Silver Falls State Park hike

A new entry point, the North Canyon Day Use Area, had been added to the park and Lori, Sylvia, Jeanette and I used to hike from. We did an out and back that would take us pass six water fall starting with North Falls. We hiked a little over six miles and then headed for lunch at our favorite garden eatery the Milltown Pub. It looks like a dive bar up front but in the back it a lovely garden to have lunch in on a warm, sunny day.

Tom McCall Preserve

Lori, Jennette and I did short hike, between rain showers, to see the wild flowers at Tom McCall Preserve in the Columbia River Gorge. This lower section was just finishing its peak bloom and the asters were starting to bloom signaling the end of the Gorge flower season. We went for lunch at the Bargeway pub afterwards. Got to love their lunch specials.

Dog Mt. Hike

It is time to start doing conditioning hikes again to get ready for summer hiking season. Dog Mt. in the Columbia River Gorge is a good place to start and is one of the classics to train on. The trail is listed at 6.8 miles round trip and 2800 ft. gain. Weather condition were good and the trail was not crowed. The big flower show up on the summit had not started yet but there were lot of small flowers out. I just did a steady pace and enjoyed the hike. By the time I got back to my car my legs were tired so about right for the first time out.