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Adventure Log: Lakes Basin Backpack, Birthdays, & Trip Preparations
Adventure Log: Lakes Basin Backpack, Birthdays, & Trip Preparations

Adventure Log: Lakes Basin Backpack, Birthdays, & Trip Preparations

August 12-25, 2019 Knock, Knock, Knocking on 50’s Door August has always been our favorite month. Camping, backpacking, and fishing are all at their prime and we both celebrate another set of birthdays. This year we’re both knocking pretty serious…

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 4 (return to civilization), Aug 2018
Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 4 (return to civilization), Aug 2018

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 4 (return to civilization), Aug 2018

I heard Jason moving and saw his Kindle light come on. It was pitch black outside and the dull glow of the Kindle looked light a spotlight. I fell back to sleep for a bit and finally heard him say,…

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 3 (Steamboat Lake), Aug 2018
Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 3 (Steamboat Lake), Aug 2018

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 3 (Steamboat Lake), Aug 2018

Happy 40-something birthday to Jason! What better way to spend the special day than by visiting a new Eagle Cap Wilderness lake? After a quiet night at Swamp Lake, we were crawling out of the tent at 5:00 as the…

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 2 (Swamp Lake), Aug 2018
Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 2 (Swamp Lake), Aug 2018

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 2 (Swamp Lake), Aug 2018

“It got cold last night and everything’s covered in dew”. It was a little after 5:00 and just barely starting to get light. I reached out of my warm down sleeping bag and felt the outside surface. It was wet with dew. On summer…

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 1 (Copper Creek Meadows), Aug 2018
Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 1 (Copper Creek Meadows), Aug 2018

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Swamp & Steamboat Lakes Backpack day 1 (Copper Creek Meadows), Aug 2018

Beat the crowds on the eastern side of Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness by visiting lesser known Swamp and Steamboat Lakes Distance: 27 miles round trip Type: out and back Difficulty: moderate with approximately 4,350′ total elevation gain Best Season: July…

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Hurricane Creek Backpack, July 2017
Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Hurricane Creek Backpack, July 2017

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Hurricane Creek Backpack, July 2017

Massive granite and limestone cliffs and waterfalls make this a great early summer opener Distance: 16.5 miles roundtrip  Type: out and back Difficulty: moderate with 2,000′ elevation gain  Best season: summer and early fall “The Eagle Cap never disappoints” we exclaim…

Our 100th post! Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Hidden Lake Backpack, July 2017
Our 100th post! Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Hidden Lake Backpack, July 2017

Our 100th post! Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Hidden Lake Backpack, July 2017

Stunning high mountain lake in a quiet corner of Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness Distance: 18 miles round trip Type: out and back Difficulty: difficult with approximately 2,700′ elevation gain Best season: July – September It doesn’t get any better than…

Oregon’s Buckhorn Lookout & Hells Canyon Breaks, June 2017
Oregon’s Buckhorn Lookout & Hells Canyon Breaks, June 2017

Oregon’s Buckhorn Lookout & Hells Canyon Breaks, June 2017

Fantastic views down into Hells Canyon and the Imnaha River from near Buckhorn Lookout in NE Oregon Distance: 5.0 miles for the route described here, longer options available Type: out and back Difficulty: moderate, descending 1,200′ over 2.5 miles.   Best…

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Lakes Basin Backpack day 1 (Horseshoe Lake), Aug 2016
Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness:  Lakes Basin Backpack day 1 (Horseshoe Lake), Aug 2016

Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Lakes Basin Backpack day 1 (Horseshoe Lake), Aug 2016

Stunning four day backpack to multiple high mountain lakes in Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness Distance: 32 miles round trip (10 miles this segment) Type: lollipop Difficulty: difficult with 3,800′ total elevation gain (2,500′ this segment) Best season: July – October…

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