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Jul 06 2016
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 Portland, OR
Thomas Lake Trail #111Volcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2016
keepmoving
Hiking14.90 Miles 1,996 AEG
Hiking14.90 Miles   5 Hrs   8 Mns   2.90 mph
1,996 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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Beautiful hike through the Indian Heaven Wilderness past more lakes than I could possibly count. Greg, Virg, Kaila, and I departed Camas at around 9:30 and were on the trail by about 11:30. Had a couple of minor navigational issues on the way up, and stopped at Panther Creek Falls along the way. Also got to engage 4wd to cross a minor road washout which added to the adventure.

Weather was partly cloudy and in the 70s. We encountered maybe 4 groups of hikers during our entire time on the trail. There were more lakes than I could possibly remember, and it would be easy for anyone to head out here and find their own lake to enjoy, far from anyone else. There were quite a few mosquitoes, so we repeatedly soaked ourselves in deet and never really took a break. We were also motivated by the idea of hitting the brewery in Stevenson on the way back, so we kept a pretty quick pace through the entire hike.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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