Palisade Point Hike

November 12, 2015

The Palisade Point Hike is a little trek that makes you feel triumphant.  A grand view always has that effect.  While it requires a bit more uphill hiking than I’d prefer, it isn’t the worst and is quite worth the effort.  Also, on the way to that spectacular view, the old growth forest and Fret Creek […]

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Hot Springs National Park, Hiking

November 7, 2015

This is our sixth annual national park visit, and we went to Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas (so far, we’ve done Olympic, Glacier, Crater Lake, Redwoods, and Acadia as well).  We didn’t have much time to spare this year, but we did have frequent flyer miles, so we decided to visit this, the smallest park […]

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Opal Creek / Jawbone Flats Hike

October 28, 2015

Driving directions for this hike have been sitting on top of my printer for an entire year.  I’ve wanted to go for so long, but various distractions kept us away.  Now that we’ve done the Opal Creek / Jawbone Flats Hike, it is among our top favorites (as you can probably tell by the quantity […]

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Cabin Creek, Hole in the Wall, Lancaster, and Starvation Creek Falls Hike

October 15, 2015

Sometimes we need a short, easy, nearby hike because it is one of those weekends.  One of those weekends when we don’t have extra time, but we need an infusion of nature and Gretta exercise.  This four-waterfall hike is a nice stroll that begins at Starvation Creek State Park, which looks like it would be […]

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Horsetail Falls Loop Hike

April 15, 2015

The falls I’m standing behind to take the photo above?  Not Horsetail Falls (snort, paw ground with hoof).  It is actually Ponytail Falls (neigh!), which you will pass on the Horsetail Falls Loop Hike.  Who doesn’t love a loop hike with multiple waterfalls, gorge views, and is 45 minutes from Portland?  Nobody doesn’t love that.  That’s […]

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Latourell Falls Hike

April 3, 2015

This was our second visit to Latourell Falls, and it is on our “get out there early in the season while its rainy and nobody is on the trails” list (along with Wahkeena Falls).  We loved it just as much the second time–it is a happy mix of ups and downs, water everywhere (especially this […]

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Wahkeena Falls Hike

March 25, 2015

You know there’s that list of really stunning waterfall-laden hikes that only take 35-50 minutes to reach from Portland, but you usually skip them because there’s never any parking at the trailheads and they’re full of photo-snapping tourists slowly shuffling along in flip-flops?  Go hike them now.  Like, right now.  We’re taking advantage of slightly […]

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Owl Point Hike

November 7, 2014

This hike just shot to the top (or near the top, anyway) of our favorite hikes list.  Holy crap, it is so good.  The hike to Owl Point, with a detour to The Rockpile, induces joy step by step.  The forest is gorgeous, the little meadows charm the pants off you (not literally, at least this […]

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Cascade Locks West Loop Hike

October 29, 2014

Right up front, let’s be clear that this is a weird hike.  It is the kind of hike that people from less nature-blessed places would feel lucky to find, but we Oregonians might pass over in favor of stunning waterfalls, quieter solitude, or more sweeping views.  Here are the reasons to bother with the Cascade Locks […]

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Pool of the Winds Hike

October 10, 2014

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!  THREE WATERFALLS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!!! Really, Pool of the Winds is a nice, short hike with a lot of waterfall payoff.  Perfect for a Sunday morning.

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