Chush Falls Hike – Summits and Spray

Best laid plans never pan out, so lately my weekend trips have been a bit more ad-hoc. Snow, snowed-out a camping reservation and unusually cold and wet spring fronts have kept me bundle inside more ready for a book than trek. But when it comes to a long-weekend like Memorial Day, classic Pacific Northwest June-uaryContinue reading “Chush Falls Hike – Summits and Spray”

Hiking to God’s Thumb

Somethings are worth getting up early for – and this hike is one of them. With a heat wave rolling through the Pacific Northwest a few weeks ago, I was super lucky to already have a coast weekend on the books. My college friends all converged on Lincoln City for a long 4-day weekend. IfContinue reading “Hiking to God’s Thumb”

Weekend Warrior Trip: 2-Day Metolius River Camping

If you have trouble sleeping these days like me, power through your work week and book a camp ground along the wild Metolius River. Better than any white-noise machine, the roaring rapids of these crystal-clear waters will sooth you to sleep like a sweet lullaby. Recently, I have been super stressed and my anxiety high,Continue reading “Weekend Warrior Trip: 2-Day Metolius River Camping”

A Look Back at 2020: Adventures During a Pandemic

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a hell of a year. Looking back on the last 12 months, I feel like it’s all a fog – a blurry merge of months, virtual meetings and happy hours, walks past the same houses, and long, lonely days spent indoors. And unfortunately, the hopeContinue reading “A Look Back at 2020: Adventures During a Pandemic”

Winter Waterfall Hike: Nick Eaton Falls

With many trails still closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, it has been tough to find good day hikes in the Columbia Gorge. However, it has forced me to explore some areas I’ve never ventured and revisit old trails to travel a different direction. Today was the latter. Returning to the Herman CreekContinue reading “Winter Waterfall Hike: Nick Eaton Falls”

Three Days in the Three Sisters Wilderness

Before the snow even finished melting away for the summer months, I headed out and into the backcountry for an overnight adventure. With a three-day weekend, like Memorial Day, it couldn’t be wasted on the couch, so I packed my new Black Diamond backpack, grabbed the tent, and spent some much needed time with natureContinue reading “Three Days in the Three Sisters Wilderness”

Dry Creek Falls Hike

Looking for a quick afternoon hike in the Columbia Gorge? Pack a picnic, your tag-along-pup (or kids) and follow the Pacific Crest Trail for 2.2 miles to Dry Creek Falls, surrounded by a lovely, lush basalt amphitheater. While the trail may be named dry creek, water flows here year round, making it a wonderful trail forContinue reading “Dry Creek Falls Hike”

10 Oregon Winter Hikes to Hit this Year

This past week the mercury fell and we looked head first into winter – and a winter that may be more wild than we think (let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!). But being a true northwest native is all about not letting the rain, sleet, ice, and cold wind slow you down, especiallyContinue reading “10 Oregon Winter Hikes to Hit this Year”

Tamanawas Falls

Each droplet of water crashing over Tamanawas Falls takes your breath away. The Hike: From the trailhead follow Cold Creek as it meanders down the eastern slopes of Mt. Hood and through dense evergreen forests for 2.0 miles to reach this impressive waterfall. The trail is easy and very family friendly with two bridge crossingsContinue reading “Tamanawas Falls”

Ski season is almost here!

While it may still be September and the sun is shining in Oregon, winter is coming! And with it snow, skiing, and mountain bliss. To kickstart ski season, I hiked up to the top of the Palmer Glacier today, about 8500 feet up Mt. Hood, to get in a few early turns. To continue with theContinue reading “Ski season is almost here!”