Thursday, January 26, 2023

Hike: Chehalem Ridge + Iowa Hill, Gaston, OR

Getting There

I took SW Farmington Road (Route 10) west from Beaverton to Route 219. Go right (north) for 0.7 miles, then left (west) on Unger Road for 3 miles to SW Dixon Mill Road. From here, it's 2.3 miles to the park parking lot.

This was my first visit to Chehalem Ridge Nature Park. Looks like the parking lot off SW Dixon Rd is new (or newly redone). Several dozen parking spot, including handicap. 4 individual bathrooms, covered picnic area, horse trailer pull-thru parking near the entrance.

The park is mixed use: hiking/walking, bikes, horses.

The Hike

Length: 10.14 mi
Elev. gain: 883 ft
Moving time: 2:51:46
Avg pace: 16:57
Calories: 1,727
Total time: 2:58:02

AllTrails map
(left: Madrona Trail terminus; right: Trailhead)

This place is suitable for all fitness levels. There are long switchbacks so elevation gains are gentle throughout. Each trail junction is marked with a sign: map of the area, red dot for "You Are Here", which trails are open to hikers, bikers, and horses, and the locations of each bench to take a break & enjoy the surroundings.

Example

I took the Woodland/Ayeekwa/Witches Butter Trails to the Chehalem Ridge Trail, then partly on the Madrona Trail. The elevation drops about 350 ft through a series of switchbacks. I chose not to go to the end. On my way back, I took the Mampaɬ Trail up to the top of Iowa Hill.

It was overcast but looks like great views of the farmland below.

I returned to the parking lot on the Timber Road, then the Woodland Trail. Just a bit over 10 miles and about 900 ft of elevation gain.

Chehalem Ridge Trail

Chehalem Ridge Trail

Iowa Hill

Iowa Hill

Iowa Hill

Iowa Hill

Iowa Hill

Witches Butter Trail


Friday, January 20, 2023

Hike: North End of Forest Park 22, Portland, OR

Getting There

Take NW Skyline Blvd north from NW Germantown Road. The Skyline Blvd Trailhead is 1.6 mi and a parking are available on right (east) side of the road.

AllTrails map

The Hike

Length: 10.49 mi
Elev. gain: 2,178 ft
Moving time: 3:14:58
Avg pace: 18:36
Calories: 1,961
Total time: 3:21:10

FitBit
Steps: 22,433
Floors: 259
Cals: 3,336

The forecast showed clearing skies into the afternoon. It was pretty foggy above 500' and on Skyline Blvd. The out-n-back section of the hike was pretty cool (temp) but was a good warmup.

As I was going along Wildwood, I encountered another hiker with a dog. He stopped at Benjamin G. Collins bench and I mentioned it was my favorite bench when I walked by, which prompted to ask if I wanted to sit there. I backpedaled inadequately "no, no.. I just acknowledge it when I come by here." I said have a good day.

It was pretty muddy in spots and I noted several downed trees since I was here a month ago. In fact, a few must have been recent because you had to crawl over them. One was on Newton Road and another major detour on the Wildwood near the Newton Road parking lot. At the bottom of the ravine along Newton Creek/Road. (Keeping the trail crews busy.)

As I was heading south towards Germantown Road, it looked like the sun was finally breaking through the clouds.

I made it to the top of the BPA climb in about 23 mins, my usual ascent time. I stopped briefly at the picnic benches at the end of BPA Road.

It was really socked in about 2/3rd of the way up to the top. No sun today. The powerlines disappeared into the mist.

There was a toy horse attached to a telephone pole. Just some random Portland shit, like the horses "hitched" to the metal rings in town.




 

 

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Hike: Nesmith Point Trail, Upper & Lower McCord Creek, Warrenton, OR

Nesmith Point Trail #428

Getting There

Take I-84 East into the Columbia River Gorge. Take Exit 35. Follow NE Frontage Road for 4mi to the trailhead parking lot.

It's located about 6 miles east of Multnomah Falls and about 6.5 miles to Cascade Locks + Bridge of the Gods.

I knew when I left the house that I was in for some rainy hiking conditions, wherever I chose to go. I looked at the forecast for the area, it was rain, rain, rain and some wind. Fortunately, the temperatures were in the mid-40s.

I did some research and found a hike I'd never heard of, Nesmith Point, above Elwah Falls & McCord Creek Falls. I'd done the falls hike years ago. When I've driven by this trailhead in the summer, the parking lot is usually full.

