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Gorge Trail 400

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Susan and I took off another day from work to run 26 miles in the Gorge. We had decided to run 26 miles of the Gorge Trail 400, leaving one car at Angel's Rest and having John drop us off 26 miles down the trail. As I started to seriously look at my map, I noticed that trail 400 isn't a continuous trail. Parts of the trail piggyback on other trails, and between Ainsworth and John Yeon State Park it didn't look like the trail existed. Once I realized this wasn't going to be as straight forward as I thought, I called the Ranger Station. It was 6pm on Friday night, they were closed and not open again until Monday morning, which is when we were running. From all the backpacking trip planning I have done, I know to call the Ranger Station early in route planning, this was big miss on my part. Luckily, John and I were going hiking in the Gorge on Saturday and could stop by the Hood River Ranger Station, which is open on Saturday, and check out the "missing" sectio…

Bald Mountain

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A few months ago John and I hiked Bald Mountain and I kept commenting to him what a great running trail it was. I have been secretly trying to teach him to recognize good running trails for me since he hikes a lot.  Susan and I finally got a chance to run it, and I have to say I think I impressed her.


The first 1.4 miles of the trail is a fairly gradual sometimes sandy climb, around mile 1.2 you cross over the Sandy River on a seasonal bridge. Head north on the PCT, before you start the 2.2 mile climb up to Bald Mountain you have to scramble over two fallen trees to cross the river. The climb can be steep at times, but I kept telling myself and Susan it is only 2.2 miles and then the rest is a lovely gradual down hill.

Once you reach Bald Mountain the forest opens up into fabulous alpine meadows, glacial streams and an unbelievable view of Mt. Hood. You can also see several stunning waterfalls coming down the slopes of Mt. Hood. The trail continues down to the Muddy Fork of the Sandy …

Hills for Susan

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It was Susan's week to come up with the running route, but she had a hot vegan date with Amber Friday night so I offered to come up with the route. She naively took me up on my offer. Since Susan "bonked" a few days ago on a hill on our epic Gorge Traill 400 run, I thought I would make this shorter 15 mile run hilly. One of her least favorite hills is Wildwood from Upper Macleay to the Pittock Mansion. Being the good friend I am, I had the run start on the other side of the Pittock, so we started and ended the run by running up to the Pittock Mansion. Well techincally the run ended by running downhill from the Pittock, but no one seemed to remember this. The route also included running up Aspen to Wildwood and up from the Stone House to Upper Macleay. After tackling these hills, Dana and Susan were threatening to trip me, I told them we only had 1 more 1/2 mile hill to get up to the Pittock. Well somehow I forgot about another hill before the hill I was talking about, lu…

Loop de oops

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7 July 2012
Ann, Dana and I started extra-early for a 13 mile loop for Dana, and a 24 mile loop for Ann and me. Once we dropped down onto Leif from Springville, I was so enjoying the downhill and our conversation that when I noticed a mile marker, expecting to see a 5, I saw 4-- we had gone too far! The miles really do fly by with good company.

Luckily I had been up late studying the mileage charts, and my first attempt at making the correct-distance loops for us had yielded some substitutions. We did a quick talk through adjustments to our route, and it worked beautifully. As Dana's loop ended, Ann and I dropped down on Hardesty from Wildwood to Leif, where we took our food break and started on the second loop of our figure eight.

Springville Rd to Leif (m9.37)-- .71mi
Leif (m9.37) to Leif (m4)-- 5.37mi (6.08 total) (Oops!)
Leif (m4) to Koenig (L4.57)-- .57mi (6.65mi total)
Koenig to WW (m14.23)-- .15mi (6.8mi total)
WW (m14.23) to Ridge (WW20.99)-- 6.76mi (13.56mi total)

Dana walks…