Getting ThereI knew the temperatures this weekend in the Pacific Northwest were going to be crazy hot... like record setting. I was not to be deterred. I considered doing my Newton/BPA route again or wander around Sauvie Island.
I still needed to get some 32W shorts. I took a chance that REI in Hillsboro would have what I needed. I'd checked out Dick's looking for the poles that came with all the feet. None of them had any; spikes and/or or baskets. They must be totally sold out.
I still did not find poles but I really don't need them, just the feet. They had the 'boots'! They cost as much as I paid for the poles but oh well. They had some shorts as well.
Back in Portland, opted at the last minute to skip Newton Rd and started out Hwy 30. I passed up Sauvie as well. I did a u-turn and started out toward Troutdale.
I got the the Bridal Veil Falls exit and got a view of the parking lot, I was kind of shocked that it was nearly empty. Whoa. On a Saturday? It wasn't that hot. I think 103.
I geared up and set out. I had plenty of water!
Length: 4.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,476 feet
Type: Up and Back
This is my 2nd recent hike (Spring '21) but I'm sure I'd hiked it years ago.
I passed by two couples early on the trail. They didn't look like they were in for the long haul. 16oz of water for both of them.
A couple of people came down the trail early on as well.
It certainly was hot but it wasn't as bad as I anticipated. The shade really helped a lot. I really noticed the temperature difference when I had to hike in direct sunlight.
The last 3rd of the hike is pretty much out in the open. There were some large trees or bushes to get a little shade.
I found a little bit of shade between two big rocks. I had my foam pad so it was cushy on the tushy.
They was so restorative. I cooled down enough to explore the rest of the outlook.
It was bizarre to be completely alone. Last weekend, there were so many cars, even the overflow lot.