On a rainy January, I was one of 3 cars.

The Hike

Length: 8.46 mi
Elev. gain: 2,077 ft
Moving time: 3:17:26
Total time: 3:20:14
Avg pace: 23:21
Calories: 1,985

Fitbit
Steps: 19,671
Floors: 198
Cals: 3,121
Zone Minutes: 73 (Fat Burn),
    
                      12 (Cardio/Peak)

I had my sights on Nesmith Point but thought it looked like a longer hike than I had time for and energy. I just wanted to take a look and see how far I could get before I needed to start my descent.

It was smooth sailing for the first 1 1/2 miles. You zigzag through some trees but reach an area where you cross a boulder field twice and hike along steep hillsides under huge rocky overhangs. I started to get into more snow covering the trail.

I realized about 1/2 way that I'd left my microspikes in the car! dammit! I remembered packing them but never putting them in my pack. D'oh. Where I turned around, it was steep and I wouldn't have had a good time with only my boots & poles. I was sure to encounter more snow so even if I'd made it through that section, I wouldn't get much further.

Good thing because looking at the 3D map, it's a steep trail, even with the switchbacks. It does look like it levels off and the approach to the viewpoint follows the ridgeline.

I started my descent. I knew I had more daylight so figured I'd explore McCord Creeks (Elowah Falls, Upper McCord Creek Falls). 

I went to the end of the upper falls trail. Then, back down to the lower falls trails. Looks like there used to be a bridge so you could keep going east.

I hiked back to the parking lot, then walked the frontage road to the Gorge Trail #400. I was pretty overgrown but still not bad to follow.

I crossed a sketchy section where the cliff had eroded. I hesitated but went anyway. Some butterflies.

I followed this trail all the way to the falls, and the other side of where the bridge was supposed to go. It was smashed up but a recognizable section.

On the way back, I got nervous again going through this section. I held onto some branches and squeezed by. Whew!

I was bumbling along back to the frontage road. I wasn't thinking and slipped on some roots and ended up on the ground. Yikes! I was getting a bit complacent on the easy terrain. I'd been so careful up to now.

Reminded me of that fall on the Mineral Creek Trail near Kachess Lake. I wasn't being careful. Gotta respect the trail and remember there's probably not going to be anyone to get me out.


AllTrails map

Elowah Falls

Upper McCord Creek Falls

Lower McCord Creek Falls

Hamilton Mountain from Oregon

Top of my hike up Nesmith Point trail #428

Top of my hike up Nesmith Point trail #428
 
AllTrails map

Friday, January 13, 2023

Hike: Hamilton Mountain up-and-back, Bonneville, WA

Getting There

Take WA-14 from Vancouver, WA east toward N Bonneville.

Just after Doetsch Ranch you'll see the Ranger Station on the north side of the road just before the Beacon Rock parking lot, then another road across from the bathrooms. The road winds up the hill for a bit.

The road was opened and clear. There were only 3 other cars in the lot.

The Hike


Length: 6.09 mi
Elev. gain: 2,224 ft
Moving time: 2:45:13
Total time: 3:09:10
Avg pace
: 27:08
Calories: 1,661

Despite the rainy forecast, it looked like the wind was light so figured I'd take another run at my favorite mountain. When I drove by the trailhead last week, I saw the road was clear (it had been closed at the end of December).

The trail was in great shape all the way to the top. Just two weeks ago the snow and ice was prevalent from the start; I wore microspikes the whole time.

I saw two pairs of hikers and a solo hiker with a dog; accounting for all the cars in the lot. I had the place to myself!

There was a bit of snow in the last 50m or so. It was soft and slushy and easy to punch through.

I only saw one tree that was broken across the trail and you have to go under.

The fog was dense for the first 1000 ft. I didn't notice emerging out of it on the ascent but when I got to Little Hamilton, I could see for miles in each direction.

I photographed a raven preening its partner.




While taking photos on the descent, I heard voices from above. Two guys had done the Hardy Creek/Saddle Loop. If they'd started after me, they were making amazing time. Otherwise, someone was parked on Hwy 14. IDK.

The scenery was spectacular with fog in the Gorge. I loved how only the top of Beacon Rock was visible.

Epilogue: I think I've reached a pretty good level of hiking fitness. Of course, always room to improve but I felt great on the descent and when I got home. Not residual muscle soreness or issues with knees, ankle (more than usual), or IT band/hammies. 

