Santa Cruz Trek, Peru - A Guide to Hiking the Cordillera Blanca

Santa Cruz Trek, Peru - A Guide to Hiking the Cordillera Blanca

Nestled in the white-peaked Cordillera Blanca range in the Andes, the classic 4-day Santa Cruz backpacking trip may be one of the most beautiful treks in the world. While many people flock to the trails near Machu Picchu, this overlooked hiking mecca north of Lima has a fraction of the visitors, allowing for a relative amount of solitude for such a spectacular place.

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Trinity Alps Wilderness Backpacking Guide

Trinity Alps Wilderness Backpacking Guide

The Trinity Alps Wilderness, nestled between the Coastal Range and the Cascades, is located 50 miles west of Redding in Northwest California. This region is somewhat off the radar, as most choose to visit the famed southern neighbors in the Yosemite-Sequoia corridor.

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Rogue River Trail Backpacking Guide

Rogue River Trail Backpacking Guide

The Rogue River Trail is one of the most scenic early season backpacking trips in Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest in general. The route traverses the north side of the Rogue River for 40 miles as it rolls through the lush and remote Rogue Valley.

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Trekking In Nepal - A Comprehensive Guide

Trekking In Nepal - A Comprehensive Guide

Nepal is one of the most spectacularly beautiful countries on the planet. It’s a place where towering white peaks touch the sky, monks peacefully meditate in ancient mountainside monasteries, and lumbering yaks haul goods to quaint villages largely disconnected from the outside world. To put it simply, Nepal is a backpacker’s dream come true.

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8 Iconic Pacific Northwest Backpacking Trips

8 Iconic Pacific Northwest Backpacking Trips

The Pacific Northwest is an adventure junkie’s paradise. It’s a breathtakingly diverse playground of craggy granite peaks, high alpine lakes, meadows socked with wildflowers, rugged windswept coastline, and more shades of green than your eyeballs can handle.

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Wallowa River Loop Backpacking Guide

Wallowa River Loop Backpacking Guide

The Wallowa Mountain Range, located in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of eastern Oregon, is one of the most stunning areas to backpack in the Pacific Northwest. Often referred to as the “Alps of Oregon”, the immense granite peaks of the Wallowas are best experienced on multi-day backpacking trips.

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Enchantment Lakes Backpacking Guide

Enchantment Lakes Backpacking Guide

Washington’s Enchantment Lakes are a truly magical sight to see. They reside in an area where immense granite peaks, majestic mountain goats, and crystal clear alpine lakes are hidden around every corner. If you haven’t had a chance to experience this captivating place, put it on the top of your list.

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Cirque of the Towers 3-Day Backpacking Loop - Wind River, WY

Cirque of the Towers 3-Day Backpacking Loop - Wind River, WY

The Wind River Range in Wyoming is a place you truly have to see to believe. It’s an outdoor adventurer's dream come true. Where immense glacier-carved granite spires tower over crystal-clear lakes, rolling meadows, and fields choked with high-alpine wildflowers. 

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Trip Report: Mount St. Helens Loop - Ape Canyon to Smith Creek

Trip Report: Mount St. Helens Loop - Ape Canyon to Smith Creek

Earlier this week, Annie and I took a trip to the east side of Mount St. Helens to explore a 28-mile backpacking loop a friend had recommended. We were blown away by how remarkably beautiful, surprisingly diverse, and unexpectedly secluded the route was.

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Oregon Coast Trail Backpacking Guide - Bandon to Port Orford

 Oregon Coast Trail Backpacking Guide - Bandon to Port Orford

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of exploring this beautiful section of the Oregon Coast Trail with one of my best friends. The trip was a spectacular reminder of how rewarding and diverse backpacking can be. James and I were both blown away by the pristine seclusion of this 30-mile stretch of Oregon coast. I highly recommend placing this trip on your Oregon backpacking to-do list. You will not be disappointed. 

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Three Sisters Loop Backpacking Guide

Three Sisters Loop Backpacking Guide

If you’re the type of backpacker that’s into big views, lush forests, stunning peaks, and craggy volcanic landscapes (and who’s not!), then you’ll absolutely love the 50-Mile Three Sisters Loop. Here’s a quick guide on how to make the most of your trip. 

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Collegiate Peaks Loop Backpacking Guide

Collegiate Peaks Loop Backpacking Guide

Searching for an epic two-week Colorado backpacking adventure? Here's what you're looking for: The Collegiate Peaks Loop.

This stunning 160-mile loop in central Colorado provides a perfectly balanced two-week backpacking adventure.  Follow along the pristine Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail as they wind through lush forests, meadows, and  valleys. Trek through vast fields of wildflowers that drape the rugged mountainsides. Scan the hills for a glimpse of an elk, mountain goat, or bighorn sheep. With huge sections of trail above tree line, you'll get a healthy dose of craggy peaks and epic views.

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Dog Mountain

Dog Mountain

My brother John flew out to visit me in Portland this week and we had a lot of fun. One of the highlights of his visit was a day hike that we took to Dog Mountain. The wildflowers are in bloom right now and I would highly recommend a trip out there to anyone in the Portland area. Dog Mt. is a little over an hour drive from Portland in the Columbia River Gorge and it's about 7 miles round trip. Get out there soon while the flowers are in bloom. Here are some of my favorite pics from the hike. Enjoy!

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Mount St. Helens Trip Report

Mount St. Helens Trip Report

This past weekend, my girlfriend Annie and I headed out for our first short backpacking trip of the season. I've been spending a lot of time in front of the computer preparing for the CleverHiker launch, so it felt incredible to take a short break from the screen and get out into nature. Every time I set foot on the trail I am reminded of why I love backpacking and why I want to dedicate myself to this project. Initial feedback about our video series and ebook has been incredibly positive and I hope to build off of that momentum. No matter what lies ahead for CleverHiker, it feels fantastic to be working on a project that I am proud of and working to support a community that I love. 

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