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    Kara Freeman saved NW BPA Road

    about 1 month ago

    Kara Freeman saved Kite Trail

    2 months ago

    Kara Freeman saved Crab Eyes

    2 months ago

    Kara Freeman saved Harrys Ridge Trail

    4 months ago

    Kara Freeman reviewed Tom Dick and Harry Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    I love this trail - all seasons.
    The trail today was mostly snow free up to Mirror Lake, but after that it gets snowy (with the exception of a couple patches). It is definitely doable without snowshoes or microspikes, but I was grateful for my microspikes. Gets a little confusing up top to follow the trail, but just keep an eye on boot prints.

    Kara Freeman reviewed Crosstown Trail

    5 months ago

    Kara Freeman completed Crosstown Trail

    5 months ago

    Kara Freeman reviewed Silcox Hut Trail

    6 months ago

    Great training hike for Hood summit and other big peak summits! Definitely a good work out with great views.

    Kara Freeman completed Silcox Hut Trail

    6 months ago

    Kara Freeman saved Butte Camp Trail

    6 months ago

    Kara Freeman saved Toutle River Trail

    6 months ago

    Kara Freeman saved Worm Flows Trail

    6 months ago

    Kara Freeman added soring

    6 months ago

    Kara Freeman reviewed Munra Point via George Trail

    6 months ago

    Deeply saddened that this trail is destroyed from the fire. My friend and I hiked it the last week of August, a week before the Eagle Creek Fire. It was hard and took a ton of mental stamina, but definitely one hell of a special trail. I'll miss it!

    Kara Freeman reviewed Angels Rest Loop Trail

    6 months ago

    Kara Freeman reviewed Dog Mountain Trail

    6 months ago

    Any season, this hike is great.

    Kara Freeman completed Dog Mountain Trail

    6 months ago

    Kara Freeman reviewed Wahclella Falls Trail [CLOSED]

    6 months ago

    This is the easiest and maybe one of the most beautiful trails in the gorge. Hoping it opens back up soon ❤️

    Kara Freeman reviewed Cape Horn Loop Trail

    6 months ago

    Very well maintained trail, and had a decent time on the trail, but don't think I'd ever do it again. I liked the random farmland, that was honestly the neatest part.

    Kara Freeman completed Cape Horn Loop Trail

    6 months ago

    Kara Freeman saved Rabbit Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Kara Freeman reviewed McNeil Point Trail

    8 months ago

    Went a couple days ago and it was my second time hiking the trail. There was some snow but the trail was even more beautiful than when I hiked it in mid summer! It's one of my favorite Mt. Hood trails and I never get tired of it. The viewpoint of Hood at the first major clearing out of the forest is my absolute favorite.

    Kara Freeman completed McNeil Point Trail

    8 months ago

    Kara Freeman reviewed Mount Adams South Climb Trail

    8 months ago

    I did a summit on 8/24 and it was perfect weather for the opportunity. It was chilly which meant the ice stuck better as opposed to climbing up slush, but it was a blue sky, bright sun kinda day. I started the climb at 5am after sleeping in my car at the trailhead. I'm a pretty experienced hiker and occasional climber, but this was my first mountaineering experience. I successfully did it solo as no ropes were needed, but did have to use my ice axe near the top of Piker's Peak to self arrest. The last steep section to that false summit was very tough, so you need positive mental stamina to complete that, or an encouraging partner. After the Piker's Peak (false summit), it's an easy ridge walk and then 20 minutes of switchbacks to the summit.
    Reaching that summit is worth every bit of the tough climb up. I summited around 1:30 and would have easily finished the climb by 5, but got lost on the way down since I wasn't paying attention (oops) so didn't get to my car until 9pm.
    By far the biggest obstacle was making it from Lunch Counter to Piker's Peak. It isn't far, but it's tough, and you'll need a good pace and some rest stops. To give you an idea, I approached the steep slope of Piker's climb at 10:30am but didn't get to Piker's Peak until 1pm...and it's only 1/4 mile.
    Be up for the challenge and be up for a very rewarding experience.

    Kara Freeman reviewed Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista Trail

    8 months ago

    I tried to do the Loop option about a week ago and was really looking forward to the scramble. Signs warned me that logging companies were at work, but also stated they'd be finished by September 30th (I hiked on October 6th). I naively assumed that they "must" be finished then, and attempted the Loop, but near Sturgeon Rock trees around me started collapsing. The company was still working and clearly didn't see me, so after 2 and a half miles, I had to turn around. I was really bummed but when I got back to the trailhead, I hiked to the mountain anyway. I'm glad I did because even though the Loop was unsuccessful, the out-and-back was stunning enough.