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Hike Oregon was started out of pure passion for sharing the best hikes in Oregon with others.
Hike Oregon was started out of pure passion for sharing the best hikes in Oregon with others.

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I wanted to update everyone on the opening of the Cascade Lakes Hwy and Paulina Lake Road. About a month ago it was posted that the Cascade Lakes Hwy was going to open on May 22 which obviously didn't happen :).
They are still working on plowing the road but they can't plow the parking lots or the campgrounds so it has been decided that the entire hwy won't be open until around June 4th because at this point there is just too much snow. Currently you can drive to the snow gate at Lava Lake, which will be moved this week to just before Elk Lake so that folks can have more of an area to enjoy for Memorial weekend. And the snow gate just past Mt. Bachelor will also remain closed.
Paulina Lake Road is open however they have not plowed the entire road so there is still lots of snow starting around Paulina Lake Campground. There most likely will not be much camping available here during the weekend either.
You can continue to stay updated by visiting this handy website here: www.deschutes.org/road/page/news-info-and-closures
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Filtering your water is immensely important while backpacking, and there are so many different purification options these days! You can use iodine tablets, you can use a pump system, a gravity system, a UV system, a squeeze system, etc. How do you know what's right for you? Well, it all depends on what kind of hiking you're doing. Whether or not you want to spend 30 minutes at the lake or stream waiting for your water to go through a gravity system. It depends on if you're with a group and you quickly need to filter 6 liters of water with a pump. Or if you're by yourself and don't want to deal with any of that and just want to scoop the water out of the source, pop on a Sawyer Squeeze and drink it.
In this video I talk about two VERY different water filters and the pros and cons of each.
https://youtu.be/D3kT_gug3AE
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I wanted to give everyone a heads up that this is the last weekend that there will be unlimited parking at Opal Creek. Starting May 26th, cars will not be allowed to park farther than 1/4 mile from the Opal Creek trailhead without incurring a ticket.
You will also no longer be able to have campfires at any of the small backcountry camping spots along the Opal Creek trail. Fines for having campfires are $250.
https://goo.gl/yXAGqM
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The moderate 5.4 mile hike around Multnomah Falls is a great loop, featuring four different waterfalls and beautiful lush forest. With it being only 45 minutes from Portland, this is definitely a popular destination, and there are a lot of people!!!
https://youtu.be/dm16K1LHgxI
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If you haven't heard of the backpacking food company Outdoor Herbivore, you have been missing out! I have tried a lot of different dehydrated meals, freeze dried meals, trail mix, backpacking snacks, etc. and none of them come close to the quality of the Outdoor Herbivore meals. Many of you probably saw my YouTube videos where I cook and try each meal, but I know many of you prefer a blog post.
So here is the post where I describe each meal, I breakdown the calories, fat, carbs, etc. and I tell you how much each meal weighs, which I know if important to backpackers. ;)
Enjoy! www.hikeoregon.net/outdoor-herbivore-backpacking-food-review.html
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I wanted to let you all know that the Hike Oregon website has recently received a full makeover. All of the hiking posts have been rewritten, they now ALL have maps, suggested hiking seasons, and approximate hiking times. There are now printer friendly versions of all of the hikes available for download. The homepage slideshow has 90% new pictures featuring some of the my recent photography. And I have added more photos to some of the hiking posts that I have done in different seasons for a nice comparison.
Enjoy some of these new features, and stay tuned for more awesome posts to come!
Check out everything new: www.hikeoregon.net
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Does picking a hike ever get overwhelming? Here are 4 easy tips that will help you be able to pick the perfect hike for you and your hiking buddies on any particular day!
https://youtu.be/UOyRXmmpW98
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I have been a part of many hiking forums and Facebook groups for over a year now, and I have noticed that a common theme for many hikers is foot pain. I wanted to make a video all about my own experience with foot pain, and ultimately plantar fasciitis. There are ways to heal from it, AND best of all, there are ways to prevent it from ever occurring!
Watch the video to get the secrets! https://youtu.be/B2AmycRTM2k
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Mt. June is a wonderful 7.3 mile hike through beautiful woods. The trail takes you up to 4,675 ft. with spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains! This is one of the best mid-spring hikes because the snow has finally melted and you are now able to get those elevations that offer those great summit views!
www.hikeoregon.net/mt-june.html
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Threemile Lake trailhead is right off of Hwy 101 only 16 miles south of Florence. This hike is incredibly beautiful and even on sunny days, there are not a lot of people on this trail. The only part you cannot do during the Snowy Plover nesting time (March 15- September 15) is the 1 mile sand dune section. There is camping along this hike, so you can even make this an awesome short overnight trip.
Check out the video: https://youtu.be/pMit3Wnz5zM
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