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Mount Hood Wilderness Area, Oregon, Outdoor Project
Jones Island, Washington, Outdoor Project
North Cascades Mountain Hostel, Washington, Outdoor Project
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Railroad Grade Trail, Washington, Outdoor Project
Winchester Mountain, Washington, Outdoor Project
Silver Lake Park, Washington, Outdoor Project
Silver Lake Park Campground, Washington, Outdoor Project
Duthie Hill Park, Washington, Outdoor Project
Kachess Beacon, Washington, Outdoor Project
Kachess Lake Campground, Washington, Outdoor Project
Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Loop, Oregon, Outdoor Project
Ukiah-Dale Forest State Park Campground, Oregon, Outdoor Project
Lakeview + Grey Pines Loop, Rosendin Park, California, Outdoor Project
Serpentine Trail , California, Outdoor Project
Anderson Lake County Park, California, Outdoor Project
Rogue Valley + Wildcat Loop, California, Outdoor Project
Lower Meadow Trail to Deer Hollow Farm, California, Outdoor Project
Mount Madonna Valley View Campground #1, California, Outdoor Project
Mount Madonna Valley View Campgrounds #2 + #3, California, Outdoor Project
Sprig Lake Trail, California, Outdoor Project
Nolte State Park, Deep Lake, Washington, Outdoor Project
Deception Falls National Recreation Area, Washington, Outdoor Project
Deception Falls Interpretive Trail, Washington, Outdoor Project

New Comments + Trip Reports

Enchantments Through Hike, WA

Contributor
48
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10.10.14(Trip Date)

For those who have not been to the Enchantment Lakes, it needs to go on your list. This is some of the most beautiful country I have seen anywhere. The through is nice but quite a trek. It is definitely worth putting in for a permit so you can spend additional time in this area. The last week on September and the first two weeks of October are the best times to go if you want to see the larches dressed in yellow. The weather during that three week stretch is usually pretty spectacular as well.

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Golden Gardens Park, WA

Elite Contributor
272
105
09.20.14(Trip Date)

Great park on a sunny day

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Mount Constitution, WA

Elite Contributor
272
105
09.02.14(Trip Date)

Great destination so I stopped by again on a return trip to Orcas Island

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Mount Whitney, Whitney Portal, CA

Contributor

LOVE the stars photo!!

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Tam McArthur Rim, OR

Contributor
48
11
10.04.14(Trip Date)

This is a great hike to see the sunset on the Cascades. 10 peaks can be seen from this viewpoint! During the day, this is a very crowded trail. At dusk, only a few people remain.

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Deception Butte Trail, OR

Elite Contributor
99
82
09.09.14(Trip Date)

This trail is closed due to fire. The Deception Creek fire has burned over nearly the entire length of the trail. It is hard to say when the trail will re-open. Even after the fire goes out this fall, there will likely be extensive damage to the trail that will need to be repaired before it is passable. Check with the Middle Fork Ranger Station before attempting this hike.

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Blue River Reservoir, OR

10.11.14(Trip Date)

Drove up to explore Blue River Lake with my kayak only to find out that there was not any water to play in. If there was, there was very little and at least 100 yards from shore. October is definitely not a time of year for this lake. We went to Cougar Reservoir instead. It was great!

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Park Butte, WA

Member
59

My favorite hike of the year

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Marine Drive Beach, OR

Core Team
118
75
10.08.14(Trip Date)

I came here last night to watch the moonrise. With no more summer crowds this is a great place to visit for an evening on the river. Very quiet other than the airplanes taking off directly overhead (which is awesome to watch).

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Mount St. Helens Monitor Ridge Climbing Route, WA

Elite Contributor
272
105
10.02.14(Trip Date)

In my opinion, the best time to climb St. Helens is during a weekday in the early fall. Permits are rarely sold out, so you can pick them up same day - which helps greatly to determine last-minute what day will be best for clear skies. With no snow and good weather conditions, a fast-paced climber/hiker can go from trailhead to summit in about 3 hours and descend from summit to climber's bivouac in about 2 hours.

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Rockaway Beach, OR

Elite Contributor
272
105
10.04.14(Trip Date)

Rockaway Beach is a great place to catch a Fall Sunset

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Hurricane Ridge, WA

Core Team
699
726
07.30.14(Trip Date)

Some photos from my trip up Klahhane Ridge and Hurricane Hill. Both hikes are incredible and offer additional views of the Olympics, less crowds than just standing around the Hurricane Ridge parking area, and opportunities to see far more wildlife.

