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The perfect 20(ish)

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Sometimes you have the perfect route, the perfect weather, the perfect view, the perfect running partner, today was one of those days. This was our first 20 mile run since attempting the Grand Canyon R2R2R five weeks ago. It was nice to take it easy for the last few weeks, but with 2017 coming to an end and starting to think about our 2018 race and adventure schedule, I am ready to start increasing our mileage. 


Route:
53/Dogwood - Keil - .10
Keil - WW - .17
WW - Pittock - 5.78
Pittock - Apson - 2.58
Aspen - Thurman / Leif trailhead - .75
Leif - Dogwood - .85
Dogwood - WW - .34
WW - Alder - .96
Alder - Leif - .84
Leif - Maple - 2.69
Maple - WW - .82
WW - Keil - 3.55
Keil - car - .27
Total: 19.70

Yellow Jackets, Bears and the route from Salmon River to Timberline Lodge

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A month from our first attempt at running the bucket list run of most MUT runners, the Grand Canyon R2R2R, we wanted to get in one big run outside of Forest Park to help clam our anxiety, despite having an amazing summer of adventure runs. We decided to take a Friday off of work 2 weeks before running R2R2R to run around Mt. Hood, which is similar distance and elevation gain as R2R2R2, though very different trails and environment. 

A week before our planned circumnavigation of Mt. Hood, we got ~18 inches of snow above 5500 feet on Mt. Hood, which covered a lot of the Timberline trail. So, as with most of our adventure runs this summer I had to come up with a Plan B.

Earlier in the summer when I planned ourSalmon River – Devil’s Lookout – Hunchback Mountain route, I noticed on the map you could run from Salmon River to the Timberline Lodge. I pulled out the map and calculated the distance and it was ~36 miles, I wasn’t sure how much elevation gain we would have, but knowing we were start…

Ten miles at the end of the park

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After our day off running on Friday, we took Saturday as a rest day and wanted a "short" run to stretch our legs on Sunday. We usually try to cram in miles by running the trailheads closest to us, so we were excited to get to the quieter, wilder, far north of Forest Park.


Leif Erikson Trail ends at Germantown, so there aren't many loops up there. I like to combine Newton and Firelane 10 with BPA, FL 12 and FL 15 for a figure-eight. To make it closer to 10 miles, I threw in an out-and-back to the end of Wildwood at Newberry Rd.


Park at Newton
Parking lot/ FL10 to WW (25.43)-- .15mi WW (25.43) to BPA (WW 27.45)-- 2.02mi (2.17 total)BPA to FL12-- .25mi (2.42 total)FL12 to FL 15-- .51mi (2.93 total)FL15 to WW (28.63)-- .37mi (3.30 total)WW (28.63) to WW End (30.16)-- 1.53mi (4.83 total)WW End (30.16) to Newton Rd (ww 26.30)-- 3.86mi (8.69 total)Newton Rd to Parking lot/ FL 10-- .60mi (9.29 total)

Snowy Goat Rocks

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John and I had planned our last backpacking adventure for the summer in The Enchantments in Washington after getting a spot in the lottery earlier in the summer, but like many of our plans this summer we had to come up with a plan b because the trails were closed due to forest fires. We decided on Goat Rocks in Washington as our plan b, since neither of us had been there in years. 
Our plan was to head up to Goat Rocks after I was done running and hike in and camp. Well, it snowed at Goat Rocks a few days before we had planned to leave. Instead of snow camping or coming up with plan c, we decided to camp in the Sprinter at the trailhead and hike the 13 mile loop in one day, snow permitting.  

The lows at the trailhead were suppose to be in the high 30s, I was concerned about how cold it would be in van, since our new heater was in but not attached to the diesel line yet. I put fleece sheets on the bed, along with a Rumpl Puffy and a Pendleton blanket and packed all my puffy jackets. Luc…

The Wallowas

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Normally John and I spend the end of August and beginning of September hiking in Europe, but because I spent part of June in Italy and we are planning to spend Christmas in Europe, we stayed home and decided to explore our own "Oregon Alps". The Wallowa Mountains are in northeastern Oregon, about a 6 hour drive from Portland and even though I have lived in Oregon for 17 years, I had never been.

We decided to combine 2 of the hikes from William Sullivan's 100 Hikes in Eastern Oregon book, Ice Lake and Horseshoe and Glacier Lake; a very similar route is also described in Douglas Lorain'sOne Night Wilderness: Portland. After researching the route a little more, it is the classic route to do in the Eagle Cap Wilderness section of the Wallowas and can get crowded, and considering we were going on Labor Day weekend it would probably be even more crowded. Knowing that information we decided to leave after work on Thursday and camp outside of Pendleton at Emigrant Springs Sta…