Monday, May 18, 2015

Elk Mountain

Earlier this Spring we did a quick hike up Elk Mountain in the Tillamook State Forest (here). There are two longer loops in this area, but after getting a late start we only had time for this out-and-back portion.

Elk Mountain summit is at 2,788 feet and while it's a short hike, it is pretty dang strenuous - you have to ascend 1900 feet over only 1.5 miles, which feels like more of a scramble at times.

the first steps foreshadowing what lies ahead

up, up, up

first lookout on a beautiful day

had to bear crawl up this one

almost there

view of Kings Mountain from the summit

aaand back home on the Willamette later that evening