Michael GrawExplorer

  • Hike to the Opal Creek Pools

    The Opal Creek pools are a wonderful place to visit year-round, but they’re a true oasis on a hot summer day. With a variety of rock outcroppings and ledges to jump off of, and plenty of room to spread out for a picnic, this is a summertime magnet...

    7 miles

  • The Sisters to Smith Rock Ride

    Starting in the "Old West" town of Sisters, Oregon and ending at Smith Rock State Park outside the small town of Terrebonne, this route takes riders past a variety of historical sites, shows the gentle curves of the Deschutes River and frames spec...

    36.6 miles 597 ft gain

  • Hike to the Summit of Fuji Mountain

    Fuji Mountain has been known by mountain bikers for years, since it sits just off the circuit of popular biking routes around Waldo Lake and makes for a notoriously difficult climb on a bike. Word hasn't spread to the hiking community yet, despite...

    11 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Photograph the Pemaquid Lighthouse

    Pemaquid Lighthouse is situated above a spit of granite jutting out into the Atlantic, and it has all the look and feel of a classic Maine lighthouse. For photographers, it's hard to go wrong. The granite is grained such that all the rocks seem to...

  • Hike Coyote Wall

    Coyote Wall is a relatively uncrowded trail system in the Columbia River Gorge that provides outstanding views of the Columbia River. The trail system is made up primarily of user-created mountain biking trails, allowing hikers a choose-your-own-...

    7.5 miles 800 ft gain

  • Ride to the Top of Mary's Peak

    This ride takes you from the banks of the Willamette River at the Corvallis waterfront to the top of Mary's Peak, 26 miles and 4,000 vertical feet away. While it starts out with a warm-up through the flats of the Willamette Valley, it quickly sta...

    52 miles 4020 ft gain

  • Bike from Hood River to The Dalles

    The ride from Hood River to The Dalles is one of the best 20 mile stretches of road biking in Oregon, and arguably the best. The ride starts out in the wonderful town of Hood River - a tourist and adventure destination in its own right - and follo...

    40 miles 2800 ft gain

  • Summit Diamond Peak

    At 8,743 feet, Diamond Peak is almost as tall as the other iconic volcanoes of the Oregon Cascades, but sees just a fraction of the people. Outside the range of casual Portland day hikes and hard to see from the highway and from other peaks, Diamo...

    9 miles 3600 ft gain

  • Ski or Snowshoe to Fuji Shelter

    This is a great and relatively easy winter overnight trip for cross-country skiiers and snowshoers alike into the crest of the Oregon Cascades. The route offers tremendous views of Diamond Peak, Willamette Pass, and the western Oregon Cascades. W...

    8 miles 1400 ft gain

  • Backpack to Hidden Lake

    The Wallowa Mountains are one of Oregon's best-kept secrets, and this overnight backpack into the Eagle Cap Wilderness will deliver you into the heart of the range. Following the East Eagle Creek through a valley filled with meadows and the occasi...

    16.6 miles 2700 ft gain

  • Hike to Alsea and Green Peak Falls

    This is a great and easy day hike that features two waterfalls - Alsea Falls and Green Peak Falls - amid beautiful Oregon Coast Range scenery. This hike is perfect for a family trip as the trail is dog-friendly, the Alsea River serves as a swimmin...

    4.2 miles 230 ft gain

  • Hike Lookout Mountain via High Prairie Trailhead

    Lookout Mountain should be the most popular destination in Oregon given its views to effort ratio. Mount Hood seems close enough to reach out and touch from the open, rocky summit, and views extend from the Three Sisters in the south to Mount Rain...

    3 miles 565 ft gain

  • Winter Backpack to Diamond View Lake

    Diamond View Lake is relatively unknown compared to many of the other lakes in the Oregon Cascades, yet the views it delivers of Diamond Peak are top-notch. While it can also be done as a summer backpack, winter brings out the best aspects of the...

    9.8 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike the Devil's Rest-Wahkeena Falls Loop

    This loop takes advantage of the western Columbia River Gorge's vast network of trails - hidden behind the roadside waterfalls - to allow you to visit several popular attractions without fighting traffic along the historic highway. All told, the l...

    9 miles 2100 ft gain

  • Ski or Snowshoe to Midnight Lake

    The trip to Midnight Lake is a great way to spend a winter day and explore an otherwise overlooked lake in the central Oregon Cascades. Although the lake does see winter visitors, it is often  empty and very few people bother to hike to the far en...

    6.2 miles 600 ft gain

  • Bike the Wild Rivers Scenic Bikeway

    The Wild Rivers Scenic Bikeway starts and ends in Port Orford, and includes stops at Port Orford Heads, the Wild and Scenic Elk River, and Cape Blanco. It's a perfect ride for anyone looking to see the highlights of the section of coast around Por...

    60 miles 3000 ft gain

  • Backpack around Mount Adams

    Under 2 hours from Portland, Mount Adams sees a sizable crowd of visitors - but get beyond the first mile of the South Climb trail, and you're unlikely to encounter another person until you circle around all the way to the PCT.  This loop around t...

    32 miles 7000 ft gain

  • Mountain Bike the McKenzie River Trail

    Mountain biking the McKenzie River Trail should be on every serious mountain biker's to-do list, since this trail has repeatedly been cited as the best mountain biking in the United States. The whole trail is an all-day, 26 mile epic, losing 2200...

    26 miles -2200 ft gain

  • Ride around Crater Lake

    Riding around Crater Lake falls under the category of easily achievable bucket-list rides. It's just over 30 miles (albeit with 3,700 feet of gain and loss), and comes with sweeping views of Crater Lake almost the entire way. Even better, go on th...

    32 miles 3700 ft gain

  • Backpack around Broken Top

    This loop trip around Broken Top is one of the premier backpacking loops in Oregon. The trail winds past numerous alpine lakes, including the popular Green Lakes area, and offers near-constant views of Broken Top, the Three Sisters, and Mount Bach...

    22.6 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Bike around Mount Hood

    This road cycling route travels the entirety of the Columbia River Gorge National Recreation Area, the western and crest of the Oregon Cascades on the south side of Mount Hood, and the Hood River Valley. The route is 140 miles with 11,450 ft of cl...

    140 miles 11450 ft gain

  • Backpack to Hunt's Cove

    This loop through the Pamelia Lake Limited Entry Area is one of the premier backpacking trips in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness. The trail offers sustained up-close views of Mount Jefferson and several lookout points provide panoramic views of th...

    17 miles 2900 ft gain