Hiking

22
Mar
2014
jloomis

Early Spring Climb of Olallie Butte, Oregon

Picture of me climbing Olallie Butte in the snow and ice

After my scouting trip via snowmobile on Thursday afternoon, I decided to head back to Olallie Lake Scenic Area on Saturday to climb Olallie Butte. I have wanted to climb Olallie Butte in the winter for some time as I prefer snow and ice to dust and rocks. Olallie Butte is a shield volcano situated in the Oregon Cascades between Mt Jefferson and Mt Hood. At 7,215 feet tall it is the tallest peak between Mt Hood and Mt Jefferson. Most of it lies on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation land except for the Western flank where the trailhead is located.

25
Jan
2014
jloomis

Pechuck Lookout and Rooster Rock Hike - Table Rock Wilderness, Oregon

Picture of Pechuck Fire Lookout

Katie and I dropped off our mini adventurer at Grandma's on Saturday morning before heading over to the Table Rock Wilderness. Our plan was to hike to Pechuck Fire Lookout from the Rooster Rock trailhead (end of Rooster Rock Road by Molalla River). It is about a 5 mile round-trip hike plus another 2 miles for a short side trip to Rooster Rock which we planned on.

01
Jan
2014
jloomis

New Years Bald Mountain Hike - Lolo Pass, Oregon

Picture of Mt Hood from Bald Mountain

Unfortunately, winter still hasn't arrived in the lower elevations around Mt Hood. On the positive side, the lack of snow and sunny weather allowed Katie, our Mini Adventurer, and I to go on a short hike on New Year's day. We decided to check out Bald Mountain. It is the site of a previous fire lookout tower (long gone) and has a commanding view of Mt Hood's West side.

20
Oct
2013
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Green Lake Hike - Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon

Picture of Green Lake - Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon

My friend John and I decided we were due for a camping trip and took advantage of the nice weather this weekend. We planned to camp on Barlow Creek near Barlow Crossing Campground after first going on a short hike to Green Lake (not to be confused with Green Lakes in Central Oregon). Green Lake is located in the Mt Hood National Forest to the East and just below Frog Lake Buttes. Green Lake is near Catalpa Lake, but about half the size.

24
Aug
2013
jloomis

Huckleberry Picking Near Hideaway Lake, Oregon

Picture of Katie and Julian with Huckleberries

Katie, our baby son Julian, and I went huckleberry picking near Hideaway Lake on Saturday. We had planned to pick huckleberries right near the lake, but it was way too crowded with weekend campers. Hideaway Lake is on the way to Timothy Lake (from Estacada) off forest service road 57. Take the paved forest road 58 to the left before 57 turns to gravel. At the fork, take the gravel road 5830 to Hideaway Lake. Due to the crowds, we decided to continue further along the road.

21
Apr
2013
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Hiking up Dog Mountain, Washington on a Cold Spring Day

Picture of Dog Mountain Trailhead, Washington

Spring is here and Katie and I decided to go on our first non-snow hike of the year on Sunday. We had driven by the Dog Mountain trailhead the weekend before en route to Mt Adams and thought it might be a fun hike to try. The trailhead is just East of mile post 53 on Hwy 14. It's about 55 miles East of Vancouver, Washington across the Columbia River from Mt Defiance. The trail is marked as 3.8 miles one-way, but is probably closer to 3 miles. It's a fairly steep trail, gaining over 2,800 feet to the summit. There are a couple different route options to keep things interesting.

20
Mar
2013
jloomis

Tulum Ruins and Public Beach Area, Mexico

Picture of Tulum Ruins, Mexico

Katie and I spent the day Wednesday exploring the Mayan ruins of Tulum and enjoying the Caribbean Sea at the public beach below. We have both visited Tulum before, but this was our first time enjoying the beautiful beach situated right below the ruins. We took the ADO (public bus) from Playa Del Carmen to within about a mile of the ruins. It takes about an hour to get to Tulum via the ADO. We walked the last mile to the ruins, but there are other options for those not keen on walking.

