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    Member Since June 2018

    Jeff Perreault Pro-red@3x

    Bend, Oregon 

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    Jeff Perreault reviewed Ostrander Lake Trail

    18 days ago

    First, my standard warning. I'm not easy on the stars. 3 out of 5 is a really nice trail...

    And this is a nice trail. There aren't any views to speak of for most of the hike. About half a mile from the lake the trail crests, and a short 100' trip to the left shows some amazing scenery...

    Half Dome, Clouds Rest, Mt. Hoffmann, Mount Conness, Mount Starr King, the entire Clark Range...

    The lake is nice. There are more dramatic, but the setting, including the hut, makes this no slouch.

    Wildflowers were just starting. Mosquitoes were almost non-existent. Hike, although continuously up, is totally manageable.

    One thing I would note was a prior reviewer suggesting this is "have it to yourself" location. We did it July 1st, and probably passed 15 - 20 people, with almost an even split between day hikers and backpackers.

    Definitely worth doing, but Yosemite definitely has many more hikes that are in the "grand" category.

    Jeff Perreault completed Ostrander Lake Trail

    18 days ago

    Jeff Perreault reviewed Juniper, Sage Flat, and Canyon Loop

    about 1 month ago

    This is a good base trail. Extending it all the way to/from Tumalo State Park would elevate the rating to 4 stars.

    Jeff Perreault reviewed Oregon Badlands, NW Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Jeff Perreault added GPS track

    about 1 month ago

    Jeff Perreault updated Oregon Badlands, NW Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Jeff Perreault reviewed Tumulus Trail and Dry River Trail Loop

    2 months ago

    A decent loop for either winter days when higher elevations are snowed in, or rainy days when the Badlands trails firm up, and distance views aren't a priority. Not that there aren't views from some of the Badlands area, but the real attraction is the solitude and the tumulus features.

    Pro: Did this (Badlands Loop #2) and another one to the west (Badlands Loop #1) in the last few weeks. Didn't see another person on either hike. Solitude in Central Oregon is getting harder to find (see stories about permit system to be implemented summer of 2020).

    Pro: Wildflowers were booming when I did this almost a week ago. It's been raining off and on, and I'm guessing that's contributing.

    Con: Sand Trail should be avoided. Even in damp conditions it's a slog, as the name implies. Dry River is also pretty uninspiring. Tumulus Trail is the key to this loop.

    Con: A section of the loop is shown as the Nighthawk Trail. At one time it was a dirt road, but it's being quickly reclaimed. There's no signage, and I'd never have found it if not for the track I'd preloaded into my map.

    Con: Perhaps a bigger problem with the Nighthawk section is that it's unclear if it's crossing private property. There's an off-grid compound about a mile from the starting point TH. It's a bit sketchy to say the least. I'm guessing that rights may not have been secured, but that's only a guess.

    Jeff Perreault updated Badlands Loop #2

    2 months ago

    Jeff Perreault reviewed Lookout Mountain Trail

    2 months ago

    Too early for peak flowers, but lots of early ones out and they deserve their mention.

    Irises are everywhere just short of midway but not yet blooming.

    A few patches of snow all the way to the saddle, but nothing unmanageable until at the saddle. Then the trail disappears under continuous snowpack multiple feet deep. I turned left and up to the same point on the ridge as the trail track shows. This isn't the top of Lookout Mt, but is the end of the top ridge.

    I sat to enjoy a sandwich and take some photos. Didn't even get the sandwich out when I saw a tick on my leg. Stood up, knocked it off, and saw two more. Walked over to one of the large sections of snow nearby to get to safe ground. Stripped and did as good a job as I could to make sure none in the clothes. Found one more.

    Time on top was spoiled so headed down. About 30 later felt something on my hip. Dropped and checked my drawers and found a fifth one.

    Really nice hike. I'd do it again. No higher praise than that. However it'd be long pants sprayed with boatloads of repellent. I'm not a fan of deet, but less of a fan of ticks. Don't think I've ever seen a higher density than the top of that ridge.

    Jeff Perreault completed Lookout Mountain Trail

    2 months ago

    Jeff Perreault reviewed Sky Trail and Bear Valley Loop

    7 months ago

    Really nice hike, but be forewarned that it's very popular from the trailhead to the 4th junction (about a mile from the confluence with the shoreline trails).

    Having said that, we saw 3 groups closing out the loop on the sky trail, making for a very strange but pleasant juxtaposition.

    We also did the short spur to the Kahlem (?) Beach. It's only 0.5 miles each way, and pretty much made the hike. The beach was beautiful, and we shared it with 3 other groups, 6 people in total.

    As can be inferred, we did the loop clockwise. What's nice about that is that the majority of the uphill is the first section of sky trail. From there to just below Mt. Wittenberg is flat to slightly uphill, really easy cruising.

    However, the least enjoyable part of the trail was from just below Wittenberg back to Bear Valley. It's relatively steep, and for me that's not very fun. I'd much rather do sections like that as uphill than downhill. If you're like me in that preference, then do the loop counterclockwise.

