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 →

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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 →

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 →

Oregon Butte and Mount Misery Trail

Date: June 25, 2017 Location: Blue Mountains Start: Teepee Trailhead Distance: 14 miles (according to Mack's Garmin) Duration: 3 hours 24 minutes (breaks not included) Type: Out-and-back References: Washington Trails Association Our first official summer adventure took place in an unlikely, unexpected place in the PNW: the Blue Mountains of Eastern Washington. It's rare that... 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 →

Coyote Wall-Labyrinth Loop

Date: April 23, 2017 Location: Columbia River Gorge Start: Coyote Wall Trailhead Distance: 8.25 miles (according to Mack's Garmin) Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes (breaks not included) Type: Loop Map: Green Trails Map 432S: Columbia River Gorge-East References: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland by Paul Gerald; Washington Trails Association Since Havasupai, all of our weekends have... Continue Reading →

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