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!”

3 Must-See Hikes in Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Stand in the middle of an ancient caldera, watch black glass glisten as you walk and float in a volcano at Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Located just south of Bend and Sunriver in Central Oregon, Newberry NVM is a geological wonderland for visitors in the Deschutes National Forest. With over 50,000 acres of lakes andContinue reading “3 Must-See Hikes in Newberry National Volcanic Monument”

A Heavenly Day at Angel’s Rest

Only a 30-minute drive from Portland, Angel’s Rest is likely one of the most popular hiking trails in the Columbia Gorge – and for good reason. Featuring expansive views (270 degrees) from the top main of the Columbia River below, the trail is a quick 2.4 miles to a rocky summit. With sunshine and heatContinue reading “A Heavenly Day at Angel’s Rest”

Starting the New Year on Table Mountain

I hope my first hike of the year isn’t a sign of things to come in 2014…or maybe I do? Beautiful yet grueling, Table Mountain from the Bonneville Dam Trailhead stretches your endurance along 15.8 miles of weaving paths and tests your resolve to make it to the top with 3350-feet elevation gain. With someContinue reading “Starting the New Year on Table Mountain”

Triple the Beauty at Triple Falls

The holidays can be a tough. Too much food, too much family-fun and too much sitting around. While some may enjoy relaxing on the couch, for me the lethargy can be all too consuming. My mind starts to wander, the hours slip by and my body enters a sugar coma that’s as addictive as theContinue reading “Triple the Beauty at Triple Falls”