Charles and I again hiked the Timberline Trail counter clockwise around Mt. Hood ending with 46 miles and 11,000′ of elevation gain. The night before we left, I was at a PMQG meeting and Violet shared her “Elevated Abstraction” quilt. I asked if I could take it with me and she agreed.
Friday at noon leaving Timberline Lodge.
Charles fooling around like he’s looking for a Pokemon.
Hiking through Mt. Hood Meadows.
This is looking over past the Clark. There is a very faint trail just above the bottom trees on the scree that we would follow.
And here is the trail.
Our last river crossing of the day was the Newton and it was the roughest I’ve ever seen it.
Gnarl Ridge, our spot for the night.
Saturday morning, we made our way across several snow fields.
Charles is fooling around again.
We swung over to Cloud Cap just because it’s a great place.
This is the area that causes the most angst. There is loose scree to climb down, then the Eliott is a rough crossing, then there is a rope to get up the other side followed by some scrambling.
Here is Charles on the rope.
A burn area.
This is a fellow we crossed both the Eliott and The Mighty Coe with. He is from Pittsburg Pa.
Bear Grass is my absoute favorite!
Dollar Lake fire area.
The Ladd was our last crossing for Saturday.
Party with Violet’s quilt.
Carin Basin shelter. The stone work is just beautiful.
A nicer “party” shot.
There were fields of flowers in this area all sorted like, Bear Grass here, Indian Paintbrush over here, Lilies over there.
We swung by Ramona Falls.
Leaving the falls, I ran into Carie who is a fellow quilter. Right there, we had a quilt show. After, she told me about hiking the entire Oregon section of the PCT two years ago. You can read about it here.
After a long slug out of the Sandy, we arrived at Paradise Park along with the bugs. Kevin and Andrew met us for the night and then hiked out this morning with us.
Here is one of Kevin’s Milky Way shots.
His Lost Creek shot.
This is just before hitting the Lodge and end of our hike.
Thank you, Violet, for trusting me with your quilt. It weighs 15 oz. and it was definately a great addition to the trail!