Salmon River Trail

Date: October 31-November 1, 2017 Location: Mount Hood National Forest Start: Salmon River West Trailhead Distance: 10.5 miles Duration: 2 days Type: Out-and-back Map: Adventure Maps: Mount Hood Area References: Oregon Hikers One of the perks of being a music teacher at the academy I work at is the built in vacation time during typical... Continue Reading →

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Cape Horn Loop

Date: October 28, 2017 Location: Columbia River Gorge Start: Cape Horn Trailhead Distance: 7.7 miles Duration: 3 hours 50 minutes (breaks included) Elevation gain: 1300 feet Type: Loop Map: Green Trails Map 428S: Columbia River Gorge-West References: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland by Paul Gerald; Washington Trails Association Since getting more into trail running... Continue Reading →

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista

Date: October 15, 2017 Location: Gifford Pinchot National Forest Start: Grouse Vista Trailhead Distance: 9.2 miles (with side trip to Indian Pits and a navigation error) Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes (breaks not included) Elevation gain: 2040 feet Type: Out-and-back References: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland by Paul Gerald; Oregon Hikers After early season... Continue Reading →

Big Pine Creek

Date: September 30 - October 1, 2017 Location: Eastern Sierras Start: Big Pine Creek Trailhead Distance: 21.44 miles Duration: 2 days Type: Out-and-back (for both routes) References: High Sierra Trails Big Pine Creek Trailhead is located just over 750 miles (13-14 hour drive) away from our home. To say it's an unlikely place to attempt... Continue Reading →

Copper Ridge-Chilliwack River Loop

Date: August 22-26, 2017 Location: North Cascades National Park Start: Hannegan Pass Trailhead Distance: 49.8 miles Duration: 5 days Type: Loop (with out-and-back section) Map: Nat Geo Trails Illustrated: North Cascades National Park References: Backpacking Washington by Douglas Lorain; Washington Trails Association It seems that most all of our biggest and/or longest adventures this summer... Continue Reading →

Backcountry Rise

Date: August 20, 2017 Location: Mount Margaret Backcountry Start: Coldwater Lake Boat Launch (actual race begins at Mount St Helens Science and Learning Center) Distance: 31.2 miles (may vary slightly if starting from boat launch) Duration: 7 hours 59 minutes (breaks not included) Elevation gain: 7500 feet Type: Loop Map: Green Trails Map 332S: Mount... Continue Reading →

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