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    Scott Finnie updated Hamilton Mountain Loop Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Scott Finnie updated Hamilton Mountain Loop Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Scott Finnie updated Hamilton Mountain Loop Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Scott Finnie reviewed Rock of Ages and Horsetail Creek loop hike

    about 3 years ago

    Victoria is right on so many points about the trail. (1) The start from the Pony falls trail is obscured and partly hidden by a large tree. (2) Its one of the steepest trails on the Gorge so she is right walking sticks are a distraction. (3) It should be noted truly is an unmaintained so should only attempted by experienced hikers and certainly no dogs or children. I have completed the Rock of Age, Horsetail (Trail # 424), and Oneonta Trail (Trail # 424) loop in both directions. The loop is 10.7 miles by my GPS and reaches a max elevation of 3,050 feet. My advice is if you are going to attempt this loop start with Rock of Ages portion first the accent down Rock of Ages could do number on the legs of the best of hikers. Apart from that Rock of Ages Arch and the cliffs faces viewed at this point are worth the detour of the trail. It is one hell of hike however because of the strenuous nature of the trail I give it three stars.

    Scott Finnie reviewed Siouxon Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Excellent Trail and well maintained with two you bridges and picnic area. Aqua blue pools and waterfalls make this a very pleasant hike whether you start at where the trail 130 first meets FR 7501 (10.5 mile out and back to the falls) or at the Siouxon Trailhead at the end of the road (8 mile out and back to the falls). I did this hike in conjunction with a loop of Huffman Peak, on the way up crossing the creek at Wildcat Creek (trail 156) which is just before the second turn off for Horseshoe Ridge ( trail 140) Be aware Green map has these junctions at the same spot they are approximately 0.2 mile apart. On the back down took 130A which comes out at the falls. Only word of caution is this trail which is narrow at times is used by bicyclists who can be at high speeds coming down the hill after the old forestry road section of the trail. However Siouxon Trail is well worth the journey to get there especially if you can hike it during the week rather than the weekend.

    Scott Finnie reviewed Observation Peak Trail

    over 3 years ago

    This hike may be a long and winding loop but it is capped off with an excellent view of Saint Helens, Adams, and Hood, on the clear day I hiked both Rainier and Jefferson were visible. By my GPS the total loop was 13.6 miles with elevation gain of 3,050 feet to a height of 4,210 feet. Starting at Trapper Creek trailhead of Mineral Springs Road my route was anti-clockwise up trail 132 via Howe ridge where after approx. five miles you approach the final accent of just under mile (trail 132A). On descending back down 132A I continued on 132 to the junction of 158 and Trapper Creek trail 192 close to Sisters Rocks. From there it was back down the approx. eight miles to the trailhead. One thing I would do the next time is to take a cutoff approx. four miles down the trail and about a mile from the junction with trail 198. It will shave about a mile of the loop, either way you approach this apart of the trail you will be faced with an elevation gain of approx. 400 feet before heading down to the trail head. The hike gave this seventy one year young a great work out and provided the solitude to reflect on the wonderful nature of this area apart from the rewarding view.

    Scott Finnie completed Observation Peak Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Scott Finnie reviewed Six Lakes Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Scott Finnie reviewed Horse Lake Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Scott Finnie completed Horse Lake Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Scott Finnie reviewed Blue Lake Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Not sure if this the same trail for Blue lake but I start at Crest Camp Trailhead (Latitude: 45.90928 Longitude: -121.80252) which is of FR 60 in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. The hike follows the PCT (trail # 2000) all the way up to Blue Lake. Though the trail is straight forward there is a slight turn off to the right just beyond the cutoff for the Indian Racetrack (trail # 171A). The trail that goes straight is the southern meeting of the abandoned Cascade Crest Trail. Continuing on the PCT you will come to series of switchback as you traverse up the slopes of Berry Mountain. This is the major climb of this hike though you do descend after the saddle between Berry Mountain and Gifford Peak to reach Blue Lake. This is good hike with great views of Mount Adams, Red Mountain, Mount Hood, and St Helens and at the end stunning blue lake with Gifford Peak as a back drop. My GPS had the total distance as 16.7 with elevation gain 2,290 ft with highest point reached 5,010 feet.

    Scott Finnie completed Blue Lake Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Scott Finnie reviewed Butte Camp Trail

    over 3 years ago

    To make this hike into a loop on the way back down I cut off right onto the Toutle trail then back down the Blue Lake trail to FR 81 and back to RedRock Pass trail head. By my GPS 12.25 Miles elevation Gain 1,700 feet.

    Scott Finnie completed Butte Camp Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Scott Finnie reviewed Eagle Creek Trail

    over 3 years ago

    This is probably one of the most popular hikes in the Columbia River Gorge even on a week day during the summer the parking spaces fill up quick. The best time is a crisp day in the fall before the first snow. In many ways it more of pleasant walk than a hike up to Tunnel Falls with a gradual increase in elevation to approximately thousand feet. No wonder it is popular.

