Looking Back at the Hikes of 2013
Looking back over 2013, I realized I hiked in seven states. Not bad! I learned a few things and sustained only one minor injury. I was pleasantly surprised by my forays into Maryland and Virginia. There were great views, challenging trails, and pretty hardwood forests.
I acquainted myself much better with the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, which I found is every bit the match for the Oregon side. It’s just different, with less climbing but more views, fewer waterfalls, but fewer people, too.
New Mexico was awesome, and I wish I’d had more time near the Sandia Mountains. I also wish it hadn’t been over 100 degrees.
I did find some hikes in California, but besides the Redwoods, nothing was earth shattering. Still, I’ll take those mellow walks by Napa every time. In Texas, I found good moderate hiking in Eisenhower Park outside San Antonio. There were multiple trails with views and the curious effect of being next to a military installation.
Even with an off year, Oregon rocks! I don’t care for the crowds at Multnomah Falls, (Tangential newsflash, the Benson bridge and Larch Mountain Trial are currently closed because of rockfall damage) but all of the Gorge waterfalls are stunning, and Munra Point was one of the coolest destinations I’d seen there. Mount Hood amazed me again at McNeil Point. Scrambling above the hut turned into one of the most adventurous hikes I’d been on in a decade.
It’s cheesy to say this, and I’m not a happy go lucky guy by nature, but I am blessed to have traveled with my family, hiked in seven states, and seen all that I have seen. May 2014 come close to matching it. And what about you?