High Sierra Crossing
Barebones in the backcountry
Every year around March, we hop in the van and hit the road to follow the wildflower bloom.
What a year! It seems safe to say 2016 was a doozy for everyone.
“I’ve spent my whole life exploring the outdoors. It takes a few rides around the sun to realize how ephemeral the experience of a place is.”
Desert. Coast. Mountains. These are the wild places we go every year, chasing the yearly rhythm of the plants.
When the first winter storms of the season come in from the Gulf of Alaska, they roll ashore into the coastal mountains of Redwood country and unload massive amounts of rain.
JR Founder’s favorite meal to make on the trail.
JR Founder Hall Newbegin shares with you his recent trip through the Sierra Nevada Foothills.
Every year we pack up the Wildflower Van, hit the road and follow the bloom as it moves throughout the West. From the deserts in early spring to the high peaks of the Cascades in August, we’ll go anywhere for a good bloom.
The heat of the afternoon about to pass and the coolness of evening beginning to descend. We gather together, pack up our stuff and drive a couple hours south to the trailhead.
Hall, or more specifically Hall and the Field Lab Van, knows the Panoramic Highway, which winds around the peak of Mount Tamalpais, better than any man and his trusty steed should know each other.
“When Juniper Ridge first started making Winter Redwood, it was all about the essential oil. California Bay Laurel, Douglas Fir and Coastal Redwood essential oils were combined into a bright perfume-base that was gorgeous and green and full of light and life”
“My perception rockets out the top of my head, out of the tower and looks down on where I would be, unable to see my tiny dot in the holy mass of these mountains. ”
When you get a bottle from Juniper Ridge, you know it’s full of the real deal. This year, we wanted to extend that authenticity beyond the bottle.
“God I love this mountain. Coming here always gives me a serious case of the warm fuzzies. I grew up in Portland and I’ve been coming to Mount Hood since I was a little boy.”
Long before the volcanos of the Cascades took their ragged, skyward shapes, a mass of ice nearly a half-mile thick blanketed Oregon from Mount Hood, south to Mount Mcloughlin.
At the end of the the most recent ice age, the Palmer, Newton Clark, Eliot and other glaciers of Mount Hood were about a mile thick at 6000 ft elevation, almost exactly where the Timberline Lodge is today.
To me this trail, this story, is nothing less than the most beautiful and important trail in the world.
You can never carry enough water. You’re going to need more than a gallon a day and each gallon weighs eight pounds. Three nights: thirty-two pounds of water. At least.
Conifers go by lots of names: evergreens, Pinophyta, pines— even Christmas trees. Whatever name you use, it isn’t hard to fall in love with them.
Picking the most beautiful anything in the west is a challenge, but we have noticed that year after year, there are a few wildflowers that catch our eye most.
Hitting the trail isn’t the only way to get a new perspective. Sometimes the most inspiring thing is staying in to watch a film that reminds you how beautiful and rare the world really is.
Cartographer and friend of Juniper Ridge, Bryan Conant has been the primary advocate and organizer of a trail project called The Condor Trail since 2008.
We spend all of our time poking around the hidden corners of the west coast and have stumbled across so many of these gems over the years, we want to start sharing them with you.
On Feb 6th, 2015, seven backpackers ascended this heretofore unnamed ridge deep in the granite mountains of the Mojave National Preserve.
The team here at Juniper Ridge has been wearing denim while hiking and backpacking for years. It is why we came up with Desert Denim Wash.
The Mojave Desert is a symbol of some kind of “Middle of Nowhere-ness” to the romantics that are smart/dumb/excited/suicidal enough to visit each year.
Perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean with the feel of a small village of hippie shacks and some hazy long forgotten 70’s back-to-the-lander dreamscape, Slide Ranch just exudes the kind of magic that drives us crazy at Juniper Ridge!
The Redwoods- Coastal Redwood, Sierra Redwood, and Dawn Redwood- were present on earth at the same time as the dinosaurs and individuals may live for over two thousand years.
Winter Redwood is a feeling, complex by nature, from the rich loamy soil dappled in bay, oak, chaparral and fir, windswept by stream, ocean and fire.
For a few days, we were living our own unreal dream caught somewhere between lucid euphoria and articulate oddity.
It was a long day of driving. We said goodbye to Seattle and made our way toward Portland.
We love Seattle. Today began with a revitalizing hike through Cougar Mountain with some friends.
We met at the warehouse this morning at 6:00am, primed and geared for the Cascadia Rising expedition of the Pacific Northwest.
November 29-December 5th, the guys of Juniper Ridge are hitting the road and heading to the Pacific Northwest with the indomitable Field Lab Van to visit some friends and celebrate the release of our newest Field Lab Fragrance: Timberline Trail.
Reflections from the most harrowing day on the trail.
Nothing summons the holiday spirit like holiday spirits.
Here are a couple of our favorite spots to escape the long winter nights.
One of the benefits of wandering around in the woods a lot is that you stumble on some pretty amazing, off-the-beaten-path campgrounds.