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Elk Meadows Hike

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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Blue Top Fire Closes McKenzie River Trail

Blue Pool Swimming Hole

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.

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17 Myths of the John Muir Trail

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.

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Backpacking Coffee Maker

Backpacking Coffee Maker

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.

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