TrailsNW Blog

The Ten Best Waterfalls In The Pacific Northwest

The Northwest has an abundance of water and mountainous terrain. It's natural that these would combine to create some of the most scenic waterfalls in the US.

Paddling the Heart of America - Update

We are a little behind on this update, but wanted to let everyone know that our friend and fellow hiker Daniel Alvarez has won Outside Magazine's Adventure Grant! Thank you...

Adventure Awaits

TrailsNW has been featured on Washington State Park's Adventure Awaits...

Paddling the Heart of America

A fellow hiker from the Pacific Creast Trail (2007 alum), Daniel “Out of Order” Alvarez, is about to embark on another great adventure. This time he's not hitting the trails, but the waterways for a 4,000 mile kayaking trip...

This is Oregon Interactive Photo Project

An interactive photo project based on the goal of inspiring people to get people outside and explore...

New Portland and Bend Hiking Pages

Many people come to TrailsNW looking for trips and trails from specific cities, and up until now the site hasn't catered to this need. I recently started working on addressing this issue by adding specific pages for Portland and Bend...

The Year Ahead on TrailsNW

As spring rapidly approaches, I am once again thinking of updates and improvements to TrailsNW. I never have quite as much time as I would like to devote to the site, but I have a few main areas that I am focusing on currently...

Mt. Hood Chapter PCTA Meeting

The Mt. Hood Chapter of the Pacific Crest Trail Association is holding their annual meeting on Saturday, February 4th, which is open to members and non-members of the organization.  They will be presenting their accomplishments and volunteer recognition for the past year, and of course getting attendees excited about upcoming volunteer opportunities along their 221 mile stretch of trail, which runs between Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Adams.

The meeting will also have David Cobb as a guest speaker, who is a professional photographer and has hiked the PCT, as well as other long distance trails throughout the world.  He will be discussing photography and offering advice and help for attendees who want to improve their capabilities.

The meeting will be held at the Clifford Pinchot National Forest headquarters, located at 10600 NE 51st Circle in Vancouver from 1pm to 3pm, Saturday, February 4th. More information about the event can be found here.

Trails Added to National Register of Historic Places

Four trails within Oregon Caves National Monument have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The historic trails were included due to the historic design principles used by the Civilian Conservation Corps when they were constructed between 1934 and 1941, and which can still be seen today. Designed to blend with the natural environment, the trails also utilize design principles that connect them to the buildings that were also constructed at the monument.

The trails include the Lake Mountain Trail, Big Tree Trail, Cliff Nature Trail, and No Name Trail. The entire national property was added to the National Register in 1992.