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Hawaii

Oahu & Big Island (1990)





Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Big Island (January 2017) - Kilauea Volcano, Chain of Craters Road, Thurston Lava Tube, Kilauea Iki Crater, Holei Sea Arch, Mauna Kea, Akaka Falls State Park, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Waipi'o Valley, Hapuna Beach, Kohala Mtn Road, Lapakahi State Historical Park, Kona, Hilo





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Washington

Mount Rainier National Park - Climbing and ski/snowboard touring
Mount Saint Helens Nat'l Monument - Monitor Ridge climb
North Cascades Nat'l Park - Diablo Lake, see also Peaks, climbs & hikes
Olympic Nat'l Park - Hurricane Ridge, see also Peaks, climbs & hikes
Pacific Coast and Puget Sound - Hikes, paddles, surf

See also:
     Cascade Range
     Rock & ice (incl E. WA)
     Turns, tours & traverses
     Mountain bike & kayak (incl E. WA)
     Columbia Plateau (POI's from Western ID, NE OR and Eastern WA)

Oregon

Newberry Volcano - Report/Photos

Newberry Volcano

With an afternoon to burn following my climbing and splitboarding adventures on Mount Shasta, Lassen Peak and Mount McLoughlin, I decided to check out Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Being that I was passing through the area after visiting Crater Lake and with plans for a climb and ski descent of the South Sister the next day, exploring yet another volcanic remnant in a state so totally dominated by volcanism seemed like the logical thing to do.

The road leading up to Paulina Peak wasn't plowed yet so there'd be no gazing down onto the crater from above on this visit. However, exploring the Big Obsidian Flow was an unexpected treat and is probably the highlight of the National Monument. If you happen to be in the area, a side trip to visit this relatively unknown National Monument is well worth your time.

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Crater Lake National Park - 2010, 2018 (West Rim, Watchman Lookout)
Wallowa Mountains - Materhorn & Sacajawea Peak
Hells Canyon - America's deepest river gorge (return from MT & WY)
SE OR - Burns Junction, Ritter Butte, Pendleton Area (return from UT)
CT OR - Eclipse '17, John Day NM, Cove Pal. SP, Deschutes, Smith Rock
OR volcanoes - Hood, Jefferson, McLoughling, Three Sisters, Thielsen
Spencer Butte - Eugene area hiking & overlook

OR Coast (August 2016) - Willapa Bay, WA to Crescent City, CA





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Oregon Caves National Monument (August 2016) - Guided tour beneath Siskiyou Mountains




Idaho

Craters of the Moon National Monument - Report/Photos

Craters of the Moon

Craters of the Moon, to me at least, seems to be a relatively unknown and underappreciated National Monument tucked away in south-central Idaho. I happened upon the monument only after my folks visited there earlier in the spring and suggested that I go have a look for myself. Being that I was en route from Jackson Wyoming, following a climb of Grand Teton to climb Mount Borah (the tallest peak in ID), I naturally found myself driving Idaho's scenic State Route 20 (aka Goodale's Cutoff) towards the town of Arco. For those of you unaware, Arco holds the proud distinction of being the first town in the US to be totally electrified by nuclear power. In fact numerous atomic research facilities dot the desert landscape east of town, all of which bear some resemblance to the much-maligned Hanford site near Washington's Tri-Cities.

A short distance southwest of Arco lies the Craters of the Moon National Monument. Where better to burn an afternoon sightseeing, resting-up and camping the night prior to a Mt. Borah climb? Craters itself is unique in that it reminded me very much of the moonscape-like lava fields on Hawaii's Big Island. Honestly, where else on the mainland do you see such things? From caving in frigid lava tubes, hiking the rim of a long extinct cinder cone, to wandering across a vast and ancient lava flow, it is safe to say that I was pleasantly surprised by what Craters has to offer. Oh, and best of all the monument is not overrun by tourists like the uber-popular National Park a few hours to the northeast!

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Borah Peak (and SE WA) - Highest in Idaho
Seven Devils (He Devil) - Highest in Hell's Canyon Wilderness
Sawtooth Range - Mount Regan, Thompson Peak & more
Selkirk Mountains - Chimney Rock, Mount Roothan, Priest Lake

See also:
     Snowboarding - Schweitzer, Silver, Sun Valley
     Miscellaneous - Bruneau Dunes, Lewiston/Clarkston, Moscow

