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    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Steens Mountain Trails

    2 months ago

    Wow! Here's one that makes you work for it! The trail is steep and at high elevation, so expect to need to stop for breathers if you're not used to either. However, the views make it all worth it. It's not a long trail, is well defined and easy to follow. As you get closer to the lake, you realize the magnitude of your surroundings. We saw someone camping on the far shore and could barely make them out they were so far away. This area is so special and otherworldly. I highly recommend the hike. P.S. It was super windy and cold when we were there in mid-September. It even started to snow on our way back around the loop road. So prepare for adverse weather conditions no matter the time of year.

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Nannie Creek Trail

    3 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Puck Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    Great little easy hike. There is some elevation gain at the beginning of the hike, but is nothing serious or too steep. The trail was very dusty when we were there which made it a bit less than ideal. However the trail itself appeared to be well used and maintained. With our packs on, it only took us about an hour to reach the lakes. We camped overnight and really loved it. There are quite a few good camping sites around the lake with the best ones being on the east and north sides (we walked around the entire lake and checked them all out). The lakes are very clear and warm (by mountain lake standards) with lots of little frogs and water skippers. And the night sky up there is stunning! We'll definitely be back again :)

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Puck Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Ram Head Trail

    4 months ago

    Beautiful hike! Also very exposed and hot if done in the middle of the day. But totally worth it!

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Campbell Lake

    4 months ago

    Beautiful hike, beautiful lake! We day hiked to Campbell Lake from Summit Lake where we were camped. The trail was easy, but steep and rocky in places. Some of the junctions were well marked, others not so much and that got a bit confusing. However, the lake is great for swimming and had several nice campsites. A good size creek was flowing into the lake as well. We even got to watch two Bald Eagles fish in lake. That was a great surprise!

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Sky High Lakes and Marble Mountain Rim

    4 months ago

    Absolutely beautiful area! We hiked in from Lovers Camp TH and spent one night at Sky High Lakes. The second and third nights we spent at Summit Lake with a day hike to Campbell Lake. And the fourth night we hiked into Red Rock Valley and camped near a meadow and creek confluence. Despite part of the trip being on a weekend, we didn't see all that many people and it was very peaceful. Our trip was at the end of June and the mosquitoes weren't nearly as bad as other mountain lakes I've camped at. I loved the variety of the terrain, the views, and the wildflowers were stunning.

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Darlingtonia Trail

    4 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel followed Bill Crain

    4 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Yontocket Trail

    4 months ago

    We found this trail system by accident while trying to escape the hoards of people swarming the nearby redwoods. And while it certainly isn't a walk in the redwoods, we didn't see another soul on the trail while we were there which we loved. It's a fairly easy, well marked hike with loops to some coastal dune ponds, the Smith River, and/or the beach depending on how you walk the trails. We enjoyed watching a couple of Red-tailed Hawks, some Herons, Egrets, duck families, and insects on wildflowers. The dunes provide a nice wind break if you hike toward the ponds. The hardest part of the trail is walking in the occasional soft sand, so it's a good trail for families and hikers wanting an easy day out. P.S. My favorite part was the Yontocket cemetery and reading up on it to learn more about the history and relevance. There isn't a lot of information provided at the trail, so be sure to Google it to get a full understanding of the significance of the place.

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Yontocket Trail

    4 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Campbell Lake

    5 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Rogue River Trail

    6 months ago

    Amazing trail! So much history and natural beauty. We did the hike over Memorial Day weekend and the trail was super busy. Normally, it's fairly quiet with lots of space to spread out. That being said, everyone we encountered was friendly and nice and we had no trouble finding a campsite each night. The trail is well marked and/or easy to follow. We only had a couple of places where the trail had been rerouted that gave us pause as to which way to go (mostly the switchbacks on the Foster Bar side). The trail varies quite a bit over the course of the 40 miles. There's grasslands, forested hillsides, rocky outcroppings, and flat-ish meadows to walk through. I think roller coaster is the best way to describe the trail. There is a lot of climbing up and then down. We're both in good shape, but were a bit sore and worn out by the end of the day. I had read that there were parts of the trail that are not good for people with a fear of heights (that's me), but I didn't have any trouble at any point along the trail. There are parts of the trail that are up high above the river, but they didn't feel dangerous or sketchy. All in all, a wonderful hike! Definitely recommend going in the cooler months and when the wildflowers are blooming. :)

