What to pack: Day Hike 

I just got the best new day pack so I decided to give you a run through of what I pack for a day hike and a little tour of my Rei Trail 40 pack and all it's amazing features. Compartments, and zippers and pockets oh my! This pack has to have about 10 pockets which [...]

Ape Caves & Trail of Two Forests

A relatively short drive from Portland up highway 503 past Cougar, lies a series of lava tubes on the south side of Mt.Saint Helens. Ape Cave Lava Tube is a popular attraction in the Mount St. Helens National Monument and the longest lava tube in the continental United States at over two miles in length. The Hike: The Ape cave is divided [...]

Backpack to Elk Meadows

A hidden gem lies in Mt Hood National Forest, a large lush meadow, at Aprox 5,000 ft elevation. A short but mighty hike sitting at only 2.5 miles one way including a steep climb to arrive in this alpine dream with glistening streams running through and a dense forest lining. Although a difficult hike the [...]

Camp for free: The Painted Hills

Have you ever driven east on the 84 past Hood River...past the Dalles...and just kept going?It's vast, and open and there's suddenly a peace of mind that comes over you, as you drive down the open road with nothing in view. The dirt reaches up until it fades into the blue skies, and large wind mills speckle the hills as they roll by.

The grandeur of Abiqua Falls

Nestled in the foot of the western cascades lies the waterfall that was almost forgotten, hidden in a basalt rock canyon almost 100 ft tall, unlike the waterfalls up the road at Silver Falls State Park, Abiqua Falls definitely stands above the rest with grandeur, massive volume and exquisite remoteness.