking lot.
Lots of Mazamas on the trail plus a few other folks. It's basic climbing school season and recent additions to wilderness in the Gorge (a good thing) have put many classic trails off-limits to the large (12+) Mazamas classes - so many have moved to trails outside the wilderness (like Hamilton). A bit crowded but it's only for a month during the less than optimal part of the hiking season and we did get more wilderness.
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