I got some Nuun tablets at New Season but have yet to try them out. I got another big bottle of Gatorade for this hike. I really want to try coconut water but it can got back quickly. Anyway, I'd like to try something other than pure water in my hydration pack.

Edit: From my limited research, putting any BUT water in hydration packs is a bad idea. I'll stick to using my water bottle for powders and tablets.

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Hike: Wahkeena Trail to Devil's Rest, Corbett, OR

Wahkeena Creek

Getting There

I was not planning to hike here when I left the house. I headed north from my house to WA-14 East. I was contemplating doing Hamilton or Hardy Ridge. When I got to Beacon Rock, the road to the trailhead was open but I kept going.

I was low on fuel but didn't take the time to top up at N Bonneville or Cascade Locks. After crossing the river, I decided to take another run at Devil's Rest.

Again, I liked being able to park between the eastbound and westbound lanes, instead of having to get on the Historic Hwy. Plus, real or imagined, I'm guessing this parking lot is "safer" due to high turnover and cameras.

The Hike

Length: 8.64 mi
Elev. gain: 2,513 ft
Moving time: 3:32:52
Total time: 3:48:33
Avg pace: 24:39
Calories: 2,140

AllTrails map

First hike of 2023! Returned to the Wahkeena Trail (420) via Multnomah Falls. My intention was to reach Devil's Rest via the Angel's Rest Trail (415).

I geared up and headed straight for the Return Trail #442 to get to Wahkeena Falls trailhead.

At the top of the switchbacks, I took the Angel's Rest trail #415. I didn't expect to head north but it did. Finally I started the switchbacks up the ridge. I found a mix of mud, snow & ice.

I reached the Primrose Path junction and followed for a couple hundred feet but bailed soon after cuz it was steep and narrow. (It's about 700' climb over 0.4mi.) I've never been up here so opted for the main trail. 

Wahkeena Creek (near Angel's Rest trail junction)

I returned to the junction and continued on Angel's Rest #415. When reached the next turn (Lily's Lane) I considered the time and it still seemed like I was a ways away from my goal. I only went a few hundred feet then aborted that one too. Too many unknowns: return routes, distance, downfall/obstacles, and it was already 2:30p. Darnit! Close but too far to reach Devi's Rest today.

I started down the Angel's Rest to
back Wahkeena Creek. Instead of starting my descent, I continued east to the Vista Point Trail (419). The trail is narrow but easy to follow. From the viewpoint I could see my car way down there 🤣. 

Columbia River from Vista Point viewpoint

I descended back down and rejoined the Wahkeena Trail (420) then, back to the parking lot via the Return Trail (442).

Hindsight: I think a clockwise loop via Devil's Rest Trail (420C) would best in winter. I'll have to come back a third time to finally reach Devil's Rest!





Saturday, December 31, 2022

Hike: Wahkeena-Multnomah Falls Loop, Corbett, OR


 

Getting There

From Portland, take I-84 eastbound. Exit 31 for Multnomah Falls (via the left lane) is 14 miles from Troutdale, OR.

I knew the parking lot was going to be busy but I was able to find a few empty spots including one near the tunnel to the lodge.

The Hike

Length: 7.95 mi
Elev. gain: 2,320 ft
Moving time: 3:41:40
Total time: 4:02:07
Avg pace
: 27:53
Calories: 2,229

I briefly considered going up the Multnomah Falls trails but I read some trail reports that recommend the counterclockwise loop, starting at Wahkeena Falls.

I left the crowds behind and walked along the old highway toward Wahkeena Falls. There was a trail that starts just past the end of the bus parking. This was just a taste of the conditions to come, icy and slippery.

When I reached Wahkeena Falls, you really start to climb. There are about 11 switchbacks to Lemmons Viewpoint. Once you start heading up the ravine, there is a lot more snow and ice. Microspikes for sure.

There are a bunch of waterfalls up Wahkeena Creek and a series of switchbacks. It's really incredible and serene. Beautiful with the sound of water and all the snow on the hillside.

It's about 1000' of elevation gain over about a mile and a half to the Devil's Rest junction. 

From here, there's not much elevation gain. I saw a few hikers going in the other direction from Multnomah Falls.

I skipped the Vista Point detour but noted it for another time.

Since I'd gotten a decently early start, I considered if I had time to go up to Devil's Rest when I got to the second junction. I did!

