Foggy winter solstice at Spencer Butte

The annual winter solstice hike on Ridgeline Tr and Spencer Butte this year was all about fog in valleys. Very similar to 2021, but not so 2022 – not surprisingly for OR winters, all 3 years were foggy, just the thick … Read More

Jamaica skies

Sometimes, one just needs to get away from the cold, wet Oregon winters. Even 1 week can make a huge difference for the colder, wetter January and February. We chose Jamaica. The weather was 78-85 the entire time; it rained almost every day … Read More

Overpopulated Spencer Butte

With a ~24 hour break between recent NWP Atmospheric Rivers (NOAA), time to strap on trekking poles and get a Spencer Butte fast hike before the next river. Too many people had the same idea! Spencer Butte was overpopulated with humans and … Read More

Mary’s Peak Ramble

A couple of clear, cold days and my sister’s day off created perfect opportunity to rendezvous at Mary’s Peak. We met at Conners’ Camp around 7:30; we were the first two cars in the parking lot. Temperatures in the valley … Read More

Spencer Butte fog art

Sometimes timing just works. Another break in the weather (weather reports had called for a break all week, so … had to eventually get it right) with morning fog only in low valleys … the perfect set up for some … Read More

Dripping fog Ridgeline ramble

Weather reports said ‘partly cloudy’ by late-morning. While further away hikes were considered, colder weather and carbon karma avoidance filtered out those alternatives leaving Ridgeline and Spencer Butte as better options. An easily done weekly forest ramble. New experience on … Read More

Foggy Ridgeline and an unweary deer

A break in the weather pattern of sky rivers smashing into the pacific northwest allowed a fast hike on Ridgeline Tr and Spencer Butte. All the miles, scenery and fog within 10 minute drive. Carbon karma friendly, and a great … Read More

Quick Spencer Butte ramble

With the good weather (cold, sunny and clear) coming to an end right before the “fall back” time change, time for a quick ramble up Spencer Butte. Started with the sun from Spring Blvd and spent the morning just on … Read More


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Stone Lake early April

Sometimes I just gotta get away and chill. There’s hardly a better place than a no-wake lake in the midwest with water so clean it’s almost drinkable. Upon arrival, the weather was cold, windy, rainy … sound familiar? But that … Read More

Quick up Spencer Butte

A time boxed quick, fast hike from Spring Blvd to Spencer Butte top and back. After watching the weather and a quick breakfast, started off around 8:30. Trail conditions were muddier than last hike, but mostly around the recent construction … Read More