As the leaves start to change, do you venture to Multnomah Falls or prefer the nearby comfort of Butler Creek Trail? Every path, like the one by Sandy River, offers a refreshing escape. And with Columbia Gorge and Mount Hood just a short drive away, there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures. As you pack up your summer gear and prep for fall, remember the convenience of self storage in Oregon with Northwest Self Storage. It’s the perfect way to organize your stuff so you’re always ready for the next trail or camping trip. Continue to read if you are curious about hiking gear storage, storage organization tips, and get some bonus information on great trails for the fall!
Organize Before You Hike
You don’t have to be a gearhead to appreciate the advantages of stashing stuff in heated storage units. When you want to hike Powell Butte for the best views of Mt. Hood, these tips make sure you’re ready to go:
- Keep gear easy to find in clear plastic storage bins with lids and bright labels.
- Organize boxes by trip type so you can quickly retrieve the right gear.
- Use clothes racks as hanging storage for extra backpacks and laced boots.
- Don’t risk damaging gear with an indoor avalanche from boxes stacked too high.
- Put the things you retrieve most often just inside the unit door.
Gearing Up For Fall Weather in the Northwest
As the Northwest welcomes the autumn breeze, our outdoor takes on a different hue. Swapping out your summer gear for those perfect for the fall foliage is similar to trading your tank tops for cozy flannel shirts. While getting ready for those mesmerizing orange trails, putting away your summer equipment properly is vital so it’s ready to shine again when the sun’s back.
1. Tent Care
Your tent, after sheltering you during those summer nights, needs a good clean. Brush off any dirt or debris from both inside and out. Check for any damages or wear and tear. Once you’re sure it’s thoroughly dry, fold it neatly, preferably using its original packing method. This ensures the tent maintains its shape and is ready for use at the drop of a hat.
2. Sleeping Bags
Like your tent, sleeping bags need a good airing out. If washable, consider gently cleaning it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure it’s fully dry before rolling it up to avoid mold or musty smells. Store it in a cool, dry place.
Devices like lanterns, portable chargers, or GPS units were likely essential companions during your summer escapades. Before storing them away, clean them off, ensure they’re dry, and remove their batteries. This extends the battery life and safeguards your devices from potential damage due to battery leakage.
Those hiking boots have probably seen quite a few miles. Before you store them, give them a thorough cleaning. Dry them out, preferably stuffed with newspapers to maintain their shape, and then store them in a cool, dry place. If you used lighter shoes or sandals for summer treks, now’s a good time to check for wear and decide if they’ll make it for another summer or if it’s time for a replacement.
5. Apparel Storage
Lightweight summer hiking clothes should be cleaned and checked for damage. Repair any small tears or replace items as necessary. Using vacuum-sealed bags for storage saves space and ensures your clothes remain fresh for the next season.
As you transition, it’s also an excellent time to make a checklist of any gear you need to replace or new items you want to add to your collection. This way, you’re prepped for the current season and a step ahead for the next!
Bonus: Amazing Hiking Trails for the Fall
The Beauty of Trillium Lake: Nestled near Mount Hood, the Trillium Lake Loop Trail is a treasure trove of beautiful views. As you travel along the trail, Trillium Lake often mirrors a perfect reflection of Mount Hood, especially breathtaking on clear autumn days. The surrounding forest is filled with fall colors during this time and is a must on your list for hiking trails in the fall time.
The trail, primarily flat, is a fantastic choice for families and beginner hikers. It’s a simple but beautiful hiking experience with wooden boardwalks and well-maintained paths. Whether you’re introducing your little ones to the joys of hiking or looking for an accessible, peaceful retreat, the Trillium Lake Loop Trail is an excellent pick.
Natural Retreat Close to Home
Despite its isolate feel, the trail is easily accessible, making it a favored choice for those who desire a quick nature getaway without going too far. The sounds of chirping birds and the rustle of fallen leaves underfoot, are sure to have you feeling refreshed.
A Hiker’s Paradise in All Seasons
While the Trillium Lake Trail is a fall favorite, its beauty spans all seasons. However, there’s an undeniable charm in watching the transition of the forest canopy into a canvas of autumn colors, with Mount Hood in the backdrop.
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Tucked within the bustling heart of Portland, the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is a testament to nature’s resilience even in the big city. As the trees transition from vibrant greens to oranges and deep reds, the city hide away becomes an enchanting place for autumn lovers.
The beauty of Oaks Bottom isn’t just in its flora and fauna but also in its accessibility. The trails are flat and meticulously maintained, making it suitable for hikers of all levels, including families with young children. Whether you’re an avid hiker or just looking for a gentle walk, these trails promise a delightful experience.
What’s unique about Oaks Bottom is its proximity to Portland. It offers a quick escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Just a few steps into the refuge, the noise of the city fades, replaced by the rustling of leaves and birds chirping.
Stay Ready to Go
Every trek through the Pacific Northwest paints a great memory, from the autumn hues at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to the reflections at Trillium Lake. As the seasons shift ensure your gear is always at its best with our dependable storage units located all throughout Oregon and Washington State. Keep those spontaneous trips alive and know that no matter when the outdoors call, Northwest Self Storage has your equipment organized and ready for the journey ahead.