Category Archive: hiking

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

Mount Rainier, Part 2: Paradise

My second day at the park started off as a bright and relatively cloudless day so I headed off to the Skyline Trail, which takes you up Mount Rainier through the meadows and… Continue reading

Mount Rainier National Park, Part 1: The Meaning of Fog

I’ll be in North Cascades National Park for the next few days but I’m going to set up posts on Mount Rainier to post in my absence. The first is below. My first… Continue reading

Olympic National Park, Part 2: Mountains, Forest, and Wildlife

As stunning as the beaches and lakes were, Olympic did not disappoint with its glaciated mountains and dense temperate rainforest. The 17 mile drive from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Hurricane… Continue reading