Black Crater Blast!

Weather was absolutely spectacular! Views all the way to Mt. Hood! Trail mostly well marked! Saw a total of only 14 other people all day!

Independence Day on top Black Crater

What a fantastic way to kick off the 4th of July!  The views were incredible and fascinating to see the regrowth beginning to happen from…

Beauty from within the ashes

I started up the trail about 9 am on the July 4 2020, with it being the 4th of  July and it being one of…

Black Crater

Beautiful hike! Very cold and windy at the top with socked in fog, but worth finding our own trail through the snow!

Multiple Shades of Gray

Cloudy day with intermittent rain showers mixed with sunshine, hail and wind.  The wildflowers were amazing and met another couple doing the 6 Peaks Challenge.…

Cloudy Black Butte

It was a bit cloudy and windy on Black Butte today, and I was really wishing for gloves on the descent, but it was a…

Dirty Girls Conquer Black Crater

Yet another adventure day working our way through this 6 Pack of Peaks Challenge. Dont be deceived by thos short hike: it can kick your…

Sunny Black Butte

Perfect weather! The first 3 1/4 miles I only saw two other parties of 2 people. More people from the parking lot and up, but…

Snow field shuffles

This was pretty standard until about 3/4 of the way up. There is some serious snowfields to cross. We actually lost the trail and pretty…

Where’s the trail?

The trail started out with just a few mosquitoes and then there where none.  The trail was clear until we got to 6200 ft. where…

Interesting Weather!!!!

My hiking buddy Jo and I set off early from the bottom of the Butte around 830am. Not many parking spaces so parked on the…

Black Butte

Did it solo. Windy & snow flurries on the top

Gray butte

Awesome hike to summit gray butte. Perfect weather, slightly windy and cool 60 degrees. Started a mile in from skull hollow CG. 9.5 miles total.…

All Weather Experiencing of Black Butte

Trail conditions were great and the weather offered pretty much every condition except for heat! Was cloudy at the start, had a rain shower, stopped…

Conquering the maiden

Wheather was raining and snowing  on and off, which is ok for my training. trail was nice well maintained all the way to maiden lake…

Black Butte Short route

We kinda cheated on this one. We wanted to start from the lower TH but time wouldn’t allow it. We started in the afternoon and…

Blustery Black Butte

Got a late start this morning (bad idea). Got to the trailhead (super washboard rough, but passable without high clearance as long as you are…

Gray Butte on a Blue Sky Day

Perfect weather for the first hike of the challenge. Even though we had a couple (2, to be exact) navigational errors by yours truly, it…

Escaping COVID 19

Brilliant weather, great company with my friend Jo and a wonderful way to escape during COVID 19! Hike took us under 6 1/2 hrs and…

Hiked up Gray Butte!

Beautiful weather beautiful views! We parked at Gray Butte trailhead and then did the loop starting with the super steep ascent to the top. It…

Challenge 1

Excellent visibility today! We hiked up the steep road to the peak, then down the more gradual incline on the way back in a big…

Black butte Beauty

Short, Steep, and sweet hike! Fogged In at the top but still a great hike!

Black Butte

Lovely 70 degree day. Decided to do the hike after work kinda spontaneously. Forgot this was on the list!! Then saw a guy in the…

Historic Black Butte Trail 4026

Excellent day for a hike. Left Eugene at 9:30am. Arrived and began hiking by 11:45, 60 degrees at the base. 2 hrs 20 min to…

Black Butte

Drove up to the Black Butte Trailhead in my car. Never been up there in my life. The higher we went, the more snow on…

Short and Sassy

This is a fairly direct, shorter, but challenging hike, with an amazing view worth every step higher.  I did this one today with my daughter…

Pain Butte

I started my hike at 11:30 AM with my dog Jack.  It was a very nice and sunny day.  The temperature could not have been…

Our version of social distancing

Beautiful view up top despite the pounding wind and deep snow. Bring plenty of layers. Also sank in the snow at times up to my…

Black Butte Wives Tale

The old Central Oregon wives tale; if you can still see the snow on Black Butte it’s too early to plant your garden. Today was…

Black Butte

Beautiful day, was very glad to get in this hike before all the state parks close. Trail was a bit icy. Our group could’ve used…

#NoCorona

We really enjoyed the little things. Everything from the crowS soaring, wild flower blooming and gorgeous sun. Couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Finding the New Normal

We started around noon, enjoyed the usual Smith rock crowed, enjoyed losing the crowd even more as we started up Berma Road. Sweaters and coats…

52 Shades of Gray Butte

My dog Jack and I started at Cole loop trail head near Skull Hollow campground.  It was partly cloudy and a high temp. of 46…

Winter Not Quite Done Yet

Hiked solo, windy and temps in low 40s, mostly cloudy with spots of sunshine, light snow at summit, saw 3 hikers and 2 mtb after…

I’m Alive Still!

