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Brown jagged peaks of the Broken Top Summit
Backpacking Hiking Oregon

Broken Top Hike: Summiting Broken Top via Green Lakes Trail

Summiting Broken Top is absolutely epic. It’s spellbinding in itself to drive around Bend, Oregon, admiring the Cascade Mountain Range from the ground, but it’s a completely different, intoxicating experience to witness the mountains from the summit of Broken Top. The Broken Top hike is rugged, challenging, stunning, and above all, an adventure for the …

Two hikers follow Green Lakes Trail along a lake with Broken Top Mountain in the distance
Backpacking Hiking Oregon

Green Lakes Trail: Stunning Hike in Bend, Oregon

Green Lakes Trail is the best hike near Bend, Oregon if you ask me. Not only is the trail itself enchanting, but it’s the perfect launching point for those looking to summit nearby South Sister or Broken Top — both must-do hikes in Bend. Green Lakes Trail takes hikers past several waterfalls, through dense forest, …

Two hikers standing at the top of a rocky trail looking over mountains in the distance
Backpacking Gear

A Complete List of Backpacking Essentials

There is no excitement quite like the excitement of packing for a backpacking trip. Whether you’re gearing up for your first trip or you’re a seasoned backpacker, ensuring you’ve packed all of the essentials is key to having an epic trip. After years of backpacking trips, forgetting things, upgrading gear, and deciding not to bring …

Teal blue Crystal Lake surrounded by towering granite mountains along the Enchantments Trail
Backpacking Hiking Washington

Hiking the Enchantments: The Only Guide You’ll Need

Hiking the Enchantments is officially one of my favorite backpacking experiences of all time. We were among the lucky ones who scored a five-day, four-night Core Enchantment Zone permit to savor our time exploring the area. While backpacking the Enchantments Trail is the ultimate dream, it’s not the only way to hike the Enchantments. Those …