Trillium Lake

Michael and I have been to Trillium Lake a zillion times but it’s always been in the winter time! It is a popular winter spot for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. It’s been a tradition for us to go snowshoeing there on New Year’s Day most years. It is super popular, so we always get up really early to get there and get a parking spot. It’s full if you aren’t there by 9am.

But…we’ve never been there in there summer! It’s always been somewhere I wanted to try camping in the summer. But just like winter, it’s very very popular to camp there in the summer so hard to get a spot.

On Saturday over Labor Day we decided to do a little day trip. We left foggy, overcast Portland, drove up in the clouds in Mount Hood and then all of a sudden we were in blue skies!

So in the winter time you park at the top parking lot, right off the highway, for Trillium Lake and then hike down. But obviously in the summer the main road is open. Weird! We’ve never actually seen it. LOL We drove down to the day use area, which was packed. There was a guy directing people where to park, so that was nice.

We started our hike. The place was a madhouse. I guess we should have expected it, but it was a little overwhelming how crowded it was and…like no one was wearing masks but us and a few other hikers. 🙁

The lakeside was PACKED. People swimming, boating, SUP-ing, kayaking, fishing, sunbathing.

The trail is very narrow, and a bit crowded, around the lake.

And you are also hiking through campgrounds? That was a bit weird. I mean, you aren’t hiking right through campgrounds but they are on either side of the trail. So that’s good to know for the future if we ever wanted to camp there (probably not, after seeing how crowded it was).

Some of the trail was on boardwalk. And there were parts of the boardwalk that were really broken. I felt like that scene in Romancing the Stone where Kathleen Turner is trying to cross that broken bridge? 😀

I didn’t get pictures of the really bad parts! There were parts you had to kind of jump over!

The views of the lake and Mount Hood were beautiful, of course.

It was a beautiful, warm day. I wanted to go swimming SO BADLY!!!! I really miss it. Of anything in pre-pandemic life, swimming is the one I miss the most. Seriously. I’ve never not been in the pool this long. 🙁

Anyways, Logan was ready to turn around so we headed back. We were going to have a picnic but the place was SO CROWDED so we decided to go somewhere else for our lunch. We ended up at Still Creek Campground up the road. It was much nicer!

It was a small, simple campground but it was shaded and quiet and not overcrowded. There were some picnic areas too so we just stopped and had our picnic lunch by the creek.

We were right by a trailhead for Barlow Pass, too. We had a nice picnic lunch. Logan had PBJ, grapes, crackers and Paw Patrol cookies. Michael and I split a Subway sandwich. Then we packed up and headed home. Luckily, Logan slept the entire drive home! (Which is good because the way up it was “are we there yet?” every five minutes.)

So the hike was a bit of a bummer. Very flat, very crowded, we barely did 2 miles total. But at least we got to see Trillium Lake in summer time, we got outside in a very beautiful area for the day, and had a picnic. That was all good! In the future, I know some of my favorites I’d rather do!

Hillside & Seaside

I got some new hiking boots!

I really needed them. For awhile now, whenever I went hiking my feet hurt. My ankle hurt in a weird spot (achilles) and I couldn’t go as far as I would like. Our most recent hike was super easy and flat and my body was NOT happy. Later that night when we got home I was hurting. I even had shin splints. So the next day I went to REI and tried on some different boots and ended up with these:

Merrell Moab 2 boots. I love REI and I can try these boots out for 1 year and if I don’t like them or they cause me issues, I can return them! I think that’s awesome!

I got to test them out over the weekend. We had plans to go to the beach with friends but they weren’t feeling well. We decided to go anyways and go for a hike. We did Tillamook Head in Seaside. We did it once before, when Logan was little. Check out the old post and see photos of LITTLE Logan!!! Oh my!

It’s kinda crazy that last time we did this hike, Logan was probably a year and a half old and still in the hiking backpack. LOL Now he’s a little hiker!

He did so good! We did almost 3 miles roundtrip and he didn’t ask to be carried or act tired at all. We turned around and headed back because of time and lunch.

The trail is still pretty wet, soggy, muddy and slippery in places. But we did ok.

There were only a few parts of the trail that were kinda sketchy for a little kid (a washout). Last time we did it, there had been damage from trees and the trail had been blocked. They’d fixed it and we had no issues this time.

It was a great hike!

It’s a pretty steep hike, too. Lots of uphill. Despite it being the hardest hike Logan’s ever done, he did a great job!

After the hike we drove a short ways to the beach. I’m not sure which beach it was but it was popular with surfers!

We had a picnic lunch on the beach. It was sunny and almost 70 degrees.

It was so nice! We had a great time. Then Logan played in the sand, of course.

And then Logan and I played in the surf. He loved standing at the edge and then running from the water as the tide came in.

We did that for a long time (surprisingly, the water wasn’t too cold!). Then Logan and I got hit with a big, surprise wave! I grabbed Logan and picked him up and ran for the shore! I was drenched from the waist down. Yikes. LOL We were ok and I wasn’t in danger of falling down but Logan did. Thankfully I was holding on to him and was able to pick him up quick. It wasn’t scary until like an hour later. Oy.

Since we were both drenched and it was around 2pm anyways, we packed up, changed at the car and Logan fell asleep immediately.

It was a great day, despite the wave drenching us. It was nice to get out of the city and get a mixture of woods and hills and beach! AND my new boots were GREAT! No pain at all!