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Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, Outdoor Project
Arches Rock Nature Trail, California, Outdoor Project
Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, California, Outdoor Project
Cirque of the Towers, Wyoming, Outdoor Project
Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho, Outdoor Project
Stanley Lake Creek + Bridal Veil Falls, Idaho, Outdoor Project
Johnson Lake, Idaho, Outdoor Project
Smiley Creek to Big Smoky
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, California, Outdoor Project
Artist's Palette via Artist's Drive, California, Outdoor Project
Mesquite Spring Campground, California, Outdoor Project
Natural Bridge Canyon, California, Outdoor Project
Badwater Basin, California, Outdoor Project
Ashford Mill, California, Outdoor Project
Harmony Borax Works, California, Outdoor Project
Darwin Falls, California, Outdoor Project
Ubehebe Crater, California, Outdoor Project
Golden Canyon, California, Outdoor Project
Devils Golf Course, California, Outdoor Project
Williams Peak Hut, Idaho, Outdoor Project
Elk Meadow + Elizabeth Lake, Idaho, Outdoor Project

New Comments + Trip Reports

Photography Tips, Part 1: Lens Choices for Outdoor Photography

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Perhaps considered a part of Landscape photos, but just to add, your widest angle lense will be your best friend for all architectural and interior photography. The wider the lense the more you'll capture and the more dramatic the lines will be. I don't go anywhere without my 10-20mm and I'm most often shooting at 10mm. A few examples...

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Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower, OR

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The last picture of what looks like an Engelmann spruce (Picea Engelmannii) appears to have a pineapple gall, which is caused by an insect (Adelges cooleyi). The insect infects the new buds of native spruce trees, and then creates these galls.

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Tumalo Mountain, OR

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11.26.14(Trip Date)

Fun little pre-Thanksgiving calorie burner up Tumalo at dusk. Snow was thin but it came in good on the 28th!

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The Honeycombs, OR

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Looks like an awesome trip.

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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

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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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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

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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

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Early morning at Sparks Lake

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Frog Lake, OR

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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

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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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Blog + News

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By: Rini Sugianto | 12.18.14
There is something about running or hiking with your four-legged friends that can be very rewarding. And not just for us humans. Kali, my 4-year-old Australian Shepherd, gets so excited when my backpack and trail shoes appear from the closet. She makes it very clear that she WILL NOT be left behind.  Deciding where to take your dog, or if they should come along on a particular adventure, is not always an easy task. Kali has been through a lot of...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 12.17.14
Like many of us, you've probably found yourself wondering what the current conditions are for adventures on Outdoor Project. This is especially true for winter adventures, like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sledding. Or maybe you're like my friends who went to Trillium Lake this weekend to snowshoe, only to find it was still a bit too early. With so many adventures, we aren't able to send staff for up-to-date conditions on each trail...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 12.15.14
Here are last week's news stories and headlines impacting the great outdoors. Mining Company May Still Get Permit to Setup Operation near the North Fork Smith River This is an update from a news item covered a few weeks ago. A permit to potentially open a mining operation on the pristine North Fork Smith River in Southern Oregon was blocked by the Oregon Water Resources Department. However, the company, Red Flat Nickel Corporation, has challenged the...
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By: Daven Mathies | 12.12.14
In honor of the Friends of Outdoor School 2014 Photo of the Year Contest, we wanted to share some photography advice from our community. If you're looking to hone your skills, we'll be publishing new tips each week through January. Enjoy! From the snowcapped peaks of the Cascade Range to the windswept waters of the Columbia River Gorge, the Pacific Northwest is a big draw for outdoor enthusiasts. With adventure waiting around every corner, there are...
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By: Jason Bagby | 12.11.14
A popular outdoorsy saying is that there's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing. This extends to more than just clothes when it comes to backpacking in the rain, but the broader intent remains. If you're prepared to get wet, backpacking in the rain can be a wonderful experience. You'll usually have a place to yourself, and if you're hiking along streams or waterfalls, the higher flows make for more spectacular scenery. Our...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 12.08.14
Don't miss these news headlines and stories from the outdoors. Desire to Protect Grand Canyon Clashes with a Plan for a Major Development On Navajo land occupying the east rim of the Grand Canyon, a developer is seeking to build the Grand Canyon Escalade, replete with shops, restaurants and boutique hotels. The plan, still seeking approval, is pitting environmentalists against developers, and tribe members aligned with each group against one another....
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By: Kat Dierickx | 12.04.14
The December issue of Portland Monthly featured 50 Things every Portlander Must Do This Winter with a special guide on Northwest Wandering. We were excited to see that one of our contributors, Jackie Arnal, had her photo featured in the article! We were so excited that we wanted to help you get closer to those adventures by providing links to detailed trip reports and maps for each of the locations mentioned.  If you're looking for a relaxing...
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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 of fresh air and leave some of the crowds 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...
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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 of 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 of fresh air and leave some of the crowds 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...
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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...

Most Popular Adventures

Mount Hood, Sandy Glacier Ice Caves, Oregon, Outdoor Project
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Flag Point Fire Lookout, Oregon, Outdoor Project
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The Rolling Huts, Washington, Outdoor Project
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Three Pools, Willamette Foothills, Outdoor Project
Enchantment Lakes via Colchuck Lake, Washington, Outdoor Project
Cooper Spur Shelter via Tilly Jane Trail, Oregon, Outdoor Project
Clackamas + Memaloose Falls, Oregon, Outdoor Project
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Fisherman's Point Group Campground, Willamette Valley, Outdoor Project
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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