Category Archive: hiking

The John Day Fossil Beds, Part 3: Sheep Rock

I visited the Sheep Rock Unit last, spending an entire day there. While this area has rock formations no less stunning than the other two units, the stars here really are the fossils.… Continue reading

The John Day Fossil Beds, Part 2: Clarno

The Clarno area of the park showcases formations from the time directly preceding the Painted Hills, from 54 to 37 million years ago, and shows a very complete record of the different mammals… Continue reading

The John Day Fossil Beds, Part 1: The Painted Hills

The John Day Fossil Beds are three separate areas in central Oregon managed by the National Park Service. Where there are fossils, there are usually interesting rocks and with that, I headed towards… Continue reading

Driving and Hiking Along the Historic Columbia River Highway: A Saga

This wasn’t the first time on this trip I wandered into something unprepared. A week or two before my arrival I had been looking up geologically significant places in Oregon on the Internet… Continue reading

The Trail of Ten Falls, Silver Falls State Park

I made my way north in Oregon, travelling temporarily from the drier central areas to the forested foothills of the Cascades and Silver Falls State Park. The Trail of Ten Falls lies in… Continue reading

Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Or, An Excuse to Post Lots of Pictures of Rocks.

Newberry National Volcanic Monument surrounds the area of Newberry volcano and includes lava flows, obsidian fields, cinder cones surrounding volcanic vents, and a lava tube. From the highest point in the park, Paulina… Continue reading

Crater Lake National Park. Or, How Many Pictures Can You Take of the Same Lake?

Answer: A lot. Especially when it’s this beautiful. After spending a few days on the gorgeous Oregon coast, I somewhat reluctantly drove inland towards Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake is a 2,000… Continue reading

North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park is a remarkable place, combining the grandeur of the northern Cascade Mountain Range and all its attendant 300+ glaciers with both temperate rainforest in the west and dry ponderosa… Continue reading

Mount St. Helens. Or, Those are Regular Trash Cans!

Mount St. Helens National Monument showcases the aftermath of the devastating 1980 eruption, inviting visitors to explore the various changes to the landscape. Far from being completely surrounded by barren lava fields, Mount… Continue reading

Mount Rainier, Part 3: Comet Falls, Narada Falls, and a Few Odds and Ends

As with any park that has glaciers and volcanic activity, Mount Rainier has a plethora of waterfalls though, with a 320 foot drop, Comet Falls impresses more than most. The hike out to… Continue reading