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12/26/2019 – Wenatchee – Saddle Rock

Date of Hike: 12/26/2019
Location of Hike: Wenatchee- Saddle Hill
Weather during Hike: Cold
Hiking Buddies: Carly, Gail, Otis and Thor
Start Time: 9:00 AM  End Time: 11:00 AM
Hike Distance: 3.8 miles  Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
Pictures: Link
We spent Christmas with Carly in Wentachee – Carly said we could do a quick hike the day after Christmas. This trail started out behind her gym and climbed up to a view of Saddle Rock (or Hill – I keep interchanging them). The trail was mostly snow free, but there were a few spots of snow and ice we had to be careful of. Part way up the hill, this was the view looking back toward Wenatchee – you can see the spot where I said Carly’s house is (somewhere in there):

We continued up and soon made it to the hill that overlooked Saddle rock:

While we were up there, Thor and Otis decided to run around and play:

While up there we decided to take a slightly different route back down and hike by Rooster Comb (shown as Old Butte on the map). We snaked our way down, using a faint user trail to get over to more of a proper trail. I didn’t climb up on the rock, but it was pretty much the same view we had the whole trip. This is what Rooster Comb looked like from the backside:

The whole hillside is covered in many trails – some official, some user trails. They head off in many directions.

It was a short hike, but it was interesting and a neat way to spend a couple of hours.

8/16/2017- St Perpetua Trail – Yachats

Date of Hike: 8/16/2017
Location of Hike: St Perpetua Trail - Yachats
Weather during Hike: Sunny
Hiking Buddies: Gail, Abby and Thor
Start Time: 9:30 AM  End Time: 4:00 PM
Hike Distance: 6.5  
Pictures: Link
This hike was really cool. It was actually several hikes we did on our family vacation. We went to the Cape Perpetua Scenic area, and hiked several trails:

  • Cape Cove/Captain Cook/Trail of Restless Waters trails
  • Giant Spruce Trail
  • St Perpetua/Whispering Spruce Trails

The only track I recorded was the last one (the toughest one since we had to hike up about 700′ to get to the top of the cape). I honestly didn’t think we were going to hike that much, but it just kind of happened. There is a LOT to see in this area and it was all really neat – we kind of just kept going and going and going.

Since we had Thor with us (his first trip to the beach) we started out wanting to go see “Thor’s Well”. We went down the Cape Cove/Captain Cook trails and shortly got to the beach. There was a neat overlook of a bunch of tide pools:

We continued down until we found the spouting horn (which wasn’t spouting too much on this day) – we thought we saw Thor’s well, so we went down and walked on the rocks out to it.

Thor’s well is a really interesting natural phenomenon – a hole in the ground that keeps taking on water. It has an underground cave from the ocean, that both fills and empties it as the tides go in and out. It was pretty cool to watch the water coming in and going out and making huge splashes sometimes.

After watching Thor’s well for a bit we headed back up the loop trail and then decided to head up the “Trail of the Restless Waters” up to Devil’s Churn. It is a beautiful trail along the coast where you get beautiful views like this (looking south):

And some of the beautiful old Spruce trees along the way:

And shortly, we got to Devil’s Churn, which although the surf was relatively calm, was still pretty “churny”:

We watched Devils Churn for a few minutes and then headed back – pretty quickly we were back at the visitor center. We decided to take off down the Giant Spruce Trail to go see a 500-600 year old Spruce tree. The trail was longer than we thought – about a mile each way. We eventually got to the big spruce tree, and it did not disappoint:

It is hard to grasp how large it was. The sign said it had a 40′ circumference, so if my math is correct, that means it was about 12 feet across!

Thor was enjoying himself while exploring around the tree:

After basking in the shade of this huge ancient tree, we headed back to the car for some lunch. We ate on a bench on the beautiful deck around the visitor center. After lunch, we decided to try and hike the St Perpetua trail, which went up to the top of Cape Perpetua. There is a road up there as well, but we thought we were up for a challenge, so we headed up. We all did really well, and make it to the ovelook area, which has a beautiful view looking south down the coast:

We had an intersting encounter with a lady on the overlook. She really liked Thor and proceeded to tell us a long story about her career as a veterinary technician and how she loved animals. She was with her father and they soon left, so we headed on around the loop trail at the top of the hill and found the “West Shelter” – it was built by the CCC back in the 30’s and was used as a lookout in WWII.

After completing the upper loop and getting one last look at the view from up top, we headed back down. We were all getting tired, but I guess Thor was getting REALLY tired (and hot), so partway down, in a cool spot of loose dirt, he just laid down to cool off:

It was actually pretty funny – he was a good sport all day and we hiked a lot farther than we had originally intended to. I think we did about 7 miles or so that day. Anyway, after a short rest, we continued down the trail. The trip down seemed to go a lot faster than the trip up, and we were soon back at the car. We were all kind of tired, so we were done hiking for the day – we had hiked most of the trails in this area. We decided to drive south to see the Heceta Head lighthouse and then we headed back to our rental house.

