Laurance Lake

Distance: 6.69 Miles RT Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 1,379’ Trail Condition: Well-maintained in beginning, decommissioned forest road, narrow, talus slopes Trail Highlights: ferns, 22ish switchbacks, seasonal: snowberries, huckleberries, dull Oregon-grape and bear-grass, walk through a forest of Douglas-fir, vine maples, and grand fir at the beginning then lodgepine, ponderosa pine, Mountain hemlock, western white pine, western larch, and noble fir towards the end. … Continue reading Laurance Lake

South Sister

Distance: 12 miles RT Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Hard Elevation Gain: 4,878’ in 6 miles Trail Condition: wide at the beginning, narrow during the last half, loose lava rock, scree, open meadows, forested sections, snow possible until late July, dirt (dusty), can be very windy, check the weather here Trail Highlights: Stand on Oregon’s 3rd highest peak at 10,363’ (3,159 m), Moraine Lake, Teardrop Pool (highest lake … Continue reading South Sister

Mount Defiance 413

Distance: 12.4 RT Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Hard Elevation Gain: 5,100 Trail Condition: Rocky in spots, exposed areas, steep, 20+ switchbacks, uneven ground, narrow, some fire damage Trail Highlights: Fire damaged trees from 2017 Eagle Creek fire, radio tower, beargrass, lupine, paintbrush and more, Hole in the Wall Falls (95 feet), Cabin Creek Falls (220 feet), Lancaster Falls (250 foot top tier), and views of: Mount … Continue reading Mount Defiance 413

Burnt Lake to East Zig Zag

Distance: 9.4 Miles RT Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Moderate – Difficult Elevation Gain: 2,300’ Trail Condition: Well-maintained to the lake, then rocky/dirt path up to the ridge Trail Highlights: Views of: Burnt Lake, Mount Hood, Mount St Helens, Mount Jefferson, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Ski Bowl. Old lookout remnants/spot, camping/hanging out spots along the lake (no fires allowed within ½ mile of lake), circle around Burnt Lake, … Continue reading Burnt Lake to East Zig Zag

Umbrella & Sahalie Falls

Distance: 4.5ish Miles Hike Type: Lollipop-Loop Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: about 840′ Trail Condition: Well-Maintained Trail Highlights: Two waterfalls, walk underneath Meadow’s ski lifts Trail Head(s): Elk Meadow Trailhead Fees: Northwest Forest or A.T.B Pass OR Sno-Park Pass in the winter season Dogs Allowed: Yes, on leash Crowd Level: Light on weekdays, Crowded on weekends Type of Shoe Needed: Nikes will suffice, or Hiking shoes Required Vehicle Clearance: Low My Favorite Season To Go: … Continue reading Umbrella & Sahalie Falls

Bald Mountain from Lolo Pass

Distance: 6.6 Miles Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Gain: 1,400′ (3.3 miles) Trail Condition: Well-maintained, dirt Trail Highlights: Views of Wy’East/Mount Hood & Mt Hood National Forest, switchbacks, Trail Head(s): Burnt Lake Trailhead Fees: NW Forest Pass or A.T.B Pass Dogs Allowed: Yes Crowd Level: Light Type of Shoe Needed: Hiking shoes or Tennis shoes Required Vehicle Clearance: Low – just go slow over … Continue reading Bald Mountain from Lolo Pass

Silver Star via Grouse Vista Trail

Distance: 6.8 miles Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Gain: 2, 271′ (in 3.4 miles) Trail Condition: Steep, Dirt to rocky, Two options to summit Trail Highlights: 360-degree summit views, Wildflowers in the spring, Huckleberries in the fall, Can connect to Hidden Falls (10-miles RT added), Remnants of an old lookout tower, No switchbacks, Views of: Mount St Helens, Mt Adams, Mt Rainier, Mount Hood … Continue reading Silver Star via Grouse Vista Trail

Chinidere Mountain & Wahtum Lake

Distance: 4.20 Miles Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty Level: Easy Elevation Gain: 753′ Trail Condition: Well-maintained and flat to rocky, steep, narrow and exposed towards the end Trail Highlights: Views of Wahtum Lake, Camping spots, 360-degree summit, Lots of bugs, Steps, Views of: Mount Hood, Dalles Mountains, deserts of Central Oregon, Mount Defiance, Mount Adams, Mount St Helens, Mount Rainier, Tomlike Mountain, Eagle Creek Canyon, Tanner Butte … Continue reading Chinidere Mountain & Wahtum Lake

Tom, Dick and Harry

(UPDATED ON JULY 16, 2019) Distance: 6.1 Miles RT Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Gain: 1,710′ Trail Condition: Well-Maintained, Wide to more narrow and rocky at the top Trail Highlights: Camping Spots, Year-round access, Restrooms at trailhead, Large parking lot, views of Mount Hood and Mirror Lake, Wooden bridge crossings, Campsites at Mirror Lake Trail Head(s): Mirror Lake Crowd Level: Busy on the … Continue reading Tom, Dick and Harry