trip reports

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.

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.