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May 22 2019
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 Portland, OR
Burnt Lake Trail #772North Central, OR
North Central, OR
Hiking avatar May 22 2019
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Hiking7.35 Miles 1,533 AEG
Hiking7.35 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.96 mph
1,533 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked up to Burnt Lake with Greg and Addie. Only 1 other car at the trailhead, but we soon passed the other hikers on their way out and had the trail to ourselves. Overcast all day, it rained on us for a bit while we were taking a break at the shore of the lake, but the storm quickly passed. Greg got to fish for the first time in his life, managed to get a couple of bites before finally landing a 12" rainbow trout. There were some patches of snow on the southwest corner of the lake and visible in the peaks above, but it will soon melt out.
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May 20 2019
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 Portland, OR
Lewis RiverVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
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Hiking19.07 Miles 2,303 AEG
Hiking19.07 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   2.36 mph
2,303 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
 
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Rainy day hike along Lewis River Trail to check out the Bolt Camp Shelter. Temperature in the mid 40s, drizzled off and on all day. Only saw 1 person on a mountain bike the entire time I was on trail.

Not the most exciting trail, especially approaching the shelter from the east side. The shelter itself is interesting, and might be a fun destination for a winter hike/backpack since you could camp inside and be out of the elements, but I would only consider hiking in from the west (which is also significantly shorter). While the western portion of the trail hugs the river bank and passes multiple smaller campsites, the eastern section of the trail keeps a bit more distance from the river and is pretty boring. It's a very lush forest, especially in spring, but not enough to justify the extra distance to reach the shelter.

First time hiking with my Virga 26 pack. Loaded up with about 8lb base weight + water/food, it was SUPER comfortable and I almost forget that I am wearing it.
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May 10 2019
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 Portland, OR
Lakes TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
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Hiking12.51 Miles 2,106 AEG
Hiking12.51 Miles   4 Hrs   37 Mns   2.71 mph
2,106 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
 
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Late afternoon hike from the Coldwater Lake Trailhead up to Ridge Camp and back down using the South Coldwater Trail. The road to Johnson Ridge Observatory is closed just beyond the Coldwater Lake Trailhead for only one more week, so I thought this would be a good time to get the hike done since it requires some road walking to connect the trailheads.

Started at about 1700. Nice warm afternoon in the upper 70s, clear skies. Quite a few people out paddling the lake, but I only saw a couple people on trail with the first mile or so from the parking lot, then I had complete solitude for the remainder of the hike.

Took my time as I walked around the lake. The views of Minnie Peak and snow capped peaks further back in the Mount Margaret Backcountry were stunning. There is even a cool beaver lodge at the far north end of the lake, I lingered for a couple minutes, but didn't see any activity around it.

Past the Lakes Trail junction, Coldwater Trail climbs steeply at first, but views open up quickly and before long the trail settles on a more reasonable incline. Pausing for a break at one of the viewpoints, I noticed a large plume of dust rising from a ridge a couple hundred yards away. After focusing in on the dust, I realized it was from a large group of elk that were trampling their way up the hillside, very cool to see from a distance.

I paused for a break at Ridge Camp, only being able to find 1 of the what should be 2 campsites, I sat and had a quick snack before retreating back down trail. On the descent down the ridge I passed by several pieces of old machinery that were destroyed during the eruption. It soon got dark and I put my headlamp on, I startled a couple small herds of elk in the dark, then quickly reached the road and jogged back to where my truck was parked.

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Just some personal notes for planned future trips- the trail was 99% snowfree. Only one real patch of snow that was easy enough to walk through. Ridge Camp is indeed dry, it would be best to fill up water at the bridge over the inlet to Coldwater Lake before making the ascent. Ridge Camp has no view of Mt. Saint Helens, but the view of Minnie Peak is stunning. The hike in to Snow Lake looks like it would also be a fairly easy way to access the backcountry as a first night stay with fairly moderate elevation gain, then loop around the Lakes Basin to the Boundary Trail for a 2nd night before heading out. This loop is not ideal for views of Mt. St Helens, only a couple spots where you can catch a partial glimpse of it.
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May 05 2019
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32 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Enchanted ValleyOlympic, WA
Olympic, WA
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Backpack28.08 Miles 3,503 AEG
Backpack28.08 Miles2 Days         
3,503 ft AEG18 LBS Pack
 
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Quick overnight trip up the East Fork Quinault River Trail to Enchanted Valley with Tim. Departed Portland at 0700 and arrived at the trailhead around 1100. The drive up was overcast and foggy, but as we neared the trailhead the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful sunny spring day.

