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Vernal Falls via Mist Trail, California, Outdoor Project
Suisun Hill Trail, California, Outdoor Project
Fire Wave Trail, Nevada, Outdoor Project
Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area, California, Outdoor Project
Olympic National Park, Washington, Outdoor Project
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Washington, Outdoor Project
Dungeness Spit, Washington, Outdoor Project
Dungeness Landing County Park, Washington, Outdoor Project
Dungeness Recreation Area Campground, Washington, Outdoor Project
Sequim Bay State Park Campground, Washington, Outdoor Project
Potlatch State Park, Washington, Outdoor Project
Potlatch State Park Campground, Washington, Outdoor Project
Mount Ellinor via Upper Trailhead, Washington, Outdoor Project
Staircase Campground, Washington, Outdoor Project
Skokomish River, Staircase Rapids Loop Trail, Washington, Outdoor Project
Hobart's Bluff, Oregon, Outdoor Project
Greensprings Loop, Oregon, Outdoor Project
Natural Arches Trail, Nevada, Outdoor Project
Emigrant Lake Trail, California, Outdoor Project

New Comments + Trip Reports

An Inflection Point For Oregon's Wolf Recovery

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All of the discussion and debate over the wolf recovery reminds me of a TEDTalk from Dr. Laurie Marker. A different species, but similar issue. Ranchers in Namibia were in a battle with cheetahs. Dr. Marker wanted to save the cheetahs, but needed to realize what the real problem was before she could find a solution. What started as an issue in killing cheetahs, has now turned an entire economy around. It's a great story in finding the right solutions and balance in our ever-changing world. Maybe we should think about more Anatolian Shepherds here in Oregon as Dr. Marker suggests. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vja1W8gV8dA

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Spencer Butte, OR

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03.21.15(Trip Date)

Great views from the summit. Not a lot of flowering trees or plants yet, but saw some buds forming on plants, so the blossoms should come soon. Lots of people on the trail, even on a damp day, but there's plenty of space at the top to find your own seat to take in the views of Eugene and the Willamette Valley. Great little hike!

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Thor's Well + Cook's Chasm, OR

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03.20.15(Trip Date)

If you want to experience the power of the ocean-- visit Cook's Chasm on a windy day. Be careful as you cross the slippery rocks towards Thor's Well, and watch for the larger incoming waves. Such a beautiful spot to watch spouts and get the Oregon coast experience of waves crashing into the rocky shore!

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Otter Rock + Devil's Punch Bowl State Natural Area, OR

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03.20.15(Trip Date)

Less of a destination than I had imagined by looking at others' photos-- and more of a quick spot to stop as you explore the coast. Still, it's a beautiful formation, and you park right above it. So access is easy for those who don't want to wander far to take in sights.

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Depoe Bay State Wayside, OR

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03.20.15(Trip Date)

Didn't spot any whales-- but they were certainly out there! A little tougher to spot their spouts when the waves are choppy. Nonetheless, it was great to explore the historic bridge and the 'World's Smallest Bay'!

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Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, OR

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03.20.15(Trip Date)

Overcast days can also make for some great photography here. We had enough wind to get the experience of the waves crashing into the rocks-- the thunder reverberates around you as you wander through the dunes. A very Oregon experience!

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Opal Cliffs + Pleasure Point, CA

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03.20.15(Trip Date)

One of the best times to visit Opal Cliffs is in the morning. Not only is there less competition to catch a wave, the morning sun makes it a magical place to be!

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Vernal Falls via Mist Trail, CA

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05.26.14(Trip Date)

Hiking the Mist Trail-Vernal and Nevada Falls. In May the weather was very nice for hiking and the falls were still going strong.

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The Ultimate West Coast Road Trip

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Great itinerary Jared. I've driven most of this over the years and the scenery is unbelievable. Lots of great hikes along the way too.

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Twin Lakes State Beach, CA

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03.16.15(Trip Date)

A stunning sunset at Twin Lakes had everyone stopping to take a moment to enjoy the days end!

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Saddle Mountain, OR

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One of my favorite places to go camping! Great little camp sites, people are always nice, and so close to the beach. Its convenient because if you have friends who like to camp and not really hike, this is a great place! They can hang out at camp, and you can hike the 2.5 trail up the mountain, then stay the night and enjoy the stars!!

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Tumalo Falls + Creek Hike, OR

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01.10.15(Trip Date)

We did not complete an entire hike. However, the main road to Tumalo Falls was closed, so we had to walk to the falls from the initial parking area. Was not a bad walk in, just was not prepared for it. Certainly worth the walk.

