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Plz help with Central Oregon backpacking trip!
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Michael Bachman
(rivrfox) - F

Locale: Western Slope, Colorado
Plz help with Central Oregon backpacking trip! on 10/27/2013 14:23:57 MDT Print View

Thanks for reading/commenting.

Recently moved to Corvallis, OR and am looking for a weekend backpacking trip. Natural hot springs welcome but not needed...just somewhere beautiful.

Was considering somewhere in the central Cascades.

One option that we were looking at Chimney Peak.

Somewhere accessible from Hwy 20 would be ideal but not mandatory. Just don't want to drive for 3 hours home after a big weekend trip.

Thanks all!!

<3 Michael

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Plz help with Central Oregon backpacking trip! on 10/27/2013 14:52:54 MDT Print View

Evidently our unusual spell of nice weather (which didn't melt all the late September snow at high elevations) is gone--snow down to 4,000 feet today, and possible freezing weather at sea level Mnday night/Tuesday morning. More rain is forecast Halloween and onwards, so we are evidently going back to a normal weather pattern--i.e., wet.

I strongly recommend William Sullivan's guidebooks, particularly the Central Cascades and Coast Range/Coast volumes. While oriented to day hikers, the books suggest are lots of backpacking options, and you can often put several trips together. It also lists interesting things to see on the way to/from the hike.

The McKenzie River Trail is relatively low elevation and has hot springs along the way. There are trails along the Santiam River but not long enough for a backpacking trip.

There are some other Corvallis folks on the portlandhikers.org forum, which despite its name represents a statewide organization (Trail Keepers of Oregon).

Edited by hikinggranny on 10/27/2013 14:53:54 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Plz help with Central Oregon backpacking trip! on 10/27/2013 16:58:37 MDT Print View

Belknap Hot Springs, but that's a campground on a road with swimming pools, RVs and kids. Should be pretty quiet right now. Hike from there on the KcKenzie River Trail.

Yeah, ask at portlandhikers.org, and if you find anything good report back

Michael Bachman
(rivrfox) - F

Locale: Western Slope, Colorado
Thanks for the replies.. on 10/28/2013 11:35:05 MDT Print View

Currently looking at stuff in the South Santiam Travel Cooridor. Still looking for beta or recommendations but will update as we decide what to do...

Cheers,
Michael

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Thanks for the replies.. on 10/28/2013 11:51:42 MDT Print View

google "hot springs oregon", for example http://www.amazon.com/Hiking-Springs-Pacific-Northwest-Regional/dp/0762736232/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1382982614&sr=8-2&keywords=hot+springs+oregon

And thanks a lot, now I'm going to be bombarded with ads for hot springs in oregon : )