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South Sister

What a beautiful, fun hike! Lots of elevation gain and epic views. No smoke, blue skies… cold and windy at the top and I was…

No views at Lookout

This was a quick hike – 2 hours, 6 miles and 1450 ft elevation gain.  It took us 1 hour 3/4 driving from SunRiver. A…

Never-ending summits 😂

Once we FINALLY made it to the top, it was gorgeous!  Can imagine that without the smoke the views would be impressive.   Not fond…

Diamond in the rough

A very Lonnnnnnnmmg drive from Bend.  We left at 4;30am and started our hike at 8:00am.  We went through Oakridge, as we heard the road…

Hiking out of the smoke…..

I really enjoyed this hike. Was a bit nervous, as we woke up engulfed in smoke from nearby fires – but as we hiked up,…

A bright day for Black Crater

Smokey skies and dusty trail, but a beautiful hike through a burned out forest.  Amazing what a forest fire can leave behind. we left the…

Washboard road: 1, dust shield: 0

Obviously, we found the road up to the trailhead rough on our car – too much washboard for too long. But potholes weren’t bad and…

Smokey night hike to Black Butte

The washboard on the road was really bad – it destroyed our dust shield and my nerves. We had a lot of smoke in the…

Ash dust in everything….

Hot and sunny day, could see smoke in the distance but we appreciated clear air (beyond all the dust kicked up!!!!).   I was expecting…

South Sister Trail

Trail was in good condition and snow free (except for summit crater, which can be and should be avoided). We left the parking lot at…

Diamond Peak #5

Diamond Peak was a beast!  A tough hike, but you can say it was the best day and the worst day ever.  It was a…

Diamond Peak (never again)

This was the worst peak in this challenge so far! It took 3.5 hours to get there from Bend. The forest service roads were horrible.…

Walking on volcanic rocks

I’m not used to hiking at this elevation, so at times found it harder than I thought I would, but a fun hike with gorgeous…

Mount Bachelor from Sunrise

We parked on the highway and crossed the parking lot at Sunrise.  The trail was easy to find, but we used AllTrails to keep on…

Diamond Peak

Tough hike y’all! But fun! We opted to start from the Rockpile TH due to the road conditions mentioned previously but…. Wound up on the…

South Sister

Got lucky and the day was smoke free! Great weather. Cold in the morning, but hot on the way down. Summit was windy but not…

Perfect south sister

Perfect day to finish off the 2021 six pack of peaks. Started at 7 am. 32 degrees. Clear skies. Sunny. Got to the summit at…

Great Surprise

This summit was amazing!  The views were better than we could have ever dreamed.  It was a great climb all the way up.   the…

Great Day Hike

Air was clean and the trail was beautiful.  Once we found the trailhead we were in good shape.  Use Google Maps and you will be…

South Sister- It Takes A Team!

I hiked South Sister with my husband, daughter, and brother. I titled this “It Takes a Team” because I really appreciated all their help and…

South Sister- It Takes A Team!

I hiked South Sister with my husband, daughter, and brother. I titled this “It Takes a Team” because I really appreciated all their help and…

Diamond Peak

This hike should not be for the “social hiker”. I am an experienced hiker and it was easy to get off trail going down the…

Smoked out on Bachelor

Headed up around 7:00am. Was chilly and almost fall like but quickly warmed up as we climbed. We had great views as we came out…

Bachelor Party

Temperatures were around freezing when we got to the parking area shortly after sunrise, but we warmed up quickly once we got moving. It was…

Choose your own adventure!

