Exploring Portland’s Backyard—Along the Pacific Crest Trail.
We arrived at Timberline Lodge about 11 o’clock that morning and headed up the paved path about 200 yards to the intersection of the Pacific Crest Trail. The total distance of the trail spans 2650 miles. With only two hours till lunch, we had a decision to make: a right turn would take us 2100 miles to Mexico, a left, 550 miles to Canada. We opted for the right turn. We forded a small stream that took us over rocks to a sandy downhill pathway lined with bright purple wildflowers and craggy tree snags. The day was glorious and the sky was deep blue. I stopped, looked over my shoulder and captured this glimpse of grandeur.Read the full article and discuss it »