Historic Hiking Loop

I had today off from work, the weather was looking to finally clear after days of rain, so that meant a hike with Codi.  The cascades got dumped on the past several days with fresh snow (or POW if you want to use the skier speak) and I didn’t really want to do anything in the Gorge, so that meant something in the coast range.

I opted to take Codi on the Historic Hiking Loop (aka the University Falls Loop).  I was hoping that the wet weather would pass by the time we got to the trail head, it didn’t.  So at the very least, I was hoping it wouldn’t be super wet, it was snowing instead…….

23388448309_8d5b5d974b_z
Big fat snowflake right between the eyes

At the Roger’s Camp trailhead it was a mix of rain and snow, mostly a light drizzle with some big fat snowflakes tossed in for good measure.

23673892081_a5fab2573d_z
The creeks (I call ’em streams) were super swollen.

We were the only car in the parking lot and we didn’t see a single soul out on the trails.  We could hear some logging work going on nearby a couple times, but didn’t actually see any people.

23128098004_a478efeecc_z
More snow than rain at 1900′
23129436423_d216d4cc37_z
We crossed a number of gravel roads

As we got to the University Falls Trail and were heading towards the Gravelle Brothers Trail there was a sign saying a portion of the Gravelle Bros Trail was closed due to active logging operations.  At this point I still had not reached the falls and it would have meant either walking back on a gravel road or back tracking the way we came turning our 8 mile loop into something closer to 12 miles.  I took a gamble and took a chance on sticking to the trail, hoping that there wouldn’t be any logging going on.

23730108866_d80e470ac8_z
University Falls were raging!

From the junction of the falls and Gravelle Brothers Codi and I hiked on for 1.5 miles until we came to the area that was being logged.  We were downhill from the area being cleared and there was no active logging going on at this point, but the loggers had caused quite a bit of detritus to come down the slope and into the trail itself.  Plus one section there were 3-4 very large trees across the trail.  I hope the loggers are responsible for cleaning this up before they move on.  Otherwise it’s going to be some serious trail work in the spring/summer.

23730091766_6a3f023a0f_z
quick drink

At a couple of the creeks, Codi went out into the water a little too deep for my comfort.  I was somewhat nervous that he was going to end up floating downstream.  Luckily he did not.

23129404223_cf74985686_z
some impressive bridges today

All said and done we had just over 8.5 miles which included me having to backtrack 0.3 miles to look for my camera near those large downed trees.  Codi was having trouble getting up and over them, so I had to help pull him over and it must have knocked my camera out of its pouch.  Luckily it was easily found since it is a nice orange color.  That was about the biggest drama of the day.

I’ve mountain biked parts of this loop with Juston, but this was my first time hiking the whole loop.  It was fun and Codi is now pretty wiped out, which is always a good thing.

all the pics can be found here

Thanks for reading,

-Pete

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Historic Hiking Loop

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s