Finished out the challenge with Diamond Peak!!  Definitely the most challenging of the set due to less traffic on the trails.  On the positive however,…

To the top of Diamond Peak

We had a great hike to the top after staying at rock pole lake. My wife and one of her friends did the hike with…

Mt. Bachelor Hike

We were excited to climb Mt. Batchelor again after doing it for the first time last summer. We were much better prepared (hiking poles, more…

Lookout Mountain Hike

It was our fourth peak to climb in the challenge and it was the easiest one. The last 0.9 mile to the trailhead is quite…

South Sister Hike

Our family climbed the South Sister on August 15th. A Central Cascades Wilderness permit is required for this trailhead. 80 permits per day are released…

South Sister Haze

I was a little concerned about air quality but the forecast suggested it might be okay, so I packed up and headed out to the…

Lookout Mountain

Very light traffic on the trail, only saw 3 other groups. It was fairly smoky out but still beautiful. Wildflowers are just about done blooming.

Lookout Mountain

What a gorgeous hike through the forest   So many different wildflowers everywhere   Explored the old independent Mercury mine.   Camped in a beautiful…

Bachelor Babes

Had a great time hiking Mt Bachelor with two girlfriends   Weather was perfect though hazy with smoke when we took pictures on top  …

A solitary diamond…

The weather was beautiful, the trail conditions were excellent on the PCT. The climb up was especially challenging in the scree, and a bit sketchy…

Bachelor

Smokey view, but overall a quick hike.

Mount Bachelor

Challenging hike for sure! Great views from the top! Weather was warm. Lots of hikers headed up as we were heading down.

Guts, Gaiters and Gloves

Wow – South Sister is a Beast.  I picked this hike to do with parts of my extended family -Brother and Sister-in-law and my niece. …

Mount Bachelor #4

This was a great training hike for the final two “Six Pack of Peaks”, Diamond Peak and South Sisters.  We started at the West Village…

My. Bachelor- One Step at a time

It was a beautiful day for a hike! The weather was perfect- sunny but not too hot and a little breezy. I hiked with my…

Black crater

This one is a shorter hike. It has nice views of the surrounding mountains. The beginning of the trail starts elevating immediately into a burnt…

Hike to the Black Butte Summit

Our family hiked to the summit of Black Butte on August 7, 2021. The last 4 miles of driving to the trailhead are along a…

Nice hike with a reward at the end

This is the only hike that I had previously done.  This time seemed rougher, but that may have been because my legs were tired from…

Apple Maps are not a Butte

Even though I read that others had trouble with getting to the trailhead, I still used Apple Maps and it took me to the wrong…

Perfect Solitude

The trail was in great condition, the weather was divine. Four or five people were headed down as I was headed up, and I had…

Where’s the Lookout?

This was my second hike and very different from Black Crater.  I had the trail to myself the whole day, did not see another person. …

Black Crater 3 out of 6!

Trail was in good condition, but dusty.  We started at 7:00am when the weather was cool, but warmed up quickly! Only one other car at…

Look out mountain

Not that difficult, we encountered a lot of bugs though and they were annoying but it was fun.  

Fire and Stone

Black Crater was the first of my peaks.  I am visiting from Seattle and did not know what to expect.  The trail was great.  Had…

Black Crater #3

Most of the trail is through burned out dry forest, until you get close to the top it opens up with healthy treeline and wildflowers. …

South Sister

I always enjoy this hike it beautiful, challenging! It was a really warm day with lots of smoke. I got to summit this hike with…

Sister love

Best time I’ve had thanks to the permit system. Hiked it for the first time last year and that was terrible and stressful due to…

Mixing it up with South Sister

Oh lord, I’m glad it’s over! trail was good, dry and dusty though. Several portions where people have made their own paths. Easy to get…

Black Crater

Started at 9:00am on Sunday. 3 cars in the parking lot. Saw 2 groups headed down then had the trail and summit to myself. Lovely…

Black Crater- Hiking through the Burn

This hike was tough but very interesting. The views from the top were breathtaking! We started the hike around noon, temperature was in the 90’s,…

Beautiful Bachelor on a Summer Rainy Day

Because the parking is closed at Sunrise lift, which shortens the Bachelor hike considerably, we parked across at Dutchman Flat SnoPark and walked across the…

Summer rain on Mt. Bachelor!

What a great day to try out my new backpack! Overcast as we started out. It didn’t rain much, just some sprinkles on the way…

Mt. Bachelor

Slow and steady up the mountain. Lots of rocks, some flowers, tiny bit of rain at the summit. Beautiful views. Lots of fun!!!

