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Hiking Oregon (Ikenberry)
by Donna Lynn Ikenberry (Falcon Guides)
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This is about 5 mi round trip. Going to the summit, it's somewhat strenuous, because of the continual elevation gain. The scenery is beautiful, and the views from the summit are tuly beautiful, 360 degrees. Going down is easier, but it's easy to slip because of loose gravel, despite the excellent trail maintenance and wire traction mesh set into the ground in many spots. I wouldn't say that experience is needed as much as some level of physical fitness.
One of the best hikes near Portland, Oregon. If you want to see some amazing views or give friends or family who are visiting Oregon a taste of the Northwest scenery then this is a must. The hike is fairly steep at times and the top of the mountain is very exposed so you will be blasted by wind. On a clear day you can see all the way to Rainier with impressive views also of St Helens, Adams, and Hood. Astoria and the 4-mile bridge over the Columbia River are also visible. The sunsets from the mountain are world class. I uploaded a few pics of these sunsets so be sure to check them out. Dress in layers - the hike will make you sweat but the wind will be cold on top.
The day we did this trail was magical. We went up late in the afternoon. The clouds started coming in from the ocean, but only after we ample opportunity to view up and down the coast which is beautiful and make a quick cup of coffee too boot. As we watched the clouds come in below us from the top it ended up we were completely surrounded by a sea of soft while clouds while we stood under a bright blue sky. It was a mazing. It was like we were on an isolated island watching an angry and white foamy ocean boil around us. It was so magical that we stayed too long and did most of the trip down in the dark while walking through all those clouds that were so beautiful from up top. I highly recommend this trail. Plan to spend some time at the top. It was very windy at the top. Bring a jacket. Due to trial conditions, there are definitely some areas that young kids would be dangerous. The description says experienced hikers only. I took my kids ages 9 and 11 but I watched them. The last little scramble to the top is loose and slippery with plenty of opportunities to fall hundreds of feet over unfenced cliffs. Go slow and don't be careless. My recommendation is go, be safe and do not do it too late in the day unless you are experienced and prepared. This is a beautiful trail that you must be responsible and alert on but on none the less. Happy Trails...
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