Starting on a Sunday afternoon worked out wonderfully for us- no traffic on the way to the trailhead, and almost every other hiker we encountered was heading back to the trailhead. We kept a nice casual pace, stopping for a snack breaks at the designated camp areas and taking our time as we worked our way up the canyon. The views up canyon are extremely limited the entire way until you enter Enchanted Valley when they suddenly open up- exposing views of giant snow capped peaks with countless waterfalls streaming down their rocky faces. The view is truly stunning and there is no way to adequately capture the true beauty of the area. We ended up camping about a hundred yards beyond the Enchanted Valley Cabin. Only 2 other groups were camped in the area, but they were far enough away that we felt like we had the whole area to ourselves. We saw 5 bears on the way in and about a dozen elk. There were a couple other bears roaming the immediate area, but we never had any issues with them.

The next morning I was up before sunrise. It dropped down into the low 40s overnight, but never really felt all that cold. I watched as the stars slowly faded and the sky lightened until the first rays of light illuminated the cliff faces. The other two groups that were camped in the valley packed up and departed shortly after 0900, but we lingered in the canyon until about 1100. On the hike back we encountered three more bears and a large group of elk. One of the bears we passed was digging around in a downed log about 10 yards off trail- when we paused to look at him he vocalized his displeasure with our presence by huffing/grunting and we quickly departed the area.
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May 02 2019
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 Portland, OR
Henline Falls Trail #3348North Central, OR
North Central, OR
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Hiking1.85 Miles 220 AEG
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Short stroll through the forest to a nice waterfall. Good warm-up hike prior to hitting Opal Creek, had the trail to myself.
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May 02 2019
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 Portland, OR
Opal CreekNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
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Hiking10.24 Miles 1,112 AEG
Hiking10.24 Miles   4 Hrs   37 Mns   2.22 mph
1,112 ft AEG13 LBS Pack
 
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Late afternoon hike out along Opal Creek out to Cedar Flats and back. First time exploring this area. Weather in the upper 50s, low 60s, clear skies. Only a handful of cars at the trailhead. While this is a super popular swimming spot in the summer, my goal was to hit it before school let out and the crowds swarmed the area.

The first half of the trail is just a walk along a gravel forest road that leads to the mostly abandoned town of Jawbone Flats. The town has a current population of 10 people and they rent out cabins and hold educational seminars for schoolchildren. There are some interesting remnants of the old mining operations that contributed to the development of the town scattered through the area.

Took a break at the bridge above Opal Falls and had a quick snack. I didn't actually realize that ever popular Opal Pool was just downstream- as I expected some type of signage or a more obvious use trail, so I totally missed it ](*,)

Continued my way up to Cedar Flats. I brought my overnight pack in the event that I decided to spend the night, but I wasn't super fond of the final campsite at the end of the trail and decided to head back instead.
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Apr 26 2019
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 Portland, OR
Table MountainVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2019
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Hiking18.37 Miles 4,870 AEG
Hiking18.37 Miles   7 Hrs   13 Mns   2.55 mph
4,870 ft AEG9 LBS Pack
 
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Beautiful day with temps in the 60s and mostly clear skies. Table Mountain and Aldrich Butte encompass one of the few areas on the Washington side of the gorge that I have never explored. Not really sure why that is, but today was the day to check it out.

Made really good time going up trail. The area has a fairly extensive network of old 4x4 roads and random use trails that intersect in multiple places, but the trail is always well marked and never hard to follow. I took the Heartbreak Ridge route to get to the summit, then looped around the north side of the summit and dropped down to rejoin the PCT. Someone went a bit crazy with the "heartbreak" signs along the ridge trail, I counted 18 of them for the stretch of trail that's just over a mile. On the way back I took a gamble by following an unmarked 4x4 road in an attempt to get to Aldrich Butte without having to do any backtracking. My plan worked out perfectly- not really sure why the route I took wasn't marked at the main PCT junction, but further down the way it was clearly marked as a route to Aldrich Butte.
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Apr 24 2019
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 Portland, OR
Kings Mountain / Elk MountainNorth Coast, OR
North Coast, OR
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2019
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Hiking10.53 Miles 3,787 AEG
Hiking10.53 Miles   4 Hrs   22 Mns   2.41 mph
3,787 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
 
