Reminder: clicking on pics will display 90% resolution pic The original plan to hike Trinity Alps this week was changed after my hiking buddy caught a bug (not Covid); so with gear all packed up and the motor running, I headed over the Cascades to Newberry National Volcanic Monument (US FS Site) for some ‘before the opening’ hiking. The plan was to start at McKay Crossing on Paulina Creek, hike up into the crater aroundKeep Reading …

A hiking buddy of mine goes to Enchanted Valley regularly, and this year he asked me to tag along. We arrived at the Graves Creek Trailhead (East Fork Quinault River Trail – NPS, All Trails) around 11:00, May 17. This trail is within the Quinault area rainforest (NPS). This is a POPULAR trail and for good reason – enchanted valley. Our original plan was: Day 1 – TH to O’Neil Creek campsite Day 2 –Keep Reading …

Planning an Oregon backpacking trip for April / May is a challenge if one intends to stay dry … the original Rogue River Trail (BLM site or Guide) plan was to go M-F 4 nights, but the weather had material rain Monday and more rain Thursday & Friday – so the plan was modified to leave river Thursday. The trip started in Merlin, OR at Whitewater Cowboys to drop off car key – they shuttleKeep Reading …

The final gear run through before multi-day trips was a 1 night stay at Smith Rock. Late April had surprise … hot sunny afternoon on day 1, cold night, and on day 2, snow and sleet morning, then clouds and wind breaking into afternoon sunshine. The Plan: Arrive Tuesday afternoon and hike by 2pm down river and around the corner and back. Camp at Bivouac area (Bivy), and head to Grey Butte morning of dayKeep Reading …