trip reports

December 15, 2018

After the fire: Multnomah-Wahkeena loop hike

Ever since the Eagle Creek Fire broke out in September 2017, most of the trails on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge have been closed. When the trails from Angels Rest to Multnomah Falls recently reopened after restoration work, I was anxious to see how one of my favorite loop hikes fared.

November 25, 2018

Old Salmon River hike

The Old Salmon River Trail is located near Mount Hood and the small town of Welches, Oregon. This is an easy trail that’s great for a quick getaway, with plenty of lush green eye candy in the form of moss and ferns. 

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.

October 13, 2018

Mount Hood – Burnt Lake backpack

A friend and I wanted to get in one last backpacking trip before the season ended, so we decided to spend two nights at Burnt Lake, located on the west side of Mount Hood.

September 28, 2018

Indian Heaven: Deep Lake backpack

Two night backpack trip in Indian Heaven Wilderness, with day hikes to Lemei Rock and the Lakes Basin

September 24, 2018

Indian Racetrack and Red Mountain Lookout hike

Indian Heaven Wilderness is my favorite place to hike in the fall, with huckleberries in brilliant shades of yellow and red. We were planning to hike to Blue Lake from the Thomas Lake trailhead, but the road was washed out so we started at the Indian Racetrack instead and hiked up to the Red Mountain lookout.

August 29, 2018

Wallowa Mountains backpack

Five day backpack trip in the Wallowa Mountains / Eagle Cap Wilderness, with hikes to Glacier Lake and around the Lakes Basin

August 2, 2018

Mount Rainier camping + hiking trip

I’m just back from a three night camping trip at Mount Rainier with my husband and another couple. This is our third National Park trip together. : ) We camped at Ohanapecosh and did a short day hike near our campground to see the Grove of Patriachs with old-growth trees and a super cool suspension […]

July 22, 2018

Mount Adams / Killen Creek backpack

Three night backpacking trip to Killen Creek on Mount Adams

June 28, 2018

Rialto Beach to Chilean Memorial backpack

Washington’s Olympic Coast is a wild coast – with extremely limited access to vast sections of it. About 70 miles of this incredibly scenic coastline is part of the Olympic National Park and accessible to hardy backpackers willing to time their trek at low tide to round headlands, or to use ropes to reach to overland trails.