Lower Lewis River Falls

Lower Lewis River Falls is a waterfall you can practically drive right up to (i.e., it’s a short walk from the trailhead parking area), or you can incorporate it into a longer hike taking in several other waterfalls (like what’s described here, 6.6 miles, or what’s described here, 4 miles). As you could guess from the name, there’s also an Upper Lewis Falls (and a Middle), but this is the most breathtaking of the three. (more…)

Horsetail Falls

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.

Multnomah Falls

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

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…)

Three Sisters Falls

The hike [see alltrails.com | ihikesandiego.com | yelp.com] to the triple-waterfall known as Three Sisters Falls (near San Diego) isn’t super-long (4 miles round trip), but it is hot and hard! That being said, I think even inexperienced hikers could do it… They just have to bring lots of water, wear proper shoes, and be tough! We were dying going uphill on the way out because we were out of shape, and thanks to the never-ending drought there was not a ton of water flow, but we’re always glad to get some exercise, toughen up, and see new places!

To see 9 more photos of the hike, check out the small album on SmugMug. Photos taken mid-April, 2013.

Yosemite 2014: Vernal Falls, Cuties & Cairns

We went to Yosemite for the second time in August of 2014. The new thing for us this time was hiking up to Vernal Falls, which is actually quite difficult (but that’s all just the START of the hike all the way up to Half Dome). Vernal Falls was flowing pretty weakly, so there was no mist on the “Mist Trail”, but it made for a gorgeous rainbow. If you like what you see above and below, check out the rest of the photos on SmugMug. (more…)