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Some of the youngest rock in Oregon sits on the boundaries of the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests near McKenzie Pass. About 2,000 years ago, lava flowed from a vent just north of North Sister and created a black, jumbled, and barren landscape. Since then, the surrounding forest has…
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Slow Packing the PCT
The Northern Cascades is said to be one of the most beautiful sections of the Pacific Crest Trail and it did not disappoint. Craggy peaks, dense forests, and lush valleys provided mile after mile of stunning scenery on our 8 day, 89 mile journey on the northernmost portion of the PCT.  We are three,…
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A nice short hike that weaves it’s way between shaded forest and open fields with tall grass.  As of 7/5/17 there are numerous ticks in the area. In the three miles it took the pup and I to hike three miles I pulled about 30 ticks off the dog and about 15 off myself. If you are taking a dog ensure…
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The Cascades of Central Oregon capture great quantities of snow over the course of an extended, alpine winter. Mt Bachelor, the shortest and southernmost of the group of five big peaks just west of Bend, averages nearly 40 feet of accumulation annually, but the winter of 2016–2017 was well above…
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This loop trail was great! We started at the popular Multnomah falls area which was crowded with people. It’s a steep hike over paved trail up to the top off the falls, and packed with people the whole way. But, once we got to the top of the falls we veered off to the unpaved trail and left everyone…
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We opted to do hike the old trail up as it was shorter and less popular. This is a steep hike, 4000 feet over 2.5 miles of unmaintained trail. For the most part, the trail isn’t too bad, and easy enough to follow. It’s supposed to be marked with white diamonds along the way, but these are sparsely…
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An Afternoon Along the Falling Water River
Sedimentary rock yields over time. Water laid it down and water cuts it away. On the Eastern Highland Rim, the Falling Water River has wrought marvels with its erosive force. Limestone layers that formed long ago are exposed on the margins of the river’s grand drops as it makes its way towards the…
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Be prepared: Not only should you prepare yourself for the crowds that may gather here due to the close proximity to New York, but the beginning of this hike is not for the faint of heart. The traditional start up the ridge of Breakneck Ridge climbs 919 ft. in the first half mile. The payoff is a…
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The trail to Berry Creek Falls leaves from the park headquarters and takes the better part of a day to complete the loop. The trail winds it’s way through groves of California Redwoods until you reach Berry Creek and it’s namesake falls. Further up the trail is Golden Falls which runs some length…
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Storm King is located slightly over an hour from New York City and just north of the Military Academy at West Point. As such, Storm King receives quite a bit of city traffic, particularly on weekends. This also applies for Breakneck Ridge located across the Hudson River. That said, the trail…
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This is an extensive trail system near Cody that is known for mountain biking, but it also is a great place to go hiking on a cool day. Bears have been seen in the area, so carry bear spray. We began from East Newton Lake and followed the trail around the eastern shore to a junction with a trail to…
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A Glimpse of Wild and Untamed
The North Umpqua River slides over a basalt cliff and descends 165-feet in a braid of white, water and mist mingling on a mossy face. The water that feeds this stream originates on the slopes of Mt. Thielsen and in the northern forests of Crater Lake National Park. As it cuts its Cascade path down…
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Originally completed in February of 1944 by the famed 10th Mountain Division, the Trooper Traverse offers spectacular views and varied terrain in very isolated conditions. While the backpacking version is a relative luxury compared to the ski traverse of yesteryear it’s not hard to imagine the…
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This is an incredibly scenic four-day paddle through Adirondack Park. Canoe rental can be had at St. Regis Canoe Outfitters. They will drive you to the put-in in Long Lake. Long Lake provides a nice half-day paddle to dispersed camping as you enter the Raquette River river. Very few other parties…
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This is a great half-day paddle each way from Floodwood Pond to Upper Saranac Lake. Numerous campsites are available along the way but Buck Island offers first-come first-serve campsites that feel much more secluded than predicted. The paddle takes approximately three hours each way and offers…
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