    A last note on the rating: I think 5 stars is rare, personal preference. Not everything is "amazing". I originally gave this 4 stars, then thought again. We did this in the middle of "winter", therefore there were no flowers anywhere. Given how much of this is under significant cover I'm gonna guess there's never many flowers, but others had commented on it, so I guess there might be nicer times to do this. I think it's a solid 3-star hike, however on the ultimate test (would I do it again?) the answer would be "no". It's not a bad hike by any means, but there's tons of other stuff to do. So it was great doing it, no regrets, but there's nothing amazing. Closest was the beach, and technically that's not part of this hike, as it's laid out.

    Jeff Perreault completed Navajo Knobs Trail

    10 months ago

    Jeff Perreault completed Elizabeth Lake Trail

    11 months ago

    Jeff Perreault updated Koosah Mt. Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Jeff Perreault reviewed Scott Trail Glacier Way Trail Loop

    about 1 year ago

    This is an outstanding hike! I could easily have made it 5 stars...

    We did it yesterday (Sunday, July 1st) from the Scott TH, going clockwise. Other slight variation was going to the top of the small cone a few miles in (there's a sign stating the side trail isn't maintained). I would strongly encourage others to do the same. It's a very short diversion to get great 360° views of the Sisters to Jefferson.

    The PCT section is stunning, with some excellent camping areas sprinkled in.

    We had quite a few patches of snow to cross, but nothing epic.

    Flowers were good, but I'm guessing will be getting better consistently over the next few weeks.

    Mosquitoes were nasty near the TH, but otherwise pretty tame.

    All in all, a beautiful hike, one I'll do again.

    Jeff Perreault reviewed Navajo Knobs Trail

    about 1 year ago

    I'd actually give this 3 1/2 stars, but no half star option, and the serenity of the hike takes it to 4 instead of 3.

    Did this hike on Sunday, June 24th. Lots of slickrock sections, but nothing wrong with that. Weather was warm, and there's no water to be had so carry plenty.

    Once we got past the overlook (about 2 miles in) we only saw one other couple on the trail. Parking at the TH is way crowded, but they're all doing the short walk to Hickman Bridge, so don't let a lot of cars be a turnoff.

    The view from the absolute top was a bit underwhelming, and I imagine that comment is going to set some hair on fire, but it is. Views are relative, and this view compared to ones from the MuleyTwist area are kind of disappointing.

    On the flip side, the trail crosses numerous side canyons that beckon, and if/when I do this again I'll definitely make sure to have some spare time to explore a few of them.

    Jeff Perreault reviewed Lake Blanche Trail

    about 1 year ago

    I'd give this 3 1/2 stars, but no half star option, and this falls back to 3 for reasons described.

    It's a good workout, and it's next to water for a fair bit. Those reasons alone get it 3 stars. The flowers were good but not outstanding. The Alpine setting was really nice, as can be seen in the many photos of the area.

    The negatives were twofold. First, I had no choice but to do this on a weekend (Friday, June 23rd), and the place was a total zoo.

    Second, while the lake setting is Alpine, the lake itself is an ex-reservoir. I don't know if the dam is still elevating the water level, but the very presence detracts from an otherwise aesthetically nice area.

    Bottom line: it's a nice hike, but there's plenty to choose from in the greater SLC area. I wouldn't rush back to do this one.

    Jeff Perreault reviewed Grandeur Peak East Trail from Church Fork

    about 1 year ago

    I'd give this 3 1/2 stars, but given no half stars it drops to a 3 for reasons to follow.

    The hike is a good workout, and I extended it a bit by starting at Rattlesnake Gulch, then connecting over with a short 2-mile stretch of Pipeline. That alone gets it 2 stars.

    The flowers were really nice when I did it on Friday, June 22nd, and that gives it another star, as does hiking next to water for a fair bit.

    The drawbacks were that the views from the top are good, but not great. They're expansive, but not Alpine. Additionally, once on the upper ridge and on top then noise from some industrial operation down in the valley broke up the potential for serene appreciation.

    I'd do this again, but there are so many hikes in the greater SLC area I wouldn't be rushing back...

    Jeff Perreault completed Red Pine Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Jeff Perreault completed Brighton Lakes Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Jeff Perreault added To Do

    about 1 year ago

    Jeff Perreault completed Lake Blanche Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Jeff Perreault reviewed Grandeur Peak East Trail from Church Fork

    about 1 year ago

    I'd give this 3 1/2 stars, but given no half stars it drops to a 3 for reasons to follow.

    The hike is a good workout, and I extended it a bit by starting at Rattlesnake Gulch, then connecting over with a short 2-mile stretch of Pipeline. That alone gets it 2 stars.

    The flowers were really nice when I did it on Friday, June 22nd, and that gives it another star, as does hiking next to water for a fair bit.

    The drawbacks were that the views from the top are good, but not great. They're expansive, but not Alpine. Additionally, once on the upper ridge and on top then noise from some industrial operation down in the valley broke up the potential for serene appreciation.

    I'd do this again, but there are so many hikes in the greater SLC area I wouldn't be rushing back...