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 Name Lake in July this year with it 2/3 covered in ice (review), a return in Fall without all the ice seemed like a good idea. While a good idea for the hike, the tripKeep 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 …

For me, there is no place in Oregon like Three Sisters Wilderness (US Forest Svs), and for the last 6 years I’ve wandered around this area – amazed, challenged and inspired by the diversity and beauty and fragility of this unique area. This year, the adventure was 6 days / 5 nights backpacking. The plan fully incorporated snow levels beyond anything seen in the last 6 years, but still the snow levels were low andKeep Reading …

Not to let 6-legged monsters keep me from PCT plans, I went back to Waldo Lake area to complete the section planned earlier but denied by the swarm. The swarm was gone and those left were easily outrun, though resting without a breezy spot was problematic and my head bug net was worn at least 30% of hike. At Charlton Lake, the PCT is less than 50 yards from the car … so park inKeep Reading …

Some hikers are bound to hike from one point to another (either a loop, out / back, or drop / pick up), some others like me use points as boundaries and travel within them based on delight and joy (avoiding unnecessary risky / unfun sections). With that intro, this backpacking trip was 4 days within the Sisters’ Wilderness area – bound to the north by a highway & lava flows, bound to the south byKeep Reading …

What started as a 3 day, 2 night camping and hiking adventure at Waldo Lake was reduced to a 2 day, 1 night psychological and physical test due to one small, swarming 6-legged monster: mosquitoes. Everybody who plans on hiking Waldo Lake early knows the simple fact that it’s one of the worst squito hells in the Cascades, so I thought I was ready and prepared: bug net for head/face, long pants/shirt, new campground tent,Keep Reading …