If you’re down for more than the drive-up waterfalls Multnomah & Horsetail, another thing right in the area is Oneonta Gorge. [Full photo album is here.] Hike through this green little heaven (bring watershoes, and the water is COLD, so be prepared) a mere 0.3 miles and there’s a little waterfall at the end. But even if you don’t want to get wet at all, you should be able to hike in at least a little bit it, and it’s worth it, trust me. (more…)
A natural follow-up to the Multnomah Falls post is the very-nearby 176-foot Horsetail Falls, an easy drive-up one. But if you want to make a little more of it, apparently you can hike the trail that starts there (Horsetail Falls trailhead) and there is another waterfall above it, called Ponytail Falls, less than a half mile up. This is all in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, near Portland.
At over 600 feet, Multnomah Falls (in the Columbia River Gorge about 30 minutes from Portland) is the largest waterfall in Oregon, and thus quite popular. It’s also one of the easiest to get to, because it’s just off the I-84, with no hike required. That being said, it can be mildly confusing to get to. You need to be going eastbound, the exit (Exit 31) is on the left instead of the right, and after you park you walk through a tunnel under the highway. Depending on how much time you have and what your legs are like, you can admire it from the bottom or you can walk up a little, to the bridge (not far at all), or even go a little further. Because it’s a two-part waterfall with an attractive stone bridge (Benson Footbridge) in the middle, it makes for great photos so long as you can avoid the rain! (more…)
Eagle Creek has got to be one of the best trails in Oregon. [Click here for the various trail guides.] I recommend the 12 mile (round-trip) hike to Tunnel Falls, which can be a day trip. (This first time we did it we accidentally didn’t go to Tunnel Falls, though!) However, even if you can only go a few miles in, there are beautiful sights all along the way. For example, a mere 2 miles in is Punchbowl Falls, and even just on the way to that you’ll see several other falls. Check out my album to see what I mean. The waterfalls featured are Punchbow, the falls below Punchbowl, Metlako, Loowit, Skoonichuck, and the seemingly barely-visited (we only found it by accident) and fairy-tale-like Wy-East Falls. (more…)
Clear Lake is a clear (hence the name), deep (100 feet), and cold lake in Oregon fed mainly by water that filters into it via underground caverns. It was formed by volcanic activity 3,000 years ago and the trees that were killed during this process are still visible, petrified, at the bottom of the lake. Click here for more photos. (more…)