Bachelor Mountain Hike

Bachelor Mountain Detroit Lake Oregon US22 Backpacking Overnight Moonlight Tent Camping Three sisters Mt Jefferson Mt Washington Coffin Lookout
One of the best sites for overnight tent camping lies probably half way (at 0.9 miles) through the roughly 1.9 miles to the summit. You gain an elevation of 1100 ft to the summit of Bachelor mountain and may take around 45-60 mins (times may vary). You witness Mt Jefferson upclose.
Bachelor Mountain Hike Detroit Lake Oregon US22 Backpacking Overnight Moonlight Tent Camping Three sisters Mt Jefferson Mt Washington North Sister South Sister Broken Top Three Fingered Jack Mt Bahelor Mt Hood Mt Adams Coffin Lookout
Bachelor Mountain Hike Detroit Lake Oregon US22 Backpacking Overnight Moonlight Tent Camping Three sisters Mt Jefferson Mt Washington North Sister South Sister Broken Top Three Fingered Jack Mt Bahelor Mt Hood Mt Adams Coffin Lookout
The trail offers views to the South Cascades, esp peaks to Mt Washington North & South Sisters, Broken Top, Three Fingered Jack, Mt Bachelor, as well as Mt Adams to the North.
Bachelor Mountain Hike Detroit Lake Oregon US22 Backpacking Overnight Moonlight Tent Camping Three sisters Mt Jefferson Mt Washington North Sister South Sister Broken Top Three Fingered Jack Mt Bahelor Mt Hood Mt Adams Coffin Lookout Maiden Peak
There are two ways to get to the trailhead in the Santiam wilderness and one of the ways (FR 1168/430) is simply not meant for passenger cars, or you may just be relying on your luck. The other one is gravel with potholes and uneven patches in some sections. Please do your research. I may be an exceptionally good driver to have managed to escape without a broken axle. 😉 Moonlight camping offered a pretty sight.
Bachelor Mountain Hike Detroit Lake Oregon US22 Backpacking Overnight Moonlight Tent Camping Three sisters Mt Jefferson Mt Washington North Sister South Sister Broken Top Three Fingered Jack Mt Bahelor Mt Hood Mt Adams Coffin Lookout
2014 Update: Night camping in a cloudy setting
Bachelor Mountain Hike Detroit Lake Oregon US22 Backpacking Overnight Moonlight Tent Camping Three sisters Mt Jefferson Mt Washington North Sister South Sister Broken Top Three Fingered Jack Mt Bahelor Mt Hood Mt Adams Coffin Lookout2016 Update: Enroute to Coffin MountainEnroute to Coffin Mountain Hike Mt Jefferson Wilderness Bachelor Mountain Detroit LakeCoffin Mountain 2

Arches National Park

Arches National Park Utah Park Avenue Trail Hike Arch Moab Primitive Skyscrapers
Park Avenue in the Arches National Park (Above) and (Below)
Arches National Park Utah Park Avenue Trail Hike Arch Moab Primitive Skyscrapers
Mountain biking somewhere outside Arches National Park. The ride back to the town of Moab was mostly downhill with very little effort to actually pedal.
Arches National Park Utah Mountain Biking Trail Hike Outside Arch Moab
Delicate Arch is situated at an elevation gain of about 480 ft and around 1.5 miles from the parking lot. But worth every bit of your time.
Arches National Park Utah Delicate Arch Trail Hike Arch Moab Attractions

East ZigZag Hike

East Zigzag Mt Hood 1
A decently rewarding workout awaits in the name of the East Zigzag hike with around 2300 ft to gain in elevation in rougly 4.7 miles. Add another 0.5 mile should you need to park further down from the North Burnt Lake trailhead due to dicey road conditions. It took me around 120 mins to reach the summit (times may vary).
East Zigzag Hike Mt Hood Burnt Lake US 26 Oregon
Looking eastwards towards the west face of Mt Hood.
East Zigzag Hike Mt Hood Burnt Lake US 26 Oregon
Portland loves you :))).
East Zigzag Hike Mt Hood Burnt Lake US 26 Oregon
Google “Silcox Hut” to know more.
East Zigzag Hike Mt Hood Burnt Lake US 26 Oregon Silcox Hut

St Helens Ape Canyon Hike

Mt St Helens Ape Canyon Hike Plains of Abraham Washington
I am confused about the elevation gain for this hike as my altimeter often gave faulty reading on this trail. I believe the net elevation gain should be around 1000-1200 ft, however the cumulative gain could be in excess of 1600 ft. At around 5 miles into the hike, you reach the Loowit trail junction and the trail continues in both directions (left and right) to possibly circle the mountain upto Windy Ridge (to the right).
Mt St Helens Ape Canyon Hike Plains of Abraham Washington
Mt Adams upclose from the Ape Canyon. It takes around 90-120 mins (times may vary) to cover the distance. I won’t recommend this as a day hike, only if you want a decent trail to mountain bike.
Mt St Helens Ape Canyon Hike Plains of Abraham Washington

