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  • Hike to the Summit of King's Mountain, Oregon

    King's Mountain may be one of the most consistent hikes in the greater Portland area gaining 2,500 vertical-feet over 2.5 miles almost evenly the entire time.The trail starts out at a marked trailhead just west of the Elk Mountain campground (stop...

    5 miles 2500 ft gain

  • Hike to Larch Mountain's Summit

    Done as a loop or one way shuttle (in summer/fall), the full Larch Mountain experience starts at the large (but still always full) Multnomah Falls parking lot. There you'll have the chance to grab a final snack, use the restroom, and fill water bo...

    14.4 miles 4010 ft gain

  • Hike Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista

    The Grouse Vista Trailhead is located through the town of Washougal off of highway 14 just past Camas. Once you leave the city, the road will turn to gravel and dirt though it is fairly well maintained until snow arrive and accessible by most cars...

    6 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Hike to the Vista of Angel's Rest

    The Columbia River Gorge is absolutely full of incredible hikes - that said, this is one of the best and requires less time and energy than some of the others.Starting at a paved parking lot right off the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway (not...

    4.6 miles 1450 ft gain

  • Snowshoe to the top of Mount Hood's Palmer Ski Lift

    Ending just a few thousand feet shy of the mountain top, Palmer Lift doesn't start operating until most ski resorts are nearing their close. This leaves most of the mountain nearly uninhabited and ideal for exploring with close up views of the com...

    4 miles 2560 ft gain

  • White Water Raft Down the Deschutes River

    For first time rafters and those just looking to get back into some fun white water, the Deschutes is a great run and an easily accessible one at that. Guiding companies operate trips spring through late summer starting out of the quiet town of Ma...

  • Dive La Jolla Shores

    While it doesn't get the attention of La Jolla Cove's green fields, the shores are one of the best parts about San Diego.Driving up to the large parking area it's immediately clear you've come to the right place as there's almost always divers sui...

  • Backpack to Phantom Ranch via the South Kaibab & Bright Angel Loop

    There are many ways in and out of the Grand Canyon but the most popular loop is to descend from the South Rim, heading down the steeper South Kaibab Trail and returning up via the easier Bright Angel Trail.Your adventure starts early to beat the s...

    17.3 miles 4314 ft gain

  • Climb Mount Rainier, Washington's Highest Peak via Disappointment Cleaver

    The standard climbing season on Mount Rainier starts in late spring and can run as late as early fall depending on snow conditions.Starting from the Paradise Visitors Center Parking lot at 5,400', there are only a few feet of flat terrain over the...

    14 miles 9016 ft gain

  • Summit Mount Hood via a Southside Route (Old Chute, Pearly Gates, etc)

    While there are many routes up to the summit, most climbers approach the mountain from the Southside starting at the Timberline Lodge parking lot which is the highest road on the mountain (5,960'). With the risk of soft snow leading to ice & r...

    6 miles 5289 ft gain

  • Hike Mount St. Helens' Lava Canyon

    Caution: There have been fatalities around the canyon. Stay on the trail and pay close attention to your footing if you descend below the initial viewpoint. Head downhill from the parking lot, following the paved / accessible trail which is marked...

    1.5 miles