    Jennifer McDaniel followed Amanda Huber

    6 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Rogue River Trail

    6 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Big Tree Loop

    6 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Juniper Gulch Trail

    6 months ago

    Stunning! Amazing! Awesome! We completed Juniper Gulch on the last day of our 3 day Oregon Desert Trail Section 25 backpacking trip. Our group dropped in from the top (north) and hiked down the gulch to the trailhead. If you have it in you, I highly recommend hiking all the way to the top for an amazing view of the entire area. It's a steep climb out of the gulch, but absolutely worth it!

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Juniper Gulch Trail

    6 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel followed Rebecca Robinson

    6 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Fort Rock Loop

    12 months ago

    Amazing! I've been wanting to visit Fort Rock for a few years now and finally made the trip. It was completely worth it and even better than I expected. We hiked around the exterior first. The trail is well established in some places and non-existent in other places. However it was easy enough to hike through the sagebrush when the trail disappeared and keep on track. Hiking around the outside of the formation was great. We could really see the rock up close and there was evidence that cows and other animals had taken shelter at the base of the rock. Since we were there in the winter, the wind was cold and fierce at times, coming in blasts across the open desert. But it made for amazing sound effects against the rock face. I've always loved the sound of the wind in the trees, but never heard it hum and moan against rock like it did on the north side of Fort Rock. So cool! As you complete the exterior trail, it leads right into the interior trail. We hiked to several of the view points to amazing views of the desert below. The wind was a bit less intense in the inside of the formation, but still gusty. The trail on the interior is by far better established and easier to hike. However, I enjoyed the rawness of the exterior trail better. All in all though, this is a beautiful and significant place to visit. I wish there had been a bit more information provided at the trail head regarding the rich history and amazing geology of this place. It's worth researching once you're back home and adds a lot of meaning to the experience.

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Fort Rock Loop

    12 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Crack-in-the-Ground Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Golden and Silver Falls

    about 1 year ago

    Lovely little hikes. Not too difficult or taxing. Perfect place to get out of the summer coastal fog and enjoy a bit of warmer weather.

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Golden and Silver Falls

    about 1 year ago

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Crack-in-the-Ground Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Wow! This is a crazy, amazing place! We didn't end up hiking the length of the inside of crack due to having doggo with us. However, we did go along the top rim trail and into each end a ways. This is definitely one worth stopping to see!

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Big Indian Gorge Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Beautiful trek! Well worth the effort to get there. The first bit of the trail out of the campground was the hardest (for me anyway). It's exposed and on a dry slope with a rocky trail. It looked like an old, disused Jeep road. But again, the views make it worth the effort despite the heat and rolling rocks on the trail. Once we reached the two mile mark, the trail dipped into a shady patch to the first creek crossing. It was a hot day, so it was great to get our feet wet. The trail followed the creek for a bit to another crossing and the remains of an old cabin. The trail through this section was very clear and easy to follow. At the third creek crossing, the path began to grow denser with sage brush. I would recommend long pants and was really happy to have a pair on. We hiked to 6.2 miles and felt that the trail was easy to follow and not all that overgrown. We had backpacked in with the intention to stay overnight if we found a good spot. However, when we reached Cottonwood Camp we decided not to stay. It's a lovely spot if you have it all to yourself, but open and that made it a bit too "communal" for us when we knew some other backpackers were coming up the trail behind us. There were a few other primitive campsites along the trail, but all were right on the trail and offered no privacy or solitude if anyone walked by. (I'm probably just picky about my campsites.) All in all, this was a great hike! While it is remote, we saw other people on the trail including those with horses. So, it seems to be a well used trail and I can see why.

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Big Indian Gorge Trail

    about 1 year ago