Lyle Cherry Orchard

Lyle Cherry Orchard, just past the tunnels east of Lyle, Washington in the eastern Columbia River Gorge is a lovely climb from the river up into the oak savanna of the hillside. A few old remaining cherry trees from the long-abandoned orchard dot the top of hills lending the place its namesake. This spring, a new segment of trail there opened up the western section of the property, introducing hikers to outstanding views looking into the Gorge and out over Lyle. The new trail segments twists through the oak forest, popping out onto viewpoints and finally descending the open hillside above Lyle in a spectacular fashion. I already loved the dry, grassy and oaky terrain here, and this new section is easily one of my favorites in the gorge now. Read more about the new section and the great work done by Washington Trails Association here.

More Adventures

More Adventures

A Lookout Mountain Night

A Lookout Mountain Night With the potential for Aurora sightings south into Oregon due to the coronal mass ejection on the sun earlier in the week, I headed out to try and get some views of the northern sky. My plan was to head in the late afternoon to High Prairie trailhead east of MtContinue reading “A Lookout Mountain Night”


Coe Glacier as Winter Draws Near

Coe Glacier as Winter Draws Near With significant rain forecast for the northwest, I wanted to get back to the north side of Mt Hood to check out a few areas before more snow fell on the mountain. On this sunny morning at Cloud Cap Saddle, the outside temperatures were just a bit above freezingContinue reading “Coe Glacier as Winter Draws Near”


Stadter Buried Forest

Stadter Buried Forest and the Lost Creek Headwaters I learned a good lesson on this trip, and that is that my camera will pretend to take photos and only announce that the storage card is not there on the back view panel, which I never look through. So time to keep a spare SD cardContinue reading “Stadter Buried Forest”


To White River Glacier

To White River Glacier Wandering White River Pt II. After exploring the lower sections of the White River on Mt Hoods southern slopes, I was headed now up to its source- the White River Glacier that stretches from around 10,000 feet down to around 7000 feet in the valley east and above the Timberline LodgeContinue reading “To White River Glacier”


Wandering White River

Wandering White River on Mt Hood Part I. The White River begins on the south slope of Mt Hood from the terminus of the White River Glacier as two branches separated by a moraine that stretches down the mountain, widening and flattening at an area known as Mesa Terrace.  Ancient Trees from a forest buriedContinue reading “Wandering White River”


Ho Rock and Snow

Ho Rock and Snow With the first measurable rainfall in months coming to northwest Oregon this past weekend, several inches of snow fell on Mt Hood. Excited to see snow return and crisp fall conditions up high after a dry and hot summer, I headed up the way to McNeil Point from Top Spur Trailhead.Continue reading “Ho Rock and Snow”


Seeking Water on the Dry Side of Mt Hood

Seeking Water on the Dry Side of Mount Hood For mapping the Timberline Trail route around Mt Hood as a summer hiking map, part of my process has involved ground truthing the hydrology to try and give a much better portrayal of where water may be found while hiking in summer than the current maps.Continue reading “Seeking Water on the Dry Side of Mt Hood”


Sunrise and Moonset from Eliot East Moraine

Sunrise and Moonset from Eliot East Moraine Leaving town around 3AM, I headed up to the slow going Cloud Cap road, driving through the open landscape of the burned forest just as deep colors were starting to fill the sky in the east. The moon was glowing vibrantly over the mountain, resulting in a stunningContinue reading “Sunrise and Moonset from Eliot East Moraine”


Wizard Way, New Meadows Trails

Wizard Way Mapping New Trails at Mount Hood Meadows Mount Hood rising above Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area This summer, the Mount Hood Meadows Ski area debuted a set of new trails, nearly 8 miles that explores some of the National Forest that falls within the bounds of the ski area. As ski seasons shorten,Continue reading “Wizard Way, New Meadows Trails”


Seeking Glacier Terminuses

Seeking Glacier Terminuses and exploring Moraines There are few places as dynamic to witness the geomorphology of the planet than the ends of great glaciers and the moraines they have left behind. After climbing up to the Timberline Trail on the north side of Mt Hood via a misty Vista Ridge Trail, I left theContinue reading “Seeking Glacier Terminuses”