Monthly Archives: October 2013

Lewis River Falls

20131025-_DSC0569Bright sunny days are not ideal for photographing waterfalls, but for a few minutes at dusk one gets a nice afterglow in the water. (Lower Lewis Falls, Gifford Pinchot National Forest.)

Spencer Meadows

20131025-_DSC0488Frost, fog and fall colors. Spencer Meadow, Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This was a great preamble to 20 miles of hiking research for Day Hiking Mt. St. Helens on Friday. Hope you’ve been enjoying the last few days of great autumn weather.

McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway

One of 11 officially designated scenic bikeways in Oregon, the 36.5-mile McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway traverses parklike ponderosa forests on the east side of the Cascade crest to cedar and maple on the wetter west side, with the moonscape of McKenzie Pass in the middle. With stunning scenery, little traffic and plenty of sidetrips to waterfalls and hot springs, this is central Oregon’s premier bike ride. You’ll be able to read more about it and other classic bike rides in the July/August 2014 issue of Northwest Travel Magazine.

Mt. Washington hovers over a spectral landscape of snags and volcanic rock near the high point of the 36.5-mile ride, which begins in Sisters and ends near Belknap Hot Springs.

Mt. Washington hovers over a spectral landscape of snags and volcanic rock near the high point of the 36.5-mile ride, which begins in Sisters and ends near Belknap Hot Springs.


Representing the home-town team: Bend's Deschutes Brewery.

Representing the home-town team: Bend’s Deschutes Brewery.


Riding off into the sunset near Dee Wright Observatory on McKenzie Pass.

Riding off into the sunset near Dee Wright Observatory on McKenzie Pass.


Near the west end of the route, a 1.25-mile hike rewards cyclists with a view from the base of two-tiered Proxy Falls.

Near the west end of the route, a 1.25-mile hike rewards cyclists with a view from the base of two-tiered Proxy Falls.

Dusk from the Green Monarchs

20131004-_DSC0426Looks like the sun is back in the forecast for the foreseeable future. Who has plans to enjoy it this weekend? (Photo: dusk over the Green Monarchs and Lake Pend Oreille.)

Bull River Guard Station

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The Bull River Guard Station was built in 1908 by Granville Gordon–childhood friend of Teddy Roosevelt, guide for Buffalo Bill Cody’s resort, and the first ranger stationed in the newly minted Cabinet National Forest (now part of the Kootenai National Forest). With his wife and three daughters, Gordon made the guard station the center of public life in the Bull River valley. Read more about Granville Gordon and his Forest Service outpost in my article in the May/June 2014 issue of Montana Magazine.

Sunrise from Green Monarch Ridge

20131005-_DSC0449Sunrise from Green Monarch Ridge. The autumn colors are starting to pick up steam. Hopefully they’ll peak before the snow falls!

Sunset from Green Monarch Ridge

20131004-_DSC0393Sunset from Green Monarch Ridge on the east side of Lake Pend Oreille. This vantage point requires a hike that while fairly short–only 3 miles–gains and loses its elevation three times between start and finish–and that’s just on the way in! Read more about this and other sunsets worth working for in my feature in the Summer 2014 issue of Sandpoint magazine.