I started up the trail on the 3.2 miles detour/side trip. I encountered the same snowy/icy conditions but found a lot of dirt/mud as well. When I reached a flatter section, there were lots of trees down across the trail. After a dozen or so, I checked my progress. I was still only about 1/2 way there. I thought about continuing and returning to the Wahkeena Trail but wanted to continue to Multnomah Falls.

I turned around and mentally bookmarked this route for another time. I do recall hiking up most of the way to the Devil's Rest years ago. I have a photo from up there. I know I've also hikes up Wahkeena Creek, maybe part of the same hike years ago. Phaedrus remembers.

I made it back to the Wahkeena Trail and onward to the Larch Mountain trail back to the lodge.

The trail was easy. The weather was nice and dry.

I had no idea what was coming next.

When I started my descent along Multnomah Creek, it was still business as usual. I was following another couple of hikers and a golden retriever. I stopped several times to take photos.

The trail gets closer and closer to the water. As I got near the spot where the trail goes under the cliff, I realized that couple was stopped. I quickly realized why; they were contemplating a challenging section of the trail.

It was completely covered with ice and it was solid slope into the water. No margin of error. Turns about this is above a big waterfall.

I watched the couple and the dog make it safely across. I thought 'I really hope this doesn't become a rescue situation for either of us'. Phew I made it.

I briefly took off my microspikes when the trail was clear only to realize there were still challenges ahead.

There were more spots on the trail where slipping meant going over the cliff into the water below. I calmed my nerves and stayed focused on each step.

I finally reached the end of the difficult section. There were 4 people where are not equipped (tennis shoes, no poles) that were stopped for me since the trail was single file. I warned them that it was sketchy behind me.

This is where the trail is paved. I went down to the waterfall viewpoint. I had it to myself.

I encountered more and more people on the last section to the lodge and parking lot.

Nice loop. I like the counterclockwise loop. The other direction might be fun too.
 







2022: My Year in Review

I revised my hiking goals this year. I'd had some health issues that slowed me down a bit but I made time for the outdoors. I'm happy to celebrate and look back at some of the places I visited.

Mt Adams (Pah-to) from the Boundary Trail to Coldwater Peak
St Helen's Lake from Coldwater Peak

Wide pano from Coldwater Peak summit

Mt Adams (Pah-to) from the Stagman Ridge Trail

Why 52 hikes?

There are lot of hiking challenges "out there", one being the 52 hike challenge. I thought this aligned well with my new targets and I liked the symmetry with the calendar.

Since I was working, my hiking was limited to weekends and the occasional holiday for the most part. I wasn't able to take my annual road trip but was able to catch up on hikes in the fall. I visited my favorite spots (Hamilton/Beacon Rock, Dog Mountain, Forest Park).

I participated in the WTA's annual Hike-A-Thon in August and did one hike per week. While the contest was open to trails all over the world, I limited my hikes to ones on WA trails. My first one was Butte Camp on the south side of Mt St Helens, and my second time there. My second one was Silver Star Mountain, north of Washougal. I crushed this hike and got some great photos. My third one was Coldwater Peak, another epic hike. I got some more great photos. I'd been there the month before but didn't quit reach the top due to snow/ice and some mountain goats on the trail. My fourth and final HAT hike was a new one for me: Stagman Ridge on the west side of Mt Adams. This was my first visit to trail.

Like last year ('21), I did a lot of conditioning hikes in Forest Park & Beacon Rock State Park. I did 7 hikes at Forest Park, my longest being 10.4 miles and 2,133 ft just a couple of weeks ago. I also spent a lot of time hiking around Beacon Rock including Phlox Point and Hamilton Mountain, totaling 14 hikes combined.


Why 365 miles?

I adjusted my distance goal from 500 miles to 365. I liked the symmetry with the calendar and of course, it works out to 1 mile per day. My average distance this year is about 7 miles per hike so that complements the 52 hikes goal.

My hikes usually are a bit longer so I knew I could budget for some shorter hikes without falling too far behind on the goal.

What destinations are 365 miles from Portland?

The Canadian Border is 365 miles from Portland, and so is Medford, OR. It's about the same as a round trip to Eugene, OR (at least by highway).

Elsewhere in the US, for example, it's exactly 365 miles from New Orleans to Houston.

And in Europe, according to TripSavvy, "London to Cologne: 365miles/587km".

Why 84,000 feet?

This goal was somewhat arbitrary. This works out to 7000 ft per month. 52 hikes at 1600' per hike calculates to 83,200 ft. I preferred the symmetry with the number of months in a year. I also knew many of my hikes would be a bit more in the 2000' range so I could take some hikes without much elevation gain and still not fall behind on the goals. 

