Oneonta Gorge | Portland, OR

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Oneonta Gorge

1 mi In-out, 1 hr, Easy, Limited parking, arrive early ~9AM, weekday recommended

HOW TO GET THERE: The Lower Oneonta Falls is in Oneonta Gorge and is about 45 minutes outside of Portland by I-84 E. Take exit 35 to Historic Columbia River Highway.

Oneonta Gorge is very crowded on the weekends so I’d recommend a weekday! There is limited parking on the left before and after the tunnel, so arrive early. We arrived around 9AM so luckily found parking easily.  The ‘trailhead’ is down the stairs near the tunnel and bridge.

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Emerald Lake + More | Banff National Park

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Emerald Lake

1 hour canoe, 3.3 mi, 1-1.5 hour walk

Canoeing in Emerald Lake, a glacier-fed lake in Yoho National Park, was my favorite part of our trip. We arrived at Emerald Lake in the middle/later part of the day. There were people always coming and leaving, so parking wasn’t too difficult.

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The Orange Patagonia: Ascensionist 35L

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Ascensionist 35L

★★★★☆ (4.5)  $149, #47995, S/M, Technical Pack, Electric Orange

PROS
While an alpine climbing pack, I primarily use the Ascensionist as a daypack for hiking and everyday use. It has one large compartment separated by a drawstring  ‘collar’ into the main compartment and a “top compartment.” (photos below) The smaller zipper pouch on top is great for immediate access items (i.e. keys, phone, wallet)

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Moraine Lake, Johnston Canyon | Banff National Park

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Johnston Canyon

Arrive ~8-8:30AM, 2-3 hour hike, 5 mi roundtrip

Our day started in Johnston Canyon, a family-friendly hike on a boardwalk along and over the river in a beautiful canyon. It is a little over 30 minutes from the Banff National Park East entrance. The drive there on Highway 1A is smooth and very scenic. While Johnston Canyon has a decent sized parking lot, it does fill quickly so I would recommend arriving around 8 or 8:30 AM.

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