The day started out cool as the previous day it rained and you are under the forest canopy for the hike. The leaves were wet and rubbed off on my pants. Previously there was a hail storm as many of the plants were tore up and the forest floor and trail were littered with leaves and pine needles and the hail stones were still on the ground. I had the entire trail to myself today (Friday) which was phenomenal to have the place to yourself. It was partly sunny or cloudy today so it was never really warm but the temperature was perfect for hiking. Uphill hike to the top and from the top you are able to Mt Hood and Mt Jefferson. Unable to tell what you can see from the Washington side due to cloud cover. There were springs the first few miles but then nothing so have water. Nice hike.
Beautiful day, start in the shade of the canopy. Not very strenuous hike. Burnt Lake would be a great place to camp. Views from East ZigZag are phenomenal 3 peaks in Washington (Adams, Rainer and St Helens) and the 2 in Oregon (Hood and Jefferson). The sun was out but is was not overly hot. Fairly busy trail.
Great hike enjoy Indian Point and then venture further out than most go. There are times where you need to use some terrain association and the map to stay on course. There are some cairns and survey tape to assist but I still ended off course a few times. 1 spring along the route otherwise no water. You can see the impact of the Eagle Creek fire from 2017. Recommend taking Nick Eaton trail in the way up to save the knees on the way down.
Summit attempt. Started early and the rain was lightly falling and it continued to fall and was combined with wind. As we climbed the conditions continued to deteriorate and the visibility became less and less. Was wet through and through and the wind gusts added to the wind chill. After many discussions it was determined it was best to turn back.
Left town with overcast skies and arrived to the sun. The lower lot was full so I opted for the Hadley trailhead. There were people but it seemed as if if was not overwhelmingly crowded. As always the route to Hamilton Mountain was beautiful and flower are in bloom. Once I came off Hamilton Mountain decided to go long toward the upper Hardy creek trail. Then made the decision to hit Hardy ridge. Crazy that Hardy ridge is so much higher than Hamilton Mountain. The views from Hardy are better as well. In addition to Hood and Adams I was able to Rainer. Plus Hardy ridge is much much less crowded.
Beautiful day for a hike. It was warm.....hot when not in the cover of the trees. Very steep going up Elk Mountain and down Kings Mountain. Ensure you are up for the challenge (fit and mentally prepared) prior to venturing on this hike. There are numerous places that you need to scramble up or down. I had to help my German Shepherd cross on a few occasions.
Started from the road near the campground, as I stayed the night. Cloudy skies but the sun was trying to push through. Nice views northward from the North trail and southward from the Cape trail. Suspension Bridge on the North trail and minimal people even on this Saturday. The Cape trail had more people and there were some muddy spots on the trail, also have to hike through/up tree roots across the trail combined with the mud it keeps it exciting. Groom fun and nice day.