Bobby Lake

I love heading up into the Cascades to explore the mountain lakes. They are so incredibly blue and -- to me -- they somehow seem closer to the sky than the lakes here in the valley. With so many lakes to chose from, there is always a new lake and a new trail to enjoy. This summer we hiked the trail to Bobby Lake. For people who want an easy, family-friendly hike, this trail is the ticket. The trail is wide, there is little elevation change, and it is only 2 miles each way. I like this kind of … [Read more...]

Crawfish Lake Trail

Lately, one of my aims has been to explore the Brice Creek area and -- especially -- to get off the beaten trails. Of course Brice Creek Trail is always beautiful and Trestle Creek Trail is popular for good reason, but when I look at a map I see there are many more trails around Brice Creek. Where do they all go? I've often wondered. Early this year, my curiosity led us to Parker Creek Falls  and the strenuous Crawfish Trail, then a couple weeks ago we explored Marten Flume Trail and Crawfish … [Read more...]

Hosmer Lake: Deschutes County

I can not tell you how beautiful Hosmer Lake is because I don't have the words, and it is possible that you may not even believe me. Hosmer Lake is one of those places that I sometimes hesitate to write about; I want to keep it a secret so it stays as beautiful as possible for as long as possible. However, with Hosmer the word is already out. I am just adding my voice to many, many others. The whole point for our recent Cascade Lakes Highway get-away in June was to canoe on Hosmer … [Read more...]

Beautiful Brice Creek

Every time we go for a hike along Brice Creek, I always wonder why we don't head out there more often. It is fairly close to town, beautiful, and never fails to deliver. This past weekend, we wanted to get out for a hike with friends from out of town and Brice Creek was just the ticket. The hiking trail runs along Brice Creek in a rocky canyon. You'll find old growth forest, lush undergrowth, and in some places the trail runs along the open canyon walls. The trail is rated moderately … [Read more...]

Sparks Lake: Deschutes County

Sparks Lake sits high in the Cascade Mountains at 5400' elevation. It is well known for its photographic opportunities, especially in the early morning when the South Sister, Broken Top, and Bachlor Butte reflect in the calm water. The views of the mountains from Sparks Lake are beautiful. We barely had our canoe in the water and I already had my camera out taking photographs and video.  I also loved the wildflowers growing along the shore in the large chunks of lava. Columbine, bleeding … [Read more...]