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Blog + News

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By: Tyson Gillard | 10.23.14
The following is the sixth of a seven part series. Part six is focused on hot springs. The final part of this series on fall adventure recommendations will be published next Monday. Part 1: Fall Colors Part 2: Migratory Species Part 3: High Water Part 4: Mushrooms Part 5: Desert Visits Part 6: Hot Springs Part 7: Off-Season Lodge Rates Who doesn't love hot springs? When the weather cools, they stay hot. Soaking in a thermal pool while...
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By: Tyson Gillard | 10.20.14
This following is the fifth of a seven part series. Part five is focused on visiting the desert. The remaining articles will be published, two per week, throughout October. Part 1: Fall Colors Part 2: Migratory Species Part 3: High Water Part 4: Mushrooms Part 5: Desert Visits Part 6: Hot Springs Part 7: Off-Season Lodge Rates The desert is an environment of extremes, with hot days and cold nights. In the summer, a visit can be overwhelmingly...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 10.20.14
The news that happened this past week impacting the outdoors in your area. Landscape-Scale Conservation Efforts Aim to Stem Declining Biodiversity Due to Climate Change Climate change is impacting many common species as it combines effects with habitat loss. Conservationists are now looking at larger-scale programs that focus on preserving and creating habitat in a way that promotes a larger healthy ecosystem, and they are working with private landowners...
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By: Tyson Gillard | 10.16.14
The following is the fourth of a seven part series. Part four is focused on areas where edible mushrooms grow. The remaining articles will be published, two per week, throughout October. Part 1: Fall Colors Part 2: Migratory Species Part 3: High Water Part 4: Mushrooms Part 5: Desert Visits Part 6: Hot Springs Part 7: Off-Season Lodge Rates Chanterelles, morels, boletes, and matsutakes are a few of my favorite mushrooms. In the fall, as the...
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By: Rini Sugianto | 10.15.14
I spent a while considering a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course before actually signing up. Over the past year, as I was completing more frequent and challenging trips, I felt that an in-depth knowledge about how to handle emergency situations in the wilderness was necessary. Accidents can happen at any time and nobody wants to be involved in one, but when it does happen, I wanted to know what to do. After searching for available courses in my...
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By: Tyson Gillard | 10.13.14
The following is the third of a seven part series. Part three is focused on waterfalls with the return of high water flows. The remaining articles will be published, two per week, throughout October. Part 1: Fall Colors Part 2: Migratory Species Part 3: High Water Part 4: Mushrooms Part 5: Desert Visits Part 6: Hot Springs Part 7: Off-Season Lodge Rates Most people feel an overwhelming desire to hunker down inside when it rains, but for me it...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 10.13.14
Weekly news headlines from what happened last week. And we look forward to the upcoming start to Oregon Field Guide with their season premiere trailer.   San Gabriel Mountains Slated to Become A National Monument President Obama announced last week that he will use his executive powers to designate 350,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains as a National Monument. The San Gabriel Mountains provide Los Angeles County with 70% of its open space...
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By: Tyson Gillard | 10.09.14
The following is the second of a seven part series. Part two is focused on fall migrations. The remaining articles will be published, two per week, throughout October. Part 1: Fall Colors Part 2: Migratory Species Part 3: High Water Part 4: Mushrooms Part 5: Desert Visits Part 6: Hot Springs Part 7: Off-Season Lodge Rates Come the turn to fall, many species of birds make their annual trip south to warmer weather. Whales do the same, heading for...
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By: Tyson Gillard | 10.06.14
A few weeks ago, our friends at Base Camp Brewing asked me to put together a presentation on why fall is a great time to go outside. The premise was that, of the four seasons, fall is the least exciting for outdoor recreation. As the rain settles in, hiking, camping, and other popular summer activities can get shelved for the occasional breaks in otherwise dreary weather. But to me, that's looking at the season in the wrong way. I love fall as much as any...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 10.06.14
Here are the news headlines from last week's outdoors-related stories. Half As Many Animals Inhabit the Earth Today Compared to 1970 The total number of vertebrates inhabiting the planet has dropped by 52% since 1970. The conclusion from the most recent biennially-conducted Living Planet report and study by the World Wildlife Federation shows the extent to which we are experiencing a wildlife crisis on our planet. The biggest declines are in the...
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By: Lisa Holmes | 10.02.14
Some of the most brilliant fall color I’ve ever seen is in the huckleberry-filled subalpine meadows of Indian Heaven Wilderness. Located between Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Indian Heaven Wilderness contains almost 21,000 acres. A high plateau with elevations from 4,500–5,500 feet, this area contains over 150 lakes and ponds scattered amongst the open forests and many subalpine meadows. The...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 10.01.14
Last year I had the opportunity to visit Bonney Butte during the annual raptor migration, where I was met by HawkWatch International's Joseph Dane and a cohort of scientists and birders. For three months they come daily to track, count, and occasionally catch, band, and release the various birds of prey that migrate through the area. It's all a part of the research and advocacy work done by HawkWatch International, a non-profit organization...

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Contributor Brandon Katcher documents his 63-mile trek to the top of Mount Whitney

At 14,505-feet Mount Whitney is the highest point in the continental United States. The most traveled route to the peak of Mount Whitney is the 22-mile Whitney Portal Trail. However, there are many routes to the mountain, including this 63-mile, six-day route, which starts from Cottonwood Pack Station. Here, Brandon Katcher documents in film and photo his 63-mile journey to the top of this legendary mountain.

Full Moon over Mount Whitney
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