Hiking Oregon: Mount Hood and Oregon's Ancient Forests

On May 28 we hosted a virtual event with authors Eli Boschetto and Chandra LeGue, and we got so many great questions that we didn't have time to get to them all live. Here, we share the answers with you.
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May 29, 2020

Join author Eli Boschetto for an inside look at his new guidebook, Day Hiking Mount Hood. Eli also shares features and details about hiking Oregon’s iconic peak, including trail selections where you can avoid the crowds for safe hiking as we get accustomed to new norms for recreating in our favorite outdoor areas.

We also hear from Chandra LeGue, Oregon Wild's Western Oregon Field Coordinator and author of Oregon's Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide.

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Further Questions

We didn't have time to get to every question during the live event, so we had Eli and Chandra answer the remaining questions for everyone here.

Q: Are you able to fish in Cottonwood Lake?

Chandra: Yes. From the USFS website: Cottonwood Meadows Lake, stocked with rainbow and Brook trout, offers excellent fishing. There are two day use areas and a boat launch on the lake. Only non-motorized and electric boat motors are allowed.

Q: Any idea about whether/when the backcountry will open for overnights?

Eli: This is still TBD based on Oregon's reopening plan. Watch the FS website. I'll be posting updates on pctoregon.com and dayhikinghood.com.

Q: Chandra, are the hikes in Oregon’s Ancient Forests very strenuous?

Chandra: The hikes in my book vary from very easy to strenuous. Difficulty levels are explained in the book and included in the at-a-glance table.


Q: How about some easy trails in the OR north coast?

Chandra: Hikes in State Parks on the Northern Oregon coast are often easy, but also crowded. One easy one I like is Munson Creek Falls, just south of Tillamook and east of Hwy 101.

Q: East fork river? Where would you go to start?

Eli: Buy the book! This is Hike 61 in Day Hiking Mount Hood. Both THs are on Hwy 35: South TH is opposite the Gumjuwac TH; North TH is near the junction with Cooper Spur Rd. Avoid the crowded Tamanawas TH in the middle.


Q: Chandra- have you been to Valley of the Giants? Any tips for getting there? (near the little town of Falls City)

Chandra: Surprisingly, I haven't. I know there are good directions out there, but I don't have other tips.

Q: Chandra - was Tim Lillibo with you on that Opal Creek hike?

Chandra: He wasn't, but that would have been fun!


For more from Eli and Oregon Wild, tune in on June 10th for "The Wonders of Mount Hood," a virtual presentation on the campaign to protect Mount Hood.

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