Northern Exposure

By The Editors
October 25, 2013 9:00 am

Yelp’s fine in all things eatery and dentistry, but in matters of adventure it’s like asking Grandma where to find the best hike.

You deserve better.

In service of better: Outdoor Project, suggesting Northwest travels befitting of your time and your tab at the REI counter.

OP is basically the Kayak of outdoor action in the wilds of Oregon and Washington. Instead of picking a flight, you pick an activity (camping, hiking, skiing, etc.) or a locale.

Launched this year, the site is stocked with over six-hundred curated, topo-mapped and difficulty-classed experiences — photo-rich and as detailed as blueprints.

A few of our favorites:

Broken Top Crater

Push your 4×4 along the craggy upward trail to find a hike atop an extinct volcano with postcard views of the Three Sisters.

Multnomah Falls and Creek

Oregon’s tallest waterfall is just one of many falls you’ll spot along this easy loop of the Columbia River Gorge.

Ramona Falls

A riverbed hike below the cliffs of Mt. Hood with more than a few difficulty mods on offer for the more adventurous backpacker.

Finally, a community-driven resource that’s good for more than lo-res food porn.

Photos by Tyson Gillard.


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