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Trip Report: Round Lake Backpack Camp

Next Adventure Outdoor School's Lead Guide Greg Hill fills us in on the beautiful Round Lake Backpacking trip.  Read more to find out if this is the right trip for you!

EQUINOX DESERT WILDFLOWER HIKE

Celebrate the first day of Spring with a hike! The desert blooms early on the dry side of the Cascade Mountains, and some flowers can only be seen through March. Join Next Adventure Staff Biologist Greg Hill for a guided interpretational tour of Tom McCall Nature Preserve and its amazing wildflowers. Easy 2 to 5 miles hiking, 200 feet elevation gain.

TRIP REPORT: Cascades Mountain Hike

Mt. Hood view from Tumala Mountain summit

Mount Hood's snowy white peak commanded the skyline above the green forested ridges of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.  We stood atop the old fire lookout site and practiced our map and compass skills, orienting the map to visible landmarks and taking bearings on Mt. Jefferson and other Cascade mountain peaks.

TRIP REPORT: West Side Wildflower Hike

Wildflowers and Wildlife on the Clackamas River
anemone flowerbleeding heart flowers

calypso orchids and yellow violettrout lily

It was cool in the shade of the big old growth Douglas firs, and sunny on the pebbly beaches of the Clackamas River.  Next Adventure Outdoor School led another guided hike, this time focusing on the west-side wildflower blooms.  Bleeding hearts, calypso orchids, wood violets, anemones, and tiny twayblade orchids (pictured) were in bloom along with a host of other flowers like salmonberry, oxalis, sandwort, monkeyflower, dogwood and strawberry.

Trip Report: Pup Creek Falls Hike

Clackamas River Fall Hike

There were oysters, lobsters, coral and salmon along the trail.
We weren't at the beach, but hiking the Clackamas River Trail on Mount Hood National Forest.

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