Artist Point

Date: December 31, 2017 - January 1, 2018 Location: North Cascades Start: Heather Meadows at Mt. Baker Ski Area Distance: 6 miles Duration: 2 days Type: Out-and-back References: Snowshoe Routes: WashingtonΒ by Dan A. Nelson; Washington Trails Association The full moon shone brightly, illuminating a vast, snowy landscape crisscrossed with all the paths we'd taken that... Continue Reading →

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Saddle Creek-High Trail

Date: November 20-21, 2017 Location: Hells Canyon National Recreation Area Start: Freezeout Trailhead Distance: 16 miles Duration: 2 days Type: Out-and-back The search for a snow-free area to go backpacking in the Pacific Northwest can get a little tough by late November. I had originally wanted to head out to Utah or Arizona for some... Continue Reading →

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 SeminarΒ back in 2015. At the time, it was only... Continue Reading →

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