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Jul 04 2017
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Tanner ButteNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
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I wanted to go for a nice long hike on the 4th, but I knew the trails would be crowded with usual masses of tourists and hipsters, so I choose the Tanner-Eagle Traverse. Starting from Tanner Creek, I knew the massive elevation gain and excessive distance would deter all but the real hikers, and by the time I hit Eagle Creek in the evening most hikers would already have packed it in for the day- it was the perfect plan.

I arrived around 10:30 to the Tooth Rock Trailhead. The area was already a complete mess- the few spots in the Wahclella Falls lot were already taken, so dozens of vehicles had been parked haphazardly along the edge of the road that leads up to the Tooth Rock Trailhead. I was worried I wouldn't find a spot in the lot, but surprisingly the Tooth Rock Trailhead was almost completely empty. Apparently people think its better to block the road to save themselves an extra 5 minutes of walking, then to park in an actual parking spot.... ](*,) I really hope they all got tickets!

With the parking situation now behind me, I shouldered my pack and hit the trail. The first couple minutes are a bit disappointing as I had to follow the paved path along I84 until I hit the actual turnoff to Tanner Butte. But once the trail split to the right and my feet finally hit the dirt, things began to improve. It was a nice day, only in the upper 60s in the early afternoon, clear skies, and plenty of wildflowers sprinkled along the trail. Lately I have had a desire to learn the names of the flowers I encounter on the trail, so I set a leisurely pace and took pictures of all the flowers to identify at a later time.

Although the trail climbs steadily for the first 6.5 miles to the turnoff to Dublin Lake, it never actually felt steep. I was very surprised when I finally checked the GPS and realized I had climbed over 3,500 feet, it really didn't feel like that much. I chatted briefly with a couple of backpackers who were resting at the junction, then I dropped down to check out the lake. I walked clockwise around the shoreline, admiring the countless newts that frolicked in the warm water and made a mental note of the camping opportunities for future use. I filtered a couple liters of water at the shoreline, then took off back up to the main trail.

As I got close to Tanner Butte I passed a couple of trail runners who had started from Eagle Creek around 0800. We had a brief chat and discussed trail conditions before parting ways. A couple minutes further ahead I took the turnoff to Tanner Butte since everyone had been raving about the views from the top. From the summit I had a complete 360 degree view of Adams, Rainier, St Helens, Hood, and Mt Jefferson to the south- simply stunning and well worth the trip!

Back on the main trail I began to drop in elevation towards the Eagle Creek ford. The trail through this section obviously doesn't see much traffic, but it was mostly in good shape except for the occasional downed tree from last winter. This whole area also felt extremely remote and I went about 5 hours without seeing someone (which is always fun).

I managed to keep my feet dry at the Eagle Creek ford, but the very next water crossing just a couple minutes down trail was a different story. There was no good place to cross, so I just walked straight through it. At this point the temperature was probably in the upper 70s/low 80s, so it actually felt really nice. I could have stopped to change my socks, but I was too exhausted and just wanted to push through.

As I kept dropping down Eagle Creek I was smelling smoke and seeing a pretty decent haze in the sky. I assumed that some of the backpackers were getting a little carried away with their 4th of July festivities, but when I rounded the corner above Twister Falls I caught sight of smoke billowing from the far hillside. Several of the trees and bushes had caught fire (naturally I assume some idiot decided this was a good place to use fireworks, but who knows...). I hung out for a couple minutes as I debated turning back or pushing on. I knew I was on the safe side of the river and the fire didn't look very big, but the smoke in the canyon was pretty significant and I didn't want to have to breath it in for the next couple of hours. Eventually I decided to push on- I knew if the smoke became a problem that the scramble trail up to the Benson Plateau was only about a mile away and that would allow me to climb above the smoke.

Fortunately the smoke began to clear after a mile or so and I noticed a helicopter overhead circling the fire monitoring the situation. The trail was surprisingly clear of hikers up until this point- I wondered if the Forest Service had shut it down or if the smoke had scared off hikers. I eventually ran into a couple who was hiking up to Tunnel Falls who told me that people had been relaying word of the fire to each other and most people were leaving the area.

With the smoke now clear and a nearly empty trail, I started trying to push the pace a bit in order to break the 10 hour mark. I knew the time was slipping away, but did the best I could to keep moving. I was jogging at a pretty pathetic pace, but somewhere past Punchbowl Falls a female trail runner that I had seen earlier passed me on her way out. It's always nice to have someone to run with, so I fell into place and started running behind her. She pulled away pretty quickly, but I tried to keep her in sight as we neared the trailhead. As my tired legs started to warm up and feel more comfortable on the rocky ground, I pushed the pace and eventually caught and passed her as she stopped suddenly to adjust something on her pack.

