trip reports

2019

April 27, 2019

Hardy Ridge hike

At Beacon Rock State Park, several former logging roads have been gated and turned into trails for hikers and equestrians. Beacon Rock and Hamilton Mountain are the more popular destinations here, while Hardy Ridge is far less crowded.

April 5, 2019

Smith Rock camping trip

For the past three years in a row, I’ve headed to Smith Rock for a camping trip in March or April to prep for early backpacking season.

March 31, 2019

Gales Creek hike

This part of the Coast Range isn’t very popular for hiking but it’s a nice alternative to the Gorge in the spring. I especially love the fern-covered hillsides and the alders along the creek.

March 2, 2019

Forest Park: Maple-Wildwood loop

I’ve only been to Forest Park a couple of times so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this loop hike. With snow covering most of the trails I usually hike on, I turned to a new book for local hikes: “Portland Urban Hikes“, written by a friend of mine, Eli Boschetto. While […]

February 17, 2019

Old Salmon River Trail Snowshoe

Snowshoeing next to the Salmon River in an old-growth rainforest.

January 27, 2019

Kings Mountain

The trail to the summit of Kings Mountain is steep – with 1,000 ft of elevation gain per mile for 2.5 miles – that’s STEEP. 

January 21, 2019

Hardy Ridge hike

At Beacon Rock State Park, several former logging roads have been gated and turned into trails for hikers and equestrians. Beacon Rock and Hamilton Mountain are the more popular destinations here, while Hardy Ridge is far less crowded.

January 12, 2019

Wahkeena-Angels-Devils-Rest loop hike

This is a great conditioning hike that starts at the Wahkeena trailhead, goes up to Wahkeena Springs, over to Angels Rest, then up to Devils Rest before heading back down to the Vista Point Trail and finally, returning to the Wahkeena Trail and the trailhead.

January 5, 2019

Herman Creek Trail to Casey Creek

The Herman Creek Trail is one of the areas that was damaged in the September 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. This hike has been a favorite trail of mine for awhile, so I was curious to see how it fared after the fire.