What started out as a somewhat ambivalent solo hike to a curiosity in the Multnomah Basin turned into a very pleasant 15 miles of rambling through snow-covered, sun-dappled forest. I scampered over icy sheets of trail, admired frozen waterfalls, followed fresh cougar tracks for about two miles, ran into two friends on the trail, and watched the Gorge shed its afternoon light layers, from yellow to gold to red and then dark. It was a day that feeds the soul.
In fact, I was so stoked from the hike that I forgot that I put my DSLR camera on top of the car while changing my boots. I did remember later, on I-84 at 70mph, at which point I looked into the sideview mirror and saw it sitting on the roof, enjoying the ride.
Merry Christmas, to me!
Multnomah Basin – Devil’s Rest – Wahkeena Falls Loop
Columbia River Gorge
15.2 miles, 3900′ EG