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5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day

08.25.14

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  • View up the Muddy Fork riverbed with Mount Hood (11,249') in the distance.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • View to Mount Hood (11,249') from the Muddy Fork.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Bear cub in a tree, viewed from the Muddy Fork.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • View to waterfalls from the Sandy Glacier on the Muddy Fork.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Fireweed flowers en route to Lake Serene.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Lake Serene.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Jagged crags from Mount Index (5,991') above Lake Serene.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Lake Serene.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Walupt Lake near sunset with slight views of Goat Rocks.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Walupt Lake panorama with Nannie Peak's false summit at center.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Walupt Lake from Walupt Lake Campground.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Walupt Creek from Walupt Lake Campground.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Walupt Lake Campground.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • The Chimney Rock Trail traverses a narrow peninsula with Drake's Bay to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • The historic lifeboat station was built near Chimney Rock in the 1920s to save mariners who were shipwrecked off Point Reyes.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Chimney Rock hiking trail.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Point Reyes is home to one of California's 22 herds of tule elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes).- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Olallie Lake and Mount Jefferson (10,495') from the marina at Olallie Lake Resort.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Olallie Lake and Mount Jefferson (10,495') from the marina at Olallie Lake Resort.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Olallie Lake Resort and Mount Jefferson (10,495').- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Staff canteen cabin at Olallie Lake Resort.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
  • Olallie Lake Resort office and general store.- 5 Last Minute Ideas for Labor Day
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Muddy Fork

One of the most dramatic hikes (5.4 miles round trip) under the shadow of Oregon’s tallest peak, the hike/scramble up the Muddy Fork of the Sandy River won’t leave you disappointed. Depart from the Top Spur Trailhead (same as for McNeil Point), but instead make your way to the base of the Sandy Glacier where abundant wildlife hangs out and water cascades from every precipice.

Lake Serene

This popular lake outside of Washington’s climbing capital (Index) draws visitors from near and far. And for good reason; it’s absolutely what it says it is, perfectly serene. Just above the constantly tumbling 1,328-foot Bridal Veil Falls, Lake Serene is nestled in a bowl with the 3,500-foot craggy cliffs of Mount Index towering above it.

Walupt Lake

On its own, Walupt Lake makes for an amazing summer getaway spot! Camping, fishing, paddling out on its placid water, watching nesting osprey, but it’s also the best base camp for exploring deeper into Washington’s awe inspiring Goat Rocks Wilderness. Whether you want to find elusive Walupt Creek Falls or climb to the top of the long extinct volcano for full panorama views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams or Mount St. Helens, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better hiking area.

Chimney Rock

As a part of the Point Reyes National Seashore just north of San Francisco, this short hike out to Chimney Rock provides an unparalleled perspective on the beauty of Drake's Bay and the surrounding swath of Pacific Ocean. While you're out on the peninsula, keep an eye out for California’s endemic sub-species of tule elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes), as this is also home to one of the state’s largest herds.

Olallie Lake + Scenic Area

Just north of Oregon’s Mount Jefferson (the state’s second tallest peak), Olallie Lake, and the cluster of dozens of its neighboring lakes are a designated Scenic Area. And now that we’re heading into the Labor Day weekend, you won’t have to worry so much about the presence of mosquitos which riddle the place earlier in the summer. Rent a row boat, stay in a cabin at the Olallie Lake Resort, hike up Olallie Butte, or make the 11.6-mile round trip hike into legendary Jefferson Park.

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