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    Member Since August 2010

    Jillian Sz

    Mount Angel, Oregon 

    Wanderer across Oregon, Idaho, and sometimes Washington.
    Tell me more about Northwest trails!

    Update: As of 3/15/18 I'm looking for Central and Eastern Oregon trail ideas: Painted Hills, John Day, Klamath area, anything around Burns, etc...

    Update: As of 3/31/18 I'm also looking for trails in and around the Sawtooths and White Clouds.

    Favorite Activities

    bird watchingcampinghikingnature tripsscenic drivingsnowshoeingtrail runningwalkingbackpacking

    Recent Activity

    Jillian Sz completed Paulina Creek Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz reviewed Wallowa Lake East Moraine Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This is the current Wallow Lake East Moraine Trial as determined by the City of Joseph. (2017, cite: https://www.wallowalandtrust.org/images/stories/land_protection/East-Moraine-Trails-Plan_draft.pdf). The first few hundred feet are killer on the quads as the trail boldly takes you straight up the moraine incline. As of August 2017 there was no specifically determined trail up the incline from the trailhead. We made our own switchbacks, being careful not to further erode any worn spots. Poles were mighty helpful, and certainly so coming down! Once you crest the moraine, the remaining incline is fairly gentle and allows for wonderful views of the Wallowas and Wallowa Lake. We headed up in the evening and descended westward at sunset. Very nice trail, a great scramble for kiddos, and big thanks to the City of Joseph for working to provide the public with a specific place to view the sites.

    Jillian Sz reviewed Big Obsidian Flow Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Fascinating place and an easy trail for creatures who wear boots. Four stars only because the trail was short and I wanted to see more. The way the flora got a root-hold in the landscape was both inspiring and beautiful. We visited in mid-June on a sunny and warm day. Be ready for the three variations of rock to heat up fast in midday and it reflects a lot of light so take sunscreen even for the short jaunt. Definitely a place for closed toe shoes, keep an eye on little kiddos, and please do not bring doggos - I don't think they make tough enough dog-boots for this particular trail. I witnessed one hiker carrying his adult yellow lab on his shoulders, they best place for him if he couldn't stay home.

    Jillian Sz completed Big Obsidian Flow Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz completed Whipple Creek Park Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz added Sawtooth Territory!

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz completed Bear Point Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz added WA Wanderings

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz reviewed Annie Creek Canyon Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Very nice way to start a long weekend in Crater Lake NP. Easy, walking access from Mazama Campground and the trail wasn't too crowded during midday on a weekday. Great canyon scenery and views of pinnacles, striations, and other "geological stuff." The trail often meanders along creekside. Wildflowers abound. Wonderfully welcoming trail.

    Jillian Sz completed Annie Creek Canyon Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz reviewed Pinnacles Valley Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Short, easy trail. Nice views of pinnacles. Keep an eye on toddlers! May be an opportunity for some notable photography at dawn and dusk.

    Jillian Sz completed Pinnacles Valley Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz added Home Turf Hikes

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz added PCT CA

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz added PCT OR

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz reviewed Stuart Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    If you like trails sparsely populated by humans, this is a good one. I had some difficulty finding the trailhead and luckily parked at a picnic area (Lodgepole Picnic site) across Hwy 62 and decided to follow the only trailhead I could find, that for Pumice Flats, which was Stuart Falls Trail. The trail starts with easy inclines through an open and sun-dappled stretch of lodgepole pine. There are bears in the area, and it looked to me that they were recent visitors, if I identified the scat right. The trail meanders through the lodgepole into increasing elevation changes, more rocky terrain, with a change to doug fir. One memorable moment was coming up out of a bottom below a forested bluff to find a cliffside view of turkey vultures sunning themselves. They turned slowly around to take a look at me before spreading their wings and falling off the cliff edge. They soared back upward and around and circled over me closely, curious. Looking south toward Goose Nest and Goose Egg peaks, it was strikingly apparent that I did not have any human company and between the vultures, the bear scat and the strong scent of ammonia (read: not bears) further down the trail, it was equally apparent that I was not a creature alone. I hiked this trail in mid August during a very dry year and when I came to the second of two creek crossings and realized the water supply was barely measurable, I did not continue to the falls and complete this trail that day. However, the flora, topography, views, the scarcity of human company, and the opportunity to cross paths with various fauna makes this a very special and personally valuable trail and I look forward to returning. Keep this one wild, folks! It's a treasure.
    Note: The Fall itself is actually outside of the southern park boundary of Crater Lake NP.

