There are a lot of great places to go backpacking around northwest Oregon. From the coast to the gorge to the high Cascades - take your pick.
Usually at this time of year in the Spring, I'm aiming to hike the lower elevation trails to avoid the lingering mounds of snow that add time and difficulty to the hike. But this year's mountain snow has already melted away, and so I'm hitting the trails I usually save for July and August.
One of the most challenging trails on Mt. Hood National Forest is the Zigzag Mountain Trail.
What are the 7 wonders of Oregon? They are the amazing natural spaces you can discover here in Oregon: majestic Mt. Hood, the incredible Columbia River Gorge, the awesome Oregon Coast, the pretty Painted Hills, spectacular Smith Rock, the wonderful Wallowas, and indescribable Crater Lake.
Learn how to be prepared for hiking and backpacking at elevation at our free clinic. Experienced Next Adventure staff will provide a philosophical overview of backpacking, discuss tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, stoves and other gear, and provide tips and tricks to make your next trip to higher elevations safer and more comfortable.
It will be thirty-five years on May 18 since Mt. St. Helens erupted and blasted off its top 3000 feet. Mt. St. Helens is mostly quiet today, slowly rebuilding its dome in its deep north-side crater, and re-establishing vegetation and faunal communities in its blasted areas. You can witness nature being reborn here.
Next Adventure Outdoor School Guide Greg was up hiking, camping, and exploring the snow conditions at timberline a few weeks back.
Read more for his adventures.
Are you struggling up trail under a heavy pack? Still carrying your old gear from the 1990's? Do your knees hurt after a day on trail from a heavy pack? Do you want to become an Ultra Light Backpacker, but don't know where to begin? If you answered yes to any of the above questions then this clinic is perfect for you.
If you head into the wilderness, you should know how to use a map and compass. Next Adventure is holding a FREE clinic to teach you land navigation skills at 7 p.m. at the Grand Store in Portland, Oregon. Read more for details.
We arrived at Timberline Lodge around midnight. My Toyota Previa, Vanna White, was outfitted with my couch cushions to allow two people to sleep comfortably. My climbing partner, whom we'll call Jackson, and I slept until around 3 when we eagerly awoke and each ate about a pound of trail mix.
Next Adventure was proud to host Oregon author and hiking guru William Sullivan for a slideshow presentation and talk this past week.
Read on to find out more about his lowdown on hiking eastern Oregon, and what else you can learn for free at Next Adventure this Spring!