Green Lakes, Deschutes National Forest

Overview: In Deschutes National Forest outside of Bend, OR ~4.5 miles to the lakes ~9 mile day-hike to Park meadow and back Part of the Three Sisters Loop August 4th-6th, 2017 (Click images to enlarge and see clearly) I’ve been coming to this area since around 2014, when I did half of the Three Sisters…

Enchanted Valley, Olympic NP

Overview: Southeast part of Olympic National FOREST (not Park, meaning you don’t have to pay the NP entrance fee!) ~28 miles total, ~1,700 feet elevation gain Bear canister required (see details below) AMAZING. July 28-30th, 2017 (Click images to enlarge and see clearly) Heads Up Trail Difficulty Although the elevation gain for this hike doesn’t…

Hardy Ridge (Columbia River Gorge)

Overview: Washington side of Columbia River Gorge (Beacon Rock State Park) 8.1 miles total, 2,100 feet of elevation gain Great views, some risk of falling Not crowded July 16th, 2017 (Click images to enlarge and see clearly) This hike is on the WA side of the Gorge and is a part of Beacon Rock State…

Backpacking 101: Supplies

The basic supplies needed for your first backcountry outing. Often the first thing people think of when considering a backpacking trip is “how heavy will the pack be?” That depends on what gear you bring, and how much of it is crap you don’t need. But, there are also some tricks to making your pack…

Trail Etiquette

Trail Etiquette Doing your part to make the hiking experience pleasant for everyone is important, but it’s more important to ensure that, while you’re in the wilderness, you don’t trash it or erode protected areas. Having manners and being a responsible hiker go hand-in-hand. Here are a few tips on Trail Etiquette. Music Folks who…

Hamilton Mountain (Columbia River Gorge)

Overview: Washington side of Columbia River Gorge (Beacon Rock State Park) 7.5 miles total, 2,200 feet of elevation gain (steep) Great views, safe trail Crowded (get there early) May 21, 2017 (Click images to enlarge and see clearly) Hamilton Mountain is an 7.5-mile hike (though there are numerous places with good views to stop and…