    Scott Finnie completed Eagle Creek Trail [CLOSED]

    over 3 years ago

    Scott Finnie reviewed Larch Mountain

    over 3 years ago

    This is a steady climb with only a few what may be considered steep parts the end result is a clear view of the areas mountains. Apart from Rainer, Adams, St Helens and Hood if it is clear enough you can make out Jefferson in the distance. The only slight disappointment is you share the view with many others who make it my car; however you can congratulate yourself that you made it on your own power. For the best time try a clear day early spring or early winter when the air is crisp and fresh, then the view is not just fine but magnificent and maybe even the road up may have closed.

    Scott Finnie completed Larch Mountain Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Scott Finnie reviewed Wahkeena Falls Loop

    over 3 years ago

    Whatever way you tackle this loop it is a great 6 mile loop and probably the best short lop in the gorge, for that reason it can get busy on the weekend especially during the summer. Best time if you can make it is early spring with a nip in the air or in the fall or early winter.

    Scott Finnie completed Wahkeena Falls Loop Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Scott Finnie reviewed Wahkeena Falls to Devils Rest

    over 3 years ago

    As others have reported there is no view at Devil’s Rest only a collect of large boulders set among trees. If you what to extend to full day hike continue passed the Rest down Foxglove trail to Angles Rest and back to Wahkeena Falls by way of the Angles Rest trail (trail # 415). At least this will give you a full day loop.

    Scott Finnie reviewed Angels Rest Trail

    over 3 years ago

    A great way to extend this hike is to go by way of Wahkeena falls and join the Angels Rest trail (trail #415). It tends to be quieter than the direct route via Coobey Falls. Either way the rest has great view of the gorge.

    Scott Finnie reviewed Table Mountain from the North Trail

    over 3 years ago

    For those that what to cut some distance of the hike start at Bonneville Hot Springs resort it is well worth the $ 5 parking fee which can be redeemed for the same value of goods at the resort on your return. The parking ticket can acquire at the reception desk. This does require you use the Dick Thomas Trail which starts at the gravel car park at the back of the resort, to the left as you enter the resort. Take the road heading up the hill and shortly you will see a sign for Table Mountain on the right. Follow this trail till it come to T junction take a right at the next junction veer left then right keeping the meadow you passed on your way up on your right hand side. Following the trail up you will come to the junction with the PCT remember this junction as it is your cutoff point on the way back down. Following the PTC up to the left and you eventually come to the sign board for the start of Heartbreak Ridge. Will this ridge is steep keep in mind that the descent is also in part steep and unlike the ascent very loose, trekking poles are a must or you will likely end up on your rear end. Having said all that apart from the summit views I think it provides some of the best views of the gorge around.

    Scott Finnie reviewed Tanner Butte Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Having just completed the hike up to Tanner Butte I have a few comments for those considering the hike. According to my Oregon 600 GPS it was a 19 mile hike out and back from Eagles Creek parking lot,. This is the parking lot at the fish hatchery not the one at Eagle Creek trail head. The elevation of Tanner Butte is 4,500 (Green Trail Map 428C confirmed with GPS) the elevation at Eagles Creek is 60 ft, hike elevation gained 4,440 ft. (GPS confirmed). It may be 3,349 ft. for the trail head but you have to get to the trail head which ever option you use to get there.
    There are six options to the Tanner Butte trail head (trail #401) my own favorite is Eagle Creek/Stairs to the west along bike track/Cut off just passed stop sign/Up road 777 the distance by GPS is 1.23 miles. The trail head coordinates are N45° 37.573' W121° 56.601' these are different from those provided on the companion map. The coordinates on the map are those of an end point of the Tanner Creel Cutoff (trail #448). The end points of this trail are 4.5 miles up the Tanner Butte trail and 3.0 miles up the Tanner Creek trail (trail # 431). It is well worth noting that if you use the Tooth Rock Trailhead option it has the higher incidence of car prowling than other nearby trailhead. Whichever option you choice it is anything between 1.6 and 1.0 miles with elevation gain of approximately 1,100 ft.
    As for the hike from the trail head you steadily climb to 2,700 (elevation gain of 1,770 ft.) in the space of 2.3 miles, at which point you reached the start of the ridge that will run up to Tanner Butte. For the next 2 miles you will gain 1,000 reaching the Tanner Creel Cutoff (trail #448) on the left and the trail leading down to Dublin Lake to the left. You will continue to gradual climb until the trail until it levels of which is followed by a very gradual descent to a saddle before rising again to the cutoff for Tanner Butte. The cutoff has no sign post however it is marked with a cairn of stones in the middle of the trail. From here it is a half mile of very steep ascent to the top and Tanner Butte’s magnificent unrestricted 360 degree view.
    I left Eagles Creek at 7.10 am was back at 4.18 pm however though a regular hiker I am 71 years young. I am sure those that are younger will be able to achieve in a shorter time.
    Where ever you are enjoy your trails and if you are ever up the Columbia River Gorge or surrounding area maybe we will meet on the trail.

    Scott Finnie completed Tanner Butte Trail (CLOSED)

    over 3 years ago