We had originally planned a longer drive and more difficult hike, but got a late start. Amy was convinced we should go to Eagle Creek but I was less sure. When we got there even the parking lot 1/2 mile from the trailhead was full so I decided we could head further East.
Herman Creek is a much less crowded gem of a forest and creekside hike. It's been years since I have been there because there are "much more exciting" hikes, but this is just the grounding hike I needed.
We hiked down to a bridge over the creek. We stopped for a snack at the bridge and Amy helped take some pictures.
It was a beautiful day and the creek was fabulous.
This was not the best spot for baby wiggles but she was glad to come out of the backpack briefly.
We continued up the trail, enjoying the moss and old growth as well as glimpses of the Columbia River Gorge.
We hit a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail and I imagined what it might be like to hike all the way to Canada.
We were looking for a stream crossing with a waterfall above it. After over shooting our destination by about a half mile, we stopped under some trees in a mossy area where no babies could wander off a cliff.
Baby Analise was so happy to be free to explore the rocks, dirt, and moss!
We enjoyed the forest for awhile and then headed back toward the stream crossing.
I'm not sure how we had missed seeing the waterfall, but we spotted it this time and stopped for a dabble in the water.
Amy had a great time exploring and wading while Baby Analise was not as sure about the cold water but really wanted to crawl.
Gradually more clothing came off and she was exploring too.
We had a great time at the stream and then headed back up the trail.
I gave Amy a high five as we crested the final hill to the last 1/2 mile downhill. She did a great job with some up and down of the trail and no complaining today!
Unfortunately, we had to make three stops to find our ice cream treat. Everyone was at the shop in Cascade Locks. It was just after 5 when we got to the Troutdale General Store, and they were closed. I found my coffee however, and we found Amy a rainbow Popsicle.
What a great day to spend with my girls in the woods!