Ape Canyon (+ writing)

(Trail specs at the end)

My body’s been a mess and my head even worse, but when my alarm goes off I’m up. The only thing that can get me out of bed after working late and only getting five-and-a-half hours of sleep is an all day hiking adventure. I wake up feeling different. Not as full of apprehension as I often am lately. Maybe, it’s just that I’m about to hang out with my very favorite mountain, Mount St. Helens.

I know the ride up there so well I tick off all of the sights as I drive, giant coffee steaming in one hand. Yale Park with it’s post-apocalyptic old tree stumps surrounded by lake. The little roadside teepee selling wooden flutes and moccasins. What adventures the many turnoffs lead to. I get so nostalgic for the best camping and hiking I’ve ever done and excited about how much still awaits me. I may never do it all in this life and there’s something marvelous about that. A mountain cannot be conquered, this is a good thing. Be more mountain-like, I think. The morning is much colder than I thought it would be. Dark, too. The weather report, which I check obsessively according to my girlfriend, calls for partial sun. Maybe, later? I can’t tell if it’s mist or light rain beginning to coat my windshield and I start to wonder if I’ll regret not packing gloves and a rain jacket. It’s early September! How are these allowed to be thoughts already? Continue reading “Ape Canyon (+ writing)”


Mt. Adams Wilderness (revisited)

The day I attempted this trail for the first time, was actually the day I decided to start this blog. It was awesome to revisit at it’s peak season and actually complete it this time, as well as revisit the old write-up and see how far this blog has come in almost a year. I’m so endeared to how it has taken shape, figuring out where my strengths and weaknesses are, what matters and doesn’t. This full circle experience has unleashed so much new and pent up inspiration. Continue reading “Mt. Adams Wilderness (revisited)”

Day Trip: Panther Creek Falls

  • Location: Carson, Washington
  • Google map: Don’t even try it, see directions below.
  • Drive time from Portland: 1h25m +/-
  • Permit: n/a
  • Intensity: To viewpoint – Easy (Beginner Level: Doable). A few well-graded, switchbacks to overlook platform. To foot of falls – Challenging. About 200 feet of steep, sketchy scrambling.
  • Open: April – November
  • Pair with: Falls Creek Falls, anything in the Gorge as it’s only a half hour or so in from WA-14

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Siouxon Creek (revisited)

(Clockwise from top: Chelsea, Brie, Vanessa & Erin)

Siouxon Creek, oh, how I love you. I love you in the fall, I love you in winter, I love you in spring. I’m sure I’ll love you in summer and will find out eventually. Continue reading “Siouxon Creek (revisited)”

Mt. Adams Wilderness

  • Level: Difficult
  • Length: 12.4 miles (with waterfall side trip)
  • Elevation: 1,500+ ft. gain
  • Type: out and back
  • Open: mid-July to mid-October
  • Permit: Northwest Forest Pass
  • Drive time from Portland: 2.5 hours
  • Google map: “South Climb Trail” (screenshot directions, you will lose reception.)
  • Features: South Climb Trailhead, Aiken Lava Bed, Bird Creek Meadows, Round the Mountain Trail, Hellroaring Canyon, Yakama Indian Reservation, Crooked Creek, Crooked Creek Falls, Gifford Pinchot NF

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Siouxon Creek

Option 1

  • Level: Easy to Siouxon Falls (Beginner Level: Challenging)
  • Length: 3.8 miles
  • Elevation: not exactly sure, but less than 700 ft. gain
  • Type: out and back

Option 2:

  • Level: Moderate to Chinook Creek Falls
  • Length: 7.8 miles
  • Elevation: 700 ft. gain
  • Type: out and back

Further Details:

  • Open: all year
  • Permit: Northwest Forest Pass
  • Drive time from Portland: 1.5 hours
  • Google map: “Siouxon Creek Trailhead” (screenshot directions, you will lose reception.)
  • Features: Camping spots, swimming holes, Horseshoe Creek, Siouxon Creek, Siouxon Falls, Chinook Creek Falls, Gifford Pinchot NF

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