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.
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John, what a great article. Having fly fished for four years now, your sage advice is spot on. I would recommend considering going out with a guide from time to time. Combined with time alone on the river, the once or twice a year guided trips have been instrumental in honing my casting technique, learning new casts, and learning how to better read the water or select the right fly. Also, I try to always visit the local fly shop for information on fly selection, fishing advice and also just to support the locals who know the area best.
Angelica, I would recommend reaching out to the Mt Adams Ranger Station in Trout Lake. You can reach them at (509) 395-3400.
I can't recall if the stream was or wasn't running. We didn't have much trouble finding water when we needed to, but also planned ahead at the streams and lakes along the way.
Park City confirmed that it will close on the deal to purchase Bonanza Flats, keeping it open to the public: http://www.parkrecord.com/news/park-city/park-city-plans-to-finalize-bon...
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.
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