Monday, November 2, 2009
Why Top O' the Mountain for a blog title? It's a hiking goal, to make it to the top of the mountain. Around here are scores of mountains to summit; most are reasonable day-hikes, some are very tough, and a few I will never do. Like Mt. Hood, which is in a superior class that's out of my league.
A sample of do-able hikes that are fairly close by (mileage is one-way):
*Angel's Rest (@ 1500 foot climb over 4 miles; on a clear day view downtown PDX)
*Dog Mountain, pictured above (3000 feet over 3 miles; in spring a solid carpet of wildflowers)
*Coyote Wall (zig-zag up the mountain, then lie on your tum to look straight down the vertical cliff)
*Devil's Rest (farther than Angel's Rest but not much of a view on top)
*Saddle Mountain (@3 miles; on a clear day a great view of the Oregon Coast)
*Mt. St. Helens (@4500 feet over 5-6 miles; the most difficult (for me) but most amazing hike ever--at the top look down 2000 feet into the crater and watch the creation of brand new rock)
*Hamilton Mountain (@3.5 miles; fabulous view of Columbia Gorge)
*Beacon Rock (@ 1 mile; Lewis & Clark climbed it for a bird's-eye-view of the Columbia Gorge)
*Multnomah Falls (@1.3 miles and 800 feet up; view of river; if you keep going 5 more miles you come out at Wahkeena Falls)
The list could go on . . . . another day I'll write about the scores of waterfalls nearby.