Beyond Megacity

1 to 3 day Trail Guide

Trip to the Coast

Went to the coast early last week, to see the sights and explore the beach along cliffs (which are hazardous, both from above and from below, respectively, by either not seeing the edge or not seeing falling rocks), and in all, the trip was fantastic. We stopped at five separate places, traveling north from Tillamook to Seaside.

The photos below were “stitched” panoramic photos (thanks to Microsoft’s Image Composite Editing software), using an Olympus “Tough” camera (who thankfully went to more efficient SD disks, rather than keeping their novel xD disk memory slots), and left the included border because I like it that way. All photos are copyrighted to me, Peter Christophe and are distributed here for no other purpose than self publishing, thanks to
1) Lookout Point

Lookout Point

Safety Sign Warning posted by Oregon State Parks

Cape Lookout Scene

Horsetail grass growing alongside cliff base.

Horsetail grass growing alongside cliff base.

2) Barview Jetty

3) Hug Point Beach

View of Hug Point Beach

View of Hug Point Beach

All images are copyright, Peter Christophe, 2012, intended solely for publication here at this web address. Please, if there is any requested correspondence, email me to

Written by Peter Christopher

September 3, 2012 at 9:36 pm

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Table Mountain Hike

First, from Bonneville Hotsprings Resort (a nice place to relax after this truly tough hike), hike a quarter mile to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

From Bonneville Hotsprings Resort to PCT

Finding the Pacific Crest Trail may be a little difficult, but it aligns a small creek, flowing downhill, in the woods to the right in above image.

Links to Portland Hiker Filed Guide:

Table Mountain via “Heartbreak Ridge

"Heartbreak Ridge"

From there (after half mile climb up 45° hillside, kind of a “hands free climb”), the trail leads to a small boulder field. While this took us about four hours to reach, and by then fairly exhausted, the return trip was less than half the time going up. So, if you’re calculating time, it is still a good idea to bring headlamps or flashlights.

Step up to Table Mountain Top

We were too exhausted to continue from this point, but are well prepared for the next time, knowing the route and the time it takes.

This hike was performed on February 24, 2012.

- PC

Written by Peter Christopher

March 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm

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Oneonta Gorge

[recommended hike]: Oneonta Gorge

on Wikipedia

on Portland Hikers Field Guide

[image below] Entrance way to Oneonta Gorge: (1) log pile up requires some fairly rigorous climbing, depending on dampness and weather conditions; and, (2) in order to reach the falls about a mile into the gorge, it’s impossible to not meet necessary shallow water crossing (which requires waterproof shoes or boots, especially when the water is cold).

Happy Trails!


Written by Peter Christopher

January 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm

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a short list of Hikes

Hello and Welcome to my blog page.

I am available to guide trail hikes primarily on the weekends, Friday thru Sunday, and require a fee that depends on the hike (determined by the overall cost of fuel for transportation).

Here’s a short list of places that I am familiar with, and a few that I have yet to explore (updated further in the future):

Year Round:

1. Eagle Creek (6.6 miles to Tunnel Falls; total 13 miles; steady grade) WIKI

2. Angel’s Rest (2.3 miles to top; steep incline; 1600′ elevation) WIKI

3. Falls Tour (Latourell Falls, Multinomah Falls, and Pony Tail Falls w/ 1.5 mile hike, steep to steady grade)

4. Wilson River Trail, Oregon Coast (5 miles to Moonrock)

5. Barview Jetty, Oregon Coast (short hike near Garibaldi, OR)


Mount St. Helens (may be closed for season, depends on snow conditions):

6. Ape cave (2-3 miles, hike, difficult; need headlamp, gloves)

7. Lava Canyon (10 mile hike, easy to very difficult trail, some climbing)

8. Butte Hike (Summer, near non-permit limit)

9. Spirit Lake and Windy Ridge (short hike to ridge overlook)

New to Me:

10. Lewis River Falls (7 miles)

11. Table Mountain (3.6 to 8.6 miles; 3380′ elevation)

Written by Peter Christopher

December 28, 2011 at 3:17 am

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Update 0.1 : Page Still in Development

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So, developing a website takes some time. As you can tell, it’s taking me a lot of time.

I’m still using a template design (“Journalist v1.9″) and it’s simple enough to use, but the thumbnail (previous post) looks like it’s a view of the wild through an aquarium keyhole. Apparently, I need to study CSS more, and establish my own template.

I had thought I would be hiking more, but times change. So, if you came to visit thinking there would be a post for every week (as previously planned), then I apologize for any upset, because it’s likely that new posts may only be as frequent as once a month. The image below looks better, for some reason.


Test Image Upload after “crunching”

Some purposes of this website are, as stated elsewhere, to distinguish urban life from rural life (in order to discern the natural worlds of Earth’s various climates from the human dream worlds of both rural and urban civilization), and to distinguish environmental geology (geology that effects the present and future of geology) from historical geology (geology that developed the very science of geology).

Till next time…thanks for visiting, and Cheers!

Written by Peter Christopher

October 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm

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Eagle Creek Trail

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Boulder in Eagle Creek

this is a test page for layout browsing

Written by Peter Christopher

September 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm

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