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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Glacier National Park- Lake McDonald to Gunsight Trailhead

 Backpacking in Glacier National Park was amazing! I have been there twice already and I can't wait to go back and see more of the park. We went for the usual eight days in the backcountry, but this trip was split into two different hikes. Our first hike was August 14- 18, 2012, starting at Lake McDonald Trailhead and ending at Gunsight Trailhead. The second hike was August 19-22, 2012, starting at Two Medicine Lake and ending just up the street at North Shore Trailhead. This was an amazing trip! We saw tons of beautiful waterfalls, mountain goats, and glaciers! This was also the trip that has forever made me terrified of Mountain Goats! Read

Itinerary Part 1:
Day1- 
Lake McDonald 
Sperry Chalet (Campground)
Day 2- 
Day hike to Sperry Glacier
Back to camp to pack 
Lake Ellen Wilson
Day 3- 
Leave Lake Ellen Wilson Campgrounds 
hike over Gunsight Pass to Gunsight Lake 
end at Gunsight Trailhead (Car waiting)

How to get there:
From he US-2 toward Glacier Rout 1 rd/ Going-To-The-Sun Rd. Turn left onto Glacier Rout 1 rd/ Going-To-The-Sun Rd follow for 2 miles the turn right onto Glacier Rout 8 Rd/ Going-To-The- Sun Rd, Continue to follow Going-To-The-Sun Road for 8.5 miles the turn left into the parking lot for the Lake McDonald Lodge. To see it on a map click here 

Day Hikes:
Lake McDonald to Sperry Chalet- 12.3 miles round trip
Sperry Chalet to Sperry Glacier- 5 miles round trip

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Glacier national Park- Two Medicine Lake to North Shore Trailhead

This is the second half of my first ever trip to Glacier National Park in Montana. It was such a great trip! I am really looking forward to going back in the future to see more of this amazingly beautiful park. About two weeks before this backpacking trip we were backpacking in Olympic National Park and I sprained my ankle, because of this, my ankle was still giving me trouble in Montana. During this part of our trip to Glacier I started having some pain in my ankle so I decided to hike back out to the trailhead from No Name lake two days early while Eric and Steve continued the rest of the loop. Luckily we had camped with a lovely young couple from Boston who happen to be hiking out the same way I was, so for about 8 miles I got to listen to them chant "HEY BEAR! HO BEAR!" over and over again... When I finally got back to Two Medicine Trailhead I drove over to the campsites near North Shore Trailhead and car camped for a night then waited the next day for Eric and Steve to finish the rest of the hike. As usual I had a blast, and the huckleberries were a major plus!

How to get there:
From the Mt- 49 north/ Looking Glass Hill Road toward 2 Medicine Road, turn left onto 2 medicine Road and park in the parking lot at the end of the road.

Itinerary Part 2:
Day 1- 
Two Medicine Lake Trailhead
Cobalt Lake
Day 2- 
Cobalt lake 
No Name Lake
Day 3- 
No Name Lake 
over Dawson pass to Campsite
Day 4- 
Leave Campsite 
Hike to North Shore Trailhead (car waiting)

Day hikes from Two Medicine:
Cobalt Lake- 11.2 miles
No Name Lake- 5.4 miles
Dawson/ Pitamakan Pass Loop- 20.6 miles

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Fern Canyon- Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

On our drive back to Southern California from Olympic National Park in Washington we stopped in Redwoods, Oregon Caves, and hiked Fern Canyon Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. This was a great little hike deep into a canyon with beautiful green ferns covering its walls. Whats nice about this trail is there is no elevation gain so any age can do it! Hiking in canyons is one of my favorite types of hiking, I love the challenge of getting past obstacles blocking the way. When we got back to the car we were treated to stunning views of the Northern California coastline and some large elk grazing in the field.

From the parking lot its a short walk down the signed trail to a trail junction with the James Irvine Trail. Take the trail leading to the right and hike in to the canyon by following the wood planks placed along the trail. Eventually they seemed to stop and we were left to navigate around fallen trees and large rocks. The added challenge made for a very fun hike!

Date:
August 15, 2012

Nearest City:
Crescent City, CA

How to get there:
From US-101 South/ Redwood Hwy turn right onto Davison Rd, after 0.3 mile continue onto Gold Bluffs Beach and follow for 6.5 miles to the road ends at a large dirt parking lot with bathrooms.

