Monday, September 13, 2021

Mount Hood's Timberline Trail 40 Mile Hike

Last weekend I hiked the Timberline Trail around Mount Hood. We trekked 40 miles in 48 hours - starting and stopping at the Timberline Lodge.

Five of us set out Friday evening and hiked 10 miles before stopping near a river.

The next day we hiked 18 miles. It was a long day! Part of what made it so long was a 2-mile section of the trail which had fallen trees. It was like an obstacle course! It was hard but was also my favorite part because it was so tricky.

By the way, I was going for a mountain man vibe. I think I pulled it off well.

We also enjoyed some incredible views.

On the last day, we hiked 12 miles. And we felt every. Single. Step. In addition to amazing views, we crossed multiple rivers and saw many waterfalls.

Much of the trip was hiking to a peak, then back down to a river. For example, we crossed this river below and then hiked up the other side.

And sometimes simply getting to the river was tricky. That arrow is pointing to another hiker. She got wet to her knees crossing this river.

It was a great hike. We didn't bring tents and opted to sleep under the stars. The whole trip reminded me of Psalm 19:1-6:

The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they reveal knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words;

no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.

It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,

like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

It rises at one end of the heavens

and makes its circuit to the other;

nothing is deprived of its warmth.

If you get a chance, I highly recommend hiking the Timberline Trail. Maybe not in 48 hours, but it would be a great 3-night hike.

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