Johnston Ridge Observatory

Location: Johnston Ridge Observatory, Mount St. Helens, Washington Permit: Johnston Ridge Observatory entry fee ($8). One free entry with NW Forest Pass Option 1 to viewpoint Level: easy Beginner Level: doable Round trip/Gain: 3.8 miles/400ft Type: round trip Option 2 to Harry’s Ridge Level: moderate Round trip/Gain: 8 miles/1000ft Type: round trip That first view […]

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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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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 […]

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