Middle Fork Trail - Tin Cup Joe Falls (Attempt)
Torrential downpour the entire way literally turned the main trail in to a river. We made it up to Cripple Creek falls, and then about a mile up the hill (off-trail) before we totally lost the orange flags (tape). Might try this again in the summer, when it may be easier to find a path.
Cripple Creek Falls - Middle Fork Trail 1003
This was our first attempt at finding Tin Cup Joe falls. Actually, our first time to Middle Fort / Snoqualmie trailhead. We had heard reports about this road being bone-jarring, and they are all true. Take a 4x4 if you can. Nearly everything at the trailhead was a 4x4 SUV or Subaru. Not sure how some of the smaller cars made it without busting an axle. The road is really, really bad, and the trailhead, even on a rainy December Saturday, was busy.The trail starts out with a left at the end of an awesome wood bridge. It is well-maintained along the river, and the glimpses out at the surrounding area are great. You cross several small foot bridges along the way (very slippery due to algae / moss / ice), with quite a few in need of repair. Several places along the river bank have disappeared into the river, so the trail can be a bit challenging in spots.. Lots of fallen trees across the trail. lots of creeks and a nice waterfall. Rock slides and mud slides evident.Made it to the large bridge crossing Cripple Creek and it's waterfall. If it's raining, or has been raining, be careful under the bridge - it's slippery.Both attempts with this hike had us coming back in the dark, wearing headlamps.This trail is quite flat so really not great as a running trail for us.
Coyote Wall and Catherine Creek #2
Trip #2 (two days in a row, but different paths):On the second day we started the hike farther down the old highway. We discovered this part was called Labryinth. It's such a beautiful valley, we would have loved to stay there but wanted to make it to the wall today. The beginning is so beautiful, but unfortunately it doesn't stay that way. You go through areas that are just fields, winding your way back and forth, very boring. You pass a home on the mountain with a funny note posted - "Unless you're lost or fatally injured, leave us alone!" More stark hills and then an abrupt cliff, Coyote Wall. If your afraid of heights, stay away from the edge! The scenery is just amazing... pictures don't do it justice. Had lunch here, watching eagles fly and a few bikes go by. Again, not a great run down.
Coyote Wall and Catherine Creek Trail
We did different portions of this hike two days in a row. It was close to where we were
staying plus there was so much to see. Trailhead is modern with a
toilet. You have to walk a bit on the old highway to reach the trail
and you're sharing with bikers. The highway was relocated because of the
rock slides, as you will see when you start. Massive boulders scattered
everywhere. There are two ways you can start this one. We didn't have
maps and turned up the first trail we saw. The trail looked well used by
the bikers and had lots of smaller trails leading off.
The landscape looked like what we were back hiking in Scotland (which we have done). Cliffs, rolling hills, and a few small waterfalls. We scrambled
up one of the cliffs to take pictures and noticed a valley so headed
off-trail towards it. Small caves in the sides of the cliffs with lots of coyotes,
large cat prints and elk scat everywhere. Eagles flying over head
fighting for territory. They got surprisingly close to us as they chased each other at high speeds.
We sat in this valley for lunch. Not really much of a run down.
Wahkeena Falls Loop Trail
Went to do Multnomah Falls, but construction at the falls had us start at the other trailhead - Wahkeena Falls. Construction there also, but you could get around it. The trail itself is asphalt for the first two miles, with river rock walls to help with mud slides. A few areas where the water has worn away the trail anyway... watch your footing. We visited 8 falls on this hike. It has 10 but the trail was closed closer to Multnomah so we had to turn around. Wonderful forestry, lots to see other than the falls, definitely not a boring hike. Trail was frozen in lots of places, especially around the falls, so the microspikes came in handy. Didn't see any wildlife, but saw tracks on the trail. A good run down until you hit the paved area again.
Dog Mountain Trail
This is in Hood River on the Washington side. Parking off the side of the road with room for about 20 cars. The trailhead us up a bit from the parking lot, with facilities.This trail starts out with a bang, it does level off for a bit, but not for long. The trail is well maintained, with amazing views of the valley and surrounding mountains from the top of the trail. Everything looks better covered in snow, and it definitely didn't disappoint! It was VERY windy near the top (to the point where I had to hang on to Deb so that she didn't blow off of the mountain - these were probably 60-70 MPH gusts. Bitter cold with the wind. Really good run down.