Peak Northwest

Hosts Jamie Hale and Vickie Connor take you to some of the greatest destinations in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

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Scheming the perfect 3-day spring weekend
Jim and Jamie say it's time to hit the road and take a long weekend, if you can swing it.
23 min
Where to find the best beaches on the southern ...
Jim and Jamie discuss some gems on the spectacular southern coast
31 min
Fishing 101 with Bill Monroe
The Oregonian/OregonLive's longtime fishing and wildlife reporter gives practical advice on how to get into fishing in Oregon.
31 min
What to do at Valley of the Rogue, Oregon’s bus...
The busiest state park in Oregon is right there, if you're on I-5 in Southern Oregon.
26 min
How to go stargazing in Oregon
On this week’s episode of Peak Northwest we talk to Bob Grossfeld, manager of the Sunriver Observatory, where visitors can peer through telescopes to see the wonders of the cosmos. Those who can’t make it out to the observatory can still go stargazing on their own, he explains, with nothing more than a pair of binoculars.<br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href=''></a> for privacy and opt-out information.</p>
20 min
Do go chasing waterfalls...along Oregon's south...
The southern Coast Range is home to several spectacular waterfalls.
21 min
Take a spring break road trip down Oregon 47
The myriad ways to escape the crowds for spring break this month.
27 min
Take a trip to Oregon’s most overlooked state p...
Shhhh, there are some epically amazing state parks that don't get tons of visitors.
23 min
Turning a skijoring skeptic into a believer
What happens when you take skis, snow, a dog and add Jim Ryan?
32 min
Where to play, eat and sleep on Mount Hood this...
An updated guide of fun things to do on or around the state's tallest mountain.
24 min
A winter trip to Seaside
Jim and Jamie talk about all the ways to escape the crowds and head to Seaside in the winter.
25 min
How to go Dungeness crabbing for the first time...
Crabbing is a Pacific Northwest pastime.We gave it a shot late last year, heading out onto Nehalem Bay for a video shoot with an expert from Kelly’s Brighton Marina.And this week on the Peak Northwest podcast, the marina’s owner, Colin Davis, joi...
21 min
How to play in the snow without spending all yo...
Downhill skiing is one popular way to experience the majesty of the mountains, come wintertime. But there are plenty of other options for those seeking a different kind of mountain experience. This week on the Peak Northwest podcast, we discuss snowy a...
29 min
Enjoying the brews and views of Cascade Locks
This week on the Peak Northwest podcast, we discuss the beer, cider and wine scene in Cascade Locks — as well as ways to enjoy the outdoors in and around the small Columbia River Gorge town. By the end of the episode, you'll be itching to get in y...
29 min
Northwest Travel Guide 2022
We dig into this year's Northwest Travel Guide and talk about some ideas for the year ahead, from small towns to big outdoor adventures. Spoiler alert: There are many great ideas.
29 min
What to wear for a winter adventure in the Paci...
Whether you're hiking through a rainy forest, going skiing or exploring the high desert this winter, it's important to dress properly for the conditions. We have tips on what to wear for your outdoor adventures, from head to toe.
27 min
Dense forests of northwest Oregon are a rainy r...
If you're looking for a place to get outside during the dark, rainy days of Oregon winter, look no further than the dense rainforests that surround us.
22 min
Diving into the Portland dining scene: Peak Nor...
The Peak Northwest podcast normally heads to the great outdoors, but this week we’re keeping it inside for a chat with dining critic Michael Russell about his recent list of Portland’s best new restaurants. Think of it as fuel for your next hike or ski...
43 min
Previewing Oregon’s ski season
It’s not quite winter — just yet, at least.But it is ski season. And snow is beginning to pile up in the mountains.In this week’s episode of the Peak Northwest podcast, hosts Jamie Hale and Jim Ryan offer a preview of Oregon’s ski season.Some ...
29 min
Getting into peak holiday spirit
Whether it’s cutting down and decorating a tree, preparing festive dishes for family and friends, or simply spending time with loved ones, the holiday season is steeped in tradition.In this week’s episode of the Peak Northwest podcast, hosts Jamie H...
34 min
Camp in comfort at Oregon State Park cabins and...
If you enjoy camping but don’t love sleeping on the ground, there’s a nifty solution at some of Oregon’s most popular state parks.In addition to the tent and RV sites that populate campgrounds, some parks come equipped with additional accommodations...
27 min
Thanksgiving break
We're taking a week off for Thanksgiving, but we'll be back next week with more Pacific Northwest adventures.
4 min
Touring the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway is a stunning destination in every season, with Cascade Mountain views, beautiful lakes and outdoor adventures right off the highway. Whether you're gearing up for a winter ski trip or planning your next summer road ...
22 min
Santiam Pass and McKenzie Pass make one super s...
The Santiam Pass-McKenzie Pass Scenic Byway is one super scenic loop drive, taking you across two mountain passes, past beautiful waterfalls and forested trails, and to some of Oregon's most fascinating roadside attractions.
32 min
Hiking, climbing and sightseeing at Smith Rock
On this week's episode of the Peak Northwest podcast, we discuss why fall is our favorite time to visit central Oregon's Smith Rock State Park.
27 min