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New Comments + Trip Reports

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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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

Core Team
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07.29.14(Trip Date)

This short 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
69
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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

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

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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

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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

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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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International Rose Test Garden, OR

Elite Contributor
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11.02.14(Trip Date)

The colors are vibrant in early November, but it looks like all the roses will be gone in the next few weeks.

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Blog + News

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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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By: Kat Dierickx | 11.11.14
There is something about nature that can put your mind and soul at ease. Whether it's the fresh air, the sounds of the river, the humbling feeling of learning a new skill, or the good old-fashioned camaraderie, the outdoors can be a powerful place. Of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded or are dealing with issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, many have found the outdoors vital to their recovery process. Below are just a...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 11.10.14
Catch up on some of last week's most important news headlines from the outdoors. For a Popular California Hike, Finding a Parking Space is the Biggest Challenge At the summit of Mission Peak, the views of San Francisco's skyline across the bay are expansive. The trail to the summit, a challenging 3-mile hike, is becoming increasingly popular for people of all backgrounds. However, the parking area at the trailhead is so small, cars are backing up...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 11.06.14
Aldo Leopold considered the sandhill crane one of his major influences. He wrote in Wisconsin: Marshland Elegy:  "When we hear [the crane’s] call we hear no mere bird. We hear the trumpet in the orchestra of evolution. He is the symbol of our untamable past, of that incredible sweep of millennia which underlies and conditions the daily affairs of birds and men." These sentiments capture precisely what it feels like to see a sandhill...
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By: Heron Marychild | 11.03.14
Chances are you see birds every day. Crows, starlings, jays, and soaring turkey vultures are a few of the more ubiquitous species. If you look closely, you will find hundreds more. Wherever your outdoor adventures take you, to a city park, a roaring river, the open ocean, even high above the tree line, there are birds to be seen. Learning to find and identify them is a great way to deepen your connection to the places and landscapes you inhabit and love. The...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 11.03.14
Catch up on some of last week's most important news headlines from the outdoors. Nature Conservancy Makes Large Land Purchase Near Snoqualmie Pass The conservation group Nature Conservancy has made the single largest private land purchase in Washington State's history. The 48,000 acres of land spanning both sides of Interstate-90 near Snoqualmie Pass provides critical habitat for spotted owl, elk, salmon and ponderosa pine. It also includes the...
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By: Jared Kennedy | 10.30.14
Author and lifelong river runner Tim Palmer took Oregon Field Guide on a tour of his favorite rivers in Oregon. The state offers so much variety for rafters, canoers and kayakers. Some are very technical whitewater, requiring the skills to run waterfalls and class V rapids. Others are less intense, making them one of the easiest ways to get away from civilization. Tim has authored numerous guidebooks to rivers, including one just for Oregon, the Field...

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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