Broken Top: No name lake ramble
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Reminder – clicking on pic will open 90% quality resolution – it’s worth it! For possibly the last Central Cascades wilderness (Friends of Central Cascades) hike of the 2022 season, Broken Top surfaced as the preferred destination. After visiting No … Read More

3 neighbors
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Walking around town these last few days some neighbors showed up … Spiders are so difficult to photo while in web …. the hawk put on a show circling the field, and this squirrel just sat on the sign post.

3 Finger Jack: south end of loop
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With great luck, my sister and I found ourselves with free time, a Santiam Pass hiking permit and both of us at Santiam Pass. She was kind enough to start the hiking at my hour (first light as if we … Read More

Mt Hood: Timberline trail ccl +2
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After the clockwise 4 day Timberline Trail from 2020, planning another trip after recent nobo and sobo approaches to Mt Hood, counterclockwise was the plan with 2 bonus side-trips, Cooper Spur and McNeil Point or Paradise Park. 3 days /2 … Read More

Gear: Yar.Gear day pack
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I recently purchased a new day pack for those fast and longer day hikes. Research was focused on the following features / requirements: The search took several weeks while reading reviews and exploring different options. I discovered the Yar Gear … Read More

Spencer Butte: Smokey to west
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Great friends joined us Saturday, Sept 17, for a quick early afternoon hike up Spencer Butte from the N. Willamette Trailhead (All Trails). We timed the hike while the Oregon Ducks played football removing a majority of other people from … Read More

PCT: Pamelia Lake to Jefferson Park
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With the re-opening of the PCT north of Pamelia Lake (Lionshead Fire) after 2 years being closed, and complimenting last week’s PCT Pamelia Lake sobo (post), on Sept 15 under cloudy skies the hike started at same Pamelia Lake TH, … Read More

PCT: Pamelia Lake sobo
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Another day, another day hike … with Lionshead Fire closure behind us (for at least this year), an opportunity to put more PCT miles onto the Jefferson / 3 Finger Jack hike from earlier this year. The day started at … Read More

Hardesty Mt to Sawtooth Rock
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For a hot, sunny day when driving long distances just does not seem like the right thing … Hardesty Mountain right west of the Willamette National Forest boundary can be a good idea. Recent years, Hardesty was a good conditioning … Read More

PCT: Willamette Pass sobo
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This was the 5th year walking over this segment of the PCT – south from Willamette Pass (Trapper Creek TH). Last year was almost exactly 1 year ago (9-9-2021), and there was also a fire in the area – this … Read More