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New Comments + Trip Reports

7 Great Reasons to Go Outside in the Fall, Part 4: Mushrooms

Elite Contributor
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11.25.14(Trip Date)

Here are some mushroom photos I took yesterday on a hike through Mt. Madonna County Park near Gilroy, CA.

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Recommended Outdoor Reads

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That's great! I was reading Travels with Charley in that picture!

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Heceta Head Lighthouse, OR

Elite Contributor
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11.22.14(Trip Date)

Fall is a beautiful time to visit the Oregon Coast. It's also a great time to view wildlife like the California sea lions who frequent the rocks near the lighthouse.

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Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point, CA

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11.07.14(Trip Date)

It is really a perfect opportunity to see all the major features of Yosemite Valley. Even with a bone dry Yosemite Falls, it is still spectacular and the ascent is pretty gentle. Most people seem to only walk down, but for me the views need to be deserved so I went up and down. Took about 6 hours total (including an hour lunch break at the top).

For a post hike debrief, I would recommend a short drive down Southside drive and then find a chill spot in Leidig Meadow. There are a lot of good spots along the river.

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Moments in Time Interpretive Trail, WA

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07.29.14(Trip Date)

This interpretive trail is a short and secluded reprieve from the hustle and bustle of adjacent Lake Crescent Lodge.

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Angels Landing Hike, UT

Core Team
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08.28.13(Trip Date)

Angels Landing can be a little crowded. It's worth getting up before your camp neighbors to hit the trail early and avoid some of the crowds. Bring a snack as you'll want to spend a little time at the top.

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Sparks Lake, OR

Core Team
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Early morning at Sparks Lake

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Frog Lake, OR

Core Team
72
21
08.22.14(Trip Date)

Frog Lake is often less crowded than nearby Timothy and Trillium lakes making it a good lunch spot alternative.

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Gleneden Beach State Recreation Site, OR

Core Team
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11.08.14(Trip Date)

Love the Oregon Coast! It can piss rain in July, but it can also be sunny and in the 70s during November! Great time at Gleneden Beach, one of the many overlooked residential beach towns on the northern section of the coast.

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Beacon Rock Hike, WA

Elite Contributor
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11.09.14(Trip Date)

Great location to get an elevated view of the Gorge's Fall colors and catch a sunset.

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The Narrows, UT

Contributor
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10.27.14(Trip Date)

The turn-around point for a bottom-up hike of The Narrows is up to the individual/group, but for many hikers a natural destination is Orderville Canyon, a side canyon just over 2.5 miles up the Narrows. Orderville is considerably narrower than The Narrows, and can stand alone as an adventure in itself. It is however a technical trip and requires canyoneering gear. Those wishing to get a small sampling can venture in approximately 0.25 mile to a small waterfall, but are advised not to continue on past that point without appropriate gear.

The fall is a great time to visit Zion National Park and The Narrows as it brings cooler temperatures to the Southwest as well as some additional color to the canyon floor via changing leaves. It also brings cooler temperatures to the Virgin River, though. On this trip, water temperatures were in the mid-50s (F), and while cold, were found to be tolerable by all 3 members of this adventure team for several hours with no additional wet gear.

Waypoints of interest:
Riverside trail termination at Virgin River: 37.29717, -112,98406
Mouth of Orderville Canyon: 37.30783, -112.94682
Orderville Waterfall Turnaround: 37.30692, -112.94537

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Shevlin Park, OR

Core Team
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737
11.01.14(Trip Date)

Enjoyed the fall colors at Shevlin Park. All the western larch were gold and neon green, but with the strong wind storm that blew through Bend the week prior all the aspen had already dropped all of their leaves. FYI, limited parking at the upper parking lot.

