Hardesty Mt to Sawtooth Rock
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Heading out to the trailhead, I thought that another cloudy forest hike was in the cards. Getting started on the trail, the lower elevation flowers were amazing. But it was the Rhodies that were just spectacular, and every once and … Read More

Goodman Creek Trail
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All the best plans, and yet sometimes crazy stuff happens. Originally, I set out to hike Goodman Creek to Eagles Rest trail. The trail leaves from the Hardesty TH. Everything was going well on the drive to the TH, the … Read More

Rainy day Ridgeline
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Some days it rains. Some days, we hike in the rain. Today was such a day, and it was marvelous. (it was also a great test of day-hike gear system – review post coming). I expected rain, dressed for rain … Read More

Gregory Citro 30l hydro pack – review
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A recent purchase of a Gregory Citro 30L Hydro Pack replaced an aged (at least 8 years) and painful REI Trail 40L. One key rationale behind the Gregory and not other packs was the Hydro system, which I already own … Read More

Spencer fitness ramble
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Some days, a good fast fitness hike is the best medicine. A wet, cold May morning – no rain today, but yesterday so the forest was wet and slick, but very little mud. Headed out to TH by 6:30 and … Read More

“Do not buy” – single use plastic abusers
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Here’s the info from those data wonders at Statista, quote: “Published by┬áThe Mindaroo Foundation, The Plastic Waste Makers Index analyzed 1,000 factories to determine the companies producing the most single-use plastic waste. The research found that 20 companies were responsible … Read More

Hardesty Mt – TH to TH
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Hardesty Mountain is just spitting distance inside Willamette National Forest. The trail is a common training hike and a mountain biker challenge. I’ve hiked it a couple of times every year for the last several years … today’s was the … Read More

Walking around town May 16, 2021
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Around 80 degrees, sunny, a sunday afternoon with so much pent up cabin fever to burn off, the people were in the water and the flowers keep amazing me **reminder to open pics to view in higher quality, full size** … Read More

Ridgeline Trail +
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Another last minute plan change to a closer-in hike to limit the carbon price of the adventure. Ridgeline Trail is part of the Spencer Butte trail system or the inverse, and is heavily used at different times within 1 mile … Read More