Date: July 17, 2012
Time to top: 1 hour 30 minutes
Time back: 1 hour 20 minutes
Weather: Partly cloudy, not too hot
Gear: Running shoes, small Camelbak pack with 3 liters of water
This was a nice, rolling hike through the northern part of Forest Park. This section is all forested except for two (?) clearings that take about thirty seconds to traverse. There’s no significant elevation change to speak of, though there are a couple of moderately steep sections.
Date: July 15, 2012
Elevation: ~1500 feet
Distance: 4.4 miles (+2)
Time to top: 45 minutes
Weather: Overcast mostly, intermittent light rain on the way up, fog at top, a bit of sun on the way down
Gear: New hiking boots, medium pack, 2 quarts of water, rain jacket
There was steady rain on the drive out, which was good because that meant there’d probably be less people on the trail. There were still quite a few people out, though–this is probably not a good place to go on a sunny weekend.
I initially missed the Rest because of fog–I couldn’t see the view–and walked an additional couple miles beyond it before I realized I went too far. I found a nice patch of huckleberries, though, so it was worth it (especially because I didn’t bring any food!). First I went down the trail toward Multnomah Falls, then I turned back and went up another trail toward Devil’s Rest.
Once I finally got to the Rest, I hung out for an hour or so and watched the fog. At some points, it was a little creepy–I was by myself and the fog seemed alive. Now and then the Columbia river and WA were visible.
Most of the time, it looked like this:
But I did get one good shot from the top:
The Triple Crown street ramble traverses Council Crest, Hoyt Arboretum, and Pittock Mansion in West Portland. It covers nine miles in three hours. The route is roughly equal parts urban areas, neighborhoods, and parks/trails.
One of the ramblers recorded our track using MapMyWalk:
Date: July 11, 2012
Elevation: 3283 feet
Distance: 5.4 miles
Time to top: 50 minutes
Weather: Hot (~90 degrees), sunny, hazy
Gear: Trail running shoes, small Camelbak pack
The trail is very steep pretty much the whole way; it’s shaded for about the first half and then open and rocky to the top. It was really hot, and I got a bit sunburned. The view from the top would probably be pretty spectacular on a non-hazy day.
There’s a nice, shady spot to hang out at the end of this other trail (top left of image below), which is just a little lower than the peak. I hung out there for about an hour.