I started out today way more confident than I feel at the end of it, that’s for sure! Don’t get me wrong, I am STOKED…

Gray Butte from the North

Getting to the Trail Head: From Bend head north on 97 to Terrebonne. Take a right on Smith Rock Way, head east to the junction…

Beautiful Day at Gray Butte

It was a gorgeous day, high fifties and sunny. We came in from the north and the trail isn’t that long just 4 miles round…

Sun with my Love

60 degrees in February!  Beauty day with my Beauty wife!

Gray Butte Escape in Winter!

What a beautiful Winter day for a hike! My husband, and 2 dogs enjoyed this straight forward, short trail to the peak on the morning…

Butte-iful Birthday Bag!

I’ve done this hike on super clear days and the views can be amazing! This time, it was super cold and windy, but I really…

Mount Bachelor

This was my favorite and most challenging of the hikes due to waiting till snow to hike it. The weather was awesome, a little wind…

Maiden Peak #TheFinale

This was the hike that we chose to finish our challenge on and boy it did not disappoint. The first few miles into the hike…

Mt Bachelor #2ndTimesTheCharm

Mt. Bachelor. Man did we have our struggles with this one. We 1st attempted to do this hike late afternoon on a Thursday and we…

One tired Maiden!

Woke to a chilly Bend morning. Both Crescent bypass and Hwy 58 roads were icy so took it slow. Drive was about 1.5 hours. Service…

South Sister

Perfect weather for this hike! Recent snows covered most of the skree, making it easier to climb than summertime conditions (as long as you had…

Late Season South Sister

What we thought would be the hardest time to summit South Sister turned out to be my favorite summit. The snow made for different views…

Maiden Peak

Really beautiful hike!  First time doing it and I am surprised its not a more popular hike for the area.  Trail was beautiful, but completely…

Best hike of the 6!

What’s not to love about this hike? Incredible 360 views at the top, a gorgeous Fall day, a lake to visit and a little snow…

Animal Tracks EVERYWHERE!

We should have brought snowshoes for the final climb to the top – we had about 6-8 inches of squeaky snow to trudge through. Very…

Mount Bachelor In the Fall

Lived in Bend for thirty years and this mountain was a first for me! Weather was around 65F at the base. Due to construction at…

South Sister Summit!

On trail at 6:08am….parking lot about 1/4 full with lots of overnight camper vans. Weather mild…50F with no wind and not a single human being…

The South Sister #TheBigPapa

This peak was personally the most satisfying peak that my girlfriend and I had completed. It was definitely the most strenuous but enjoyed every bit…

Did it! South Sister with Snow

My sixth peak!  I did not expect more than a dusting of snow… There were 6 inches on much of the last mile that made…

South Sister

Beautiful day in Central OR, lots of hikers taking advantage of the sunny day.  Awesome views!! Snow on top!! Snow turned slushy as it warmed…

Maiden Peak

Very long but gradual hike. Steep at times and seemingly endless until you are out of the trees but overall a good hike. Beautiful and…

Best hike of my life!

This hike was number 6 of 6.  I hike it with my longest and closest friend Janelle.  She being an ex-pro athlete and a current…

Third time’s the charm

We’ve previously summited South Sister twice, so we were a bit…… exhausted to see it on this list. It was still grueling and strenuous, but…

South Sister Hike

Awesome hike up South Sister with a great crew! Amazing views, perfect weather, and only a slight dose of wind at the top!

Type One Diabetic on the Summit!

Hardest thing I’ve ever done, completely worth it once I got to the top. I absolutely cried happy tears at the summit!

South Sister

Very long, very grueling hike. It’s beautiful the whole way but very steep consistently and long. If you consider this just another fun day hike…

Windy day on South Sister

Friday the 13th sounded like a perfect day heading up South Sister and finishing the challenge. The forecast was calling for clear skies, but high…

It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!

An absolutely perfect day in every way! We started at 6 am with headlamps. From Teardrop Lake, which is beautiful and would have been worth…

Black Crater

Weather got the best of us with clouds and blowing rain/sleet mix. Looking forward to doing it again when there are clear skies.

Maiden Peak Hike

My first time hiking Maiden Peak with interesting weather to mix things up. Overall this was a great hike with minimal traffic on the trail.

Misty Mountain COLD!

Wow! What a hike, longest/hardest so far for me, but still completely doable!

Foggy day at Maiden Peak

The day after hiking Mt. Bachelor we were originally planned to hike South Sister but the weather prevented us. The forecast was calling for low…

Black Crater Hater

I chose to summit Black Crater on a day that no one should have hiked this.  I did it solo because I had other plans…

Black Butte Hike

It’s been quite a while since I hiked Black Butte, but it was just as awesome as I remembered! The weather wasn’t perfect, but the…

Black Crater

Really would have loved to have seen this hike before the burn.  Not much to see along the way, but the trail was uncrowded and…

Black Butte Butt Kicker

Although it was short it sure was a butt kicker! Very dusty, happy to have been up & down before 11am!

Bachelor Adventure

Finally made it back to Bend and ready to hike Mt. Bachelor.  Originally pondered to climb in June but there was still heavy snow pack…

Maiden Peak/Maiden lake

What a great hike today.  Love the 360° view and the side trip to Maiden lake.  No other hikers until I was coming down.

