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 →

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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 →

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 →

Mount Rainier

Date: August 9-10, 2017 Start: Paradise Distance: 17 miles Duration: 2 days Type: Out-and-back References: Best Climbs: Cascade Volcanoes by Jeff Smoot; National Park Service; Mount Rainier Climbing blog Being a Washingtonian who grew up less than an hour and a half from Mount Rainier National Park, you'd think Rainier would've represented something significant in... 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 →

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