California

Yosemite National Park - September 2008,

Yosemite National Park

Agata and I fled the onset of the autumnal Seattle rains for the greener pastures, or more appropriately, meadows of Northern California. We flew in to San Francisco and spent the rest of the day and part of the following day visiting various local tourist attractions before embarking on the 4 - 5 hour drive east to Yosemite. Continuing with the tourist theme the next morning, we gawked at the usual suspects in Yosemite Valley and lunched at Glacier Point before making our way over to Tuolumne Meadows later that afternoon. We spent the rest of the week, despite reservations, sleeping on dirt, climbing, scrambling and generally soaking in the unusual and sublime beauty this land of granitic domes has to offer. By the time Agata's mattress popped (we fixed it), we finally became acclimated to living at or above 8500 feet and waking-up to 25-degree mornings. With the sheer number of quality climbs, reliable autumn weather and relatively inexpensive SEA-SFO flights however, a return visit or two is definitely warranted!

What follows is a collection of photos from various stages of our California trip - from SF, to Yos and back to Seattle.

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August 2018
     See also: Half Dome hike
Mount Lassen National Park & Mount Shasta - See Volcanoes
Eastern Sierra Climbing - Lyell, Ritter, Sill, Whitney, Conness, Lamarck
Owens Valley & vicinity - Route 395 from Topaz Lake to Lone Pine
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest - Schulman Grove

North Coast (August 2016) - Crescent City to Santa Cruz





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Redwood National & State Parks (August 2016) - Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP, Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Humboldt Redwoods SP, Avenue of the Giants, Founders Grove, Women's Federation Grove, Rockefeller Grove






Kings Canyon National Park (August 2016) - North Grove, General Grant Tree, Mist Falls







Sequoia National Park (August 2016) - Giant Forest Sequoia Grove, General Sherman Tree, Moro Rock







Coachella Valley (August 2016) - Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Mount San Jacinto State Park






Joshua Tree National Park (August 2016) - Hidden Valley, Keys View, Ryan Mountain, Jumbo Rocks, Cholla Cactus Garden





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Death Valley National Park (August 2016) - Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Badwater Basin, Artists Drive, Golden Canyon, Zabriskie Point, Dante's View





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Northern Arizona

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument (August 2016) - Marble Canyon, Cliff Dwellers, The Wave, Antelope Pass






Meteor Crater (August 2016) - "Best preserved meteorite crater on Earth"






Sedona & Flagstaff Area (August 2016) - Oak Creek Canyon, Chicken Point, Soldier Pass, Dead Horse Ranch SP, San Francisco Peaks Region





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Grand Canyon National Park (August 2016) - South Rim, Mather Point to Bright Angel Trailhead, Hermits Rest to Maricopa Point, Desert View, Little Colorado River Canyon





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Antelope Canyon (August 2016) - "The Corkscrew"







Lake Mead & Powell (August 2016) - Hoover Dam, Glen Canyon Dam, Willow Beach, Lone Rock Beach, Antelope Point, Labyrinth Canyon





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Monument Valley & Vicinity (September 2016) - Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Agathla Peak to Shiprock (NM)





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Utah

Northern Utah (2013) - Great Salt Lake, Wasatch Mountains, I-80
High Uinta & Wasatch Climbing (2013) - Kings Peak, Mount Timpanogos
Central Utah (2018) - Route 50, I-15, I-70

Zion National Park (August 2016) - Watchman Trail, Riverside Walk, Zion Narrows, Angels Landing, Canyon Overlook Trail





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Bryce Canyon National Park (August 2016) - Navajo Loop Trail, Peekaboo Loop Trail, Queens Garden Trail, Sunrise/Sunset/Inspiration Point, Rainbow Point, Yovimpa Point, Natural Bridge





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Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat'l Monument (August 2016) - Million Dollar Road/Scenic Byway 12, Head of the Rocks, Aquarious Plateau/Boulder Mountain, Larb Hollow





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Capitol Reef National Park (August 2016) - Panorama Point, Goosenecks Overlook, Sunrise Point, Fruita, Capitol Gorge, Hickman Bridge





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Arches National Park (September 2016) - Park Avenue, Courthouse Towers, Petrified Dunes, Balanced Rock, North/South Window, Turret Arch, Double Arch, Delicate Arch, Salt Valley, Landscape Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Tunnel Arch





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Canyonlands National Park (September 2016) - Island in the Sky, Shafer Canyon, Holeman Spring Canyon, Green River, Candlestick Tower, Buck Canyon, Orange Cliffs & Grand View Point Overlooks, Whale Rock, Upheaval Dome





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Moab & Southeast Utah (September 2016) - Mountain Biking (Slickrock, Lower Ahab & HyMasa Trails), Twin Rocks/Bluff, Goosenecks State Park





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Colorado

Colorado Rockies (September 2018) - Uncompahre, Blanca, Elbert, N. Maroon, DECALIBRON

