Roark Nelson

  • Rock Climbing at Post Falls

    From the parking lot on the far west side of Q'emiln Park, you will see a well established trail heading west. Follow the trail for just a few minutes to reach a rock climbing heaven, with many different boulders and walls. There is plenty of rock...

  • Backpack to Ice Lake in the Wallowas

    Starting at the end of Wallowa lake, this 18 mile roundtrip hike begins at 4,520' and remains pretty mellow over the first 2.5 miles. Total elevation gain of the hike is about 3380', ending at the Ice Lake which sits at 7,900'. Following the West-...

    18 miles 3380 ft gain

  • Hike to the Matterhorn in the Wallowas

    This adventure shares the first 9 miles with the Ice Lake adventure, and only once you reach Ice Lake does the trail for the Matterhorn begin.  From Ice Lake, this hike will travel about 2.2 miles to reach the top of the Matterhorn and gain about ...

    23 miles 5000 ft gain

  • Photograph Stateline Wind Farms

    Taking a drive off the main highway that connects Umatilla, Oregon to the popular wine town of Walla Walla can lead to some very scenic views of the Stateline Wind Farm. On Gerkling Flat Road outside of Athena, Oregon you can drive right next to t...

  • Backpack the Hurricane Creek Trail

    This very gradual, easy trail that ends at the Lakes Basin, which is comprised of many lakes such as Mirror Lake, Sunshine Lake, and Moccasin Lake. These lakes can also be accessed by the Two Pan Trailhead, which is a shorter, but steeper hike.The...

    24 miles 3200 ft gain

  • Watch a Sunset at College Cove Beach

    Follow the trail leading from the end of the parking lot down onto the beach. From the parking lot to the beach the walk is about a quarter of a mile, with a slight decrease in elevation as you move down to the beach.  To get to the beach, take 72...

    0.25 miles

  • Hike Bessie Butte

    Just a mere 15 minutes outside of Bend, Oregon the Bessie Butte Trail is a wonderfully scenic hike to overlook Bend on one side and the Deschutes National Forest on the other. The butte provides an excellent view of the surrounding mountains of wh...

    1.5 miles 500 ft gain

  • Backpack to The Wallowas' Mirror Lake

    Mirror Lake, one of the most photogenic and peaceful lakes in the area, is accessible via the Two-Pan Trailhead, off of Upper Lostine Road.The hike follows the river that flows down from the Lakes Basin, so water is plentiful throughout. You will ...

    14 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Rock Climbing at Granite Point

    Right off the Wawawai River Road, Granite Point is an incredibly accessible climbing spot for those in the Pullman, Washington or Moscow, Idaho area. A mere minute hike from the car to the climbing spot makes it very easy to bring all of your gear...

  • Photograph Birds at the McNary Wildlife Refuge

    The McNary Wildlife refuge is broken into multiple sub-parks as they are spread out along the Columbia River near Burbank, WA. The Burbank Slough is a bird watchers paradise, offering a photography bird blind right on the shore. The Bird blind is ...