Distance: 3 miles round trip
Elevation change: 700′ at a steady incline.
Difficulty level: Easy
Traffic: for the amount of cars parked and the traffic at the trailhead the trail seemed much less crowded than anticipated.
The trailhead is right off the expressway and starts with a bridge to cross a river. This is very well marked. There are porta Johns at the trailhead, use these as there aren’t any other options along the trail.
We are headed underway. These are new friends, Dana, Ana, Phil and of course, Zeke (the pup).
At this point the terrain is pretty even, dirt, not many rocks to trip over. This trail is a very clear path with signage for you.
Directly to the left of this sign, we see Dana, climbing trees. This girls a hoot, y’all.
We chose to head left at his fork to go around the lake. Should we have gone right we would have still gone to the lake, but had the option to head up to Tom, Dick and Harry. Which will be part II.
You’ll pass this bridge.
And then the trees clear, so you can catch some rays.
You’re almost to the lake at this point, but are you ready for this?
How incredible is this?!?!? Views 😍😍😍
Also, Phil lives with Ana, he moved to Portland from Germany and this was his very first hike. EVER.
This wasn’t even supposed to be our original hike, actually.
We were up much higher in elevation to do the timberline trail and they told us it was closed due to there still being snow. As a rule of thumb. This time of year anything over 5,000 feet in elevation will most likely be closed due to snow cover.
This might have been way cooler anyway. We stopped to eat some lunch and watched as people jumped in the water. They might be crazy!
Afterwards we continued our loop back. There are campsites available for you tenters.
Your choices after finishing the loop would be to head up to Tom Dick and Harry, or head back toward the lot.
We chose Tom, Dick, and Harry! Stay tuned for part II coming your way! 🙂