Eagle Rock

Location: Warner Springs, California

Level: moderate
Round trip/Gain: 6.6 miles/900ish ft.
Type: out-and-back
Permit: n/a

There are so many things I loved about this trail. 1) It feels good hiking in/around San Diego. It’s adding so much dimension to the place I grew up in. Being a tourist in your hometown can be a good thing. 2) I’d seen the photos, but damn, that is a motherfucking eagle! 3) I love dry desert grass lands this time of year. All of that gold! And the cacti! 4) It’s fun playing Thru-Hiker and then getting to go home. 5) I liked thinking about my friends who’ve hiked those miles.

A lot of this trail is super exposed. Wear sunscreen, bring extra water. I lucked out with perfect weather, overcast and cool. Another interesting thing, when I got to Eagle Rock, I realized you could almost drive up to it. The main road through Warner Springs skirts it by a few hundred yards, though you can barely see the road while on trail. I still would’ve chosen to hike, but it’s good to know that you can see it without hiking if you don’t want to.

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A beautiful oak grove lines the first mile or so.

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Pacific Crest Trail at Timberline Lodge

Location: Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon

Level: easy to Zig Zag Canyon / Beginner Level: doable
Round trip/Gain: 4.4 miles/500 ft
Type: round trip
Permit: n/a

True story: this was my first time at the Timberline Lodge in my fourteen years of living in Portland. I’d driven up there a few times for the view, but never actually entered the lodge or hiked on the trails. I’m really not trying to be a kill joy, it was cool, but I think the best part was all of the stinky PCT hikers, stuffed from the brunch buffet, stretched out in every possible direction looking so happy.

There were tons of little trails spurring off from the lodge, so I couldn’t really tell which way to the PCT, but then I realized they all essentially braided together after a hundred yards or so.

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Timberline Lodge from the PCT. Mt. Jefferson in the distance.

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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 current physical state. Honestly, I was nervous about that. Should I thank the Universe for giving me a bed? Maybe, but I really really really love camping. I put my camping dress on, make us coffee in the surprise full kitchen and then Brie and I head out to find Erin. Continue reading “Day Two: Williams and Wolf Creek”

Portland-based Unlikely Hikers & friends!

Hey Portland-based Unlikely Hikers & friends,

This Wednesday, March 22nd, I am co-hosting an event with The Venture Out Project! Cariboose & Bear Bait will be talking about their thru-hike of The Long Trail, the oldest long distance trail in the country, as well as how to plan for a thru-hike. Come meet us, or if you already know us, just come hang out!

  • Wednesday, March 22nd
  • 7-8:30pm
  • Lucky Labrador Tap Room, 1700 N Killingsworth.
  • FREE!

Even if you aren’t interested in thru-hiking, this will be a good opportunity to come hang and share space with some unlikely outdoorspeople. Let’s meet!

Dry Creek Falls

Option 1

  • Level: Easy to Dry Creek Falls (Beginner Level: Challenging)
  • Length: 4.8 miles
  • Elevation: 740+ ft. gain
  • Type: out and back
  • Open: all year

Option 2

  • Level: Difficult
  • Length: 11.2 miles
  • Elevation: 1,600+ ft. gain
  • Type: out and back
  • Open: all year

Further Details

  • Permit: Northwest Forest Pass or, $5-$10 (I keep forgetting to check!)
  • Drive time from Portland: 45min
  • Google map: “Bridge of the Gods trailhead”
  • Features: Columbia River Gorge, waterfalls, Pacific Crest Trail

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