What a wonderful way to spend a day of vacation! Hiking in beautiful forest at the coast!

8/10/2016 – Beullers Bluff – Stehekin

Date of Hike: 8/10/2016
Location of Hike: Beullers Bluff Trail
Weather during Hike: Sunny and warm
Hiking Buddies: Carly, Gail, Abby, Raina
Start Time: 10:00 AM  End Time: 11:00 AM
Hike Distance: 1.5 miles  
Pictures: Link
Hike description
This was a very special hike for me. It was very short, but special. It was a hike we did on the last day of visiting Carly while she was working in Stehekin. In addition, most of the family went along for the hike.

The map does not show the entire route – I accidentally forgot to turn on the tracking at the top of the hill, so I missed the very last part of the trail to the top. You can see the bluff to the northwest of the end of the track.

It was supposed to be a short but steep hike up to a small bluff with a great view of the lake and valley. The trail is on private property but Carly had spoken to the land owner and he was OK with her hiking the trail, so we decided to make it a short trip the last morning we were there. We ate breakfast and then rented bikes in Stehekin and headed the mile or so up the road to the trailhead. We headed up the very well maintained trail – while it is not too long, it does get rather steep in spots.

Part way up, we got a hint of the view that was to come:

After huffing and puffing a bit we finally made it to the top. The views were pretty amazing. Looking south over lake Chelan:

Looking north up the Stehekin River valley:

And then, there was Tupshin peak across the valley which loomed even larger:

Up on top of the bluff there was a cool little chair to enjoy the view. Carly and Raina (Carly’s friend who joined up) decided to take advantage:

Old cabin remains:

And some sort of weird water trough or something:

Where I found this interesting guy hanging out:

After enjoying the view for a bit, we headed back down hill to our bikes. We rode up to the bakery to get some lunch for our ferry ride home and then headed back to Stehekin.

This was a great way to cap off a nice visit with Carly. Stehekin is a beautiful area to explore.

2/1/2014 – Newell Creek Canyon

Date of Hike: 2/1/2014
Location of Hike: Newell Creek Canyon
Weather during Hike: Sunny but cool
Hiking Buddies: Gail
Start Time: 10:30 AM  End Time: 12:30 PM
Hike Distance: 1.25 miles  
Pictures: Link
Description of Hike:
This was not a big hike, but it was fun, and it was technically a hike. It was a “walk” led by a Metro Naturalist down into Newell Creek Canyon in Oregon City. This land was purchased by Metro in 1995, but it was just left to be. Last year, a bond was passed to allow them to do some maintenance/improvement to it, so they are beginning the process of determining exactly what that will mean. They have started to remove invasive species and will be doing re-planting of native plants soon.

The walk started at Nelson’s Nautilus and followed the power line corridor for a bit down to a gate in the fence that surrounds the area. The gate is apparently an old logging road that took you down into the canyon. The naturalist that led the hike said the area was logged in the 40’s and 50’s. It has recovered pretty well. The road was pretty narrow and very muddy, but still a very recognizable road until we got close to the bottom. One the way down she stopped and showed us some native plants, invasive plants and several tracks in the mud. It was an interesting, although very slow walk down. As we descended into the canyon, the trees got larger, and we saw several areas where there had been homeless people camping. We stopped at a creek that they named Tumble Creek (also called Red Soils Creek):

The road kind of stopped there, but there is what looks like a user trail that continues north past the creek. After spending a bit of time down at the creek, we turned around and headed back up the hill, back to the starting point. It was a short walk through an interesting area. I think I will be returning (with others) to explore more in the future.

10/6/2007 – Lost Lake

Date of Hike: 10/6/2007
Location of Hike: Lost Lake Old Growth Trail
Weather during Hike: Overcast, COLD and windy
Hiking Buddies: The whole family, including my parents
Hike Distance: 1.5 miles  
Pictures: Link
Description of Hike:

This was a short hike to the Lost Lake Old Growth trail.

It was the weekend before my mother had hip surgery, and I thought it would be good for her to have some nice pictures in her head while she recovered. The trail is mostly a boardwalk through some magnificent old growth douglas fir and cedar trees.



It was a very nice day, however it was VERY cold and VERY windy. Luckily, we were spared most of the wind when going on the trail. We had lunch down by the lake, and it was really cold. The store was still open when we were there, but it was the last week until they closed up for the winter. Lost Lake is a beautiful lake, however it is a rather long drive to get there.