I am the co-founder and COO of Outdoor Project. Growing up in Portland, like most other Portlanders I spent much of my free time in the city's forested parks and exploring the trails in the Gorge.
Per the earlier comment by Jeff Crosby, we have updated the information above to reflect that this campground is now first-come, first-served. Thanks!
Josh and Sarah,
Thank you for your comments and notification that reservations are available for the campground. We have updated the page with this information and a link to the reservation portal on recreation.gov.
Came up for a hike, reached the trailhead and had Jack Lake and the trail all to ourselves. The views were amazing. There is still a lot of snow obstructing the trail and after a few miles we had to turn back without reaching Canyon Creek Meadows, but it was still a fantastic day hike.
Thank you for your comments and I wanted to take a moment to respond. It was with a lot of deliberation that we decided to publish this adventure and map to Outdoor Project. We agree with all of your stated concerns. However, we don’t see this as a matter of good or bad taste, but more a question of judgment, both for our members and for the general public that may want to visit this area.
Oregon Field Guide is a long time partner of ours at Outdoor Project and when they decided to air their recent episode featuring the exploration of this amazing, fragile, and dangerous area, they realized that people would want to go here and see it. In airing their episode, which will be featured on this adventure shortly, they opened the public’s eyes to this place and were very concerned for the safety of anyone who might decide to venture into the canyon. They asked us to help them build a featured guide into the top and bottom of the canyon, the sections you can reach without needing advanced canyoneering experience.
That being said, accessing this area remains very dangerous. Water levels much of the year, and for the entire year in high water years, will make reaching the Gates of Valhalla impossible. Likewise, the route to the top of the Shangri-La is the safest known route. By publishing these routes, we have an opportunity to share a lot of information on how dangerous attempting to reach Valhalla is. We also added precautionary information redundantly, and your comment and this response allows us to continue to reinforce that this is not a weekend hike, but a route that requires a lot of preparation and second thought if you choose to attempt it. Venturing into the slot canyon itself, which took a highly experienced team three days to safely navigate, is highly unadvised.
However, in a digital age, people will figure out where this is now that the episode on Oregon Field Guide has been aired, and we hope with our information it’ll convince most casual outdoors enthusiasts not to attempt the journey. For the experienced off-trail explorer, this information will help reduce the likelihood of mistaken routes and the need for rescue, injury, or worse.
Thank you again for your comment, and hopefully this additional explanation of our decision will change your opinion that what was published was in bad taste and should be removed.
Tons of people were up at the mountain for the first clear day in a while and Christmas weekend combined, but with all the snow it didn't disappoint. A perfect day out snowshoeing. Explored off trail a bit in the deeper snow and then did a loop of the lake. Had to park at Snow Bunny's lot and even that was full by the end of the day. Went back to Portland by way of Hood River to avoid the traffic jam between the sno park and Govt Camp.
Tons of people were up at the mountain for the first clear day in a while and Christmas weekend combined, but with al
Photos from a recent detour to the Painted Hills on a trip through Eastern Oregon. Almost no one was there. The short Carroll Rim trail had some amazing views from up top.
Photos from a recent detour to the Painted Hills on a trip through Eastern Oregon. Almost no one was there.
Had a great time foraging in Tillamook State Forest on Saturday. Conditions were perfect.
I stayed here for a night while hiking through on the PNT. As hikers that showed up without a car we were definitely an anomaly, but found our neighbors to be quiet and nice, especially when they offered to help us get firewood for the night from the Swift Creek Campground. It came in especially handy to keep away the mosquitoes we weren't expecting that late into the season, but it'd just rained for a few nights and they were out in numbers. For whatever reason, even though the rest of the state was under fire restrictions, this and the other campgrounds around Baker Lake were exempted and we could make a small fire, and so we did! We arrived on a Sunday night and the campground was really busy still, but there were enough spots left over that we got one late in the day without a reservation.
I stayed here for a night while hiking through on the PNT.
The hike to Cape Falcon was a nice way to avoid the Portland heat for a day. By the time we arrived close to noon the parking lot was almost full, and was even more filled once we returned hours later. After a mile or so on the trail, almost all the people disappeared. Most everyone was there to visit Short Sand Beach and lots of surfers were out enjoying the waves. The trail gets pretty overgrown in spots, but nothing that wasn't passable. What a marvelous place to visit and the huge moss-covered spruce trees are the highlights of the hike.
The hike to Cape Falcon was a nice way to avoid the Portland heat for a day.
The group sites at the campground are fantastic. The noise from the highway is noticeable for sure, but it didn't detract from a nice night of camping near Portland.
On what was a 90 degree day in Portland, the hike on Tillamook Head was cool, windy, foggy, soggy, rainy, wet, and altogether wonderful! Salmonberries were growing along the trail in numerous places. We were in the fog the entire way, with temperatures in the 50s. This was my first time on the trail and it was so different than I expected. The huge Sitka spruce trees, and especially the old stumps with cut marks for the platforms used to cut them still showing, were awe inspiring for most of the trip. I'd recommend pairing the Clatsop Loop with the trail if you're doing it as an out-and-back from Indian Beach.
On what was a 90 degree day in Portland, the hike on Tillamook Head was cool, windy, foggy, soggy, rainy, wet, and al
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