Pollalie Creek to Elk Meadows


I made the most out of last weekend by hustling out to a campsite just east of Mount Hood right after work.  Barry was already out there after spending the day getting re-certified to use a chain saw in the National Forests.  We met up, built a great fire, and started the weekend off right and right away.  The following morning, we made use of having two cars by parking one at a trail head for Elk Meadows and driving the other to a trail head near Pollalie Creek.  We hiked from the creek into a gorgeous meadow and set up camp nearby.  We built another great campfire, watched the colors in the meadow change while the sun set, and read to each other from The Heart of Darkness.  The following day, after enjoying several cups of coffee in the meadow, we hiked out and ate breakfast with stunning views along Gnarl Ridge, and then made our way across beautiful terrain near a quick-moving, refreshing creek.  Barry made a bridge for us by tossing a downed tree over the rocks.  We peeled off our socks and cooled our feet in therapeutically cold water, and were met by a deer who liked our hang out spot as much as we did.  It was awesome.  The weekend was definitely the right way to officially start summer.

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