Hiking Hydration Tips

Water is essential for life. You know that already. But every year, hikers perish from dehydration and heat exhaustion. Planning your water and having emergency plans can save your life. Searching the internet, you can quickly find articles of hikers sadly perishing due to poor planning. Many times it is just not being aware of the environment they are going into. …

Peter Iredale Ship Wreck

On October 25, 1906 the Peter Iredale ran ashore about 4 miles south of the Columbia River channel in Oregon. The ship Sailing from Salina Cruz, Mexico to Portland, Oregon experienced heavy mist and winds after passing the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. The captain recalled, “a heavy southeast wind blew and a strong current prevailed. Before the vessel could be veered around, she was in the breakers and …

Saddle Mountain

Saddle Mountain Hike Type: Out and Back Distance: 5.2 miles round trip Elevation gain: 1600 feet Difficulty: Intermediate Family Friendly: Not for young kids. Well behaved teenagers would be fine. Crowded: Yes. Get there early. Getting There Saddle Mountain Trailhead is fairly easy to locate. You will want to take HWY 26 to Saddle Mountain State Park Road. It is …

Twelve Essential Items for Hiking

Everyone has a slightly varied list when it comes to hiking gear but most stick to an essential ten items similar to the list that first appeared in Mountaineering Freedom of the Hills Mountaineers (Read about it here). Below I expand upon the essential ten for what I personally believe are 12 items every hiker must have! This is just a …

Multnomah Falls to Wahkeena Falls Hike

What a hike this was. It absolutely blew my expectations out of the water. I came into this hike with little excitement (although a day outside is still better then a day in the office). If you are familiar with the Multnomah Falls area you know that it is beautiful, but very touristy. Something I despise when it comes to outdoor …

Devils Lake State Park

Devils Lake State Park Trail Map: OfficialDevilsLakeMap1 Devils Lake State Park is a gem in southern Wisconsin. It offers plenty of hiking trails, although most people will stay on the loop that follows around the beautiful lake. The lake is surrounded by large rocky bluffs and the trail takes you high above the lake on top of these bluffs. Be warned that …

Breathtaking Sedona Devils Bridge

Devils Bridge   Devils Bridge Trail. One of the most visited and iconic spots in Arizona. This arch is the largest natural arch in the Sedona area. It is a sandstone arch created from years of wind and rain erosion. There are two parking lots for this trail. One is a paved lot for 2wd vehicles. Another is a dirt …

Why Solo Hiking is the Best Hiking

***Under no circumstances do I advocate solo hiking WITHOUT the proper emergency equipment and precautions***   I had hit a split in the trail when my mind started doubting itself. I had studied the trail map before embarking into the woods and even followed along the trail map periodically checking that I was heading in the right direction. But here …