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    road biking
    Monday, July 10, 2017

    I've only made it halfway to Vernonia from Banks, but I love this ride. I've biked this a handful of times and enjoy it every time. Not having to bike on the road and worry about cars is a wonderful change from my commute to work.

    Close to Banks there are a lot of pedestrians, but as you get further away from town, they become fewer and far between. This is a popular bike spot, so expect to see lots of bikers passing you and to pass.

    Biking toward Vernonia is uphill the entire way. It is gradual, but you really notice it when you head back to Banks, you coast the entire time. So, make sure you get to where you feel you're done before turning around.

    If you're looking for a place to bike for the day, this is it.

    Monday, July 10, 2017

    For being so close to home, this is a wonderful park. It's big enough to where you can almost feel like you're not in the city anymore. Moderately busy, depending on the day, this is a great place to get some exercise without having to make a trip of it.

    Sunday, July 09, 2017

    This was a decent hike. We paralleled the highway for a while, and I was starting to wonder if we should have taken a different trail. Hood River mutes the hwy noise a bit, but it's definitely still there. Then we turned off the road and the hike was much better.

    Relatively short, you hike in along the North Fork creek. There was a rockslide at some point which has completely blocked the trail. It is passable, but a bit dangerous for some. Be careful!

    Once past the rocks, you're practically at the falls. They are beautiful.

    Shorter and less strenuous than I would have hoped for, but a good hike all the same.

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    We hiked this path last year and absolutely loved it. We thought we would escape the heatwave and come up to see the early summer wildflowers. We did see some Avalanche Lilies, but that was it.

    We got about halfway to up the ridge to the loop and started to lose the trail because of the snow coverage. We made it to the live tree line, bit there was a good 5' of snow on the ground.

    It was still a great hike, in a very different way. We want to come back in a week or two to see how much snow melts after the heatwave.

    This might just have to be a later in the season hike. Or bring your spikes and poles!

    road biking
    Sunday, June 04, 2017

    I used to bike through here on my way to work. Not the entire trail, but a portion of it. It was definitely my favourite part of my commute. Just be careful in the winter, the bridges can easily get icy.

    I've walked through this park a couple of times as well. It's a wonderful little trail that can get you reenergized without having to leave town. It's surprisingly peacefully for being surrounded by a bustle of activity.

    I recommend it for people how might not have the transportation ability to get out in the woods or people who just want a nice afternoon/evening stroll.

    Sunday, June 04, 2017

    This is a difficult hike, but well worth the effort. There are many very steep points that make the trip up quite slow, but there are a good amount of level or semi-level areas for you to catch your breath. The view at the top is breathtaking. We managed to get up there in the afternoon on a Saturday. The wildflowers were blooming at the top and it was clear enough you could see Mt. Hood in the distance.

    The climb up is through a very wooded area and only when you really listen can you hear the cars going by below. At one point you are walking along a creek, but mainly it's woods.

    If you're planning to stop for lunch or a rest at the top, there isn't any shade. But, on your way up and not that far from the top, there is a picnic bench that was shaded when we passed it. If you sit there, you won't get the view though.

    On our way up there was one point where we were unsure which path to take. There's a fork and we decided on the left path. It was very steep and I believe it was a "short cut." I'm not sure how much of the path to the right added onto the hike, but it might be an easier climb.

    I recommend hiking poles. The trip down can be precarious as there are steep rocking areas and loose gravel that you can easily slip on.

    2 months ago

    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Sunday, June 04, 2017