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Arnold Ice Cave, Oregon, Outdoor Project
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Sky Camp, California, Outdoor Project
Tokopah Valley Trail, California, Outdoor Project
Rim Overlook + Navajo Knobs Trail, Utah, Outdoor Project
Chimney Rock Trail, Utah, Outdoor Project
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The Valley of the Goblins, Utah, Outdoor Project
Timpanogas Shelter, Oregon, Outdoor Project
Indigo Lake Campground, Oregon, Outdoor Project
Indigo Lake Trail, Oregon, Outdoor Project
Blue Mountain Summit + Rain Shadow Loop, Washington, Outdoor Project

New Comments + Trip Reports

Hidden Canyon Trail, UT

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Thanks for the heads up Jessica, we've added it as an alert to this adventure. Hopefully it will be up and running in the fall.

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Paulina Lake Loop Trail + Hot Springs, OR

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05.24.15(Trip Date)

What a beautiful hike! We did have to stop and ask a ranger which turnoff for the trailhead closest to the springs (at the very end of the Little Crater campground). No problem finding the springs from the trail, plenty of people were out there on Memorial Day weekend. Soaked our feet in a hole already dug out, though the ranger did ask that people fill in when they leave. I would definitely keep this trip in mind for the winter months.

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4 Great Places for Stargazing in the West

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You have to visit the sunrise area of Mt Rainier to shoot south and capture the Milky Way above the mountain. From paradise, you'll be looking north so you won't see it. Either way on a clear night the view is outstanding. Pic attached is the Big Dipper from Reflection Lake.

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4 Great Places for Stargazing in the West

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Great article!
One tip -- don't rely on your camera's infinity focus to be the sharpest point for star shots. Infinity is often beyond the sharpest spot and will capture the stars as blobs instead of tiny and crisp points of light.

Instead, turn on "live view" where it is showing the current view through your lens on your camera's LCD screen. Find a bright star or planet and zoom your LCD view in as far as it will go on that bright object. Turn your camera to infinity focus and back off the focus until the star/planet is as sharp as it can get on the LCD screen. Once you find that spot, make a mark on your lens or use tape to make sure your camera stays at the focus point.

Now take the shot!

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Spirit Falls Hike, WA

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Jennifer/Kayte, we're sorry you guys had less than ideal experiences. This adventure is certainly an adventure in its truest sense. We've added to the listed cons: "Trail unmarked and difficult to follow", which it is. Hopefully this will detour folks in the future who are looking for more of a slam dunk experience for the whole family.

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Spirit Falls Hike, WA

Member

I guess I've been spoiled with clearly marked trials, which isn't available here! There's no clear path and it's really steep in places. We brought our kids and didn't feel that it was safe for them. We ended up giving up and heading back to the car. Very disappointed!!

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Ape Caves, WA

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05.25.15(Trip Date)

Went out and had a chance to look around. Try to avoid summer weekends. The caves when packed are not as fun or enjoyable when it's crowded.

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Hidden Canyon Trail, UT

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According to the NPS website: "The Hidden Canyon Trail will be fully closed from June 1 to August 28, 2015."

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Latourell Falls, OR

Member
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05.15.15(Trip Date)

Went out cause why not, it was another rare sunny day and walked the loop, big incline if starting from the lower trail. if you're carrying a child, it's tough. Whole trail is nice, A little busy.

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Wahkeena Falls Loop Trail, OR

Member
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05.17.15(Trip Date)

The trail is great this time of year, especially when you get it on a sunny day like it was!

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Angel's Rest + Foxglove Way, OR

Pro Member
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05.20.15(Trip Date)

Hiked up to Angel's Rest to watch the sun go down over the hills. It was an absolutely epic sunset, with breathtaking pinks and purples. Shared a mini Bota Box of wine with a beautiful lady and played harmonica for the whole valley!

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Then and Now: Mount St. Helens

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Exploring the blast zone on the north side of the mountain is one of my favorite places to go for a day hike or backpack into the Mt Margaret wilderness. Elk herds, so many small frogs on the trail, incredible views, and very few people on the trails. I especially like entering by Coldwater Lake and making the hike up to Mt Margaret or toward Boundary Ridge.

