On this early spring camping trip, we stayed at the Climbers Bivouac campground for easy access to Smith Rocks’s scenic hiking trails.
The McKenzie River Trail is popular with mountain bikers, but it’s also a good location for a backpacking trip. The southern section of the trail parallels the river (and the highway) as it travels through old-growth forest.
One of my favorite spring destinations, Smith Rock’s high desert area is a great location to kickoff camping and backpacking for the year.
On this four day camping trip at Tumalo State Park near Bend, we explored the Oregon Badlands and trails next to the Deschutes River.
Hike in next to Pamelia Creek, past popular Pamelia Lake and up to Hunts Cove to setup camp at Hanks or Hunts Lakes. Access the Pacific Crest Trail via the Old Hunts Cove Trail for outstanding views of Mount Jefferson.
Located in the Mount Washington Wilderness in Central Oregon, Tenas Lakes are a group of subalpine lakes with rocky shorelines and blue-green water. We spent four days relaxing, swimming, and doing short exploration hikes in the area.
While camping at Smith Rock State Park over the weekend, two friends and I explored the Oregon Badlands Wilderness on a day hike. This was our first time visiting here, and we didn’t know what to expect other than it would be hot.
The Six Lakes Basin in the Three Sisters Wilderness is full of lakes that are perfect for a relaxing backpacking trip. We spent two nights at Doris Lake on a trip that included swimming in the lake and relaxing, but very little hiking.
On this three night backpacking trip in the Three Sisters Wilderness, we camped at the Green Lakes and did day hikes to Broken Top and Golden Lake.