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One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City
by Doug Lorain (Wilderness Press)
The Bull of the Woods Wilderness protects a lovely subalpine landscape of small lakes, rolling forests, and rugged peaks and ridges far from the more famous hiking areas around Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, or the Columbia River Gorge. Although not as spectacularly scenic as those better-known areas, this wilderness offers plenty of beauty, fine lakes for swimming and fishing, and a good chance for solitude. This trip takes you into the heart of this remote preserve and provides an excellent sampling of everything the wilderness has to offer.
Hiking Oregon's Central Cascades
by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)
A short day hike in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness through old-growth Douglas-fir forest to a lake set in a deep glacial basin. The hike: The Pansy Lake Trail plunges right into old-growth Douglas-fir forest; a welcome relief from the miles of clearcut timber along the access road. A gradual climb through cathedral-like forest leads to a trail junction. Stay right (south) on the marked trail to Pansy Lake. A short distance later, turn right again and walk a few dozen yards to the shore of Pansy Lake. The lake is small and shallow, but the setting is impressive. Pansy Lake basin is a nearly perfect semicircle of steep bluffs and cliffs with a classic glacial cirque. Looking at the flourishing forest, it’s hard to imagine a huge mass of ice filling the cirque and grinding away at the mountainsides. Look closely on the return hike, however, and you may see how the valley below the lake has the characteristic U-shape of a glacial canyon. Permit required for day and overnight hikes; self-issue at trailhead.
by Art Bernstein (Wilderness Press)
Highlights include vistas of the glacier-carved peaks and valleys of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness, with interesting ecology and great views of Mts. Hood and Jefferson. Mostly easy gravel roads. Slow and winding.
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