There are several hikes to mountain tops in the McKenzie River Valley region and this is probably the easiest and the shortest. This 2.4-mile out-and-back hike is a perfect warm-up hike for those planning on a multi-hike day or for those that happen to be…

lava rocks

Home to Oregon’s most massive volcano, the Newberry National Volcanic Monument is a great day hiking, fishing, paddling, and camping spot about 1 hour south of Bend.  Angelique and I have visited the National Monument several times since moving to Bend but this was the…

cave lantern

The Lava River Cave in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument may be one of the more touristy things to do when in the Bend region but it is also totally worth a visit, particularly on a warm summer day. We visited the cave in 2015…

hiking stick, hiking boots

This rugged section of the McKenzie River trail is extremely popular with hikers and bikers alike. While we chose a weekday morning for the hike, we had to share the trail with two large school groups, a large contingent of mountain bikers, and a few…