18
Mar
2013
jloomis

Exploring the Mayan Ruins of Coba, Mexico

Picture of Nohoch Mul Pyramid - Coba Mayan Ruins, Mexico

Katie and I visited the Myana ruins of Tulum and Chichén Itzá on our last trip to Mexico, so we decided it would be fun to visit Cobá this time. Cobá is about a 90 minute taxi ride from Playa Del Carmen. We were able to rent a taxi for the day for 1300 pesos, but one could also book a tour bus or take the public ADO bus (like Greyhound in the US).

17
Mar
2013
jloomis

Sunrise Run on the Beach - Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Picture of Sunrise at Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Katie and I arrived in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico yesterday afternoon for a much-needed vacation in the sun. We have friends getting married here on Friday and have been looking forward to the trip.

03
Feb
2013
jloomis

Lookout Mountain Hike and Flag Point Lookout Snowmobile Ride

Mt Hood from Lookout Mountain, Oregon

I finally got my snowmobile put back together and just in time for the weekend. It looks brand new again and runs great. Katie and I decided to spend Sunday before the Super Bowl exploring the area around Little John Sno-Park. It's located about 26 miles South of Hood River, Oregon off hwy 35 on the East side of Mt Hood. It is a lower elevation sno-park, so the conditions are not generally as favorable as some of the more popular sno-parks around Mt Hood.

19
Jan
2013
jloomis

Frog Lake and Frog Lake Buttes Snow Hike

Mt Hood from Frozen Frog Lake, Oregon

Katie and I went hiking together today around Frog Lake. We started from Frog Lake SnoPark, which is about 7 miles Southeast of Government Camp off Hwy 26. Our plan was to take it easy and just hike a couple miles around the lake due to my leg and knee injury from snowmobiling last month. The weather forecast called for another calm, unseasonably warm sunny day up on the mountain.

17
Jan
2013
jloomis

Bennett Pass Mt Hood Viewpoint Snow Hike

Mt Hood from Bennett Pass Rd 3550

It has been over a month since I last went out on an adventure. My last trip involved a snowmobile crash which has made it difficult for me to walk and has put me out of work. I tore part of my quadriceps muscle and also my medial meniscus in my knee. I started physical therapy this week and fortunately am walking much better now. As part of my rehabilitation to gain full range of motion in my left leg before knee surgery next month, I decided to go on a short snow hike today. The weather has been beautiful up in the mountains and I have been eager to get out and enjoy it.

06
Dec
2012
jloomis

McNeil Point Hike in Winter

Picture of McNeil Point Stone Shelter

After working in Redmond the past couple weeks, I got to come home Wednesday and had Thursday off. The weather forecast was not great, but I was eager to get out and do some hiking on my day off. The snow level was forecasted to finally come down to around 2,500 feet. I decided to go hiking in the snow to McNeil Point on the West side of Mt Hood. Normally this hike would have amazing views (so I hear), but not this trip due to the weather.

06
Nov
2012
jloomis

Fall Hike Up Tilly Jane Trail to Cooper Spur Stone Shelter

Jason and Grandpa at Cooper Spur Stone Shelter on North side of Mt Hood

I had another free day on Tuesday, so I took my grandpa hiking on the Tilly Jane trail past the A-frame cabin up to the Cooper Spur stone shelter near the Timberline trail. It's a 3.7 mile one-way hike with almost 3,000' of elevation gain. That's darn impressive, as my grandpa is 83 years old. I hope I have his genes!

20
Oct
2012
jloomis

Hiking Up Mt Hood During the First Snow Storm of the Season

Jason Hiking on Mt Hood

The first snows of the season were predicted to fall at pass levels this weekend. I have snow fever and decided to go hiking up Mt Hood (11,249') Saturday morning even though it would likely be whiteout conditions. I planned to hike up the standard South route from Timberline Lodge (6,000' elevation) as far up as I could safely go (likely around 8,000' - 9,000' in elevation). Temperatures were predicted to be in the low 20's, dropping into the high teens with high winds and several inches of snow falling throughout the day above 4,000' elevation.

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