Hamilton Mountain

Location: near Stevenson, Washington. Couldn’t find original land name(s). Ancestral home to the Chinook and Multnomah Tribes Photo blog! This was an exceptionally gorgeous fall day. Trail stats, info and more photos can be found here.

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Dalles Mountain Ranch

Level: Easy (Beginner level: challenging) Length: ~5.5 miles Elevation: >1,000 ft. gain Type: loop Open: all year, peak wildflower time is mid-April to mid-May Permit: Discover Pass or $5 Drive time from Portland: 1h30m Google map: “crawford oaks trailhead” Features: Eastern Gorge, spring wildflowers, waterfall Every day that has passed in the week-and-a-half since I did […]

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Latourell Falls

Level: easy (Beginner level: challenging) Length: 2.3 miles Elevation: 600 ft. gain Type: loop Open: all year Permit: n/a Drive time from Portland: 35m Google map: “latourell falls” Features: Columbia River Gorge, waterfalls, views The only good thing about my stupid meniscus tear is getting reacquainted with the shorter, less difficult trails I haven’t done […]

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Beacon Rock

Level: easy (Beginner level: challenging) Length: 1.8 miles Elevation: 600 ft. gain Type: out and back Open: all year Permit: Discover Pass or $10 Drive time from Portland: 45min Google map: “Beacon Rock State Park” but the actual trailhead is around milepost 35 Features: Columbia River Gorge Pair with: meander through Beacon Rock State Park […]

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Cape Horn (+ writing)

“I look around and try to notice everything I possibly can, something I do when I need to get out of my head. Drenched neon mosses and licorice ferns growing off every alder trunk. The remaining leaves, a yellow deserving of new definition. The fog swirls thicker. Gratitude for green. All year, the seasons haven’t […]

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Klickitat Rail Trail

Level: Easy to Moderate Beginner Level: Doable, turn around whenever you feel like it! Length: +/- 7.8 miles Elevation: +/- 270 ft. gain Type: Out and back Open: all year (but read below) Permit: n/a, $2 for bridge crossings Drive time from Portland: 1h30m Google map: n/a, I-84E to Hood River Bridge (exit 64). Turn right on […]

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Angels Rest

Level: Moderate Length: 4.6 miles Elevation: 1,500 ft. gain Type: Out and back Open: all year Permit: n/a Drive time from Portland: 30m Google map: “angels rest” Features: Columbia River Gorge, Coopey Falls, views out the yingyang Angels Rest, you are the McDonalds Value Menu of trails and I’m lovin’ it. So much bang for […]

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Travel Journal: May 13 – 15, 2016

Locations: Eastern Washington Scablands, Palouse Falls, Wallula Gap, Two Sisters, Hat Rock, Pasco, Tricities, Maryhill Stonehenge Real talk, this camping trip happened about a month and a half ago, but I was just so off my game, I’m only getting to it now. The details are fuzzy. In mid-May, Brie and I spent a weekend […]

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Gear + How to

The outdoors is for everyone! True, we generally don’t see a lot of diversity in outdoorsy ads and when we don’t see ourselves represented, sometimes, consciously or subconsciously, we decide something isn’t for us. If you were waiting for an invitation, consider this it! When I started hiking, I was so intimidated by the “how-to’s” […]

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Tamanawas Falls

Level: Easy (Beginner Level: Doable) Length: 3.8 miles Elevation: 500 ft. gain Type: Out and back Open: late April – November Permit: Northwest Forest Pass, or $5-$10 (I always forget to check how much because I use a pass) Drive time from Portland: 1h30m Google map: “Tamanawas Falls Trailhead” Features: Mt. Hood National Forest, crazy huge waterfall, […]

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