11.0 miles
2496 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking




Sunday, June 26, 2016

I hiked Chucksney Mountain on June 25 via Chucksney Trail and then Grasshopper Trail on the way back to make it a loop.

The total distance is just about 11 Miles... but felt like 15 or 16 due to a large number of blowdowns on both trails (Chucksney being the worst). As I did not see a single soul for the whole 6 hours I surmise that more astute hikers may have gotten news that the House Keeping crew had not yet gotten to clear all the fallen trees. Climbing over, ducking under, bushwhacking my way around, walking on a couple logs for 200 feet in one case made this medium distance hike a rather challenging one. The trails (especially Chucksney again) was overgrown in many places. On the "challenges" side I can also mention the bugs and mosquitoes at the top (thank you Bug Spray!).

If you are lucky enough to find the trail "spruced up" this would be a rather enjoyable forest walk or workout depending on your shape. There are a few views on the way up Chucksney trail but the best is really from the top where you can see many peak of the Cascades (Diamond Peak, Bachelor, the three Sisters, Broken Top, Jefferson...even Hood.

If you are only doing this hike for the views, its a long way to go; but maybe, like me, you find many pleasures in spending a few hours following a trail :-)