Mesa Verde National Park (September 2016) - Mancos Valley Overlook, Knife Edge Trail, Montezuma Valley Overlook, Park Point Overlook





Million Dollar Highway (September 2016) - Durango, Coal Bank Pass, Molas Pass, Molas Lake, Silverton, Red Mountain Pass, Ouray







Mount Sneffels (September 2016) - Southwest Ridge





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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (September 2016) - Gunnison Point, Pulpit Rock, Cross Fissures View, Point Rock, Devils Lookout, Chasm View, Painted Wall View, Cedar Point, Dragon Point, High Point, Warner Point, East Portal







U.S. Route 50 to San Luis Valley (September 2016) - Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnision, Monarch Pass, Poncha Pass, San Luis Valley, Spanish Peaks







Great Sand Dunes National Park (September 2018, September 2016 below) - High Dune, Pinyon Flats, Point of No Return





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Pikes Peak (September 2016) - Cog Railway





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U.S. Route 24 to Twin Lakes (September 2016) - Wilkerson Pass, Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway, Twin Lakes






Independence Pass (September 2016) - 12,095 ft






Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness (September 2016) - Maroon Lake, North Maroon Peak, Buckskin Pass





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Rocky Mountain National Park & Vicinity (September 2016) - Berthoud Pass, Winter Park, Lake Granby, Milner Pass, Trail Ridge Road, Gore Range, Rock Cut, Many Parks Curve, Estes Park





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Longs Peak (September 2016) - Keyhole Route





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Wyoming

Southwest WY - I-80, Route 191
Wind River Range (2011) - Gannet Peak (Gooseneck Ridge)
Grand Teton NP (2010) - Grand Teton (Upper Exum Ridge)
Jackson Hole Valley (2019)- GTNP, Nat'l Elk Refuge
Teton Pass (2019)- South Side, Glory Mountain
Jackson Hole Resort (2019)- All 'round "The Village"

Grand Teton National Park (September 2016) - Teton Point, Jackson Lake







Yellowstone National Park - August 2010,

Yellowstone National Park

I made a loop through Yellowstone National Park the day following my Grand Teton climb. A lazy mid-morning start, congestion, bison-crossing backups and afternoon thundershowers all conspired to make this a day where the modus operandi was to hurry through as many attractions as possible before it got dark. I'm not sure what the big rush was to be honest, my spouse notwithstanding, it's not like I had a boss waiting for me back in Seattle. But anyway...

This is my second visit to the park, now as an adult rather than the prepubescent teen standing next to me. Was he just a reflection of my earlier self, hoping like everyone else to start capturing Old Faithful on video moments before its orgasmic climax? In any case, there's certainly a lot to see and learn here in this grandiose and volatile land, but the volume of human traffic circulating through the park is almost too much for me to bear. Below are a few snaps of Yellowstone's popular attractions taken during my rushed one-day loop through the park.

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September 2018, Avalanche Peak (2018), September 2016 (below): Upper Geyser Basin, Old Faithful, Lower Geyser Basin, Grand Prismatic Spring, Firehole Lake Drive, Great Fountain Geyser, Firehole Canyon Drive, Fountain Flat Drive, Norris Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hotsprings, Mount Washburn, Boiling River





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Medicine Bow Mountains & Vicinity (September 2016) - Medicine Bow Peak, Great Divide Basin





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Jackson (September 2016) - Snow King Mountain/Town Hill, "Climb the King"




Montana

Glacier National Park - Part #1
Glacier National Park - Part #2
Glacier National Park - Part #3
Granite Peak - South Face (via East Ridge)

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park (September 2016) - Guided tour of limestone cavern formerly known as Morrison Cave





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Nevada

BC & Alberta

Waterton National Park (2012) - Upper Waterton Lake, Mt. Cleveland
Waterton National Park (2015) - Red Rock Canyon (and more)
Glacier National Park (of Canada) - Mount Sir Donald & Uto Peak
Yoho & Banff National Parks - Temple, Wapta Icefields, L. Louise, Banff
Jasper National Park - Athabasca, Edith Cavell
Pacific Rim National Park - Tofino, BC
Sraight of Juan de Fuca (2001) - Souke to Sombrio Point
Sunshine Coast (2009) - Powell River & Savary Island
Straight of Georgia - Birch & Semiahmoo Bay
Sea-to-Sky - Short walks and scenery from Horseshoe Bay to Whistler

See also:
     Coast Range climbs and hikes
     Canadian Rockies climbs and hikes
     Turns, Tours & Traverses
     Rides, Paddles & Surf
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