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#1 Torrey

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 06:11 AM

Hey Trail Lizards,

 

Fall has arrived, so it's time to start thinking about places we might like to visit this coming fall and winter for some trail running action.  With most of the trails on the Oregon side of the Gorge shut down, we won't be able to add any of those into the mix.  And since we plan these out in advance, mid to high elevation trails are obviously out due to cold and snow.  But there are still plenty of new trails we haven't visited over the years, and perhaps even some old favorites, for us to visit.

 

We typically kick the trail runs off with a classic - Tryon Creek on Thanksgiving morning.  And then we usually count the Purge & Splurge (Wildwood end-to-end, as well as some shorter options) on New Years Eve as one of the trail runs as well.  But there are lots of other weekends between those, and after, where we can get out and explore places on the Washington side of the Gorge, elsewhere in SW WA, the Coast Range or at the coast, or further south in the Willamette Valley or Cascade foothills.  

 

Anyone have ideas for trails they would like to explore?

 

Ones on my list of possibilities include:

 

Cape Horn - http://www.oregonhik..._Horn_Loop_Hike

Opal Creek - http://www.oregonhik...edar_Flats_Hike

Gales Creek - http://www.oregonhik...ales_Creek_Hike

Coyote Wall - http://www.oregonhik...oyote_Wall_Hike

Strawberry Island/Fort Cascades/North Bonneville - http://www.oregonhik...sland_Loop_Hike

PCT north from Hwy 14 - http://www.oregonhik...iefs_Trail_Hike

Another coast trip (maybe Manzanita in March?)

 

If you have ideas, share 'em and we will see if we can't get a schedule together for everyone to look forward to exploring this winter.

 



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Posted 19 October 2017 - 07:28 AM

In the past we ran the east end of the Crown Zellerbach trail near Scappoose.
I've been wanting to, but have not had the time, to run the western end of the 23 mile long trail, closer to Vernonia Lake.

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 08:32 AM

Hey Trail Lizards,

 

Fall has arrived, so it's time to start thinking about places we might like to visit this coming fall and winter for some trail running action.  With most of the trails on the Oregon side of the Gorge shut down, we won't be able to add any of those into the mix.  And since we plan these out in advance, mid to high elevation trails are obviously out due to cold and snow.  But there are still plenty of new trails we haven't visited over the years, and perhaps even some old favorites, for us to visit.

 

We typically kick the trail runs off with a classic - Tryon Creek on Thanksgiving morning.  And then we usually count the Purge & Splurge (Wildwood end-to-end, as well as some shorter options) on New Years Eve as one of the trail runs as well.  But there are lots of other weekends between those, and after, where we can get out and explore places on the Washington side of the Gorge, elsewhere in SW WA, the Coast Range or at the coast, or further south in the Willamette Valley or Cascade foothills.  

 

Anyone have ideas for trails they would like to explore?

 

Ones on my list of possibilities include:

 

Cape Horn - http://www.oregonhik..._Horn_Loop_Hike

Opal Creek - http://www.oregonhik...edar_Flats_Hike

Gales Creek - http://www.oregonhik...ales_Creek_Hike

Coyote Wall - http://www.oregonhik...oyote_Wall_Hike

Strawberry Island/Fort Cascades/North Bonneville - http://www.oregonhik...sland_Loop_Hike

PCT north from Hwy 14 - http://www.oregonhik...iefs_Trail_Hike

Another coast trip (maybe Manzanita in March?)

 

If you have ideas, share 'em and we will see if we can't get a schedule together for everyone to look forward to exploring this winter.

 

It's time to go run in the mud like a little kid !

 

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:32 AM

Once again, I'm willing to host a run out on the logging roads in the Livingston Mtn/Silver Star recreation area. Weather permitting, of course!  :whistle:

 

While these are not technically trails, they are off-asphalt/concrete surfaces. There are a couple single track mountain bike trails accessible from the more main logging roads, although I haven't really checked those out yet. There are multiple starting point locations, and more miles of these roads than you could run in a day. The downside is that it's a bit of a drive from Portland, although not any farther than some other places we've gone.

