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Day off run: Green Canyon blowdown extravaganza

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Susan, Ann, and Mt Hood at Devil's Peak For our June day-off run, we were ready for Salmon River, one of our favorite routes over the years. Ann had read some reports of manageable snow and downed trees, but since there's a part of the route that always has a number of trees to climb over, we assumed that the folks who report just might not be used to it. We were wrong. Sunbeams through the trees on the steep slope of Green Canyon We decided to do the loop backwards from our usual, starting up Green Canyon to get the blowdown out of the way, ending with the Salmon River Trail so there'd be water for Cedar during the hotter part of the day. Green Canyon is so steep that we can't even run part of it downhill, our normal direction, so hiking up it wasn't that bad. Then we hit Hunchback and the adventure began. There were some trees down across the trail. It wasn't that bad. We climbed over them. Fairy slipper orchid But soon it wasn't just trunks. It was branch

Day off run: Table Mountain and a crazy 5 mile loop

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making our way up Table Mountain I have hiked Table Mountain quite a few times and never understood why anyone would want to run it. Mostly because of the unrelenting climb up heartbreak ridge and the scramble up the rocks at the end.  New to us section of the PCT Susan and I had a day off adventure / training run planned for Friday, May 21st. I was hoping to do a 29 mile loop in the Herman Creek area but the snowline was still pretty low which didn't leave us with a lot of options. I gave Susan a few alternative options and the one she picked was Table Mountain, despite me warning her about the scramble at the end. To be honest I wasn't excited about the choice but she'd never been there before and I had never started the route on the PCT, so it was a new adventure to us both.  Table Mountain We got to the Bonneville Trailhead  early and were the only car there. It was a nice and sunny day, we were pretty optimistic after our last adventures runs having horrible weather, e

Mary's Peak 50k - 2021

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Top of Mary's Peak Susan and I are training for a 50 mile race in early July, which is great because it doesn't occupy our whole summer with training, but it doesn't leave us with a lot of training options outside of Forest Park because the snow is still melting at higher elevations. While I was researching some route options a few weeks ago I noticed that Mary's Peak 50k was happening in 2 weeks and wasn't full. We ran Mary's Peak in 2019 was a training run for Waldo and loved it. So, I texted Susan about it and a few days later we were signed up.  Cedar and I posing with the 3 foot gnome at the RV park The race approached quickly and just a few days before the race the CDC said that Covid vaccinated people did not need to wear masks outside. I was really curious if this would have an impact on the race or not. In previous years the race shuttled you to the start, this there was no shuttle which mean we had to run the extra 2+ miles to the original start, whic

Day off run: Wilson River Trail

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Selfie on the North Fork bridge For our "day off run" at the end of April, we struggled to find something without snow, and ended up on the Wilson River Trail. We started at Elk Creek with the intention of doing the classic route up Elk Mountain. I didn't relish the traverse between Elk and King Mountains after our snowy debacle in April 2018 , so we decided to just do an out and back up Elk.  Cloudy views We started up Elk, and were transported back to that cloudy, wet day. Ann had some misgivings, and-- unlike last time when I dismissed them-- I heartily agreed with her and we turned around. We continued on the Wilson River Trail. Cedar loves the Wilson River Trail We ran to the trail up King Mountain and tried again. And once again, we just weren't feeling it. We decided, just this one last time before we got serious with our training for the Backcountry Rise 50 miler, to let ourselves have a day where we didn't push ourselves too hard, a

North 5.5

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Most of the routes we post are 20+ miles long, but sometimes it nice just to get out for a quick run. The north end of Forest Park, or the end as some people call it since Wildwood ends at Newberry, is overlooked since it's a lot further away from the city center of Portland.  The north end of the park feels a lot different to me than the rest of the park. It feels lush, quite and the trees seem larger. I am not sure if this is actually true, but it sure feels that way. My favorite short loop is lollypop loop that weaves in BPA, Firelanes 12 & 15. You get to run next to a stream and get a nice climb back up to Wildwood.  I hope you enjoy this route as much as I do.    Route: Newberry/Wildwood  Left on BPA Left on Firelane 12 Left on Firelane 15 Right on Wildwood Total 5.45 / 834 ft gain ( according to Strava )

