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    Bryan Levesque added Edgefield

    about 1 month ago

    Bryan Levesque reviewed Soda Peaks Lake Trail West

    5 months ago

    Hiked up on July 4th with my 16,8,5 year old boys and our Lab. The road from Carson is in excellent condition. The weather was a bit cloudy with no beating sun with temperatures in the 70's which made the mosquitoes tolerable using Repel Sportsman Max 40. The hike up was awesome as usual and my 5 year old son did all by himself. I had to hold his hand a good amount of the time as many parts of the trail are quite steep with a solid drop off for a 5 year old. My 8 year old made it in and out all by himself. When we got there we found a camping spot along the East side of the lake and within 5 minutes of having my line in the water I pulled out a 12" Rainbow Trout! I used a Feather Treble Hook Spinner Spoon Lure with Balls O' Fire Salmon Eggs on 2 hooks and garlic PowerBait on the other hook. Now, does any of this matter? Who knows, I did not get another bit, nor did my 8 year old son over the next 4 hours, but hey, I got one and it was delicious! The mosquitoes at the lake weren't too bad either. There was maybe 5-6 sets of people we saw the entire 8 hour day including the trip in and out. I would say we had at least 3 hours by our self while fishing at the lake. The views at the ridge line of Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens and the Goat Rocks were stunning as always! The one trail blockage that was there in May has been removed so it is smooth sailing up and in. If you can call 5 miles and 1500' elevation gain smooth sailing. If you have never taken a trip up to Soda Peaks Lake, DO IT! It is well worth the drive. It is just over 2 hours from Battle Ground WA each way.

    Bryan Levesque added Beacon Rock

    6 months ago

    Bryan Levesque reviewed Siouxon Trail: Upper Siouxon Trailhead

    6 months ago

    Went on a multi-family day hike Satruday from the main TH to Chinook Falls. 3 adults (ages 38,40,62), 8 kids (ages 7,8,8,10,11,13,14,14) and 3 dogs (1 lab, 2 small ones). The road up is in relatively excellent shape. We took an Excursion 4x4 and Highlander 4x4 and had no problems with the busted up paved roads. The forecast called for heavy rains but those came on Friday and Sunday. Even with the heavy rain the day before, the trail was in amazing shape. We say a few people camping, but the majority of the camp sites were open, probably due to the foretasted rain. 8.7 miles total out and back from TH to Chinook Falls. This is a must hike if you live in SW WA or even NW Oregon. Remember, it does require a NW Forest Pass, $5 day e-pass can be purchased online and printed, that's what we did.

    Bryan Levesque reviewed Soda Peaks Lake Trail West

    7 months ago

    Planned a Memorial Day weekend 2-night backpack camping trip with my kids and another friend. Life happened and I was only able to go up for the day to visit. FS54 is still closed so I had to drive from Battle Ground through Carson and around the back side. I had to park about 1/2 mile from the trail head as the few patches of snow on the road were a bit too much for my Highlander. My Excursion would have been just fine. The hike to the ridge line wasn't that bad. There is still a couple of patches along the trail with over a foot of snow. As we made our decent we quickly hit a lot more snow after the switchbacks. That is where I surprisingly ran into my friend and his family hiking back OUT a day early. He said the main trail to the lake was covered in quite a bit of snow and that he ended up bushwacking down to the lake the day before and then back out that afternoon. They were able to camp in one of the camp sites just fine. The night was VERY COLD and windy. We may still be a few weeks to a month out before the full trail to the lake is snow free. Either way, my son and I, along with our lab had a blast hiking up and back out even if we did not get to hang out at the lake at all. We went to Stevenson and eat at Walking Man Brewery, a must visit if you ask me.

    Bryan Levesque reviewed Ben Lomond Peak

    over 1 year ago

    The only difficult part about this trail is that it's so long. The trail has a steady incline most of the way, however it just keeps going up forever. The views at the top are worth the effort

    Bryan Levesque added Ben lemons

    over 1 year ago

    Bryan Levesque saved Thomas Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Bryan Levesque reviewed Whistle Punk Trail

    over 1 year ago

    The parking lot was still covered in snow. We only walked in 1/4 mile. The trail looks interesting. It's a long drive from pdx metro if this is all you are going to do. Bunker Hill is right next to this one. I plan on coming back when the snow melts and doing both.

    Bryan Levesque completed Whistle Punk Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Bryan Levesque reviewed Cape Horn Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    The extremely foggy day today made the views nonexistent. The hike itself along the upper loop was cool in and of itself. I'll be back in late July so I can actually see something and be allowed to complete the whole loop. The trail was quite muddy and not easy to walk w/o skipping.

    Bryan Levesque added Upper Cape Horn

    over 1 year ago