Black Crater Views

Black Crater

Overshadowed by its nearby neighbors, the Three Sisters, Black Crater is an often overlooked peak. It shouldn’t be! It offers some of the best views of the Central Cascades, and the trailhead is quickly accessed from Bend and surrounding communities. No nasty dirt roads are required and you can hike Read more…

Sevenmile Hill Wildflowers

In Search of Wildflowers in Columbia River Gorge

One of my favorite spring outdoor activities is wildflower hunting. During my time in California I would go to Carrizo Plain, or Henry Coe, or one of many Bay Area parks to photograph and document the wildflower bloom.

Now, as a resident of Oregon, I have a lot to learn. Where can I find wildflowers? When do they bloom? What flowers are native vs invasive? In an effort to educate myself I headed up to Columbia Hills state park in Washington a few weeks ago, but found myself a little ahead of the bloom. After giving it a few weeks, I decided to go back this weekend and explore the Oregon side of the gorge between The Dalles and Hood River. I stopped in three spots and had great success!