Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekend Hike - Cedar Flats, Oregon. Huh, maybe Jawbone Flats?!

We walked.

We walked some more.

We passed through a small town.

We continued walking.

We crossed a river.

We hiked.

We left markers where the path forked.

We stopped and ate lunch.

We looked around.

We did some quick math.

We turned around because we were definitely on the wrong path!

Where are we?

After a great 11.5 mile hike, we did not reach our Opal Creek Wilderness destination!

Jawbone Flats

Through a light rain and low lying clouds, we traversed part of the Jawbone Flats trail - though not entirely on purpose. This was a great easy/moderate trail (at least the parts that we hiked) and I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good break with Mother Nature!

You do need a Forest Pass but you can tent camp overnight in the area too.

Cedar Flats

Our original plan for the day was to end up in Cedar Flats, eat our packed lunch, and get back to Portland before dinner time. Still a decent hike for us - 10.5 miles round trip - we hoped the flat road/trail would help our minds overcome our bodies.

We followed the map to the trail-head, a good hour and 45 minute drive from Portland, but then (for some reason still unbeknownst to me) decided there wasn't a need to check the map for the trail!

The 'town' we passed through was a forest center, whose purpose is to maintain and education on the Opal Creek watershed. They have overnight stays and activities for the public - looked like a future trip to me!

We'll be back!

We had a blast, even being wet! It's amazing how few people are out in the rain. Hey, this is the Pacific Northwest, get outside!

We still want to see Cedar Flats, but thanks to a wrong turn, maybe next time...

Did you hit a trail this last weekend? Where at?

Yours in exploiting life!

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