 

If you'd like to add this option to the calendar, I'm happy to do more research on where to start, what options to run, etc. Just let me know.


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 05:28 PM

I cast my vote for the logging roads!   



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Posted 22 October 2017 - 02:47 PM

I vote for a re-do of my 1st winter group train run. It was around s lake at Mt Hood. I do not recall the name.

My group took a wrong turn and was the last group back. There was the guy running by himself that got lost for several hours.

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 04:24 PM

I vote for a re-do of my 1st winter group train run. It was around s lake at Mt Hood. I do not recall the name.

My group took a wrong turn and was the last group back. There was the guy running by himself that got lost for several hours.

That was Timothy Lake.  I was the guy that led you astray and Chris was the guy that was AOL.



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Posted 22 October 2017 - 05:25 PM

That was Timothy Lake.  I was the guy that led you astray and Chris was the guy that was AOL.

 

Chris was AOL?  I can understand that if he was using old skool dial up, that might be why he got lost ;)



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Posted 23 October 2017 - 09:11 AM

 

Chris was AOL?  I can understand that if he was using old skool dial up, that might be why he got lost :wink:

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 10:00 AM

Hi Torrey,

 

Your proposed line-up looks great! I'm especially curious about the Opal Creek and Gales Creek routes, since I haven't done those before. Cape Horn and Coyote Wall are spectacular faves! You definitely have my vote for all four of those options. (The others on your list sound good too.)

 

Looking forward to winter trail adventures!

 

Cheers!

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 09:26 AM

Here is another suggestion to muddy the waters:  I liked running that trail out of The Dalles, I believe it's called the Deschutes River Trail.   If not a first choice, it could be an alternate in the event of very bad weather.   



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 05:55 AM

Here is another suggestion to muddy the waters:  I liked running that trail out of The Dalles, I believe it's called the Deschutes River Trail.   If not a first choice, it could be an alternate in the event of very bad weather.   

 

The Lower Deschutes River Trail is a good option for both bad weather, as well as offering an option for a long run (it's 11 miles one-way, so a nice 22 mile option for those who go to the old Harris Ranch site at the end).

 

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 07:23 AM

Trying to think about dates for fitting some trail runs into January and February (and even into March).  December had too much going on to plan for anything before Purge & Splurge, but it's time to make some trail plans!

 

On the 3rd Sunday of each month, there was a thought about mixing up the Sunday Starbucks run - so we could opt to do a trail on those days, which would be:

Sunday, January 21

Sunday, February 18

Sunday, March 18 is Shamrock Run, so that date won't work...

 

Or some more frequent dates could be selected if desired.  But if those 2 days work, maybe we get those days locked in?  Then we just have to figure out where to go?  I'm leaning towards venturing out the PCT north from Bonneville in January and then Coyote Wall in February.  And no, I'm not just planning those locations because Walking Man would make a great post Bonneville stop and Pfriem would work well for a post-Coyote Wall stop.



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Posted 11 December 2017 - 09:22 AM

Trying to think about dates for fitting some trail runs into January and February (and even into March).  December had too much going on to plan for anything before Purge & Splurge, but it's time to make some trail plans!

 

On the 3rd Sunday of each month, there was a thought about mixing up the Sunday Starbucks run - so we could opt to do a trail on those days, which would be:

Sunday, January 21

Sunday, February 18

Sunday, March 18 is Shamrock Run, so that date won't work...

 

Or some more frequent dates could be selected if desired.  But if those 2 days work, maybe we get those days locked in?  Then we just have to figure out where to go?  I'm leaning towards venturing out the PCT north from Bonneville in January and then Coyote Wall in February.  And no, I'm not just planning those locations because Walking Man would make a great post Bonneville stop and Pfriem would work well for a post-Coyote Wall stop.

The 3rd Sunday SBUX Run alternative sounds okay to me.

 

And did someone mention Walking Man brewery?  :drool:  That's almost enough to make me want to run trails!  :D


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 05:45 PM

If you are asking if those dates are good: my answer is no.

How about the last Sunday in those months? That way there is no Shamrock conflict or Sonya conflict. (Hehe)




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