Two night backpack trip in Indian Heaven Wilderness, with day hikes to Lemei Rock and the Lakes Basin
On my first backpacking trip at Mount Adams, we camped at Killen Creek and did day hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail. There were meadows full of wildflowers, views of nearby peaks, waterfalls and scenic lakes, and plenty of swarming mosquitoes.
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.
Located southeast of Mount Hood, Badger Creek Wilderness is in a transition zone on the east side of the Cascade crest with a forest of mixed conifers including Ponderosa pine, western red cedar, and western hemlock. This is a good early season backpacking destination due to the lower elevation and drier conditions.
Backpacking in the winter is quite different from ‘regular’ backpacking. There’s a lot of extra gear needed to dig a base for a tent and stay warm overnight while camping on top of snow. While this was my fourth time backpacking in the winter, it was also my last.
On this three night trip during stormy and buggy weather, we camped near Snowgrass Flat and hiked to ice-covered Goat Lake and did a loop hike on the Bypass Trail.