Hiking Santiam Pass PCT nobo

Hiking Santiam Pass north-bound on the Pacific Crest Trail was one of the October Camp Sherman basecamp day hikes – the first in a 5 day sequence. Several hikes this year around 3-Finger Jack ran into rain and fog, so … Read More

Clear Lake and upper Mckenzie River

After car tenting at Pine Rest Campground (Camp Sherman) the night before, around sunrise I topped the Santiam Pass and headed for the Upper Mckenzie River Trailhead just downriver from Fish Lake. I hiked this section of the trail earlier … Read More

Day hiking from Diamond Lake

The original plan and permit for August’s super blue moon was to backpack in Three Sisters Wilderness, but fire smoke suggested a different idea. Campground reservations were easy at Thielsen View campground, surprisingly. The fire smoke was supposed to be … Read More

Rambling around west side Mt Hood

For several days (3 nights), from a car campground (Lost Creek) I rambled around the west side of Mt Hood. This was the fourth consecutive year hiking on PCT, Timberline and other connected trails. Camping at Lost Creek, which was … Read More