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, and went nobo on PCT to the northern ridge above Jefferson Park, and then back to the car. Standard operating procedure (SOP) for a long day hike is to arrive at TH and start hikingKeep Reading …

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 dawn from the popular Pamelia Lake TH (one of the biggest most developed TH this year). It’s a 4 mile hoof from TH to PCT and then it was SOBO to catch up those PCTKeep Reading …

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 hike, but with mountain bikers finding it a great ride down … it can be busy, and this was the first time in 2022 (last time). The trail showed its ware but was surprisingly betterKeep Reading …

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 year, Cedar Creek fire was burning several ridges to the northwest. In typical fashion on Sunday 9-4-2022 (Labor Day Weekend), it was at the trailhead before sunrise and hiking with the sun. The hike fromKeep Reading …

Sometimes, one just has to bite the bullet and do the hard work … maintaining elevation gain capability while on a week of ‘rest’ from backpacking. Sitting around or walking around level city walkways does not cut it. So, off to Spencer Butte for a short elevation gain exercise time-boxed to leave around 7 and return around 11. The weather was cooler than recently with fog and mist so heavy that it dripped to theKeep Reading …

After a well planned backpacking trip fell apart, I found myself at the US 26 / PCT junction Tuesday morning, July 16 with time until Friday noon to backpack the PCT just south of Mt. Hood. First, this is not the most exciting segment of the PCT – trees and more trees – the green tunnel. Second, this was ‘new’ PCT ground uncovered over the last few years – a ‘check-list’ hike to complete moreKeep Reading …

Over the last couple of months, sunrise found me enough in the woods to capture a couple decent views … clicking opens full resolution pic.Keep Reading …

Within the Central Cascades, dead trees from disease and fire are almost EVERYWHERE. This last backpacking trip was no exception, and these mostly solitary or small group trees stand like the lost mother souls around the world … waiting for somebody to find them. These are the most striking from Central Cascades. Clicking on the image will open a 90% resolution pic – they’re big.Keep Reading …

WOW! After the Sisters Loop 2 weeks ago with feet and feet of snow on the west side, I took another – leaving Aug 1, a 6 day PCT hike both directions (north and south) covering as much of the Central Cascades as possible, traveling through all 3 wilderness areas, Three SIsters, Mt Washington, and Mt Jefferson. Given the PCT closure at Pamelia Lake (Lionshead fire from PCTA), the hike could only go north toKeep Reading …