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Wildwood loop

5 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

Little jaunt in Forest Park

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March 15, 2018


western cascades

6 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

Went for a wander!

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March 14, 2018


Cat Creek meander

6.5 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

Quiet day up there, flowers emerging, ticks are jumping, and poison oak is waking up!

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March 7, 2018


Tabor in the Snow

5 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

Someday I will run it again

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February 21, 2018

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Sisters Backcountry

18 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

We attempted to do the traverse from Dutchman Flat to Three Creeks, but had to start in a snow storm, temp in the low teens, visibility poor. After 3 miles and 3 hours of breaking trail in knee deep powder, we knew we were not going to make the first hut before nightfall. We turned back and regrouped at a hotel.

The next day the hut owners gave us a snowmobile ride up to Three Creek Lake and we got to spend the night at the second hut. Fun skiing around that area, and the ski out the next day was mighty fine!

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February 19, 2018



9 miles of hiking • 4500' elevation gain •

Gorgeous day, tons of people on the mountain, including many skiers, snowboarders and dogs! Seemed like a tourist trail and quite a few plodders not very well prepared. Above 6000 feet the temp dropped and snow was very icy, crampons needed.

At 7000 ft we saw a scary accident. A fellow tried to glissade a very steep and icy section, he quickly lost control and made no attempt to self arrest. He hit the rocks, ice axe flying through the air, and tumbled down into the adjacent gully. He raised his hand after a minute, and a group went to his rescue, I don't know what kind of injuries he sustained. We were all shaken witnessing this. Had two folks who had no previous crampon/ice axe experience. We decided to turn around and make our leisurely way down the mountain. Got quite a few good glissades in the softer snow at lower elevation.

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February 10, 2018



3.5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

We have an exchange student from Germany who recently joined our family. I wanted to show him the gorge.

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January 28, 2018

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Fish Lake Guard Station

8 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

We rented some Forest Service cabins at this historic site on the Santiam Wagon Road. Has been around for 100 years as a waypoint for pack trains. Really delightful cabin with a great porch overlooking the lake. First two days were rainy, had to drive further up to Santiam Pass to get some snow action. On the third day we woke to a magical new layer of snow all around us flocking the forest and muffling the air. Fish Lake sits on a holey lava bed and drains in the summer to become a meadow. Hiked and skiied all around the area, complete solitude.

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January 25, 2018

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Sedum Ridge via PCT

12 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

Trying to reach the special spot. Haven't made it yet.

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January 16, 2018



10 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

3 days at the beach!

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January 14, 2018


Sedum Ridge Trail

8 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

First hike of the year! Did not hit persistent snow until 2600 ft.

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January 8, 2018


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