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 →


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 →

Elkhorn Crest Trail

Date: July 21-23, 2017 Location: Blue Mountains (Eastern Oregon) Start: Marble Pass Trailhead Distance: 27.6 (not including hike up to trailhead) Duration: 3 days Type: Point-to-point References: Backpacking Oregon by Douglas Lorain; Outdoor Project Since Mack and I began backpacking together over two years ago, it's always been just the two of us. Hell, even... Continue Reading →

Glacier Peak

Date: July 15-18, 2017 Start: Sloan Creek Campground Distance: 36.5 miles Duration: 4 days Type: Out-and-back Map: Nat Geo Trails Illustrated: Glacier Peak Wilderness References: Best Climbs: Cascade Volcanoes by Jeff Smoot; The Mountaineers I first laid eyes on Glacier Peak during a NOLS Trip Leader Seminar back in 2015. At the time, it was only... Continue Reading →


Date: March 27-29, 2017 Start: Hilltop parking lot Distance: 42 miles Duration: 3 days Type: Out-and-back References: Bearfoot Theory For the first time ever I'm writing about a trip that didn't take place in the good ol' Pacific Northwest! So what led us to try an adventure well outside of our home base? Well, for... Continue Reading →

Trillium Lake Loop

Date: December 31, 2016 - January 1, 2017 Location: Mount Hood Start: Trillium Lake Sno Park Distance: 5.6 miles Duration: 2 days Type: Loop References: Outdoor Project After snowshoeing for the first time a few weeks back, Mack and I made it a goal to try our hand at winter backpacking this season. And what... Continue Reading →

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