Black Crater

Beautiful hike! Hardly anyone on the trail. Amazing views all around.

Black Crater Hike

First time visiting Black Crater for us. This hike was a pretty decent climb with amazing views at the top!

Afternoon at Tumalo Mountain

Enjoyed a quick afternoon hike up Tumalo Mountain. Beautiful day and surprisingly not too busy for a holiday weekend. Lovely views of Bachelor throughout the…

Mt. Bachelor

First time hiking Mt. Bachelor! It was a fun hike – straight to the peak with manageable, short switchbacks.

Tumalo Mountain Hike

Short hike up to the top of Tumalo Mountain. Perfectly clear with no smoke and great views!

Mountain Mo’s summit Bachelor

Mt. Bachelor is the Mountain Mo’s 4 peak.  It was a perfect sunny and warm day.  3.5 hrs. after parking at Dutchman and crossing the…

South Sister

Last mile of hike very challenging going up & down. Hike hardest I have ever done.

Black Crater

This is an incredible hike. The first few miles take you through a burn, where wildflowers are returning and the colors and contortions of the…

Mt. Bachelor

Nice hike.  Trail at Sunrise lodge closed for construction.  Took new trail from West Village Lodge.  Added about a mile but a nice hike through…

Mt. Bachelor

Nice day hike. Very rocky and windy at the top but not as difficult as it looks to summit.

Mt. Bachelor

Great hike.  Followed the trail that opened today from west village to the summit trail.  Clear day.  A bit windy and chilly at the top. …

Day hike followed by Bike & Brew

We got a bit turned around as we didn’t know we had to start at the West Village Lodge, but once we ended up where…

The ACTUAL top

WINDY!!! Pretty darn chilly for a beautiful August day; of course this was the only hike I’ve worn shorts. Views were amazing as always!

Black Crater

Interesting hike through a burnt area, a little deer and elk sign on trail.  Hiked on a Friday morning early and only ran into a…

Epic Views on S. Sister

A fantastic hike up just take it slow. Way down with scree was a bit tricky. Views were epic!

Mt Bachelor and Butterflies

Trailhead is closed due to construction at Sunrise Lodge. We were told to follow a “service road” to get to the trail and Found the…

Tumalo mtn morning

Already logged this hike but it’s a good one. 2nd peak of the weekend. Next up….south sister overnight!

S.S. slumber party

Probably the easiest time I’ve had on this mtn. Great group of 4 guys stayed overnight under the stars. It was a great time up…

Maiden Peak – Pleasant Surprise!

This was a cool hike.  Here is why:  1) Virtually no bugs.  Lucked out! 2) Great, dirt trail.  Really only about 100 yds. total of…

Bachy friday

I’ve always hiked the trail up so I decided to hike up the north side of the mountain. It was steep but the mild wind…

Burn to beauty

Travelled through a burn area to a beautiful forest and terrific views on the summit

Bachelor Schmachelor!

Due to construction around the base of Mt. Bachelor, we parked and started our “hike” from the Sno-Park, crosses the Highway and began our ascent…

That’s a Wrap on the Challenge!

Today I completed the challenge!!! Last week I finished South Sister so today’s hike, although a little challenging, it was nothing compared to that hike.…

Quite up on Maiden Peak

This was a strenuous route even though it saved a few miles overall I think the elevation gain was more severe this way. But my…

Surfing the Sisters

Beautiful. Challenging. Lots of folks out there but generally kind and wilderness respectful. Hiked this 9 years ago and it felt familiar and yet different…

Soul Sisters on South Sister!

Everyone was right…this is not a technical hike, but it sure was challenging.  I’d call it a CLIMB!  We started out at 6:30am and made…

Great Sunday Morning

Nice, moderate Sunday morning hike. We started just after 11 and summited around noon. The wind was a bit much at the summit, but luckily…

Black Butte

Nice easy day hike. Definitely the easiest of the pack. Fun for those who may not be so skilled and dogs. Nice views at the…

Day 3: Three Days, Three Mountains

Another day, another mountain.  We were up early and on the trail at Bachelor…despite caution tape at the trailhead.  It was a great hike…in preparation…

Overcoming the Beast!

I’ll be honest, I was not excited to see South Sister on the list of peaks to summit for this challenge. Last September I hiked…

Day 2: Three Days, Three Mountains

Great hike up Maiden…only the two of us on the trail. Accessed trail right from Gold Lake Rd and Marilyn Lake TH #3. Views worth…

Mighty Maiden

Straight up once you get about 3 miles in. Bugs were terrible for first 3 miles too! No one there except me and my bud!

Diabetic At The Summit

First time summiting a MOUNTAIN! Type one diabetics can do anything (with the adequate amount of sugar 😉 )

Tumalo

Not much of a hike but a nice view on top. Few hikers.

Mt. Bachelor Hike

Quick hike up Bachelor with perfect weather, almost no wind and not too hot.