With many trails still closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, it has been tough to find good day hikes in the Columbia Gorge. However, it has forced me to explore some areas I’ve never ventured and revisit old trails to travel a different direction. Today was the latter. Returning to the Herman CreekContinue reading “Winter Waterfall Hike: Nick Eaton Falls”
Looking for a quick afternoon hike in the Columbia Gorge? Pack a picnic, your tag-along-pup (or kids) and follow the Pacific Crest Trail for 2.2 miles to Dry Creek Falls, surrounded by a lovely, lush basalt amphitheater. While the trail may be named dry creek, water flows here year round, making it a wonderful trail forContinue reading “Dry Creek Falls Hike”
This past week the mercury fell and we looked head first into winter – and a winter that may be more wild than we think (let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!). But being a true northwest native is all about not letting the rain, sleet, ice, and cold wind slow you down, especiallyContinue reading “10 Oregon Winter Hikes to Hit this Year”
Only a 30-minute drive from Portland, Angel’s Rest is likely one of the most popular hiking trails in the Columbia Gorge – and for good reason. Featuring expansive views (270 degrees) from the top main of the Columbia River below, the trail is a quick 2.4 miles to a rocky summit. With sunshine and heatContinue reading “A Heavenly Day at Angel’s Rest”
I hope my first hike of the year isn’t a sign of things to come in 2014…or maybe I do? Beautiful yet grueling, Table Mountain from the Bonneville Dam Trailhead stretches your endurance along 15.8 miles of weaving paths and tests your resolve to make it to the top with 3350-feet elevation gain. With someContinue reading “Starting the New Year on Table Mountain”
The holidays can be a tough. Too much food, too much family-fun and too much sitting around. While some may enjoy relaxing on the couch, for me the lethargy can be all too consuming. My mind starts to wander, the hours slip by and my body enters a sugar coma that’s as addictive as theContinue reading “Triple the Beauty at Triple Falls”
After a week of sub-freezing levels, I headed out to the Columbia Gorge early in the morning to see the winter-wonderland transformation of the area’s waterfalls. Covered in snow and ice, Horsetail Falls, Multnomah Falls, Bridal Veil and Latourell Falls were all spectacular to see!
While I’ve hiked most of the popular trails off of historic highway 30, the beautiful and lush forest of the Columbia River Gorge and its pounding waterfalls never get old. To mix it up, this last time around I looped together a bunch of different trails to make a nice long, mid-week morning hike. ToContinue reading “Devil’s Rest via Wahkeena and Multnomah Falls Trail”
Hidden just a few hundred feet off of one of Oregon’s busiest interstates, Elowah Falls cascades 213 feet into a beautiful, serene amphitheater. Enjoy this short 1.3 mile round trip hike on your way to Hood River from Portland on I-84 to briefly escape the noise of road and stretch your legs.
With waterfalls, lush forested paths and mountain vistas, the Hamilton Mountain Loop trail has it all for hikers heading out to the Gorge this fall. Follow the 7.5 mile out and back trail to an open plateau and enjoy views of the Bonneville dam and the rugged cliff lines of the Columbia River’s banks. TheContinue reading “Hamilton Mountain Loop”