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Forums Archive - Backpacking Light. View forum - Campsite Banter: Gear, Gadgets and Grub. I backpacked for a few days.

Started at Grave Creek about 20 miles from Grants Pass. Hiked down the river about 10 miles. Camped out 3 nights. Then hiked back. Kind of a lazy trip. On Saturday of the nice weather President's day holiday, I saw about 12 groups of hikers and 6 tents in the first 4 miles. So, I think this makes a pretty good winter hike. I didn't see any boaters, but I know they were there because a saw a couple people on the other side of the river that had to be boaters. The trail follows along the river, sometimes at river level and sometimes as high as 200 feet above it:

Castle Creek and Horse Heaven Meadow Trail. Mount Shasta Area Snowshoeing - Snowshoe Trails. Pictures of National Creek Falls. Heart Lake Trail - California. Heart Lake Trail. At A Glance Climbing high above Castle Lake to diminutive Heart Lake, the trail provides astounding views of Mount Shasta, as well as providing a chance to ascend Castle Peak, offering another vista of Mount Shasta as well as a stunning view of the Castle Crags.

Heart Lake Trail

Total Length: 3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,175 feet. Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall Grand View Mount Shasta reflects in Heart Lake. Although short, the Trinity Divide’s Heart Lake Trail is a titan when in terms of scenery and vistas. The road to Castle Lake is plowed in winter. The Trail Castle Lake viewed from the trailhead. Central Oregon - Sparks Lake. This site will stretch your capability to focus only on wildlife.

Central Oregon - Sparks Lake

Approximately 370 acres of lake wetland are surrounded by another 360 acres of meadow, marsh, or stream wetlands. The spectacular setting - a memorialized favorite of the late, acclaimed, landscape photographer Ray Atkeson - is dominated by South Sister towering to 10,358' elevation, Broken Top to 9,175', and Bachelor Butte to 9,065'. Dark-green forests, bright-green meadows, and deep-blue skies will linger on your real or imaginary canvas. 20 Places To Go Camping Before You Die. 22 Absolutely Essential Diagrams You Need For Camping.



Outdoor apps. Maps and navigation. 20 Favorite Oregon Hikes. Hiking. The Wallowa Lake Trailhead at the south end of Wallowa Lake provides a gateway into Oregon's Largest Wilderness, The Eagle Cap.


If you thought this area was beautiful from the outside, entering the wilderness will simply blow you away! The Eagle Cap is a real National Treasure yet still affords unparallelled peace and quiet, a rare quality in today's world. The Chief Joseph Trail, the Aneroid Lake Trail, and the West Fork Trail are the three main trails that go into the Eagle Cap Wilderness from the Wallowa Lake area. Each provides the opportunity to day hike or to backpack to one's own ability. Easily reached vistas and overlooks, wild flowers, and stunning autumn colors are readily available for the casual hiker. Recommended Guides and Maps: Broken Top’s secret. I’ve hesitated for years to feature the “secret” lake in the crater of Broken Top.

Broken Top’s secret

The reason is partly personal. When I was dating Janell Sorensen in 1975 we tested each other’s outdoorsiness with an admittedly difficult hike around Broken Top. On that trip we happened upon the beautiful, trailless lake. Trail around Broken Top - Hiking in Portland, Oregon and Washington. Off trail South of Broken Top.

Trail around Broken Top - Hiking in Portland, Oregon and Washington

There are occasional cliffy or vegetated areas to find your way around but mostly it's just wide open. (Jerry Adams) Just aim yourself to the North of Ball Butte. Try not to step on the few alpine plants. (Jerry Adams) Spring below Broken Top trail. Nice camp sites with Broken Top looking down on you. Foil Packets, Dutch Oven & Gourmet S'mores Recipes. Ever since our first camping trip when we threw foil packets of cubed steak with roasted rosemary potatoes, carrots and peas on the campfire, finding great camping recipes has been a top priority.

Foil Packets, Dutch Oven & Gourmet S'mores Recipes

That’s why we’ve created this section of the blog dedicated to our favorite camping recipes. Breakfast Main Dishes Side Dishes Sweet Treats Dutch Oven Pork Chili Verde Camp Recipe Beef Stew Foil Packet Camp Recipe.


Broken Top Standard Summit Route. Backpacking. Trinity alps. View topic - Trinity Alps - The red and the white. Yeah, yet another Trinity Alps trip report.

View topic - Trinity Alps - The red and the white

You're seeing plenty here, but I was planning this trip for this summer well before the fuss up here and news of the low snow year. So there. The full trip report with more photos is here but the commentary is different here. After a 10 hour drive down the east side of the Cascades to Weaverville, I camped in a small Forest Service campground just outside of Weaverville and like many a hiker I think, had breakfast at Mama Llama's in town. Top 5: Best easy hikes at Cape Perpetua and Yachats. 1 of 32 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions For those who love Oregon's Central Coast, few places are more rewarding than Yachats and Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.

Top 5: Best easy hikes at Cape Perpetua and Yachats

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