Back in the parking lot I refilled my water bottles in the fountain and splashed myself with water. The trail runner I had been running with passed by and returned to her car, but I still had a couple of miles to go to get back to my truck. I debated following the Gorge Trail #400 back or following the paved path along the freeway which would save me about a mile or two and be less scenic. I eventually decided to follow the paved path- I was losing light and my feet were pretty exhausted at this point. I jogged the rest of the way back, then laid down in the grass next to my truck after I refueled on gatoraid and donuts. It was very peaceful just laying there as the skies darkened and I listened to the sound of distant fireworks.
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Eagle Creek Trail #440North Central, OR
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Couldn't sleep last night, so I jumped in my truck around 0500 and drove out to Eagle Creek. I didn't know far I would be able to run since I was sore from the previous 2 days of hikes and runs, but I figured it would be a better use of my time than just laying in bed staring at the ceiling.

I was one of only a handful of cars in the parking lot at 0600. It was overcast, but in the mid 60s and quite pleasant, humidity around 66%. This was going to be my first run of Eagle Creek for the summer. I had previously avoided it due to the damaged bridge just beyond Punchbowl, but it turns out the trail is not actually closed like I was initially led to believe.

Shortly before Punchbowl Falls I encountered a young deer on the trail. We stared at each other for a couple minutes, until I cautiously made my way past her. She stood on the edge of the trail and looked on as I passed within about 5 or 6 feet of her, very cool experience.

I didn't eat before I set out for the run, and I didn't fill my hydration bladder all the way. Although I wanted to run to Tunnel Falls, I thought I would just go until I got tired. 30 minutes into the run I realized I was starving and was tempted to turn around immediately, but I decided I would push on to the 1 hour mark before heading back. The 1 hour mark soon came and passed, and I decided I would turn around at the wilderness boundary. That too came and passed, and I triumphantly arrived at Tunnel Falls at the 1:30 mark.

The run back from Tunnel Falls was extremely difficult. The combined physical and mental exhaustion, as well as not eating before the run, really pushed me to my limit. I felt like I was moving barely faster than a walking pace, but I pushed on anyways. I was hopeful that I could at least finish in 3 hours, but I just didn't have the energy to make the push. I was able to speed up moderately for the last 1/4 mile or so, but it was a pretty weak effort. When I arrived in the parking lot I collapsed on the bench and took a good long rest with some gatoraid and pop tarts before making the drive back.
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Eagle Creek Trail #440North Central, OR
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I used to come here every year when I was a kid. I had heard that this trail has become very crowded in the past few years. I thought that coming here on a Monday would alleviate the crowded trail. I was wrong. I couldn't believe my eyes, the entire parking lot was full at 8:30 a.m. on a Monday. Once we got on the trail, I relaxed, and really enjoyed the hike. We just went to the Punchbowl Falls. My cousin and I swam past the beach where the trail ends and continued to swim out underneath the falls. In this natural amphitheater, there are lots of rocks to sit on and enjoy the thundering roar of the cascade. Summer days in Oregon...mmm yes please. :D
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Ran up to Tunnel Falls and back. Fall is in full swing- the trees are changing color and most of the trail is covered in bright orange and yellow leaves. The Salmon Spawn is almost over- most of them have died at this point and the parking lot is engulfed in the horrid stench of decaying fish. Good times.
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I was hoping to head up past Tunnel Falls towards Wahtum Lake, but I got a late start and really wasn't feeling all that good. Still had a nice run to Tunnel Falls though.

I was on trail around 3:30 and was mostly in the shade for the entire run. I didn't encounter nearly as many people as I expected, and pretty much had the trail to myself once I passed high bridge. Felt like I had a decent pace the entire way, made it to Tunnel Falls in about 1:20 and turned right around and headed back without taking a real break. Was hoping to smash my previous time, but only ended up beating it by 7 minutes.

Eagle Creek is running really low, but the salmon area already trying to make their way upstream to spawn. After I finished I hung out on the Gorge Creek Trail Bridge over Eagle Creek and watched as dozens of Salmon tried to fight their way up the shallow rocky water.
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Started just after noon, temp was in the upper 70s when I started and was creeping into the 90s by the time I finished. Just about every parking spot in the main and overflow lots was taken. Lots of people on the trail, but for the most part its wide and easy to pass people.

