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Biking the Twin Tunnel Trail

September 27th
10 miles *** 4 bikers ***

Beautiful day; clear & warm We started from the new info center at the Hood River end of the trail,

where we studied a large book describing the proposed Oregon State Trail which will connect portions of existing trail and old highway to make over 200 miles of paved trail across Oregon.

It will include this section of gently rolling hills between Hood River and Mosier.

Weíre really looking forward to that.

We rode 5 miles to the Mosier end of the trail.

We passed through the tunnels and some viewpoints along the way.

After eating lunch at the parking lot near Mosier, we returned, stopping to watch some paragliders at Bingen.

Dave found a large praying mantis which he picked up to show some other bikers.

When we returned, we parked our bikes and walked around the paved path near the info center.

Previous Trip reports....

  • March 15th:
    Lost Lake..........

    August 16th, 2008
    About 8 moderate miles
    6 people

    Nice day; clear & warm
    After changing a few trips this year due to snowpack, this one was relocated because of forest fire. All the trails on the east side of Mt. Hood were closed this summer due to the Gnarl Ridge fire on that side. For a map of the extent of the fire, check out this website: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1465/

    I did a last-minute scramble to come up with an alternative in the Mt. Hood area. We had a request for "some place shady with water", so I thought Lost Lake would fit the bill. The road up is so long and winding, we had to stop a time or two, so people wouldnít get car sick. Once we finally got there, we were told to turn left away from the store to find a parking spot. We didnít have a map of the campground, so I wasnít exactly sure where we were when we parked, but I figured weíd find the lake eventually.

    We hiked up a road, turned through someoneís campsite, and down a steep hill to connect with the lake trail. We turned left and walked along several boardwalks, passing several places where the lake could be accessed. Every single one of them was full of people. When we got to the south end of the lake, we turned left to start up the Huckleberry Mt. Trail.

    It was good to leave the crowds behind as we headed up the hill. After a couple of switchbacks, we were able to look back down on the lake which had a few boats on it. Lost Lake Butte loomed high across the lake. As we approached the ridge, we could see the Gnarl Ridge fire to the north of Mt. Hood. The fire was hot enough to give the smoke a red glow thousands of feet in the air. Our destination was the Pacific Crest Trail where

    Dave fixed the sign with his trusty multipliers. On the way down, as we stopped to watch the fire a little more, we said a prayer for the safety of the firefighters.

    Back at the lake, Dave & I crowded in amongst the other people and managed a short swim. At the north end, we found more boardwalks among

    the feeder creeks and wetlands where Seth found a geocache near a bench.

    Another short swim for me as the others explored the store. After 25 years of guiding, it finally happened; I got the group lost. Where? At Lost of course. After leaving the store, we walked back on the boardwalk a ways, then turned up the right trail through the right campsite, but we took a wrong turn at the top of the hill. This is where I was wishing I had a map of the actual campground which the guide books and forest service maps donít have. As I said earlier, I didnít exactly know where we were in the parking lot in relation to the store and by now I was too tired to think correctly, but after wandering in the wrong direction awhile, we turned around and went back to the car.

    We stopped for a hot meal at Zig Zag Inn on the way home.

    Iíve since found a map online so Iíll know where we are next time.

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