Weekend Warriors, Earn Your Pints
It’s time to plan your next fall adventure, and we all know weekend warriors can use a bit of inspiration. What better reward for hardcore adventure than a handcrafted Oregon microbrew? Here is our list of recommended outdoor feats for the season and the beers to go with them.
Ride in Hood River
Fall brings a dewy kiss to the trails at Post Canyon, keeping the singletrack nice and tacky. Check out dozens of miles of routes, bridges and tricks in the woods west of town. We suggest the Seven Streams Trail for first timers. Spin your wheels downtown with a pint of Double Mountain India Red Ale — the color of the changing leaves.
Hike the Wallowas
The Wallowa Mountains of Eastern Oregon hold on to the shirttail of the sunshine into the fall. Take advantage of the sunny encore with a backpacking trip up to Mirror Lake outside of Enterprise. It’s a 15-mile quest to stunning views of Eagle Cap Peak. Come down off the mountain to the pub in Enterprise for a taste of Terminal Gravity India Pale Ale, heady like the peak you just bagged.
Scale Smith Rock
Spend a couple of days clinging to the sun-warmed sandstone at Smith Rock and you’ll feel like a high desert lizard. The 623-acre park has thousands of climbs to choose from. Cool off with a glass of recently released “The Stoic” from Deschutes Brewery in Bend. It’s a Belgian-style quad aged in rye whisky and wine casks with a depth to match Smith’s heights.
Cast in the Rogue
Celebrate the recent rebound of wild coastal Chinook Salmon, which has allowed harvesting this year from August through December. Cast your line on the Rogue River, and then drink a toast the big wild fish with Snug Harbor Old Ale from Wild River Brewing — brewed for really special occasions like weddings, anniversaries and wild salmon season.
About the Author: Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.