Bohemia Mountain Trail

  On top of the world.... ....that is what it feels like standing at 5,994' elevation with views from Mt. Hood to Mt. Shasta, in other words, on the top of Bohemia Mountain. You have to work a little to get there, but it is totally worth it. I enjoy the drive up Bohemia Mountain, and every other year or so, we set aside a day and head up there. Luckily, there are several hiking options available, either along the way or on the top. Two years ago we hiked up to Fairview Peak and … [Read more...]

Fairview Creek Trail

When it gets hot in the valley, I know a lot of people head for the coast. Not us. Instead, we head to the mountains. On a hot summer day, I prefer to cool off by walking through the shade of towering fir trees near a babbling creek or eating a picnic lunch with my toes in a cool stream. We are not the only ones who head for the hills when the temperature rises, and some of the trails and watering holes (like Brice Creek) can get a little crowded. During a recent heat spell, I searched … [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...]

Marten Flume Trail: Brice Creek

For me, part of the joy of hiking is exploring trails I haven't been on before. Sometimes we return to an old stand-by, but usually when we want to go hiking, we pull out the map and look for a new place to explore. This is how we found Martin Flume Trail. Marten Flume Trail (# 1419A) is a short loop trail near Brice Creek across the road from Lund Park. The trail is actually just a narrow path that twists and turns as it heads up and down along Marten Creek. The day we visited, we found … [Read more...]

Paddling Dorena

I love getting out in our canoe. The world looks and sounds different when you're out in the middle of a lake or gliding along a shore line. This summer, we have been fortunate to paddle in some amazing places. Sometimes, though, it is nice to stay closer to home: to get out, paddle, and get home in just a couple hours.... that is when Dorena Reservoir comes in handy. I've seen people launch canoes at Harms Park, but I prefer paddling the upper end of Dorena Reservoir, in the channel along … [Read more...]