Days 120 & 121 (Miles 2094.5 to 2144.2)

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We left Timberline Lodge after eating their legendary breakfast buffet. Between the two of us, we had cheesy eggs, frittata, a biscuit, apple fritter pancakes with berries and whipped cream, several fresh baked pastries, sausage links and patties, ham, breakfast smoothies, yogurt with granola, cherries and watermelon. We didn’t have room for waffles.

A tower of whipped cream!
A tower of whipped cream!

We hit the trail as soon as we finished breakfast. It was quickly becoming another hot day and the trail seemed to have a lot of big climbs and descents. We’ve gotten used to Oregon being relatively flat. The miles went by slowly, but we had great views of Mt Hood as we traversed around it.

Leaving Timberline Lodge. The lift was open for both skiers and hikers.
Leaving Timberline Lodge. The lift was open for both skiers and hikers.
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Mt Hood

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We took a two mile alternate trail to Ramona Falls. It was a nice waterfall – lots of day hikers were on the trail.

Ramona Falls
Ramona Falls
Looking back to Mt Hood.
Looking back to Mt Hood.

We planned to camp at Salvation Spring – a water source about 22 miles from Timberline Lodge. We got there sometime past 7pm. It was the weekend: four other tents were already set up near the spring. With no room for us, we filled up on water and hiked another mile or so. We found a campsite somewhere in the trees near the trail.

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We got up early and packed quickly. We were walking shortly after 6am. The trail stayed in the forest for the first few miles, but soon we found ourselves high up on a ridge with views of Mount Saint Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Adams.

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After another mile or so, we dropped back into the forest. We decided to take the Eagle Creek Trail Alternate. It’s not the official PCT, but like the Crater Lake Rim Alternate, basically nobody hikes the official PCT in this section. We descended an extremely steep trail, down to the Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge. The Eagle Creek Trail took us through a deep canyon, past many waterfalls.

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Trail obstacle.

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Tunnel Falls
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The tunnel.
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Inside the tunnel.
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High Bridge. I’m not afraid of heights, but this was a little unnerving. 
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The view looking down from High Bridge.

We saw more and more people as we neared the parking area. The weather was beautiful and it was a Saturday; by the time we were within two miles of the highway, we were walking in a long line of people.

We were alone again as soon as we departed the Eagle Creek Trail. We walked three more miles to reach the town of Cascade Locks, on the Oregon side of the Columbia River.

Bridge of the Gods spans the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington.
Bridge of the Gods spans the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington.

It took us 103 days to walk through California. We finished Oregon in just over 18 days. One more state to go!

12 thoughts on “Days 120 & 121 (Miles 2094.5 to 2144.2)”

    1. Mosquitos definitely helped speed us up. 🙂 But also California is almost 1700 trail miles, and Oregon is only 450 or so. California just takes forever.

  1. You are both great👏🌟 Seems that you swallow the miles quicker than the huge breakfast😋 but be carefull with tasting mushrooms🙃 Corinne

    1. Hi Corinne. We haven’t eaten any of the mushrooms – we don’t know which ones (of this type) are poisonous. They are just neat to see here because the same ones are much smaller in California.

  2. I’ve been following your blog since the beginning, congrats on finishing Oregon! I hope to hike the trail in 2019 🙂

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