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Blog + News

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By: Jared Kennedy | 03.26.15
Wolves have been making great news headlines in Oregon recently as their recovery and expansion continues to take hold. As of 2014 the first wolves breeding west of the Cascade Range in the past 100 years has been given official pack status. With it comes the next phase of wolf management for the state. Lost in the headlines touting the wolf's successful return to Oregon is a broader perspective on the future recovery efforts. Terms like Phase I and Phase...
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By: Halvor Tweto | 03.25.15
We've moved from dense rainforest to the Oregon Coast and then into the Willamette Valley. For the final video in our Zen Wednesday series, we're returning to the work of Contributor Kevin Freeny, who captured a little urban wildlife in this video of Vaux's swifts roosting in an elementary school chimney in Portland, Oregon. These flocks swirl and flutter into evanescent shapes that are absolutely mesmerizing, and the wonder visible in the faces of...
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By: Dave Collins | 03.24.15
This is the second 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: Jared Kennedy | 03.20.15
The landscape of the U.S. West Coast between Seattle and Los Angeles is some of the most beautiful in the world. It has the volcanoes of the Cascade Range, high deserts, ancient redwood forests, steep, forested coastlines, massive river basins, untamed wildlife, and the ebullient pioneer spirit of the west. The full glory of the Pacific Ocean states is on display when you travel from the West Coast from top to bottom, but you have to make the effort to see it...
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By: Ted Taylor | 03.19.15
In all the years I’ve lived in Central Oregon (14) I still find myself saying more often than I’d like, “I’ve never been there.” That was the case recently when my wife asked a friend about some nice little “baby-friendly” hikes. No, she wasn’t referring to me (although I much prefer riding my mountain bike than walking in the woods). By “baby-friendly” she meant hikes that we could easily do with...
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By: Kat Dierickx | 03.19.15
Smith Rock State Park. The Cascade Lakes. Newberry Volcanic National Monument. The Three Sisters Wilderness. These are just a few of the amazing destinations for outdoor recreation in Central Oregon that shouldn't be missed. Forging a partnership with Visit Central Oregon, the official tourism board for the region, means building more in-depth resources for visitors to get out and enjoy all of Central Oregon's majesty. Visit Central Oregon will...
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By: Halvor Tweto | 03.18.15
You've spent a little time on in the Hoh Rainforest, and you've bobbed around on the Pacific outside of Depoe Bay. For this week's Zen Wednesday, take flight in one of Oregon's most remarkable wildlife refuges. The 2,865-acre Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge is located just south of Salem, and it is a vital habitat for the dusky Canada goose. You'll see plenty of additional bird species in this video, however. Contributor Race Jones gives us...
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By: Dave Collins | 03.17.15
This is the first 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...
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By: Tyson Gillard | 03.12.15
I grew up in Central Oregon, and I think I made my first trip out to Fort Rock when I was about 12 years old, but honestly it was so long ago I can barely recall it. Because the trip was such a distant memory, I wanted to reconnect with this incredible portion of Central Oregon known as the Oregon Outback. A few weeks ago I made the nearly two-hour drive with my daughter and parents from Bend around Newberry Volcano to this land of wonder. It's a massive...
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By: Colin Arisman | 03.12.15
There is a photo that has always hung on my wall. This snapshot from 1991 holds the story of how I find myself on the wind swept, California - Mexico border one April morning. This old Polaroid captures a different morning, on a different border, in an entirely different landscape. Instead of shouldering a backpack, I am a passenger in one. I hang from my father's back on the Vermont – Canada border embraced by the lush forest of Green Mountains. We...
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By: Halvor Tweto | 03.11.15
Our first installment in the Zen Wednesday series had some fantastic footage of wildlife in Olympic National Park thanks to Contributor Kevin Freeny. In today's featured video we change gears a little and move down to Depoe Bay, Oregon, for some surprisingly close encounters with Gray Whales. Contributor Erik Urdahl captures the grace and power of these sea giants along with the almost overwhelming effect they have on the people watching them. It's a...
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By: Kat Dierickx | 03.10.15
The cold wind whistles outside, a cracking fire warms the air, and the stillness of the surroundings puts your soul at ease. It doesn't matter how you get there, an overnight stay at a fire lookout is an adventure I highly recommend. Your adventure to the lookout will be filled with skiing, snowshoeing or hiking through the National Forest, followed by a 360-degree sunset view as you prepare your evening feast. When the sky darkens, grab your nightcap and...

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A Winter Odyssey on the Oregon Coast

Weather on the Oregon Coast may not always be sunshine and rainbows, but no matter what time of year you visit, it will be beautiful. The video above, shared by our friends at Uncage the Soul, is a gorgeous introduction to some of Oregon's 363 miles of coastline.

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.