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 →

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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