We headed out east today to enjoy the warmth and sun at Coyote Wall. We intended on doing the loop but never found the trail that led back down the wall. Getting lost led us to a new trail system we had no idea about!
First let me begin by saying it was very crowded with mostly bikers but with some hikers also! We started at a parking area near the Rowland lake area that is east of Coyote Wall.
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We walked up the trail/road and stopped to appreciate the first waterfall we encountered!
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Continuing down the road a few blocks we turned right to start our ascent towards the Coyote Wall trail. As everyone knows the trail meanders around quite a bit and you will come upon a cascade of waterfalls that is great eye candy!
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We hiked a short distance up the trail and came to an intersection that led to a pond and view that afforded a bit of solitude on this crowded trail!
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And there was also a nice hazy view of Mt. Hood.
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Looking up in the sky I noticed what I thought was a bald eagle flying overhead, but I'm no expert.
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And looking down in the grasses beside the trail there were many blooming flowers. I seem to remember that much larger bouquets bloom a bit later but all the flowers were quite small.
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We finally got to the intersection with the trail that climbed up the wall and started the ascent!
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And we kept hiking up the wall and admiring the hazy views until we entered the forested area near the top of the wall. We saw an absolutely amazing amount of downed debris that a biker said was due to an ice storm that caused many branches to break off. However, we also saw a large number of chainsaw cuts that made it look like the forest service had thinned the trees!
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We reached a road/trail and turned left on it. This trail follows along the wall for the entire distance and beyond, as you can see in the map at the end of the TR. We walked along this trail for a mile or so and saw that there appears to be 2 newer homes above the trail! There is a gate with warning signs indicating there is electronic surveillance. The homes do look out of place, but it appears the view for them is amazing! There is what looks like an old 1920's style truck cab next to the gate.
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We kept hiking along this trail/road while looking for the cut in of the trail that leads back down the wall toward the Coyote Wall TH but never saw it! We asked some bikers if they knew where the trail cuts in and they thought it was further down the road. We kept walking and walking but never found the trail! We finally came to a parking area and thought it would show up soon, so we walked some more. While walking we looked off to the right, just past another home, and turned back after some investigation of the area. There were some nice views of Mt. Hood and the Gorge at the bend in the road!
The view of the Columbia River Gorge on the way back was breathtaking!
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Sorry, but I deleted some info and pictures per responses about some trails that are on private land that evidently isn't appropriate to put in the public domain. I'm also sorry about the messed up TR but don't want to ruin things for other bikers/hikers! This is a harsh lesson for me and I apologize for displaying info that should be kept private, and had no intentions of increasing traffic on private lands.