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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…

David's 40th Birthday Doughnut Run

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David aka #trailrunning told me he wanted to run 40 miles for his 40th birthday and eat sweets and doughnuts the whole run, he had be at 40 miles. We had planned on doing Wildwood end to end and the North Nasty, which we called Wild and Nasty, but his coached advised him to run ~6 hours with 2 3000 foot climbs instead, because David is training for The Bear 100 (miler). 



David and I went back and forth on a few route ideas and finally landed on one of my favorite routes, the Bald Mountain - Ramona Falls loop with the addition of an out and back on Yocum Ridge. The climb to Bald Mountain and Yocum Ridge satisfied the 2 3000 foot climb requirements, even though it was more like 2000 feet and 4000 feet and the route would probably take us 6 - 7 hours to complete. 

Three Fingered Jack circumnavigation

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In keeping with doing all new routes for our adventure runs, for August we decided we would head out to the Willamette National Forest area. My first thought was to run the loop around Broken Top, but the Ranger Station said that the snow was still pretty deep. My next thought was to do the loop around Three Fingered Jack, but the temperatures were predicted to be in the high 90s the week we were planning on running and most of the route around Three Fingered Jack was burned during the B&B Complex fires in 2003. Wanting more tree coverage I decided on Pamelia Lake to Jefferson Park and the Hunts Cove Loop



Pamelia Lake is a limited entry area and you must obtain a permit from recreation.gov beforehand. Normally you need to get a permit months in advance, but by some stroke of luck we were able to obtain one only a week in advance, it probably helped we were running on a Monday, not a weekend. I have been wanting to show Susan Jefferson Park for awhile, we tried in 2015 but we didn…

Badger Creek Wilderness run

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When I started planning our adventure runs in May, I wanted to do all new routes, at least ones we had not ran before. I have been wanting to take Susan to Badger Creek Wilderness for several years but for some reason or another we never made it. I was excited to to run it for our first adventure run of the season but the snow line was too low in May and June, so we weren't able to tackle it until mid-July and that was after I hiked to the top of Lookout Mountain the weekend before to check out the snow level. I told Susan that we were only going to run the route if we had clear skies, because the view from the top of Lookout Mountain was not to be missed.

Elk Meadows - Timberline Loop

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John and I had 12 hours between dropping off one nephew at the airport and picking the other one up, so we decided to go on a hike. I've been revisiting a lot of my old maps and hiking / backpacking books in search of new routes. I thought that we might be able to do something in Mount Margret backcountry or in the St. Helens area, but with the amount of driving involved I thought we might be cutting it close. So, John and I started thumbed through our hiking books and John said, "What about Elk Meadows?" I was pretty sure we had done the hike before, but I went back and looked at all 5 copies/editions I have of William Sullivan's red book and didn't see any notes on the Elk Meadow hike. I always write some kind of note, if not at least the date of when we completed the hike in the book. 

Salt & Straw run, take 2

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Ann recently reminisced about our 21-miler to Salt & Straw last year, and we decided to recreate it. We met up with Anna and Leslie for the first ~12 mile loop, then took off for the ice cream shop. I added a mile to the first part, and because Lower Macleay is currently closed, we ran down Aspen and some neighborhood stairs, through the neighborhood to Salt & Straw. It wasn't as hot as last weekend, but the cold treats were still deliciously welcome.


To Dad, From Ann

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When I traveled to Italy a month ago I started listening to the She Explores podcast, which about women in the outdoors. I've really been inspired by all the different women and their stories of long distance hiking, starting outdoor companies, etc. It has made me think of what more we could do more with Girls Gone Wildwood, but that is a different blog post This post is about a She Explores podcast I listened to running this week called, To Dad, From Daughter. The podcast is stories from different women on how their dad shaped their outdoor experiences.

The accidental 37 miler

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Ann was out of town for two weekends, which meant we were ready for a good long trail run upon her return. Since my family was going to be out of town, we had the whole day to drive somewhere new and run. We discussed doing the Summer Solstass 50k up Silver Star Mountain. Ann contacted the organizer and we were in.

But we started to wonder-- would it be better to do our own thing, something a bit shorter since neither one of us had run much the past couple of weeks? Time with just the two of us, to catch up, no pressure.


Salmon River and all of Hunchback Mountain

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A few weeks ago, Susan and I took a Thursday off of work to go on an adventure run. We had requested the day off months ago, but what we hadn't planned on was going on a 37 mile run a few days before. 
Our 37 mile run was supposed to be a 20 mile run but due an extreme stream crossing we had to backtrack. Given that epic adventure I decided to go with a route I was very familiar with for our Thursday run. 


Since the snow line was still relatively low, I decided we would run a Salmon River route. Instead of our typical Salmon River - Kinzel -  Hunchback Mountain - Green Canyon Loop, I decided to change it a bit and start at Salmon River and run up Kinzel to Hunchback Mountain and all the way down Hunchback Mountain to the Zig Zag ranger station, which is ~18 miles. Luckily my mom lives a few miles from the Zig Zag ranger station and could meet us to drop us off at Salmon River, so we could run back to our car.