    Jillian Sz updated Stuart Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz followed Jeanette Hansen

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz reviewed Cabin Creek Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I did not complete this trail due to my partner and I setting a tight timeframe. We traversed about an hour into the hike before turning back. The toughest part of what we did complete of this trail seemed to be the first mile having little real shade, some rocky footing, and some scramble over. The trail did demand elevation gain but it evened out after a more strenuous but not difficult first half mile. The trail follows a nice creek but shade is sporadic midday. The wildflowers are prolific! We started out in early afternoon in July and came back to the trailhead as a mild thunderstorm was brewing east of us. I would/will try this one again! Also, Lake Alturas nearby is a great place to cool off!!

    Jillian Sz updated Cabin Creek Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz reviewed Fishhook Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz updated Fishhook Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz reviewed Ridge to Wildwood Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz updated Ridge to Wildwood Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz reviewed Champoeg State Heritage Area Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Great park with a heritage/country feel and this path is accessible all-year long! Start at the Nature Center and wander down the hill, over the footbridge and west along the meadows to watch swifts and swallows feeding and nesting, and raptors keeping an eye on them. In the spring and fall, any planted fields are tilled by late 1800s era horse team - fun to watch. Follow the path west from the open fields into the forested Riverside Day Use area featuring French Prairie/Champoeg European settlement history. This area is beautiful in spring and peppered with wildflowers and chives. The path winds north into riparian forest along the Willamette and this area is full of owls, ospreys, turkey vultures, black-tail deer, and other critters. I have seen salmon popping their heads out of the river here. The trail switches east along the elevated bank of the Willamette which gives users an idea of the unbelievable amount of water needed to flood the area in 1894 and 1996. Follow the riverside trail around another Day Use area known for Disc Golf, and again into riparian forest where the footpath meets with the bike path. In the summer months, follow the bike path all the way to the Historic Butteville Store - they have ice cream! A long loop but a great place to busy your feet! Also, if you are a green thumb too, visit the 1860 Kitchen Garden, a heritage heirloom crop garden just outside the Nature Center.

    Jillian Sz updated Boones Ferry Access to Tryon Creek Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz followed Erik Berglund

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz followed Dan Algeo

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz followed Tim Todd

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz followed Breck Tuttle

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz reviewed Chief Joseph Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Beautiful trail for one so heavily-trafficked. Moderately strenuous incline. Switchbacks offered great views. Looking forward to to some bridge-repair allowing safe crossing to the remainder of this trail. We stopped and turned back at the waterfall. Going to have to go back!

    Jillian Sz completed Chief Joseph Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz reviewed Netarts Spit Trail

    over 1 year ago

    If you're looking for a beach-combing walk with the welcomed feeling of eternity, this is it. And not just because it's a longish hike but because the view is endless while also never feeling the same. I went in September and I think autumn is the perfect time for this hike. It's not a typical autumn hike for color but the weather is just cooperative enough to probably be comfortable (warm and mostly sunny/dry), and just stormy enough to allow for interesting scenery and photographic opportunities. Check tide tables to be extra safe and allow you to walk on the hard-packed beach as opposed to hoofing it in the loose stuff - unless that's the challenge you want. I love this walk!

    Jillian Sz completed Netarts Spit Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jillian Sz reviewed Trail of Ten Falls

    over 1 year ago

    Certainly the Crown Jewel in Oregon State Parks! Midday weekdays and winter holiday evenings are the best time to have some space in the this park. Once you hike away from South Falls, the traffic lightens. Photography opportunities here are excellent and the fall colors cannot be beat. Colder winters provide stunning, iced scenery. Most folks visit in summer but the environment comes alive in late fall and winter: Greater water flow and a wider palette of color. The hardest parts about this hike are 1) Some of the canyon side switch backs, and 2) Leaving.