Cascade Boulders

Cascade Boulders are a collection of boulders both large and small that dot the landscape near Cascade Locks, Oregon.  If you live in Southwest Washington or Portland, Oregon this playground for climbers is one of the closest bouldering areas to PDX.  You can leave town, be bouldering in just over 30 minutes from the city,…

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Portland Bouldering

Portland bouldering is much better than it was a decade or even 5 years ago.  A new wave of development has taken place for climbers in Portland, Oregon, Southwest Washington, the Columbia River Gorge, and the Mount Hood and Hood River vicinity.  A few years ago rock climbers only knew about Carver, the Schwingus, Rocky…

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Mount Hood Meadows Nordic Center

Mt Hood Meadows Nordic Center offers 15 kilometers of great cross country ski terrain below the mountain.    With the shadow of hood in your tracks it’s no surprise this is one of the most sought after places to ski in the Pacific Northwest.   Located just above the Columbia River Gorge, this  ski center can be…

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Trillium Lake Cross Country Ski Loop

Trail Overview When the icy mists of winter clear for long enough to let you gawk at Mt Hoods daunting peak, you realize how important it is to live in the Portland area and enjoy trillium’s splendor.  Trillium lake offers Hood the opportunity to stretch its shadow over your skis while you power below its…

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Atkisson Sno Park: Ice Caves Loop

Atkisson Sno Park and Trail Overview The Atkisson Sno Park offers great opportunities to cross country ski at this Nordic center near Mt Adams.  The trail is near Trout Lake and offers parking for 30 cars and a toilets and a shelter for a wood stove.  This park is in an amazing wilderness setting and…

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Meadow Trail: Nordic Skiing at Teacup Lake

About Teacup Lake Nordic Teacup lake is an expansive and very well maintained Nordic center that is operated by volunteers.  This trail system is operated by the Oregon Nordic Club and leased from Mt Hood National Forest.  The trail system is costly to maintain and is one  of the most frequented and best near the…

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Horsethief Butte Hike

Hike Overview The hike around Horsethief Butte is one of the most incredible, awe inspiring, historically significant and satisfying in the Columbia Gorge.  If you were to take away the fact that more Indian petroglyphs  are located here than anyplace else in the Pacific Northwest, take away the rock mazes you can explore and wander…

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Horsethief Butte

About the Park Horsthief Butte is a 500 foot high basalt cliffside that makes a giant Butte adjacent to the Columbia River.  The butte is often windy and a great spot for breathtaking views of the Dalles region of the Columbia River Gorge.    The Butte has Petroglyphs that are located trailside and this area around…

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Mitchell Point Hike

Hike Overview This trail is rugged, steep, and makes 1300 feet in elevation gain before reaching the summit of Mitchell Point overlooking the Columbia River.  The trail starts in Wygant State park a few miles west of Hood River.  This area is located 50 miles east of Portland and provides a subtle mix of desert…

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Wygant State Park

Park Overview Wygant State Park is  a designated Natural area in the state of Oregon 6 miles west of Hood River.  This natural area was named after the Wygant family and is a popular spot to begin the Mitchell Point Hike that offers one of the best vistas in the Columbia River Gorge.  This area…

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