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Beautiful day with temps in the 60s and clear skies. Did the loop starting from Elk Mountain Trailhead and going counterclockwise. Not too many other people out since it was midweek, but did have a brief chat with another hiker who was doing the loop the opposite direction- he said clockwise was the most common approach and that totally makes sense after doing the loop. Nice challenging hike with a good amount of elevation gain, but the views of the coast range and clear cut forest are not nearly as interesting to me as those that can be found in the cascade range or the gorge.
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Apr 21 2019
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 Portland, OR
Eagle Creek Trail #501North Central, OR
North Central, OR
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Backpack10.00 Miles 1,554 AEG
Backpack10.00 Miles2 Days         
1,554 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
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First real backpacking trip of the year. Had the whole trail to myself (which is pretty typical since this trail is mostly forgotten). Nice weather- Highs in the 60s and lows in the upper 30s, started out cloudy on day 1, but was nice and sunny by the time I reached the truck on day #2. Lots of firsts for this hike- first time sleeping outside in a quilt, first time ever setting up a tarp shelter, and first full overnight with a frameless pack and no hipbelt. Also my lowest base pack weight at just about 11 pounds, with total pack weight w/ food and water of about 15lbs.

Intended on making it all the way to the Eagle Creek Ford before turning around and setting up camp, but turned back in essentially the same area I stopped when I first hiked this trail over the summer. The trail just doesn't see much use and I got tired of stepping over dead fall and didn't want to push through the dead thorn bushes that were beginning to encroach on the trail, so I turned around. I also encountered a couple of snow patches near my turnaround point, but nothing too bad.
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Apr 16 2019
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 Portland, OR
Clear Lake Cabin Lookout Overnight, OR 
Clear Lake Cabin Lookout Overnight, OR
 
Backpack avatar Apr 16 2019
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Backpack7.00 Miles 1,010 AEG
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Spent a night at the Clear Lake Cabin Lookout. Very cool destination. Weather was mostly cloudy with some very light rain/snow. Overnight it got really windy. Too cloudy to ever see Mt. Hood, but it was still worth it. Didn't see anyone the entire time.
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Apr 06 2019
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 Portland, OR
Carver to Clackamette, OR 
Carver to Clackamette, OR
 
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Ran Carver to Clackamette with William and Alex. First time on this section for the three of us. Temps in the 50s, water running high and fast. Started out with steady rain, but finished under mostly sunny skies. Got to paddle the first half of the run through a large flock of Swollows that were skimming over the water and flew with us downriver, pretty cool.

Clackamas River Gauge @ Oregon City
Flow 6770 CFS
Height 27.76'
Temp 44.1f
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Apr 03 2019
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 Portland, OR
Wygant Trail and Perham Creek LoopNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
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Hiking9.14 Miles 2,412 AEG
Hiking9.14 Miles   3 Hrs   52 Mns   2.36 mph
2,412 ft AEG7 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked up to Wygant Peak and back. Had the trail completely to myself. Temps in the 50s, light to moderate rain off and on for the first half of the hike, then the rain ended and the sun started to peak out. There are some nice views along the way to the top, but the peak itself is just a forested summit. Considered trying to follow the abandoned Chetwoot Trail to form a loop, but I turned back after a couple hundred feet because it just didn't look like much fun to climb over downed trees and push through bushes.
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Mar 24 2019
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 Portland, OR
Gales Creek TrailNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
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Hiking14.02 Miles 2,257 AEG
Hiking14.02 Miles   5 Hrs   39 Mns   2.48 mph
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Nice mostly sunny day in the mid 50s. Strolled along the trail from Gales Creek TH up to Bell Creek TH and back. Not too crowded for a sunday afternoon hike, only saw a handful of mountain bikers and hikers. Not a super exciting trail, but a nice break from the snow and a good way to get some decent mileage in. Only a couple of moderate patches of snow lingering in shaded areas of the trail on the lower stretches, but the last couple hundred yards was a solid foot of snow.
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Mar 23 2019
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Barton to Carver Kayak, OR 
Barton to Carver Kayak, OR
 
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Ran Barton to Carver with William. Took out my Dagger Katana 10.4 Crossover for the first time, it paddles well, very forgiving. Overcast day in the mid 50s, water was high and fast, resulting in some of the rapids being a bit more washed out than usual.

