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Parkdale, Oregon Map
1 month ago

Hiked 08/01/18. I used this hike as the basis to make a longer loop around Elk Meadow and a quick side trip to Tamanawas Falls on my return to the trailhead. See recording for details. The waypoint in my recording serves as a word of caution. There are thousands of 6’-8’ Larch, Pine and Spruce saplings in the burn area as you continue up Bluegrass Ridge. Additionally, there are large burned snags and logs that have blown over and are crossing the trail. The combo of these 2 ingredients makes it very difficult to get through quickly. Also, the Bluegrass Ridge Trail has not been maintained in years and you will have trail finding issues. I say this since I had plenty of time to do 16-18 miles, but this area of the hike made for a slow pace, and I lost approximately an hour of daylight overall. However, the best mountain view is on Bluegrass Ridge, so pick your battles wisely. All of the major lower elevation stream crossings (2) over North-Fork Cold Spring Creek are fallen logs approximately 12"-14" in diameter and are at least 20' across from stream bank to bank. The summer current can be swift and cold. You must be comfortable crossing streams without formal bridges to do this hike. The Elk Meadows Trail section is highly maintained and highly utilized. Have fun. If you pack it in... pack it out. Other online resources here: http://www.nwhiker.com/MHNFHike37.html

Tough trail through some pretty nice forest. Either way is a descent then climb, no getting the hard part out of the way first. Some parts of the trail aren’t very obvious but using this app fixes that problem. It’s a long 9.1miles, be prepared.

trail running
3 months ago

Wide open, dry forest with plenty of views and vertical. For a longer run, you can connect it with the Eight Mile Loop trial.

2 months ago

mountain biking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 28, 2015