Horsetail Falls & Ponytail Falls

Distance: 0.8 Miles RT Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 360’ Trail Condition: Through a burn zone, well-maintained, forested Trail Highlights: Ponytail Falls: 88 feet plunge, Horsetail Falls: 214 feet horsetail, newly updated trail due to 2017 Eagle Creek fire, views of the Columbia River, moss covered rock walls, switchbacks, ferns Trail Head(s): Horsetail Falls Trailhead Crowd Level: Crowded Recommended Footwear: Tennis shoes + Hiking boots … Continue reading Horsetail Falls & Ponytail Falls

Columbia River Gorge Waterfall Tour

Updated: Feb. 2, 2020 TLC says don’t go chasing waterfalls, but I don’t think TLC has ever been to the Oregon Gorge. If they had, they would have never sung that. There are few places in the USA like the Columbia River Gorge. Which is probably one of the reasons why I have yet to move away from this area, despite my hate for rain. … Continue reading Columbia River Gorge Waterfall Tour

Wahclella Falls

Distance: 2.0 Miles RT Hike Type: Out-and-Back *Upper trail for loop is closed Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 300’ Trail Condition: New, wide, even *be aware of landslides Trail Highlights: Tanner Creek, average of 127’ (3-tier) Wahclella Falls (changes heights seasonally), 35’ Munra Falls, fire damage from 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, 1973 landslide zone, canyon, 3 footbridges, upper trail closed and fenced off (do not enter!), places … Continue reading Wahclella Falls

Ramona Falls

Distance: 7.1 miles RT Hike Type: Lollipop Loop Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 1,035’ Trail Condition: wide, well-maintained, dirt to soft strata back to dirt, bridge crossings, river crossings, slow elevation gain Trail Highlights: 120-foot waterfall (Ramona Falls), multiple bridge crossings, walk on soft strata, wildflowers, shaded, large colorful andesite rock face, outhouses at trailhead, large parking lot, Sandy River, view of Mount Hood, Ramona Creek, lots … Continue reading Ramona Falls

Mount Defiance 413

Distance: 12.4 RT Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Hard Elevation Gain: 5,100 Trail Condition: Rocky in spots, exposed areas, steep, 20+ switchbacks, uneven ground, narrow, some fire damage Trail Highlights: Fire damaged trees from 2017 Eagle Creek fire, radio tower, beargrass, lupine, paintbrush and more, Hole in the Wall Falls (95 feet), Cabin Creek Falls (220 feet), Lancaster Falls (250 foot top tier), and views of: Mount … Continue reading Mount Defiance 413

Hamilton Mountain – “The Saddle”

Distance: 8.0 Miles RT Hike Type: Out-and-Back or an option of a loop Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Gain: 2,038’ Trail Condition: Well-maintained, rocky at some points, narrow Trail Highlights: Hardy Falls, Rodney Falls, Pool of the Winds, wooden staircase, cliffs, Viewpoints of Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood, Mt St Helens, Mt Adams, Beacon Rock, Hardy Ridge, Bonneville Dam, Table Mountain, Nesmith Point and Little Hamilton Mountain. Playground … Continue reading Hamilton Mountain – “The Saddle”

Abiqua Falls

Distance: 5.3 Miles (from top of road) or 1 Mile (from the gate) Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 180’ (from gate) Trail Condition: Steep, Rocky, Can be muddy, Unmarked Trail Highlights: 92’ waterfall, Fun ropes to hold onto (not necessary though), Walk along Abiqua Creek, Steep trail, Walk on a dirt road if you park at the top of the road, Amphitheater of columnar … Continue reading Abiqua Falls

Trail of Ten Falls

UPDATED: June 28, 2020 Distance: 9.05 Miles RT Hike Type: Loop Difficulty: Easy to Easily Moderate Elevation Gain: 1,241’ Trail Condition: Well maintained and well-marked, mostly wide but narrow at times, muddy Trail Highlights: 10 waterfalls on the map and 6 waterfalls off the map, waterfalls range from 178 feet to 27 feet, 284 steps, bridges, views of South Fork River, walk behind 4 waterfalls, signs … Continue reading Trail of Ten Falls

Cape Falcon

Distance: 5 Miles (or 1.7 miles to Short Sands Beach) Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 160’ Trail Condition: Well-maintained but can be muddy and has exposed roots Trail Highlights: Series of viewpoints including Short Sands beach, Neahkahnie Mountain, Tillamook Head, Cape Lookout and Manzanita, Blumenthal Falls, cliffs, Dense forest, Beach access to Short Sand and Smuggler’s Cove, There are restrooms in the parking lot … Continue reading Cape Falcon

Pup Creek Falls from Fish Creek Trailhead

Distance: 7.8 Miles Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy to Easy Moderate Elevation Gain: 500’ (ish) Fees: Northwest Forest Pass or A.T.B Pass Dogs Allowed: Yes (but is narrow and there are cliffs) Crowd Level: Low on week days, Moderately Low on weekends Type of Shoe Needed: Hiking shoes, or tennis shoes (the trail does tend to get very muddy) Required Vehicle Clearance: Low – All … Continue reading Pup Creek Falls from Fish Creek Trailhead