Trails:
Fern Canyon- 2 miles
James Irvine Trail- 9 miles round trip

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Oregon Caves National Monument

Date:
August 15, 2012

Nearest City:
Cave Junction, OR

Getting There:
From the 5 Freeway- take exit 58 to merge onto NE 6th st/ OR-99/ Redwood Hwy. Continue to follow Redwood Hwy for 3 miles. Turn right at US-199 to Cave Junction, 28 miles. Make a left onto OR-46, there's a gas station on the corner. Follow OR-46 for 20 miles to the parking lot.

From Crescent City, California- take a left at US-101. Drive for 4 miles and take exit 794 to merge onto US-199 toward Grants Pass/ I-5, follow for 49 miles then turn right at OR-46. Follow OR-46 for 20 miles to the parking lot.

Winter Weather Driving- During October through April be aware of snow hazards when driving to the caves. Chains or traction tires may be required.

Hours and Seasons:
Spring- March 23 to May 24 Open 10am-4pm
Summer- May 25 to September 2 Open 9am-6pm
Fall- September 3 to October 7 Open 9am-5pm
Winter- Cave tours are not offered in the winter. However, Oregon Caves national Monument is always open to visitors.

Entrance/ Parking Fees:
There is no fee to enter the Monument but there is a cave tour fee. The Annual Pass does not apply for cave tours. The Interagency Access and Senior Passes get the cardholder half off a general cave tour. 

General Cave Tours-
$8.50 Adults, ages 17 and over
$6.00 Juniors, ages 16 and under

Group Rates (12 or more people)
$6.00 Adults
$4.00 Juniors

Candle Light Tours (Memorial Day through Labor Day)
$8.50 per person, ages 12 and over only

Trails:
(More information on hiking trails, includes maps and trail directions)

Cliff Nature Trail- 1 mile
No Name Trail- 1.3 miles
Old Growth Trail- 0.5 mile
Big Tree Trail- 3.3 miles
Bigelow Lakes/ mount Elijah Loop- 9.2 miles
Cave Creek Trail- 1.5 miles

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Crater Lake- Oregon

Crater Lake National Park is located in Southern Oregon. Established in 1902, Crater lake is the fifth oldest national Park in the United States and the only one in the state of Oregon. The lake partly fills a nearly 2,148ft deep caldera that was formed around 7,700 years ago by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. There are not rivers flowing into or out of the lake. 

About our trip:
We took a trip here in early August on our way home from a backpacking trip in Olympic national Park, Washington. I got hurt on our backpacking trip so I was unable to do any hikes but we did stop at a few of the view point along the main road going around the rim of the lake. Along with a visitor center theres a restaurant/ cafe, lodge, and gift shops. Theres a beautiful waterfall, Vidae Falls, boat tours and tons of trails for the whole family to enjoy. This was a fun stop on our way home and I'm looking forward to visiting Crater Lake in the future to complete all of the trails! Once I complete the trails around the lake the trails listed below will become links to more information on that hike.

Getting to the Trailhead:
  • From the South (Year Around)- From Medford Take rout 62 North and east to the parks west entrance.
  • From the North (Summer)- The parks north entrance is closed in the winter and spring. Dates can very, but typically the north entrance is closed from early November to June. From Roseburg take rout 138 east to parks north entrance. From Bend take rout 97 south to rout 138 west to parks north entrance.
  • From the North (Winter)-  From Roseburg take rout 138 east to rout 230 south to rout 62  east to parks west entrance. From Bend take rout 97 south to rout 62 north and west  to the parks south entrance. 
Entrance Fees:
Car- $10.00 (7 day pass)
Motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians- $5 per person (7 day pass)

Trails:
Sun Notch Viewpoint- 0.5 mile
Castle Crest Wildflower  Garden- 0.5 mile
Godfrey Glen- 1 mile
Watchman Peak- 1.4 miles
Cleetwood Cove- 2.2 miles
Annie Creek Canyon- 1.7 miles
Garfield Peak- 3.4 miles
Mt. Scott- 5 miles

Lodging:
-Crater Lake Lodge
-Mazama Cabins

Camping:
-Mazama Campground
-Lost Creek Campground

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Photo For Today

Cordillera del Paine, also referred to as the Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine) are located in Pantagonia.





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