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Blog + News

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By: Aron Bosworth | 05.29.15
California is fortunate to be home to nine national parks (yes, nine!), more than any other state. With such a plethora of parks, it may not come as a surprise that two of the state's most spectacular, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, are often overlooked. While typically referred to together, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are actually two distinct but contiguous parks located in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Kings Canyon lies to the north,...
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By: Kat Dierickx | 05.26.15
When I first moved to Portland from a small town in Northern Minnesota, I felt as though I had traded the stars for neon lights. City living has it's luxuries, but the light pollution from those luxuries has put a damper on my nightly stargazing. These days it's hard to get away completely from the soft orange, yellow, or white glow of a city, but there are a few ideal places for a peaceful evening under the stars.  Please keep in mind that the...
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By: Halvor Tweto | 05.20.15
Variety is the spice of the Olympic Peninsula. Nowhere else in the Northwest will visitors find such a diversity of geologic and climatic forces producing such rich and varied effects. Coastal, temperate rainforest, lowland rain shadow forest, and alpine ecosystems thrive on this relatively small thumb of land, presenting numerous possibilities for exploration and adventure. The jagged Olympic Mountains were formed by subduction, an entirely different process...
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By: Kat Dierickx | 05.18.15
It was 35 years ago today that Mount St. Helens exploded in what is noted as one of the most devastating volcanic eruptions in U.S. history. On May 18, 1980, an early morning earthquake located about a mile below the volcano and measuring 5.1 on the Richter Scale caused the entire north face of the mountain to collapse. This sent a massive rock and ice avalanche down the mountain, barreling into Spirit Lake and 14 miles down the Toutle River. The...
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By: Halvor Tweto | 05.13.15
I recently asked Featured Contributor Denis LeBlanc and his wife Lynnae about a favorite moment or memory from their extended road trip using a truck and a fifth-wheel trailer, and there was a little pause. In the silence I thought of the travails and challenges from even my comparatively small road trips. Are they tired of the road? Each other? As Lynnae puts it, “We put two people and a dog in 350 square feet, and that was one of the big tests: can we...
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By: Dave Collins | 05.12.15
This is the sixth video in CleverHiker's Essential Trail Skills video series. This series is designed to teach backpackers of all levels the most important skills for the backcountry. We cover everything from planning your first trip and packing a lightweight bag to fording swift rivers and performing an ice ax self-arrest. It's all here, so follow along and take a step toward becoming a wilderness expert. For those of you that prefer to learn by...
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By: Tyson Gillard | 05.07.15
According to Urban Dictonary, glamping is: "Going camping, but with glamour. A combination of the two words. It's like regular camping, but with nicer things than usual, being warmer, and more comfortable. Glamping isn't done by usual outdoor types who climb mountains." Well, we'll agree with everything but the last sentence. We like to be beaten, sweaty, and just as grimy as the best of them, but every now and then we want to get...
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By: Tyson Gillard | 05.05.15
Oregon Highway 224, the access road to all adventures off of the Clackamas River, has been reopened as of April 9, 2015. Extensive wildfires in the summer of 2014 destabilized soil, and this contributed to landslides over the winter. The landslide that closed the road has been removed, and operations to remove dangerous trees and improve the stability of the surrounding terrain will be ongoing. Visitors should continue to watch for rockfall along 224, but...
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By: Barry Maletzky | 04.30.15
There exists no finer month than May to sample the floral glories on the various legs of the Dog Mountain. While it would take many pages to describe the more than 50 species of wildflowers present alongside these trails, perhaps you might be interested in brief descriptions of some of the more prominent species inhabiting these slopes. I will describe my favorite routes on Dog – up the steeper west-side trail, then down the gentler east-side loop....
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By: Dave Collins | 04.27.15
This is the fifth video in CleverHiker's Essential Trail Skills video series. This series is designed to teach backpackers of all levels the most important skills for the backcountry. We cover everything from planning your first trip and packing a lightweight bag, to fording swift rivers and performing an ice axe self-arrest. It's all here, so follow along and take a step towards becoming a wilderness expert. For those of you that prefer to learn by...
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By: Rini Sugianto | 04.24.15
While it's true that most national and California State Parks do not allow dogs on trails, there are still plenty of of scenic on and off-leash options around San Francisco well suited for strolls, hikes and trail runs with your canine companion. Each of these destinations are dog friendly, but please check the regulations and adhere to the leash laws of each individual area. Sutro Forest + Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve Dogs are permitted...
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By: Aron Bosworth | 04.22.15
One of my favorite things about living in San Francisco is how easy it is to spend time outside. With minimal planning and a short drive, there are countless places to explore in a day or even to camp over a weekend. Heading across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin is a simple go-to that my wife, friends, and I do for a quick getaway from town. I especially enjoy the area in early spring before heavy fog sets in later in May; the grass is still green and...

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Sights Unseen: 5 Overlooked Hikes on the Northern Oregon Coast

There is no shortage of incredible beauty along the northern Oregon Coast, and finding an adventure for a day or several is a blissfully easy task. There can be days, however, when it seems as if everyone got the same memo: there is nothing like showing up primed for an adventure and realizing you may not even find a parking space. While we don't want to sound grumpy, enjoying a few miles of solitude in this region can be a real treat. With this in mind, we've assembled a list of adventures in the northern Oregon Coast that don't get the pressure some more well-known spots receive. 

48 Hours on the Central Oregon Coast

This itinerary is just a sample of a few things to do with a quick weekend traveling north along the central Oregon Coast. Even this stripped down itinerary is ambitious, so make substitutions according to weather, traveler temperament, and time constraints. Just don't let yourself rush through these wonderful places. It is better to spend the time to thoroughly enjoy these spots; if you run short of time, you'll just have to come back for more! 

5 Reasons to Make the Trip to the Southern Oregon Coast

This portion of the Oregon Coast is blessed with some of the most temperate (albeit mercurial) weather in the state, and the distances from major cities usually translate into a little less traffic, especially in the off-seasons. If majestic views, unreal rock formations, exclusive wildlife and habitat access, and broad, sandy beaches pique your interests even a little bit, do yourself a favor and plan to spend some time on the southern Oregon Coast.