I definitely underestimated the heat. 80s in Tucson was nothing, but now that I have acclimatized to Oregon, it totally destroyed me. Everything below my hips was cramping on the return trip and I made terrible time. Even my left big toe was starting to cramp- that is a sensation I have never experienced before and would like to avoid in the future.

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Eagle Creek Trail to Wahtum LakeNorth Central, OR
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In May, I attended the International Trails Symposium in Portland, Oregon to give a presentation about my work with the Warrior Hike program that puts veterans with PTSD on the National Scenic Trails to "Walk off the War". www.warriorhike.org

After the conference was done, I had scheduled some time to explore the area. Lucky for me, my gracious hostess and good friend Kimberlie Dame had the same days off, so we planned on going backpacking in the Columbia River Gorge. Hard to believe, but I'd never been backpacking outside of Arizona before- dayhiking, yes- but not backpacking! Years ago, I'd seen a picture of Kimberlie at Tunnel Falls and was mesmerized by the exotic beauty of the place. We put together a loop that went up Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls, to Wahtum Lake to intersect with the Pacific Crest Trail to Cascade Locks and the Bridge of the Gods which marks the WA/OR border, about 29 miles.

We made a quick stop at Multnomah Falls on the way out to Eagle Creek Trailhead. It was Friday of Memorial Day Weekend and we wanted to make sure to secure a campsite- this area is very popular with both dayhikers and backpackers. I started out with a liter and a half of water, probably the least I've carried in a long time but still overkill in this wet and overcast environment.

The trail was wide and fancy and soon we came to the Metlako Falls overlook and took the side trip, followed by Punchbowl Falls. Everything was so totally different than the desert environment that I'm used to- so many plants and wildflowers that I wasn't familiar with and this strange wet stuff everywhere!

We passed Loowit Falls and then came to an amazing slot pool- it was begging for a return trip in warmer weather with my inner tube floatie. We entered the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness and the trail was lined with giant ferns and trees dripping with moss. I could hear Tunnel Falls before I could see it- the sweet sound of rushing water dropping a large distance. Then I turned the corner and there it was in all its glory- the giant cascade, the fern-lined tunnel, the mossy columnar basalt framing the pool below. What a place!!

I wanted to hang out for a while and so we set up for a break and watched folks go by while I explored around. After we saw several groups of backpackers, we decided it would be a good idea to go claim a campsite along the creek. We hiked a short distance away and found a wonderful spot for the two of us. It was close enough to Tunnel Falls that I went back for another visit which included a dance party for one in said tunnel. I could hear the soothing sounds of the creek as I went to bed.

In the morning, we had a leisurely start and continued climbing up Eagle Creek. It was outrageously pleasant hiking, winding back and forth across the creek before ascending the Benson Plateau. As we gained elevation the scenery and the vegetation changed and we hiked into a misty cloud. So very Pacific Northwest- exactly what I had been expecting.

We ascended the gentlest switchback I've ever seen and then reached a sign for the PCT. My first time on this legendary trail! All day, I'd been making jokes about having a hot dog at a Memorial Day BBQ when we got to Wahtum Lake, but alas, there were some campers, but no hot dogs. Our view of Wahtum Lake was confined to the first two feet off the shore.

The trail climbed toward the Chinidere Mountain junction, which is supposed to have amazing views of five glaciated volcanoes- we took a pass because there would be no views today. It was a long day of hiking and we were famished when we reached our campsite. When we'd started, we weren't sure if we were going to spend one night or two out. We had enough food for two nights, but just barely- it would mean hot oats for dinner. Now I haven't been able to even look at a pack of oatmeal since my thru-hike last year, but I devoured those hot oats like they were my favorite dish! Kimberlie was nice enough hike down to Teakettle Spring for water and I played around with my headlamp and took pictures. We were amazed to find that we had taken the exact same picture of the trees above our campsite.

I slept well, even though it was punctuated with wet "plops" from the misty trees on my tent. The trail descended steeply down the hill and then came to a sweet open ridge where the clouds parted and I got a quick view of the Columbia River. Before long, we were below the mist in the big green ferns again.

We reached the Gorge Trail and took it to the Bridge of the Gods, but instead of crossing it, we immediately went looking for food. After a half-hour wait at a roadside burger stand, we ate and drank milkshakes and managed to score a ride back to the Eagle Creek TH with some friendly vacationers. It was a stellar introduction to backpacking in the PNW and I can't wait to explore some more!