What is it like at 84,000 feet high (15.9 mi/25.6 km)?

"At 84,000 feet, MSU’s balloon was above 98 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere." (source)

Montana State University students

Fitbit uses some interesting comparisons/achievements.

These stats are incomplete because I didn't always hike with my Fitbit and the mileage is calculated from Steps times Average Stride Length rather than the Actual Distance moved via GPS. When hiking up inclines and technical section you tend to take smaller steps so the mileage is often inflated. 

Also, the way the Floors is calculated makes it an inaccurate analog to elevation gain. According to SteveH on the Fitbit blog, Floor are based on 10 ft (3m) of continuous rise. "So, if you rise 9 feet, level off for a few steps, then rise another 9 feet then you rise 18 feet but get zero floors."

Yearly Totals:
1,869,380 steps 11,045 floors 855.7 miles 756,124 calories

This includes more than just hikes, like pushing my shopping cart back to the corral or going up the stairs in my house for the 7th time because I forgot why I went up there last time. While my hiking goals are reduced this year, my FitBit stats are pretty much inline with last years'. I was walking regularly at work over the summer.

And, one caveat about the following information is that all lesser levels are incremented when a Trail Badge is earned, e.g. when you hike 16k daily steps, you earn the Urban Boot, Sneakers, Boat Shoe badges. 

The counts are cumulative from last year when I started keep track on FitBit so I only included the milestones that were added or updated this year.

Daily Steps

- Trail Shoe: 30,000 steps in a day (1x)
- Classics: 25,000 (4x)
- High Tops: 20,000 (17x)
- Urban Boot: 15,000 (33x)
- Sneakers: 10,000 (45x)
- Boat Shoe: 5,000 (127x)

Daily Climbs

- Stadium: 150 floors in a day (33x)
- Roller coaster: 125 (35x)
- Skyscraper: 100 (36x)
- Ferris Wheel: 75 (38x)
- Lighthouse: 50 (41x)
- Redwood Forest: 25 (54x)
- Happy Hill: 10 (102x)

 

Lifetime Distance

- India: 1,997 lifetime miles (1x)
- Japan: 1,869 (1x)
- Great Barrier Reef: 1,600 (1x)

Lifetime Climb

- Astronaut: 28,000 lifetime floors (1x)
- Shooting Star: 20,000 (1x)

Reflections

Even  though I hiked some familiar trails, I hiked some new ones like the newly opened Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Washougal, WA. I returned to Wahtum Lake, north of Mt Hood to summit the small peak of Chinidere Mountain.

Moulton Falls 

East Fork Lewis River

One place that I'd driven by but never stopped to look was Moulton Falls, WA. The day before Halloween, I'd ventured up to the trail parking lot for Silver Star Mountain on L-1200. It was pretty overcast and dark when I got there and it just didn't look like a lot of fun. I didn't even stop. After I got back to pavement on the north side of L-1200, I stopped at Moulton Falls. I just intended to take some photos and get some steps. I did bring my whole pack but just because. As I continued further on the path, I passed joggers and dogs+owners. I found the turn for Bells Mountain. I was stoked to get some elevation gain and distance. Bonus: When I got back to the car, a fellow Jeep owner had "ducked" me with a small blue rubber ducky.

Selfie from Bells Mountain, above Moulton Falls

To the south, I also explored some trails around Mt Hood that I hadn't done, at least in awhile. Specifically, the routes accessible from Lolo Pass Road.

McNeil Point

Selfie from Ho Rock/Cathedral Ridge

One was McNeil Point. A friend had done this one the previous summer. Until then, it really wasn't on my radar. I started from the Top Spur trailhead. I'd seen the sign for this trailhead when checking out Lola Pass and Ramona Falls. When I reached the hut, I still had a few hours of daylight. I saw a trail going up, up, up so I figured I'd go as far as I can before I needed to start the descent.

Mt Hood (Wy'east), Ho Rocky, Cathedral Ridge (McNeil Point Trail)

On the front side, I passed a couple coming down. When I reached the top of the first section, I met another guy starting his descent. The approach to Cathedral Ridge & Ho Rock is not very steep. I could see the end of the trail. I stopped at the rock to shed my pack and have a snack. I walked a little further to the 'real' end. A couple was sitting, enjoying the view so I backed up quietly to give them space.

