trip reports

Oregon Coast + Coast Range

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.

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. 

November 18, 2018

Harts Cove hike

The Harts Cove trail heads 900 feet down through coastal forest to a large, open grassy meadow with views of Harts Cove and Chitwood Falls.

March 11, 2018

Neahkahnie Mountain hike

A conditioning hike to Neahkahnie Mountain, starting at the Short Sands trailhead and following the Oregon Coast Trail to the top of Neahkahnie.

December 30, 2017

Gales Creek hike

Located in the Oregon Coast Range, Gales Creek is close enough for a quick hike without spending too much time getting there and back. On this day, the water in Gales Creek and it’s tributary streams was running higher than I’ve ever seen it.

November 18, 2017

Hart’s Cove hike

Located on Cascade Head, the trail to Harts Cove is only open from July 16 to December 31. Part of the Nature Conservancy’s Cascade Head Preserve, researchers are working to protect the endangered Oregon silverspot butterfly, rare wildflowers, and native grasses.

September 11, 2017

Cape Lookout camping trip

Cape Lookout State Park is my favorite place for camping on the Oregon Coast, and has been a tradition for my husband and I to camp here every year since we moved to Oregon ten years ago.

May 28, 2017

Saddle Mountain

The wildflowers are in full bloom at Saddle Mountain!

May 27, 2017

Gales Creek

Gales Creek is located in Oregon’s Coast Range, just off highway 6. It’s a good place to go for a quick hike that’s not crowded, and a short drive from Portland.

February 26, 2017

Oregon Coast: Hug Point

Hug Point State Recreation Area, located five miles south of Cannon Beach, has geological and historical features, including a seasonal waterfall, an old stagecoach road, and several caves carved into the sandstone cliffs by erosion.