Hoh River Trail (& Hall of Mosses)

Location: Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington Level: easy / Beginner Level: challenging Round trip/Gain: 5.8 miles/300-ish ft Type: round trip Permit: Olympic National Park entrance fee or America the Beautiful pass Brie and I arrived after about four hours of sleep and four hours of driving. I know how popular this place is and […]

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Found

I was an indoor kid, a city kid, and I remained so into my adulthood. I didn’t even think about the outdoors. In the first six years I lived in Portland, Oregon, the most outdoorsy thing I ever did was drive up to the famous Multnomah Falls. Once. I struggled with PTSD, depression, self-hate and […]

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Hike Trails, Get Money

I sort of hinted at this a couple of months ago, but it is finally official: REI got wind of me and I’ve been contracted to essentially keep doing what I do. They aren’t asking me to sell a product or be anything other than what I am, an unlikely outdoorsperson. For the next six […]

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Neahkahnie Mountain

Level: Easy  (Beginner Level: Challenging.) Length: 3 miles Elevation: 900 ft. gain Type: out and back Open: all year Permit: n/a Drive time from Portland: 1h50m Google map: n/a, the trailhead that comes up on google isn’t one I did. See below.

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Day Two: Williams and Wolf Creek

We wake up in the surprise king-size bed. It’s already 9am. Definitely, not farm life time. Erin has probably been up for more than three hours. I’m well-rested, my back only hurts a little from the unfamiliar bed, but I would’ve been far less comfortable had I been sleeping on my sleeping pad in my […]

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Day Trip: Rattlesnake Falls

Location: Husum, Washington Google map: don’t bother. From the Hood River Bridge, head west for 1.5 miles then make a right on SR 141. After 6 miles, just past Wet Planet, turn right onto Oak Ridge Rd. for 0.8-mile. Turn Right on Rattlesnake Rd and set your odometer. At the nine mile mark (most of […]

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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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