I’m taking a slight break from the Bryce posts to bring you a local photostory. As the weather continues to improve, we’re getting out more, and I’m taking more pictures of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
The trip involves closed paved roads, easy trails, tough trails, tunnels, scrambling, and really nice scenery. The distance is 5-6 miles. Elevation gain is approximately 800 feet. There will be ropes.
– Layers of clothing you don’t mind getting dirty
– Sturdy boots with good traction
– Flashlight (yep)
– Work gloves
– Sunglasses for protection against branches
– Spare clothes to change into afterwards
– Definitely bring camera gear, but keep it light. Tripods are recommended.
We have a friend. His name is Duane. He knows a lot of the local hikes, and he’s kind enough to share those with us. He likes to chase waterfalls.
Duane’s also familiar with many “off-road” trails – ones without parking lots or paved paths or crowds. Most don’t have bathrooms. Many don’t have officially marked trailheads. Some don’t even have well-established paths through the underbrush.
These are the hikes we’ve dubbed the “Duane-ventures.” And these are oftentimes the highlights of my summers.