Neahkanie Mountain Hike

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Set along US 101 coastal highway is the Neahkanie Mountain loop hike  (North & South Neahkanie trailheads). The North trail is longer than the South with a total one-way length of 2.7 miles and an elevation gain of around 1450 feet to the highest trail-able point on the mountain. Alternatively the South trail gains around 850 feet in some 1.6 miles. It is an easy hike which may take anywhere between 60 mins to 120 mins (times may vary) to reach the so-called high point. Note the high point is easy to miss and before you know you will be on your way down the other side.
neahkanie mountain hike trek us 101 oregon coast canon beach pacific ocean manzanita
The views are great subject to fog, clouds or simply the time of the day. These pictures were taken in January 2013.
neahkanie mountain hike trek us 101 oregon coast canon beach pacific ocean manzanita

Black Butte Hike

Black Butte Mt Shasta California Weed Shasta City Summit Hike Trek I-5
Just north of the town of Mt Shasta is an opportunity for a great work out with some of the most stunning views of the 14K+ feet mountain. Black butte offers an elevation gain of 1800 feet in some 2.4 miles and one of the more rocky trails to hike. It shouldn’t take you more than 75-90 mins (times may vary) if you are fit and hike often. And black butte isn’t really black 🙂
Black Butte Mt Shasta California Weed Shasta City Summit Hike Trek I-5
This was short in September, past the peak of summer. Notice that bald peaks (serious sign of global warming?).
Black Butte Mt Shasta California Weed Shasta City Summit Hike Trek I-5
Close-up of the west face.
Black Butte Mt Shasta California Weed Shasta City Summit Hike Trek I-5

Ross Dam Hike

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The short hike starts from milepost 134 on highway 20 and descends around 500 ft of elevation in 1.5 miles. The trail is well maintained and should  take no more than 30 mins for an average hiker (times may vary). Recommended season is early thru late summer. The Ross Dam offers yet another short hike to the Ross Lake Resort which can be seen at a distance from the dam and the Ross Lake Resort ferry launch.
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Colonial Peak and Pyramid Peak stand out across the range from Ross Dam.
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Diablo Lake North Cascades

Diablo Lake Washington North Cascades National Park Ross Lake Overlook
Few things are better left unsaid… especially when you know there is every chance to go overboard and make it verbose. All I can say is if you live in the northwest, you may want to make every effort possible to visit this place before you head to a distant place in your nomadic life, this beauty called North Cascades National Park.
diablo lake overlook ross lake north cascades national park washington glacial lake colonial peak pyramid peak postcard
The Colonial Peak, Pyramid Peak and Davis Peak fill the background in this almost perfect picture.
colonial peak pyramid peak diablo lake ross lake north cascades national park washington glacial lake postcard
The area offers many hikes, and I ‘d like to have some favorites but the one I highly recommend is a short hike to the Ross Dam which shall be covered in my next post.
diablo lake ross lake national park north cascades washington colonial creek campground glacial lake postcard
Close to the Colonial Creek campground. Absolutely beautiful… The science behind the green waters can be better summarized as glacial sediments but is best googled.

Timberline Lodge Alpine Hike

mt hood timberline lodge alpine trail hike silcox hut view glacier oregon postcard
Timberline Lodge alpine hike offers a 1000 feet elevation gain over 2 miles in 45-60 mins (times may vary). I wouldn’t recommend this hike unless you are planning to escape a hot day in summer (temperature and humidity at this elevation is generally lower). But the Timberline lodge itself is worth a visit and also offers some exciting Ski runs in winter. Also research “magic mile”…
mt hood timberline lodge view mt jefferson trillium lake alpine trail hike oregon postcard2015 Update:
mt hood timberline lodge alpine trail hike silcox hut view glacier oregon postcard

Mt St Helens Hike

st helens hike crater ridge rim monitor fumes volcano spirit lake mt rainier ash washington postcard
The perfect end to a perfect hiking season – St Helens. A strenuously rewarding hike which gets extremely demanding in places, especially climbing and traversing boulders through the mid section and if that is not enough the last one mile is just loose gravel and ash. You gain an elevation of roughly 4600 feet in around 4.5 miles and takes around 240-300 mins for a motivated hiker (times may vary).
st helens summit crater ridge rim monitor washington volcano postcard
Warning: Carry plenty of water as there aren’t any sources of potable water on the mountain, next to none. The only running streams are available halfway through the mid section (that also if you are lucky and hiking in the right season i.e. when the glaciers melt) but these may carry loads of ash.
st helens spirit lake crater ridge rim washington mt rainier hike monitor postcard
The gorgeous view… beautiful, beautiful, beautiful…
st helens panorama crater ridge rim fumes monitor spirit lake mt rainier mt adams volcano washington ash view hike postcard