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Take A Hike: Silver Falls State Park

There’s an apocryphal story that Silver Creek got its name when an Oregon pioneer – saddle packs filed to the brim with silver – attempted to cross the creek in high water. The man and horse, it is said, made it across, but the packs were lost in the rushing creek and the silver was…

Take a Hike: Wind Mountain

When I took you on a hike through Latourell Falls, we discussed the Columbia River Basalts which formed much of the landscape in the Columbia River Gorge. Those basalts erupted from vents in eastern Oregon some 16 million years ago, but not all of the rock in the Gorge came from so far away. Much…

Sometimes You Just Can’t Reach the Top

Today I really wanted to be able to share with you some beautiful photos from the summit of Mount St. Helens so that we could compare them to the images I captured two months ago from within the crater. Sadly, mother nature was not in a compliant mood this past weekend when I had my…

Take a Hike: Saddle Mountain

Saddle Mountain is a classic Oregon day hike and one that you’ll find in just about every Oregon hiking guide that’s been published. Most of those guides focus on the mountain’s geology, so what, you might ask, am I going to say about it that hasn’t already been said? Well, I’m hoping to build a…

Take a Hike: Latourell Falls

In October of last year I wrote a post on columnar basalt in which I featured some details of Latourell Falls on Oregon’s side of the Columbia River Gorge. Being less than 30 miles from Portland, Latourell is one of the best opportunities a visitor to or resident of the city has to enjoy the…

Take a Hike: Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge

I’m an avid hiker. I haven’t always been; though I have always considered myself outdoorsy. Having a narrow strip of forest in my back yard as a child was, without question, the greatest gift of my youth. It was a relatively small oak woodland, but to me at the time it was a magnificent refuge…