Cape Falcon

Distance: 5 Miles (or 1.7 miles to Short Sands Beach) Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 160’ Trail Condition: Well-maintained but can be muddy and has exposed roots Trail Highlights: Series of viewpoints including Short Sands beach, Neahkahnie Mountain, Tillamook Head, Cape Lookout and Manzanita. Blumenthal Falls, cliffs, dense forest, beach access to Short Sand and Smuggler’s Cove. There are restrooms in the parking lot … Continue reading Cape Falcon

Beacon Rock

Distance: 2 Miles Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 680’ Trail Condition: Paved, but narrow Trail Highlights: Views of: Columbia River Gorge, Bonneville Dam, Mt Defiance, Eagle Creek fire burn, Munra Point, Elowah Falls, Nesmith Point, Yeon Mountain, Crown Vista Point House and Phoca Rock. Located in 4,464-acre Beacon Rock State Park, restrooms at trailhead, automated pay station at trailhead, walking on an ancient volcano, … Continue reading Beacon Rock

Cascade Lake to Mount Constitution

Distance: 8.3 Miles Hike Type: Out-and-Back or Lollipop-Loop Difficulty: Moderate to Hard Elevation Gain: 2,306’ Trail Condition: Maintained but can be narrow at times and hugs a cliff, Rocky at times Trail Highlights: Old mining cave you can explore, located within the Moran State Park, views of: Summit Lake, Bellingham Bay, all of Whatcom county, Canada, the Puget Sound, the Cascade Range, Olympic Peninsula, Vancouver Island … Continue reading Cascade Lake to Mount Constitution

Snowshoe to Silcox Hut

Distance: 2.6 Miles Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult Elevation Gain: 1,080 – 1,120 Trail Condition: Groomed and Not groomed Trail Highlights: Views of from 6,950’+ of Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Sisters and central Oreogn. Silcox hut, can snowboard/ski down (with a pass), can travel another 1,000’ up to Palmer Lift Trail Head(s): First parking lot on the right at Timberline, or Timberline Lodge Fees: Sno-Park … Continue reading Snowshoe to Silcox Hut

Edin Lake

Distance: 2.7 Miles Hike Type: Lolli-Pop Loop Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 292’ Trail Condition: Not Groomed Trail Highlights: Frozen lake, view of Mount Hood on a clear day Trail Head(s): Maggie’s Trail #753 Fees: There are a couple of free parking spots near this trailhead, or you can find regular parking in Government Camp Dogs-Allowed: Yes Crowd Level: Moderate Type of Shoe Needed: Snowshoes or Cross-Country … Continue reading Edin Lake

Pup Creek Falls from Fish Creek Trailhead

Distance: 7.8 Miles Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy to Easy Moderate Elevation Gain: 500’ (ish) Fees: Northwest Forest Pass or $5 day pass Dog-Friendly: Yes (but is narrow and there are cliffs) Crowd Level: Low on week days, Moderately Low on weekends Type of Shoe Needed: Hiking shoes, or tennis shoes (the trail does tend to get very muddy) Required Vehicle Clearance: Low – All … Continue reading Pup Creek Falls from Fish Creek Trailhead

Snowshoeing 101

Let’s face it, winter hobbies can be expensive… but there’s one that isn’t and it’s snowshoeing! Not only is it the cheapest winter hobby, but it’s also the easiest. Is it hard to snowshoe? If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Granted, it does take much more energy than hiking and can double your normal hiking time. Besides those two factors snowshoeing can be a … Continue reading Snowshoeing 101

Wahkeena-Multnomah Loop

Distance: 5 Miles (a little over) Hike Type: Loop Difficulty: Easily Moderate to Moderate Elevation Gain: 1,600′ Fees: None Dog-Friendly: Yes Crowd Level: Light on week days and mornings, Crowded on weekend days Type of Shoe Needed: Hiking Shoes are recommended since it is is muddy and through a burn zone Required Vehicle Clearance: Low – All paved roads After months of hard work from volunteers … Continue reading Wahkeena-Multnomah Loop

God’s Thumb

Distance: 3.4 Miles Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy to Easily Moderate Elevation Gain: 800′ Trail Condition: Muddy and has exposed roots Trail Highlights: God’s Thumb, views of Lincoln City, Newport, the Pacific Ocean, Salmon River, Devil’s Lake and Cascade Head. Exposed cliffs, meadow, “The Knoll” and a walk on the beach Trail Head(s): Roads End State Recreation Site Fees: None Dogs-Allowed: Yes Crowd Level: Moderate … Continue reading God’s Thumb

Blueberry-Lemon Cake

Blueberry and lemon has to be one of my favorite combos, especially in the summer and spring time. This isn’t the first time I’ve made this cake, but it is the first time I’ve made it with a KitchenAid and used cream cheese frosting! I’ve always been someone who likes doing things the “old way” but I finally caved and started using the KitchenAid… and … Continue reading Blueberry-Lemon Cake