Barret Spur

While I'd hiked the Vista Ridge trail a couple of times, I'd had mixed results. The first time was in 2020 and I only made it to the intersection for the loop to the Cairn Basin. There was snow above and I wasn't ready to go further that time. My second visit was 2021 where I only got about 0.4 mile from the trailhead before getting to dozens of downed trees blocking the trail. I ended up bailing and wound up at Wahtum Lake and Ant Hill.

Mt Hood (Wy'east) - Selfie from base of Barrett Spur

This most recent hike I was well-prepared and was on a mission to get as much elevation as I could. At the Cairn Basin junction, I ran into quite a bit of snow covering the trail but had my eye on Barrett Spur to put on my microspikes and crawled along on the snow bank. I was going up steep embankments and around trees to try to stay on course.

Snowy trail

I reached the Timberline Trail and met two guys hiking the mountain perimeter. I missed the actual turn to Barrett Spur but found an alternate route. I kept going up and up, skirting the snow where I could.

I reached the base of Barrett Spur. I was tired and wary of the clock. The final mile was scrambling up a rocky incline. I decided to call it there instead of going the last bit. Still amazing up there but I wanted to get back to the car with plenty of daylight.

On my descent, I didn't follow the snowy covered trail the same way and got off course. I didn't realize it until I looked at the map. I was closer to the Timberline section of the Cairn Basin loop. Phew! I was back on a trail instead of bushwhacking however I quickly encountered lots of snow covering the trail. I saw some post holes from other hikers so I just needed to follow them back to the trail junction.

My favorite alpine flower (Western pasqueflower, Old Man of the Mountain)

The rest was smooth sailing back to the car. (Props to the trail crews that had cleared the massive number of trees from the previous year.).

Mt St Helens Summit

On the one-year anniversary my previous MSH hike, I took another run at the summit. This time I didn't quite make it; I made it through the boulders, all the way to the pumice section but just ran out of energy. I was struggling all morning with low energy and I got to the point where I was resting a lot more than I was progressing upwards.

In hindsight, I knew I hadn't nourished my body correctly for the endeavor. I didn't have my food the night before and just a banana in the early morning. The decision to turn back was a bit of a relief. I watched people get further ahead of me and I was getting a bit down emotionally. I knew sometimes you just have to play it safe and try again another day. While it takes a bit of planning with getting the permit to getting to the trailhead to camp, setting out in the dark on an 8 hr journey up a steep mountain.

I also knew I needed to save my reserve energy for a safe descent back to the car and the Climber's Bivouac.

Ptarmigan Trail

Making progress on Ptarmigan Trail

Switchback about 2 miles from trailhead
Selfie from my turnaround point about 1/2 mile from summit

In the end, it was a beautiful hike and great outing. I will try again.

This experience had motivated my to pay a lot closer attention to how and when I fuel my body on these hikes. I started getting Gatorade and drinking it during my ascent but saving enough for my descents. There has been a noticeable improvement in my energy levels during and after the hikes, fewer leg (IT band, hammies), ankle, or foot issues. 

What's Next

I like to continue exploring the west and northwest side of Mt Hood, particularly the Tilly Jane and Cooper Spur side. There's also a route to Barrett Spur from over there. I saw there are guided climbs but not sure if that's in the cards this next year.

I saw an Instagram post for 29029 Everesting: a hiking challenge based on the height of Mt Everest. There are several sites that host the event. The challenge is to hike for 24 hrs to equal the distance but only the ascents, you get to take a chairlift back to the bottom. Some sites have short trails so you have to do a lot more repetitions. The most difficult is Whistler with the longest route so fewest hikes.

The section of BPA Road in Forest Park is about 1 mile and 900 ft. Therefore, it'd be like do that over and over about 30 times in the 24 hr period. That sounds exhausting. Ha! As much of a physical as mental challenge. It cost a few thousand dollars and not sure I'm up for it but I'm still intrigued. Perhaps I can craft my own challenge.

Overall Stats for the Year

- Number of Hikes: 49
- Total Distance: 341.9 miles
- Total Elevation Gain: 85,561
feet
- Average Distance per Hike: 7 miles
- Average Elevation Gain per Hike: 1,746 feet
- Longest Hike: 13.98 miles (Coldwater Peak, 8/21/2022)
- Highest Elevation in a Hike: 7,289 feet (Mt St Helens, 9/16/2022)
- Most Elevation in a Hike: 3,330 feet (Cathedral Ridge, 7/10/2022)

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