I’ve been out for a number of hikes this year, but I’ve been rather lazy when it comes to writing about them. In fact, as I look back over my archives, I realize that I haven’t blogged about hiking since last July. That is sad, considering how much I enjoy hiking. How about I start to fix that by telling you about my latest hike, up past Burnt Lake to the peak of East Zigzag. The sky was clear and the views were wonderful.
This last weekend I hiked up to Cooper Spur on the eastern side of Mt. Hood. This was the most physically demanding hike I’ve ever undertaken, with an ascent of approximately 2800 feet in about four miles. As if the constant climb wasn’t hard enough, the last half mile to the peak was a trail-less scramble over volcanic rock and sand. Oh and for some real icing on the cake, we started at 6000 feet of elevation (thin air) and there was little or no shade for 80% of the hike. Yep, awesome.
On Saturday, I went on a long hike up the side of Mt. Hood to McNeil Point. The guide book said that it would be difficult, and I must say that in this case, Mr. Sullivan was telling the truth. By the time that we stumbled back to my companion’s car, we were both beat to exhaustion. On the other hand, this was probably the single most rewarding hike we’d ever taken.