I am really looking forward to returning to Portland in September, when I will be giving a presentation on the Arizona Trail at the American Long-Distance Hiking Association-West (ALDHA-West) 20th Annual Gathering. I have plans to explore Olympic National Park while in the area and look forward to carrying only a tiny bottle of water again.
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Since moving to Oregon I have not been getting out to hike as much as I would have liked. Now I could make excuses that I have been too busy with other matters, but quite frankly I have just been lazy.

Yesterday I decided it was time to finally do something about this, and decided to backpack the Eagle Creek/Ruckel Creek loop. This is touted as a famous multi-day backpack through some of the most spectacular scenery the Gorge has to offer.

I initially planned to do the backpack as just an overnight trip, instead of the standard 2 nights. I figured I could push hard the first day to climb out of the canyon and camp somewhere near Wahtum Lake, then easily drop down Ruckle Creek on day #2. But as the morning progressed and I hiked further up Eagle Creek, my plan slowly changed. What if I could do the hike in under 24 hours? I reasoned that would be easy enough, almost too easy though... What if I could do the whole hike in under 12 hours? And as I worked my way up the trail, that thought gained traction. I worked the math over in my head, it seemed reasonable based on my pace, and so I pushed myself.

Eagle Creek really is a spectacular hike with gorgeous waterfalls along the trail. And tunnel falls really has to be seen to be fully appreciated. However, I think my favorite part of the trail was actually the stretch between Eagle Creek and Wahtum Lake. The trail climbed gently up the canyon and I didn't encounter anyone else for miles. Occasionally it would past by creeks and small waterfalls that flooded over the trail.

In the end, I came up short of my goal and ended up finishing just shy of 13 hours. And although I enjoyed the challenge of doing this trail as a single day hike, I think it is definitely worth returning to backpack it and take my time enjoying the scenery. I would like to bring along my real camera and properly photograph the many waterfalls I encountered.
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Hard to describe the beauty of this hike. If you ever get the chance to go, don't pass it up. Hiked/jogged up to Twister Falls. Very popular trail, so you will see plenty of people. Especially from the punchbowl down. The best of the hike is definitely above the punchbowl. Wish I had time to go further.
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I have a flickr.com friend who happens to be my friend's mom that agreed to go shooting with me in the Columbia River Gorge the day before my St. Helens hike. She suggested a sunrise (on my vacation!), so we met at 5 a.m. to get up the gorge east of Portland to take some pictures, then go for a hike. She's rehabbing an ankle injury, so we took our time on this photo hike. Post-hike food at Chipotle - hardly a substitution for the post-hike Mexican food I'm used to, but good carb-load for the next day.
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Great day for a hike in the gorge -- and this hike is a popular one. Probably saw 100 people out on the trail today. So if you're looking for solitude, you'll have to hike this during the winter months! Water wasn't roaring as much as my previous visit (Feb 2010) but tunnel falls is still impressive. And the spray coming off felt so good on a warm day like today. Saw quite a few backpackers on their way out during the morning and saw loads of people coming to play in the creek on the trip back in the afternoon. A good hike and the longest hike my wife has done -- her new personal best for mileage.
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An old friend of mine from college and I only did the part to Punch Bowl Falls due to time constraints. Also: this is actually a 3.8-mile (RT) out and back if you park right at the trailhead, but we ended up parking a half-mile down the road because we didn't know there was additional parking. doh!

Absolutely stunning wildflowers on this hike. The weather was overcast, but becoming partly sunny.

There's a really good write-up about this hike here: http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org ... Falls_Hike
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Took advantage of the good weather to try and make it all the way to tunnel falls today. Arrived at the trailhead just before 9AM and already about 10 cars -- no suprise there. Took the side trail to lower Punch Bowl but without wading, you couldn't see the falls and I wasn't about to wade in the creek at this time of the year. The sun hitting the mist from the falls did make for kind of a cool shot. The trail was in condition and I made good time to tunnel falls. Lots of water coming off at this time of the year although I imagine spring could bring even more water. Continued on past tunnel falls to next big falls on Eagle Creek. Found a nice spot to enjoy my lunch before heading back. The sun was hitting the falls and you could just make out a slight rainbow. Didn't turn out as good as it was "live" but isn't that always the case. Once I hit high bridge on the way back ran into lots of people. But other than the couple that was letting their three cute dogs run wild it wasn't bad. And it's a small price to pay for such a beautiful hike.
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