Posted Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 6:02PM
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: