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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.


Three Days in Glacier National Park

One early fall afternoon, much like this one, I was randomly looking over the Amtrak route map. I quickly realized that it will take residents of...

The Best Sections of the PCT: #3 Central Oregon Cascades

Being from Portland, we have experienced quite a bit of the central Oregon Cascades random hikes and backpacks around Mt. Jefferson and the Three Sisters...

Will Backpack for Baked Goods

It used to be that I saw backpacking as purely a way to enjoy the backcountry and a chance to escape to wilderness...

A Return to Backpacking

You would think that as someone who runs a hiking and backpacking website, that I would get out far more than I have in the past year, but the universe has conspired against me and kept me from overnight backpacking adventures.

Wallowa Mountain Backpacking Loops

The Wallowa Mountains in Northeast Oregon are known for their beautiful granite peaks, clear lakes, and deep valleys...

Portland Hikes

Portland is easily one of the top hiking cities in the entire US. Within an hour or two drive of this metropolis, lies a huge variety of landscapes, from deserts to a lush forested coast line...

Expansion of the Crater Lake Wilderness (OPB)

A push for more wilderness protection in Oregon.

The Best Sections of the PCT: #4 Southern Washington Cascades

Pacific Crest Trail hikers strive for the state of Washington. It was the crossing over the Bridge of the Gods which spans the Columbia River and connects Oregon and Washington where I first began to feel that our trip was in its final days...