Need a Newbie Backpack Trail
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After 18 years, I finally talk my son into going backpacking with me. He is not an avid hiker. I want this to be a great experience for him. I'd like him to see some great country without a huge elevation gain or long distance (though I'd like to flirt with the line of making him work to feel a sense of accomplishment but not to the point where he get's discouraged and hates it). I've always hit the Alpine country and those that I've done have fairly large elevation gains. I've never done Jefferson Park. Is there a fairly reasonable way there for a new hiker? I've also never done Tam MacCarthur Rim - Same question plus how is water on that trail? Ideally it would be within 2-3 hours from Portland. Obsidian Falls is another thought I had but I think that requires a permit??? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!