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”

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!”

Yocum Ridge via Ramona Falls

With hardly a soul in sight and only the path leading me forward, I savored the feeling of dirt and rock beneath my feet. The air smelled like ripe honeysuckle and high Cascade wildflowers. The wind was cool and crisp against my neck, which tingled with droplets of sweat. The river and streams, roared andContinue reading “Yocum Ridge via Ramona Falls”

Winter Views of Crater Lake

This weekend, I spent three days at Crater Lake. Graced with glorious weather, I enjoyed snowshoeing along the rim, sledding and going out for my first night photography sessions. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip:   First time to Crater Lake? Go on the free, guided snowshoe tour at theContinue reading “Winter Views of Crater Lake”

Top 10 Northwest Snowshoe Areas

When the snow starts to fall and you just can’t stand being cooped up any longer, head out hiking. Grab a friend, some poles and a pair of snowshoes and try one of these fun snowshoe trails around the Pacific Northwest. You might just bump into me this winter! Oregon Tumalo Mountain, Bend A 4-mileContinue reading “Top 10 Northwest Snowshoe Areas”

Mirror Lake Snowshoe Hike

Over the creek and through the woods to Mirror Lake we go. To ring in the 2013, this year I strapped on my snowshoes and headed up into the Cascades for some reflection time in the shadow of Mt. Hood at Mirror Lake. Crunching through the packed snow, I followed the trail as it weavedContinue reading “Mirror Lake Snowshoe Hike”

Summiting the South Sister

Climbing the last stretch, a mile straight up through red-brown silt and gravel, I kept my eyes on the peak ahead. The blue sky over the rounded bulge summit at 10,358 feet beckoning me like a turquoise pendant. Reaching the top of this mountain however, awarded me with a hiking high better than any jewels couldContinue reading “Summiting the South Sister”

Climbing into the Canopy in the McKenzie River Valley

Surrounded by a rainbow of green and the scent of fresh spring forest, I hung out with my feet dangling and wide grin on my face. Nothing could ruin my spirits – especially at 100 feet off the ground! Gazing over the tree tops in the HA Andrews’ Experimental Forest while attached to an oldContinue reading “Climbing into the Canopy in the McKenzie River Valley”