February 10, 2018

Mount Rainier snow backpack

This was my fourth snow backpack trip and first time at Mount Rainier in the winter.

January 28, 2018

Boulder Ridge hike

I love discovering new hikes… new to me, that is. A friend and I hiked Boulder Ridge today, accessed via the Wildwood Recreation Area near Mount Hood. I can’t believe I didn’t know about this one before… it’s a great conditioning hike.

January 14, 2018

White River backpack

My first backpacking trip of the year was a winter snow trip at Mount Hood.

January 1, 2018

Bennett Pass snowshoe

To ring in the New Year, we headed to Bennett Pass for a snowshoe hike with views. Just across from the parking lot was Mount Hood with blue skies! A heavy layer of fog covered the surrounding lowlands, including the Hood River Valley.

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.

December 17, 2017

Silver Falls State Park

8.7 mile loop hike at Silver Falls State Park

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.

October 26, 2017

Summit Trail loop at Smith Rock

On the way to attend the Oregon Trails Summit in Bend, I stopped to do a solo hike at Smith Rock State Park. After crossing the bridge over the Crooked River, I took the Wolf Tree trail to the Burma Road trail, then the Summit trail around to the River trail and back to the […]

October 14, 2017

Little North Santiam River Trail

With snow levels in the Cascades dropping to 4,000 feet last week, we headed to the green forest for a hike next to the Little North Santiam River. 

October 8, 2017

Indian Heaven Wilderness: Blue Lake hike

I didn’t think I’d get a chance to go here this year due to a wildfire, but parts of the area reopened just in time to see this subalpine splendor in brilliant fall color.