What is Fastpacking?
Fastpacking is essentially overnight backpacking, but running. So I carry a lightweight pack with overnight gear, food, and water, and generally run the flats / downs, and hike the uphills. Here are various notes, articles, and resources I use when planning fastpacking trips or gear.
Planning a trip
- Trip report - 2022-10-08 Three Sisters Loop Fastpack
- Trip report - 2022-07-03 Heart of Darkness Fastpack
Route recommendations in Central Oregon
Here are a few fastpacking rotes I'd recommend in Central Oregon. I've done all these routes. Links to be added.
- If you're a beginner, going out for the first time, I'd recommend a low-intensity single night trip. The Brokentop Circuit is a 42-mile loop (with some additional miles from potential out and backs) around Brokentop with moderate hills, so it does require fitness.
- The Three Sisters Loop is a popular loop that circumnavigates the Three Sisters in the Central Oregon Cascades. The loop itself is 44 miles, but there are no trailheads directly on the loop - you have to access the route from one of several side trails. Depending on your chosen trailhead, you can do this route in anywhere from 50 to 75 or more miles. Recommend 2 nights for most options.
- Don't want to purchase a permit for the Three Sisters Wilderness? Try the No-permit Three Sisters Wilderness Route. I'm sure there are many more ways of accomplishing this. The route would take 3 days / 2 nights, is about 56 miles, and only requires a free self-issue day use permit to move through the wilderness on day 2.
- For a lesser known route, you can try the Heart of Darkness in the eastern Ochoco Mountains. You should be comfortable with wilderness navigation as the trails are faint, overgrown, and quite difficult to follow. You'll need a GPS track and you should have a satellite communicator / PLB device as there is no cell service in the area. The loop is 42 miles with some big hills and tricky footing.