Clackamas Gauge @ Estacada:
CFS- 2700
Water Temp- 43 Degrees
Gauge Height- 12.83'
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Mar 07 2019
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Govt Mineral Springs Guard Station Overnight, WA 
Govt Mineral Springs Guard Station Overnight, WA
 
Backpack avatar Mar 07 2019
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Backpack1.78 Miles 100 AEG
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100 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
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Snowshoed into the Govt Mineral Springs Guard Station Cabin and spent the night. Nice easy trek in through fresh snow. After dropping my gear at the cabin I took a brief stroll around the surrounding area to check things out. Had a nice peaceful evening sitting in front of the fire, listening to podcasts and reading a book. It snowed off and on overnight, erasing most of my steps from the previous day and leaving the forest blanketed in a fresh coat. Beautiful drive back to Portland, passed a small herd of Elk just north of Carson.
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Feb 22 2019
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Wahkeena Falls to Multnomah FallsNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
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Hiking4.71 Miles 1,624 AEG
Hiking4.71 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   2.52 mph
1,624 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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Last minute decision to do a quick hike and get some extra miles in. Decided to test out my new Gorilla 40 pack and see how it performed without hipbelt and frame. Temps in the 40s, trail was icy and completely snow covered in the stretches above the falls. Was going to bring my microspikes, but as usual they went missing just prior to heading out the door, had to take it slow to avoid falling in several spots. The pack performed admirably, very happy with how it carried- almost felt like I was carrying nothing, can't wait for warmer weather to test it on some overnights.
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Feb 18 2019
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 Portland, OR
Ranger Hole & Interrorem Nature Trail, WA 
Ranger Hole & Interrorem Nature Trail, WA
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2019
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Hiking1.79 Miles 258 AEG
Hiking1.79 Miles   1 Hour      1.79 mph
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Having been constructed in 1907, Interrorem Cabin is the oldest forest service cabin in the Olympic National Forest. Now that it's longer in use, the USFS rents out the cabin to overnight visitors. I was lucky enough to snag a last minute reservation for myself and spend the night at the cabin. In the morning, I went for a quick stroll along the nature trail around the cabin and then followed the ranger hole trail down to the Duckabush river. Nice way to start the day, very convenient since I could walk right out the cabin door and straight down the trail.
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Feb 18 2019
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Duckabush Trail #803Olympic, WA
Olympic, WA
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Hiking5.63 Miles 896 AEG
Hiking5.63 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   2.17 mph
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This was supposed to be an easy stroll along the Duckabush River Trail after my night at the Interrorem Cabin, but it didn't work out quite as I was hoping. My initial plan was to head out to the "Big Hump" where there is supposed to be a nice view of the valley, but I cut the hike short and headed back early. I can't point a finger at any one thing, it just really felt that it wasn't my day. My right knee was bugging me, I was feeling exhausted for such an easy hike, and the laces on BOTH of my boots snapped within minutes of each other. Still had fun though, can't wait to head back to the Olympics when things are not snow covered and do more exploring.
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Feb 17 2019
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Lena Lake Trail #810Olympic, WA
Olympic, WA
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Hiking6.24 Miles 1,606 AEG
Hiking6.24 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.50 mph
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Nice snow covered hike to Lower Lena Lake. I would have liked to continue on to Upper Lena Lake, but I didn't think it was prudent given the snow conditions, so I stuck to the lower lake. Started in a couple of inches of well trampled snow at the trailhead and got up to a couple feet by the time I was at the lake. Should have brought microspikes, but I seem to have misplaced them. Parking lot at the trailhead was a complete mess- several people in front wheel drive sedans who had no business trying to drive down the snow/ice covered road had become stuck. I loaned out my traction mat and shovel to help a couple of parties out, even sticking around for the better part of an hour to help out one of the stranded groups after finishing my hike.
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Feb 07 2019
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Trail of the Deer, WA 
Trail of the Deer, WA
 
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2019
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Hiking1.89 Miles 250 AEG
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Wandered along some trails at Washington's Lewis and Clark State Park with Tim and Chloe. Just a quick stop to stretch our legs on day 1 of our snowboarding trip. The park itself was closed for the winter, but we used the day use parking and walked in from there. The trails are not really labeled and we did a random loop in a counterclockwise direction. Cold evening with temps in the 30s. Not very interesting of a stop - I definitely have no desire to head back.
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