Over the creek and through the woods to Mirror Lake we go. To ring in the 2013, this year I … Continue reading Mirror Lake Snowshoe Hike
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 could offer.
Hitting the trail, I completed the first hike of my “10 hikes in 10 years” plan by summiting the South Sister in central Oregon. The third largest mountain in Oregon and the highest of the three sisters, the South Sister is one of few climbs of its size in the state that doesn’t require technical equipment. A 12-mile round trip trail leads from the base of the valley at Devils Lake up the mountain plains then finally along a rocky ridge to the mountain’s summit. Continue reading “Summiting the South Sister”
Surrounded by a rainbow of green and the scent of fresh spring forest, I hung out with my feet dangling … Continue reading Climbing into the Canopy in the McKenzie River Valley
Spring is here, which means its time to start planning your warm weather hikes, day trips and summer vacations. So … Continue reading 8 Must Do Day Hikes in Oregon
With each step a high-decibel crunch erupted against the crusted white snow, drowning out the winter silence in the central Oregon Cascades like a rolling freight train – but our laughter sounded louder.
This past weekend I headed east along highway 58 into the Cascades from Eugene to spend the day playing in the snow. Stopping at the Mercantile in Oakridge, which carries snowshoes and cross-country skis during the winter season, we picked up some winter gear and continued to Salt Creek SnoPark. Continue reading “Snowshoe Hike at Salt Creek Falls”