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: Washington 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 →


Mount St. Helens

Date: December 10, 2017 Start: Marble Mountain Sno Park Distance: 12 miles Duration: 9 hours 12 minutes (breaks included) Type: Out-and-back Map: Green Trails Map 332S: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument References: Best Climbs: Cascade Volcanoes by Jeff Smoot; Washington Trails Association "1...2...3...4..." I counted my steps silently to myself as I trudged up the steep... Continue Reading →

Lewis River Trail

Date: November 25, 2017 Location: Gifford Pinchot National Forest Start: Lower Falls Day Use Area Distance: 8.8 miles Duration: 4 hours 55 minutes (breaks included) Elevation gain: 450 feet Type: Out-and-back References: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland by Paul Gerald; Washington Trails Association I hoped for a fast-paced, epic sufferfest (or something along those lines) to... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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