So to take this trail you go up to Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood and hop on the Timberline Loop which is like a 40 mile 4 day, 3 night journey around the timberline of Mt Hood. I just did a one night in and out though counterclockwise to White River Canyon and back. Not nearly as many people going this way, mostly just people doing the Timberline Loop returning.
Right away was this shit… I watched a few people precariously make their way across… I knew if I didn’t fall I would at least get my feet wet so I changed my shoes and waded across that shit… It looks like mud but it’s sand/volcanic ash. I’d never seen water this dirty here til this trip.
Then you enter the Wilderness area which I think WIlderness area basically means if anything happens you’re screwed.
I jogged almost all the way down there with the poles… and my pack which i found out weighs 22lbs with 3 liters of water.
I got down to White River and it was a sandy shit show too… I don’t know if you can tell but there’s pretty fast moving water there but it’s like half sand…
I had gotten a late start and the sun was starting to set so I went and found a campsite above the river… Not the best spot, I found the flattest spot on a hill.
Then after unloading my pack I went down to try to fetch some water out of that shit river…
Shit would immediately clog my filter and I"d blow it out as much as I could then get a little more water… I swear it took me an hour to do one liter, which left me with two liters of water, plus about a half liter I’d dumped in my cooking pot… so I just had a tuna sandwich for dinner and used the water in my cookpot to drink and rehydrate… by the time I packed up and headed out this morning I had one liter of water left, which I conserved all the way home.
Yesterday I jogged down, today I huffed and puffed all the way back lol… and it was windy and I got sand blasted hard half the way back. I had sand in my eyes, in my ears, in my hair when I got home. The first river yesterday that was all sandy was clear today and about half the force. I just stepped across it today.
I’m starting to get in better shape, the hike up out of that canyon and back was still a workout for me but not as hard as when I started. Google doesn’t keep accurate track of the mileage up there. I think it’s about a 4 mile hike to White River and a 4 mile hike back. My Google Fit app says 4 miles yesterday and 2.5 miles today for the same trail.