Mount Hood hikes

Up On The Mountain

Recently I took a day off and decided to head up to Mount Hood with Miss Bella! First stop: iced coffee at my favorite local coffee-shop. Then settled in with good tunes as I drove up to Mount Hood.

I had a few hikes in my mind but once I got up to Zig Zag, I decided to try a different hike. I took Lolo Pass Road a few miles to where I thought I would get to the Lolo Pass hike. But I drove almost 10 miles and then got to a sign that said the road was closed. So I wasn’t sure if I’d have to park and hike 5 miles just to get to the trailhead. Hmmmm….

So I backtracked and decided to try and do Ramona Falls. If you’ve been a reader for awhile, you might remember the time we took visiting family on the Ramona Falls hike and accidentally did 7 miles!!! WAY TOO LONG for all of us and we were not prepared for it at all. That trip taught us what a “dog-bone loop” meant!

Bella and I arrived at Ramona Falls and got ready to hike. I saw this sign at the trailhead:

Apparently the bridge that was there to cross the Sandy River was gone. I read through the guide and was like, eff that! I am SO not crossing glacier streams and getting soaking wet. It did not sound fun. So I decided to take the Sandy River Trail instead.

It was going to be a hot day–99 degrees. I was there early-ish and it was already pretty warm. The air felt murky and heavy. Due to the wildfires, the air was hazy from smoke and it felt like a big, hot, wet blanket hung over everything. But at least it didn’t smell smoky.

The trail was really quiet and empty. I didn’t see anyone else on the trail. I guess everyone in the half-full parking lot decided to try and cross the river to do Ramona Falls.

The trail was gently rolling so it was “easy” except that the ground was mostly sandy so that made it kind of difficult to walk easily on.

It seemed like the trail was probably mostly for Equestrian hikes. I could hear the roaring river near the trail as we hiked. There were a few spots where you could see the view. The river looked really nice and peaceful.

Once I was about half-way through the Sandy River Trail, I looked at the river and saw a lot of spots where Bella and I probably could have crossed the river easily without getting drenched. Good to know for next time, I guess.

Bella and I drank a lot of water. It was hot! Then we turned around to hike back. I was getting tired and hungry.

Here are the final stats:

I stopped for a quick lunch on the way home, showered, gave Bella a bath and then Bella and I crashed for a very luxurious nap! She cuddled next to me and snored and I was immediately out. After my nap I got a pedicure and did some shopping. It was the perfect “me” day. 😀

Mirror Lake and a Girl’s Day

On Thursday I took Logan to daycare and then Miss B and I got to do our own thing! I packed up some stuff and we drove up to Mount Hood, listening to Beth Hart and Lucinda Williams CDs. Bella was super excited for an adventure!

It was such a nice day and I had the whole day to do whatever I wanted. I wasn’t really up for working out yet (still a little sick) but an easy hike in some fresh air sounded right. I looked around for some hikes near us but found that the Gorge hikes are still largely closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire last year. Multnomah Falls is open but not all the way. So I decided to drive out to Mirror Lake.

Mirror Lake has been on my To Do List for years! It’s a super popular hike, though, and so we’ve never done it. Thee’s not a ton of parking available and it always fills up fast.

I got to the trailhead at 9:20 AM and I got the last parking spot (barely).

Bella and I got ready and headed out on the trail. You cross a bridge right away and I had to kind of wrangle Bella to get up on it and walk across and then she was ok. We hiked through the forest on a pretty manicured trail and then crossed another bridge.

Bella did great! The trail started to climb a little bit but it was never too steep or difficult. I thought it would be a good hike for Logan to do but then we came to this little area of rock scramble:

It looks worse than it was but it would be hard for a toddler to navigate. So not sure if Logan is ready for this one yet,

After the rocks, there were some mild switchbacks. We hike through the old growth alpine forest. It was fairly crowded but not too bad. Not like I imagine weekends to be! We got to a fork in the trail and took a left across this bridge:

The trail climbed again through some more forest and then it opened up and I got glimpses of the lake. Oh, one thing to note: The mosquitoes were SUPER bad! I got a few bites! Thankfully I had some bug spray in my backpack and so I put some of that on (a little too late, though).

The trail goes around the small lake and then there are parts of the forest that open up to the lakeside and you get THIS amazing view!

HELLO! There’s the mountain! What a perfect picture, too! It was so pretty. And all around the lake there were swarms of butterflies EVERYWHERE! It was kind of creepy, honestly! So many!

I walked around the lake (it’s pretty small) and then headed back down the trail. All in all it was a really nice, fairly easy hike. It’s good for older kids and was good for dogs. It would be a nice place to hike in and have a picnic lunch by the lake. Don’t forget your bug spray!

We got back to the car. I had packed some lunch in a cooler but it was only 11am so I decided to just drive home and eat there. Home to have lunch, shower, nap (I was worn out!) and then I spent the afternoon at the Oregon Humane Society.

I did NOT come home with a cat. 😉 But there were plenty of adorable ones! I found one that I loved. But she was a) a kitten–and I think I want a cat that’s around a year or two old and b) she looked exactly like Yggdrasil but with gold eyes. It made me cry a bit when I saw her and I just couldn’t do it. I think my next cat will have to look different than my baby did, otherwise I think I’d feel too sad.

But it was nice to look around. There were a TON of kittens at the Humane Society!

FRIDAY

Friday I went to the gym and then I got to take my new car on a little mini road trip! Some friends came over and we went to Sokol Blosser for a picnic lunch and tasting. None of them had ever been there, so it was nice to share it with them.

We had various cheeses, hummus and naan, tons of fruit and crackers. It was such a perfect day for a picnic!

After that we spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the sun and nice breeze at Stoller:

I stuck with water at the second place and they split a bottle of the Stoller Chardonnay (they all loved it as I knew they would!). It was nice just lounging in the chairs in the sun catching up with friends. I think Erika and I are going to do the Stoller 5k Race next year!

It was such a nice day! I got slightly sunburned, even though I used sunscreen! But other than that, it was chill and relaxing and perfect for my soul. 🙂