Some people might say it's crazy to hike with people you meet on the internet. I would call it the tinder for the hiker chick. Putting the social BACK into social media, crazy right?
In today's world of social media, why not utilize the platform for making friends and connecting with likeminded individuals who thrive off the same things you do?
This weekend I met up with Jess and Adam, a couple who's photos I have been admiring for quite sometime. If you ask us, it felt as if we had already met before.
Tire Mountain is a popular 7.5 mile mountain biking trail just before Oakridge off the 58 in Westfir. However, the trailhead reads Alpine Trail rather than Tire Mountain.
We embarked on the trail at 8am.
Tire Mountain is a popular mountain biking trail, so getting their early or on an off season is suggested. We were chasing the wildflowers in the meadows. We had the trail to ourselves until our decent down, which was tough to navigate as bikers traveled towards us.
Only 1.2 miles into the hike you will see beautiful views of Diamond Peak, Three Sisters, and Mt. Bachelor. Fortunately for us, we caught a beautiful shield of clouds coming off of the mountains that morning.
As you pass this ridge you will continue back into the beautiful Douglas Fir filled forests among wild orchids.
Prior to reaching the summit, you will enter Last Meadow which is full of balsamroots, yellow wood violets, and purple wild hyacinth.
Even though the true "summit" was said to not have beautiful views, we were up for seeing it anyways. We were glad we did as the forest continued to shine beautifully for us.
Head over to Naturally Inspired to see the beautiful moments captured by Adam and Jess
Fee: Northwest Forest Permit or $5 at trailhead
Directions: On Hwy. 58 a few miles west of Oakridge turn at the Westfir exit. After a mile you will reach a covered bridge, here continue 4.5 miles on Rd. 19. Turn left on gravel Rd. 1912 for 6.6 curvy and steep miles up to Windy Pass. Here continue straight on Rd. 1910 for .4 of a mile and then fork right onto Rd. 1911 for another .4 of a mile until you see the 'Alpine Trail' sign on your left. Here the road has small pullouts on the side where you can park.
*Disclaimer: the mileage, difficulty rating, directions depicted on this website are never 100% accurate. Always hike at your own risk, using your own equipment, common sense and knowledge.
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