Cascade Summer

Cascade Summer is the story of Bob Welch’s 2011 attempt, along with his brother-in-law, to hike the 452-mile length of Oregon’s mountainous spine. To reconnect with his past. And to better understand 19th-century Cascade Range advocate John Waldo, the state’s answer to California naturalist John Muir. Despite great expectations, near trail’s end Welch finds himself facing an unlikely challenge. Laughs. Blisters. And new friends from literally around the world—his PCT adventure offered it all. But he never foresaw its bittersweet ending. $22.95

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“Cascade Summer confirms Welch’s place among Oregon’s finest storytellers. No other author twines his love for the state with such a unique blend of humor, history, passion, and profundity. This is no travelogue of a trail, but a human adventure that brings into play unexpected challenges, unexpected heroes, and an unexpected ending. A gold-star read.”
Dean Rea UO School of Journalism & Communication Hall of Achievement inductee
In Cascade Summer, Bob Welch masterfully captures the PCT I remember from my hiking and mountain climbing days. A marvelous story for outdoor novices, enthusiasts and aficionados!
Lewis L. McArthur Editor, Oregon Geographic Names
A beautiful story. Part Oregon environmental history, part trail narrative, and part can’t-put-down inspirational—Cascade Summer reminds us that life is about unknowns and we all have our own trail that runs through it.”
Eric Blehm Author of Fearless and The Last Season, one of Outside magazine’s Top 10 great adventure biographies
Tackling the 452-mile Oregon section of the PCT, Bob Welch delivers a well-crafted tale of blisters, bugs, history, and the Oregon experience.
William L. Sullivan Author of Listening for Coyote and numerous Oregon hiking guides
Combines a brisk and readable style with well-researched looks into Oregon’s history, especially through the lens of Judge John Waldo’s journals. Cascade Summer is a welcome addition to the library of anyone who has hiked the PCT, intends to do so, or simply shares a love of wild places.
Jay Bowerman Principal researcher, Sunriver Nature Center
Cascade Summer puts you on the trail. Welch’s humility is striking and his tales entice you. It’s a rich journey into Oregon’s past and the sublime of the Cascades. A must read for anyone who loves Oregon.
James Meacham Co-editor, The Atlas of Oregon and The Atlas of Yellowstone
I loved Cascade Summer. Couldn’t put it down. Welch sets out on a bold adventure and, in so doing, inspires others to do likewise.
David Imus Creator of national award-winning maps of Oregon and the United States
Captivating! Welch plumbs the depths of Oregon’s wilderness.
Judith Hansen Co-founder, SOLV’s Oregon Spring Beach Cleanup
Welch tells a great story of planning and then making an epic adventure reality, reconnecting with the pleasures of one’s youth, and exploring the history of his beloved home state of Oregon through relating Waldo’s nineteenth century travels and efforts to preserve the Cascades. Welch captures perfectly the spirit of the trail: its beauty, the interesting characters one encounters along the way, the fears and disappointments, and especially the excitement and joy.
Laura Buhl Solo finisher of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, 1999