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Blog + News

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By: Kat Dierickx | 11.26.14
We think the greatest gift is that of an outdoor adventure, and that means having the right gear to keep you warm, safe and entertained. Without further ado, here are some great products we think any adventurer would be happy to add to their collection.   NWAlpine Belay Jacket: With 4 ounce Primaloft One in the torso and 3 ounce Primaloft One in the sleeves and hood, you’ll be plenty warm in all but the coldest locales. A tough...
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By: Tyson Gillard | 11.26.14
Going for a hike near the city can often feel like you've joined a parade or a conga line. There are certainly the must see spots, but there are plenty of places to find a breath fresh air and leave some of the crowd behind. These hikes are close to Seattle and are often less traveled than their popular neighboring trails. And check out our companion guides for Portland and San Francisco if you're planning a trip there as well. South Canyon Trail...
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By: Kat Dierickx | 11.26.14
Going for a hike near the city can often feel like you've joined a parade or a conga line. There are certainly the must see spots, but there are plenty of places to find a breath fresh air and leave some of the crowd behind. These hikes are close (or in) Portland and are often less traveled than their popular neighboring trails. And check out our companion guides for Seattle and San Francisco if you're planning a trip there as well. Forest...
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By: Aron Bosworth | 11.26.14
Going for a hike near the city can often feel like you've joined a parade or a conga line. There are certainly the must see spots, but there are plenty of places to find a breath fresh air and leave some of the crowd behind. These hikes are close to San Francisco and are often less traveled than their popular neighboring trails. And check out our companion guides for Portland and Seattle if you're planning a trip there as well. Steep Ravine...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 11.25.14
This September was the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and to mark the occasion, my friend Zach Urness, an outdoors journalist for the Statesman Journal, published a fantastic article on the Devil's Staircase proposed wilderness. It was one of many articles to celebrate the milestone of federal foresight being commemorated this year, but it was definitely one of my favorites. I was struck by the intersection of beauty, ruggedness, and inspiration...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 11.24.14
Barbara Walker was the driving force behind some of Portland's most important greenspaces. She passed away last month at the age of 79. Walker began her public advocacy work when a developer planned to build a sizeable condominium project on the ravine that runs alongside Oregon Health and Sciences University. Together with some friends, she convened a cohort of engaged citizens who were able to create the Marquam Nature Park and trail system. This was...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 11.24.14
With such a busy week of national headlines, some of these news items may have slipped through the cracks. Here's another weekly installment of the news from the outdoors. Crater Lake National Park Will Get an Official Visitor Center Crater Lake National Park's Rim Village has a cafe and a hotel, but it doesn't have an official visitor center. For the well-visited and historical park, the time has come. With 95 percent of visitors to Crater...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 11.20.14
In 1976, wildlife monitors counted 13 breeding pairs of osprey along Oregon's Willamette River. In 2008, the osprey count was 275 breeding pairs. The use of DDT, a pesticide, was the prime cause for the osprey's decline. With the ban of DDT in 1972, they began to return.  Today osprey can be found across wide swaths of the U.S. West. They are known to live and nest near cities and in industrial areas near water. They hover above lakes, rivers and...
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By: Kat Dierickx | 11.20.14
We asked the community to share their favorite adventure reads and we've put together a pretty good list. In no particular order are some great trail, or cozy-by-the-fire, reads to fuel your next outdoor adventure. Have more to add? Comment below or shoot us a tweet @OutdoorProject.  Need to add more titles to your shelf? TODAY, November 20th, is a special Give!Guide day. By donating a minimum of $10 to Friends of Outdoor School, you have a chance to...
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By: Kat Dierickx | 11.18.14
Since the initial discovery and documentation of Mount Hood's Sandy Glacier Caves in 2011, only a handful of people have explored Snow Dragon and Pure Imagination. In just a short time, the formation and structure of the caves has significantly changed. The talented folks at Uncage the Soul have been trekking to the cave over the past few years to document the dramatic melting and collapsing of the caves. The resulting short film takes the viewer on a...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 11.17.14
It got cold out west last week. But that didn't stop it from being a jam-packed week for news related to the outdoors and the environment. U.S. and China Agree on a Climate Deal Hailed as a landmark deal, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to hard commitments with regards to greenhouse gas reduction. In a note of caution, the U.S. agreements require approval by a Republican-led Congress, however, many people are...
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By: Aron Bosworth | 11.12.14
With fall in full swing, we are once again approaching the time of year when the roads leading to Yosemite’s high country close for winter bringing the focus of the park back to Yosemite Valley. Compared to summer, fall in Yosemite Valley can feel like an entirely different place. By late October the crowds have thinned, the sun-angle lowered, foliage has turned, and the smell of stoked campfires perpetually fills the air. There is a...

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The Best of Fall: 7 Reasons to Go Outside

Seasonal transitions are a time of change, and that means getting to see familiar places with a whole new perspective. There are things you can see and do in fall that you can't in the summer, or in any other month for that matter. We wanted to highlight seven reasons why the fall season on the West Coast is awesome. Here they are:

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

Enjoy!

Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) leaves.
Shane Kucera | 11.04.12

Requiem of Ice: Mount Hood's Sandy Glacier Caves

Since the initial discovery and documentation of Mount Hood's Sandy Glacier Caves in 2011, only a handful of people have explored Snow Dragon and Pure Imagination. In just a short time, the formation and structure of the caves has significantly changed. The talented folks at Uncage the Soul have been trekking to the cave over the past few years to document the dramatic melting and collapsing of the caves. The resulting short film takes the viewer on a visual odyssey of the cave system, showing the massive scale, as well as the intimate details.

 

Visual odessey from Uncage the Soul Video Productions