Week 20 – Santiam Pass to Cascade Locks (mile 1999 to 2144)

Last week in Oregon!  Lots of pictures this week, as the trail stayed mostly on ridges and avoided the “green tunnel” effect. Also the weather was nice, and there wasn’t any nearby wildfire smoke.

Day 118: (August 16th)

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Mt Jefferson at sunrise
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Getting closer...
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Its a cold morning
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A glacial creek coming down from Jefferson. The water looked like Yoohoo!

Day 119: (August 17th)

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Old school trail marker
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Typical northern Oregon trail
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An oddly grandiose trail entrance at a road crossing
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View from our (Sci-fi, NordicTrack & I) campsite at lake Timothy that night. The water was warm!

Day 120: (August 18th)

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This bridge seems waaay over engineered for pedestrians
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Bonus miles to a cool lake!
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The reflection makes it hard to see, but the lake is perfectly clear and 40ft deep!
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Yup. We need rain!
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Hikers and shenanigans go together like...bacon & sriacha
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Timberline lodge!

Day 121: (August 19th)
Ladies Man reserved a room at Timberline lodge, and 8 of us hiker-trash crowded into a 6-bunk room, with 2 on the floor. It was totally worth it, only $25/person, and included breakfast buffet, a hot tub, and laundry!

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Breakfast buffet!
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I think we spent 3 hours eating.
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Finally hit the trail around noon
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Ramona falls. Very cool detour, more bonus miles
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Crossing a raging glacial creek on a slippery log. The brittle cordelette handrail was mostly for show.
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Mt Hood in the setting sun

Day 122: (August 20th)

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Getting an early 6am start!
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....and then the fog rolls in. D'Lux leads the way
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Descending on the Eagle Creek trail into the Columbia river gorge. The vegetation is sooo different!
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Tunnel falls!
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Sci-fi leads the way behind the falls. Oregon reminds me of Ithaca.
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Bridge of the Gods!
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Welcome to Cascade Locks?
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We went to Shrek's Swamp, the home of a local trail angel

Day 123: (August 21st)
This was a zero day, to resupply food and mail it ahead to all the town stops in Washington. We also HAD to check out the Thunder Island brewery (they really expanded since last year) and the ice cream shop.

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I bought food for all of Washington, about 21 days of hiking.

Oregon was beautiful, it quite a bit flatter/easier than CA, and it was surprisingly civilized– I don’t think I went more than 48 hours between towns or trailside resorts. I expect Washington is more remote, and I’m looking forward to the last 500 miles of trail in the evergreen state!

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