trip reports

2019

July 6, 2019

day hike: Harry’s Ridge at Mount St. Helens

Hiking through the blast zone at Mount St. Helens to Harry’s Ridge on a foggy day. 8 miles with 1,200 ft gain This was my first time hiking here, and while we didn’t get to see Mount St. Helens which was hidden in the clouds, the wildflowers were still in their prime. The fog was […]

July 1, 2019

Siouxon Creek backpack, times two

I took my husband on his first ever backpacking trip at Siouxon Creek.

June 23, 2019

Silver Star Mountain day hike

We started at the Grouse Vista trail for a foggy hike up to Silver Star Mountain.

May 30, 2019

Enchanted Valley… almost

The Enchanted Valley is located in the Quinault rainforest on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. This was a three night backpacking trip, with plans to camp near Pony Bridge and Pyrites Creek.

May 2, 2019

Siouxon Creek backpack

My first backpack of the year at Siouxon Creek… if you follow my posts every year, you’ll notice that this is one of my favorite places to go in the spring.

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.

February 17, 2019

Old Salmon River Trail Snowshoe

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