Mount Thielsen

Date: May 13, 2018 Start: Mount Thielsen Trailhead Distance: 9-10 miles Duration: 10 hours 4 minutes (breaks included) Type: Out-and-back  References: Best Climbs: Cascade Volcanoes by Jeff Smoot; Outdoor Project I laced up my climbing shoes and took a deep breath. Hischokwolas' summit spire loomed high above us, its basaltic andesite rock glinting in the sunlight.... Continue Reading →

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Wilson River Trail E2E2E

Date: January 27, 2018 Location: Tillamook State Forest Start: Elk Creek Trailhead Distance: 42 miles (only completed 39-ish) Duration: 10 hours 15 minutes (breaks not included) Elevation gain: 3950 feet (one way) Type: Out-and-back References: Oregon Hikers Stupid. Stupid. Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid. That was the only word (minus a certain descriptive expletive preceding the... Continue Reading →

Tamanawas Falls

Date: December 28, 2017 Location: Mount Hood Start: East Fork-Tamanawas Trailhead Distance: 3.8 miles Duration: 2 hours 34 minutes (breaks included) Elevation gain: 500 feet Type: Out-and-back Map: Adventure Maps: Mount Hood Area References: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland by Paul Gerald; Outdoor Project Evergreens coated in powder. Fields dotted with marshmallow boulders. Frozen crystalline features... 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 →

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 →

McKenzie River Trail

Date: May 13, 2017 Location: Willamette National Forest Start: Upper McKenzie River Trailhead Distance: 26.4 miles Duration: 5 hours 49 minutes (breaks not included) Type: Point-to-point Map: Adventure Maps: Sisters & Redmond High Desert Trail Map References: http://www.mckenzierivertrail.com/ With Spring in full swing, Mack and I are excited to start ticking off some trails we've been... Continue Reading →

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