Dalles Mountain Ranch

  • Level: Easy (Beginner level: challenging)
  • Length: ~5.5 miles
  • Elevation: >1,000 ft. gain
  • Type: loop
  • Open: all year
  • 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 this trail, I’ve felt like I was hoarding it. It was so unbelievably beautiful. You must go before the flowers go to seed and it gets too damn hot. There’s very little shade and it’s been so gross in Portland that I wasn’t even thinking about sunscreen yet and got pretty badly burnt. WEAR SUNSCREEN. Continue reading “Dalles Mountain Ranch”

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 in years. Although, this one was plenty difficult for where I’m at right now. I didn’t quite have to take any breaks, but I was moving up those inclines at a snail’s pace. I mean absolutely nothing disparaging by this, it was perfect. Continue reading “Latourell Falls”

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 your buck and because of this, it gets really crowded. SO CROWDED. This used to be a go-to of mine, but despite it’s amazing beauty, it’s been downgraded because people. Hence why  it hasn’t been profiled here until now. Regardless, I highly recommend it. It’s a great trail for people who want to work on their elevation gains and it’s one of the closest Gorge trails to Portland. I have a particular fondness for it because it’s one of the first “hard” ones I ever did. I think it was 2012 or so and I was still in The Fog© of my life: hungover, unhealthy, sad, negative, angry, ashamed, but still somehow hopeful. It crushed me like a bug. I learned what a “false summit” is. I cried, I fell in mud, I almost turned around twice, but when I got to the top, I felt like such a bad ass. It started my love affair with hiking. Continue reading “Angels Rest”

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)”

Silver Falls State Park

  • Level: Moderate
  • Length: 7.5 miles (shorter loop options listed below)
  • Elevation: 600* ft. gain
  • Type: out and back
  • Open: all year
  • Permit: $5 parking pass at kiosk
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Drive time from Portland: 1h15m
  • Google map: “Silver Falls State Park”

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Travel Journal: June 16 – 22, 2016: The Big Island of Hawai’i

Locations: Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Crater, Hapuna Beach, Mauna Kea Beach, Wai’ale Falls, Rainbow Falls, Hawai’i Tropical Botanical Garden, Akaka Falls, Lava Tree State Park, Pohoiki Warm Pond, Kehena Black Sand Beach, Pahoa, Kahalu’u Beach, Honaunau Bay aka “Two Step” Continue reading “Travel Journal: June 16 – 22, 2016: The Big Island of Hawai’i”

The Adventure Gap – James Edward Mills

The central story follows Expedition Denali, the first all Black mountaineering team to attempt summiting Denali, but it is so much more than that. Mills is a talented chronologer and historian who exposes the missing and even hidden history of Black people in the outdoors and the ways that has lead to disinterest in outdoor exploration existing today in the Black community. I found the story and history so incredibly exciting, so moving, but also tragic in it’s lack of exposure. I want to do everything I can as an unlikely outdoorsperson to help bring stories like these to light. Read this book!!! Continue reading “The Adventure Gap – James Edward Mills”