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    Mike Taylor reviewed Cape Lookout

    over 6 years ago

    Actually my second time here. First time a few years ago, right as we made it to the end of the cape we had a low flyover by three F16's barrelling down the Pacific Coast line - the two outer jets litterally pealed off and did barrel rolls as they passed by us - way too cool. This time (March 2012) my brother and his wife and I went during whale-watching week. Parking lot was packed although we managed to get the last open spot. Although we did not get skunked we only saw one, maybe two (it could have been the same one twice). Nice hike. Not difficult at all. Trail in pretty good condition allthough there was some blowdown in the way, nothing too difficult to get by. Mostly overcast day, it started pouring down rain the last mile on the way out.

    Mike Taylor completed Cape Lookout Trail

    over 6 years ago

    Mike Taylor completed Trout Creek Trail

    over 6 years ago

    Mike Taylor reviewed Henline Mountain Trail

    over 6 years ago

    This hike is catagorized as Moderate difficulty but let me assure you it is a meet grinder! I counted 14 switchbacks with very nice views from outcroppings at 8th and 11th. There was no problem with snow until crossing the ridgeline at the two mile point. There were fresh tracks in the snow so I continued quite a ways but did not reach the true summit. I believe I came within a few hundred feet but decided to save it for some other time rather than put my safety at risk. The view over the Elkhorn valley was very literally breath taking. I got a late start leaving the trailhead at 2:05pm and reached my turn around point at 4:17pm.

    Mike Taylor completed Henline Mountain Trail

    over 6 years ago

    Mike Taylor reviewed Badlands Loop, Bend Or

    over 6 years ago

    We hit this on a beautiful February day. Shot some video check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP6DqdvpXt4

    Mike Taylor reviewed Shellburg Falls Loop Trail

    over 6 years ago

    Mike Taylor completed Shellburg Falls Loop Trail

    over 6 years ago

    Mike Taylor reviewed Drift Creek Falls Trail

    over 6 years ago

    Very nice little hike. I went on Sunday, March 18 by myself, saw only three other hikers. There was snow on the road coming in as much as 4" and also snow in the parking lot, but not too much on the trail. Very cool place for being not too far from home, only 1 hour from Albany

    Mike Taylor completed Drift Creek Falls Trail

    over 6 years ago

    Mike Taylor updated Slide Lake Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor updated Little North Santiam River: Elkhorn to Shady Cove

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor checked in to Badlands loop, Bend OR

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor checked in to Badlands loop, Bend OR

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor completed Badlands Loop Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor checked in to Deschutes River South Canyon Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor completed Deschutes River South Canyon Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor checked in to Pilot Butte

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor completed Pilot Butte

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor checked in to Powell Butte Loop Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor completed Orchard and Cedar Grove Loop Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor reviewed Silver Falls Loop Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor completed Silver Falls State Park Loop Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor reviewed Smith Rock State Park

    almost 7 years ago

    Always nice to visit Smith Rock! This time I had my 7-year-old boy he was throwing a fit all the way out there he was certain he did not want to go, but as soon as we got out of the car he was having a wonderful time! Quite a few people as usual, but everyone very friendly and my there were so many young females flying solo must have been because of spring break. Lots of technical climbers. Joey and I scrambled nearly all the way up to Asterix Pass but it got a sort of sketchy for us so we snapped a few pictures and then turned around and made our way back to the car. Hail storm hit right as we arrived back at the car

    Mike Taylor completed Misery Ridge and River Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor reviewed South Breitenbush Gorge

    almost 7 years ago

    One of Sullivan's 100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades. We tried to come in from the lower parking lot but we very soon realized the bridge had been washed out. Two guys were sitting next to the river pondering what to do and a girl was walking up and down the shoreline looking for a place to cross. I thought about wading across even took my shoes off but the water was way too cold and too fast and too deep. So, we went back to the car and drove to the upper parking lot and came in from the other direction. Other than that it was a very nice hike thru old growth.

    Mike Taylor reviewed Bagby Hot Springs

    almost 7 years ago

    My first time back to Bagby since they took out the original tubs. What a pitty the new cedar tubs are just not the same. When we first showed up the place was pretty well full so we hiked up a short way further and checked out the small waterfall. By the time we came back the last guy was leaving and we had the whole place to ourselves. Drained the big tub and refilled it. Had a great time. Shot some video check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSMGbPX9_Mg

    Mike Taylor completed Bagby Hot Springs Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor completed Opal Creek Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor reviewed Slide Lake Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    We got to the trailhead fairly late and did the 1.3 mile hike down to High Lake after dark. Next day we packed up camp and went over the ridge to Slide Lake. Lots of wildflowers. Glorious views. Slide Lake is beautiful with a 1000+ ft cliff across the lake from us. My buddy Steve caught some nice trout. Not too many people although Steve ran into some people he knew.

    Mike Taylor reviewed Three Fingered Jack

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor completed Three Fingered Jack

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor reviewed Little Belknap

    almost 7 years ago

    What a great little hike thru ancient pyroclastic flows! Indeed wear good shoes and no dogs but otherwise the trail is outstanding! The hike starts by skirting two forested "islands" before making the frontal assault. Near the top there are some very cool lava tubes to explore.. We did not do the optional hike over to the top of Belknap Crater the view from the Little was just fine. Excellent views of Three Finger Jack, Mt. Jefferson, Mt Washington, Black Butte, Black Crater, North Sister, Middle Sister, Little Brother. There was a dozen or so other people but we had the summit to ourselves. Ran into an old boss from HP on the way down small world!

    Mike Taylor completed Little Belknap Crater via PCT

    almost 7 years ago

    Mike Taylor reviewed Black Crater Trail

    almost 7 years ago

    Black Crater has probably the best view of the Cascades nestled up near the north side of the North Sister - 3500 feet elevation gain in 3.5 miles you have to work to get there but it is worth it! Poor me for some reason I got bad blisters on my heels I guess because of the steepness but I improvised some "moleskin" out of my insoles and managed to make it! We did it in late July and there was still lots of snow on the ground but nothing really too difficult and on the way back it was lots of fun glasading! Snow and red rock and snow and blue sky and wind-blown was surreal! Excellent views of the North and South Sisters, Belknap Crater, Three Finger Jack, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington and even Mt Hood. A few other hikers but not too busy. I've included a youtube link to some video I shot, it is a bit shakey but I think you get the idea what it is like up there on a nice summer day!