Mount Bachelor on a Hazy July Morning

This would be my fifth or sixth time up Mount Bachelor (I’ve lost count) but my first time since the resort relocated the trailhead to…

Kids Crushing Peak Challenge

Great day with the kids.  The trail was well marked and allowed them to take turns leading the expedition.  Weather was a perfect 75-80 and…

Mt Bachelor w/my girls

Warm weather and a little smoky / hazy but overall nice breeze making it comfortable.  Not too crowded.

My body is exhausted

First of all, the road we took was the crazy one. Everyone afterwards recommended following Waze. We attempted thus hike about a month ago and…

Bachelor tramp and traipse

A beautiful morning for a long walk.  Pretty wild to walk up the same terrain without snow that I have skied down with snow.  I…

Lookout Mountain- Family Fun!

This was a very enjoyable hike. Pretty flowers and lots of butterflies. We encountered very few people- 4 hikers down low, 4 horseback riders, and…

Doable Diamond

There were mosquitos for sure! There were less of them than a few weeks ago from reports I have gotten, however DEET did almost nothing…

Big and easy

This trail had nice views, it is pretty shady and wasnt too smoky. You get some nice views of the cascade lakes, some neat pics…

Mt. Bachelor

It was a good hike but at the end it got really rocky and steep

Diamond Peak from Rockpile Trailhead

Parked at the trailhead Friday night. Met some other folks that were starting at 3am. Almost joined but the extra 4 hours of sleep helped.…

Mt Bachelor

The beginning isn’t all that impressive, but the top is pretty freaking awesome! The weather was perfect but there was smoke from the fires. Not…

Black Creator

I have always like the top of this hike it’s so beautiful. It was a little warm but nobody else on the trail.

Afternoon jaunt up Bachelor

A quick after work hike to Bachelor summit. Love the new trail from Pine Martin to the top of Sunset. The trail from Sunset to…

Black Butte

The trail was uphill the whole way with some coverage from the sun at the beginning of the hike. Unfortunately I didn’t know there is…

Mt Bachelor Morning Hike

Parked at Dutch flat sno park, walked up the road and started the trail from sunrise.started at 7:25am, didn’t see anyone until almost 3/4 up,…

Black Crater

Solo hike through 3 miles of burned forest (????) and then a mile of so many wildflowers and expansive views! Lupine, Indian Paintbrush, Columbine… Very…

Diamond Peak

I had excellent weather, the trail is great until the turn to the climb. That part wasn’t marked and it was steep and rocky. The…

Mount Bachelor Buttoned up!

It was truly a bluebird day– rare this summer with all of the fire activity surrounding Central Oregon.  Lots of Indian paintbrush — stunning against…

Hike to the Black Crater Summit

I hiked to the Black Crater summit with my husband and our two boys (12 and 15 years old). It took us longer than expected…

South Sister

The weather was gorgeous— clear skies, very low winds, not too hot on the way down.

There’s a fly on my Clif bar.

Nice cooler day for hiking. Great views of the Three Sisters, Jefferson, Hood. Lots of flys and hornets(?) at the peak.

Greater Crater Views

Got to the trailhead about 7:20 am to beat the heat. Dusty trail through the burnout but encouraging to see some growth and wildflowers blooming.…

BLACK BUTTE

Reached the trailhead at 7:00am to beat the heat and the crowds. Only a couple cars in the parking lot. Took 1 hour to reach…

Blazing Black Crater Summit

It was a hot, hot day and I’d been on my feet for several hours the previous 3 days working at the quilt shop as…

Black Butte #2

Planned this hike fairly early in the morning to beat the heat (was home by 11:00 am!).  The trail climbs steadily up throughout the hike. …

Black Crater

PNW hiking group did the Black Crater hike leaving early to avoid the heat.   Though the forest around the trail burned in 2017 the…

Living Beyond – Black Crater

Absolutely stunningly clear views! A hot day, so we started at 6:30 am, which made for a much more enjoyable hike. Basically had the entire…

Lookout Mountain

Started around 0630H and hiked up the 808A trail.  Lots of flowers in the meadows including Columbine, Aster and Scarlet Paintbrush.  Light breeze on the…

Lookout Mountain

Beautiful, sunny day in Central Oregon. We were the only ones on the trail. Gorgeous wildflower: lupine, columbine, balsam root, paintbrush.

