Western Slopes or the Swiss Alps?

5 August, 2011 § 1 Comment

Perhaps channeling the enthusiasm of my dear mountain-traversing friend back on the East Coast, our 7-mile hike up to the 4,811 foot elevation of Table Rock earlier this week was a joy and a half. Located only 50 miles south of Portland, Table Rock is the highest point in over 6,000 acres of protected forest land, basalt cliffs and old lava flows. Once at the top, the heady view of 10 Cascade peaks (including Rainier, Jefferson and South Sister) beyond the crest of the narrow hiking trail that wound its way across a large boulder scree and up several miles of steep, pine needle-lined switchbacks was enough to transport me to a different place altogether. In a word: blissful.



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