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    Loop Beginning at Herman Creek

    This hike really felt like a spring hike despite the snow and ice that caked the uppermost Ridge cutoff trail. It felt spring because we saw Trillium blooming and  the first false morels.

    A spring Trillium

    It took us 4.5 hours to hike 9.3 miles where we gained 2700 feet in elevation. Besides the great workout, this hike offers amazing views or the surrounding mountains: Mt Adams, Mt St. Helens, and Mt Hood.

    Mt Adams Mt St Helens Mt Hood

    Our day started with a chilly morning but ended with a warm, sunny afternoon. We left early and ate our lunch standing up in the snow because we forgot to eat breakfast and I kept getting dizzy and falling. Bugbee informed me later that most people die hiking because they don’t eat. We’ll eat before this weekend’s hike for sure.

    I can’t wait until this weekend because we are going with Robin and Bryan to hunt for wild asparagus!

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