Dog(less) Mountain

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a rare break in the rain cloud Dog Mountain is arguably one of the most popular late spring / early summer hikes in the Columbia Gorge due to the amount of wildflowers in bloom and the views of the Gorge. It has become so popular that you have to get permits on the weekend through late April to mid-June. Due to this fact I have not hiked / ran Dog Mountain in years. Susan unexpectedly had this past Friday off and texted me that she could run on Friday and Saturday. Knowing that we were going to do our long run on Saturday I suggested we go to Dog Mountain since we didn't need a permit and could get a good amount of vert over a short distance and bonus wildflowers. I decided to leave Cedar at home because I didn't know how crowded it was going to be and having a dog on leash who pulls a lot going down Dog Mountain as asking for problems.  Susan making her way up Dog Mountain We got to the trailhead around 8am and there were probably half a dozen cars in the lot, not too bad. It

Peterson Ridge Rumble 2021, IRL

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Three racers at the start  We ran a race in real life! While we participated in Peterson Ridge last year (and got the socks, which is the most important thing), the race was virtual, so we just tagged our normal weekend run for it. This year, however, we got to run the real course. Beautiful morning for the race Race day morning was gorgeous. For COVID safety protocol, the race started in waves, and we were in the last wave at 9:45am. That lovely late start meant that it already felt decently warm, unlike other years that started with freezing frost, and ended in tank tops and sunburn. It felt so exciting to be there with the race clock, start flags, and a handful of other people. The race director counted us down and we were off! Three Sisters Views I was excited, but no one was more excited than Cedar, Ann's dog. His first Peterson was two years ago, in 2019, and while he loved it, he was also a very different dog back then since Ann hadn't had him very long. He pulled every

Sunday DIY 15ish

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Cedar enjoying the air after our run We have been slacking off on blog post and we have let ourselves get a little lazy with our routes. We have been keeping our milage up, but if we select a route that has a hill like all of Saltzman we tend to change it midrun and do something easier. Well today was the last day we are going to be able to do that for the next 12 weeks. We are officially signed up for the Backcountry Rise 50 miler . It's time to get uncomfortable and shed some of our covid weight, but that starts on Monday.  Since we were allowing ourself one more do whatever the eff you want run, we just made up a route as we went. We had planned on 14 miles but got closer to 16. It was actually quite a nice route and since I haven't posted a new route in awhile I thought this would be a good one. So enjoy!  Route ( Strava Route ):  Firelane 1 - Morak .08 Morak - Wildwood .15 Wildwood - Maple 2.08 Maple - Leif (end of Maple) 3.55 Leif - Firelane 7A 1.6 FL 7A - WW .25 WW - Fir

Return to Eagle Creek

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A the beginning of a typical dry, hot September in 2017, a teenager threw fireworks into Eagle Creek Canyon, setting off a t hree month long blaze that destroyed 50,000 acres of beautiful forested wilderness in the Columbia River Gorge. Many parts of the Gorge have been closed ever since, as burned areas and the subsequent dead trees lead to many issues like increased erosion, flooding, and invasive species. While  trails have been slowly opening (like Angel's Rest ), many of us who love the Gorge have been holding our breath for the reopening of the Eagle Creek Trail . Eagle Creek was the first place I ever went hiking with my now husband over 20 years ago and one of the first trails I took Susan running on outside of Forest Park.  It happened on Friday, 1 January 2021-- perhaps proof that this year will be better than the last. As soon as I found out I pinged Susan and said we need to take a day off and go run Eagle Creek. We decided on Thursday, January 7th hoping that it would