Elk Meadows on the southeast side of Mt. Hood is one of the most quintessential hikes in the northwest region. It is relatively easy to get to, has moderate crowds and delivers almost everything the average hiker could want including mountain streams, flowery meadows and glacial views. The 6.5 mile hike is easy to do for even novice hikers and there are many different options for those more advanced hikers looking to add on a little something extra.
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An active fire burning in the Willamette National Forest near Blue Pool (Tamolitch Falls) has resulted in closures in the popular hiking and biking area. The McKenzie River trail will be closed between Ice Cap Creek Campground and Trail Bridge Campground. As stated this is the section of the trail the provides access to Blue Pool.
Part of the mystique of the John Muir Trail (JMT) is the plethora of enduring myths. Some are partially false, most are fully false. But all are fun and garner the attention of hikers and prospective hikers. Let’s address these myths, in no particular order.
The Siuslaw National Forest is considering a campground fee increase ranging from an additional $2 per night up to an additional $10 per night. The increase will vary based on each campground.
Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th are free admission and parking days at Oregon State Parks. The Evening of June 4th is also a free camping night at all Oregon State Park campgrounds including RV hookup sites.
Cape Horn hike is a 7 mile loop in the Columbia River Gorge offering excellent views, waterfalls and creek crossings. This is the perfect summer morning hike for the intermediate hiker with out and back options for beginners.
Making coffee while car camping is pretty much a no-brainer. There are tons of options from the French Press to the classic percolator however brewing a batch of the black stuff while backpacking raises another challenge.