As I mentioned in my last post, my main goals this year is to hike a thousand miles. So I plan on posting trip reports here as often as I can. Here’s some quick trip reports from this past weekend:
Ruckel Ridge to Eagle Creek
Distance: 16 Miles
Elevation Gain: 4,000 Feet
Depending on what guidebook or forum you read, Ruckel Ridge is considered to be one of the toughest hikes in the Columbia River Gorge. The trail gains almost 4,000 feet of elevation in less than 5 miles.
I can honestly say this was by far the hardest hike I’ve ever done in my entire life. The total distance came out around 16 miles and my legs were pretty sore when we got back to the car. Snowshoeing along the Benson Plateau was also a challenge, especially since it was difficult to find the trail.
Here’s a few photos from the hike:
Distance: 14 Miles
Elevation Gain: 5,000 Feet
Despite being sore from the Ruckel Ridge hike, I went out and tackled Mount Defiance on Sunday. Mount Defiance is the highest elevation in the Gorge and tops out at 4,960 feet. The total elevation gain for the hike is just under 5,000 feet and the distance was roughly 14 miles.
Once we hit 4,000 feet the snow started to get pretty deep so we switched to snowshoes. It was also tough to find the trail in the snow but luckily we found some footprints and the GPS came in handy.
The last 500 feet of elevation gain were the toughest since it was cold, windy, and snowing a bit. The visibility was not good at all so there weren’t any views at the top other than the radio facility. I’m amazed that the snow is still up to the fence in May.
Few photos from the hike:
These two hikes definitely kicked my ass. It’s Tuesday now and I’m still a bit sore, especially my feet. I’ve got Mt St Helens planned for this Sunday (depending on the weather) so hopefully I’ll be ready to go by then.