Columbia River Gorge Triple ‘D’

Date: November 25, 2018 Start: Wahkeena Falls Trailhead, Starvation Creek Trailhead, and Dog Mountain Trailhead Distance: 26.6 miles Duration: 11 hours (commute time between trailheads included) Elevation gain: 10,000 feet Type: Loop (Devil's Rest) and out-and-back (Defiance and Dog) Map: Green Trails Map 428S: Columbia River Gorge-West A glimmer of daybreak shone faintly in the... Continue Reading →

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Timberline Trail

Date: September 15, 2018 Start: Timberline Lodge Location: Mount Hood Distance: 42 miles Duration: 14 hours 46 minutes (breaks included) Type: Loop Each downhill stride shot searing pain through my knees, as if they were on the verge of bursting. We were 30+ miles into our Wy'east circumnav and thoughts of self doubt were running... Continue Reading →

Eldorado Peak

Date: August 5, 2018 Start: Cascade River Road (mile marker 20) Location: North Cascades National Park Distance: 8 miles Duration: 15 hours 30 minutes Type: Out-and-back References: The Mountaineers Just one more hill. Just one more hill and finally, after 5,000+ feet of climbing (over three miles I should add), we'd finally get a glimpse... Continue Reading →

Black Peak

Date: September 7, 2018 Start: Rainy Pass Trailhead Location: North Cascades National Park Distance: 12 miles Duration: 9 hours 35 minutes (breaks included) Type: Out-and-back References: SummitPost My phone alarm went off like a blaring siren, filling the confined space in the back of my Crosstrek. I fumbled frantically in the dark for it, embarrassed... Continue Reading →

Sahale Mountain

Date: July 15, 2018 Start: Cascade Pass Trailhead (three miles prior due to road closure) Location: North Cascades National Park Distance: 19 miles (6-mile round-trip addition because of road closure) Duration: 14 hours 41 minutes Type: Out-and-back References: SummitPost My headlamp cast a long beam of light into the darkness. Besides Mack walking by my... Continue Reading →

Mount Hood

Date: May 28, 2018 Start: Tilly Jane Sno Park Distance: 9.9 miles Duration: 16 hours 5 minutes Type: Point-to-point References: Mt. Hood Climber's Guide by Bill Mullee; SummitPost "Rock!!!" The sound of my voice felt so small and helpless against the vastness of Wy'east's intimidating northeast flank. I looked behind me to make sure Mack had actually... Continue Reading →

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