South Sister

Warm day to hike S. Sister. Hardly anyone on the trail. Pack bug spray!

Summit is open! ????

Trail looks a bit different without snow! Enjoyed this summit for Independence Day with mimosas and friends. Relatively easy climb with good trail – took…

Look out mountain

The hike was fun, there were a lot of flies tho and they kinda got anoying

1st Peak Bagged!

Our foursome started the hike at 7am in order to beat the afternoon heat. The trail was in great condition, with only a few slightly…

Independence Day

This was a special day to bag my first peak challenge on Independence Day!  Started our hike early in the morning (got to the trailhead…

A nice first peak

This trail was awesome, it had a lot of wildflowers, maybe the most ive seen on a hike. There are some cool,  older structures along…

Hike #1 The Beginning

The hike was awesome! I hiked with my husband and two adult daughters. The weather was hot. We hiked mid day and it was about…

Lookout mountain

Well there was lots of flowers and shad which was very nice and easy hike, the bugs tho my group had the same fly follow…

Black Crater

Beautiful wild lilies blooming and tons of orange butterflies!

South Sister !!!

First of all, the moraine you will cross is absolutely gorgeous in an otherworldly way. The Mosquitos are incredibly awful though and did it seem…

Mount Bachelor

Started at 0530h headed straight under the Sunrise Chair, and found the trail partway up.  Weather was sunny and with a light breeze.  Arrived at…

It’s a scramble

This hike is a scramble for about the last mile. It’s well worth it though. There were some bits of snow not difficult at all.…

Mt B

05:40 AM start.

Black Crater and Scott Lake

Left Friday afternoon from Eugene and got to Scott lake to secure a camp spot. Got one of the few pull in ones. The sunset…

Bug spray & sunscreen!

We were weary about this one given trail reports. There were mosquitos, but not as bad as I have seen in many alpine areas and…

Black Crater

HOT, DRY, AND DUSTY! We got to the trailhead early, knowing that it was going to be a scorcher of a day. It was 87…

South Sister Birthday Climb

Some snow through the woods at the beginning. Some snow on the plains near Moraine Lake, melting FAST, and a few snowfields below Lewis Lake.…

Windy South Sister

Great trip, camped at moraine lake.  Was super windy but easily navigable.

Birthday summit

Awesome birthday climb with my girlfriend and friends. Starting late Saturday night early Sunday morning for the sunrise and it we hit got it at…

Now that’s a 360 view

The trail condition is fantastic! It does get a little loose on the way down and a touch dusty in the breeze. There is a…

Look out! Lookout Mountain!

Left the house at 6:15 am and the temperature was 64F to drive to the Ochoco National Forest to climb Lookout Mountain, ~63250. Wanted to…

Black Crater Scramble

Started at 7:15 am due to predicted hot weather today.  Hiked at a medium pace, with a few patches of snow near the top third…

Black Butte

The trail was in great condition. We started early this morning,  to avoid the heat. The parking lot had few cars when we arrived, and…

Don’t do it

The trail is fabulous, I just took the wrong one. What should have been nice and easy turned into a 13.5 mile day. The trail…

Heart of the Ochocos.

Finding the trail took me the longest since I didn’t map it out beforehand. But I am so happy I didn’t give up. It was…

Black crater beauty

Towards top trail difficult to follow because of snow. Used spikes for last part & that helped. Wildflowers just beginning to come out.

Lookout Mountain Lower Trailhead

Started from the lower head – went up and over and out the upper trailhead. Lots of great flowers out right now and the bloom…