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Best Of 2015!

Here is our list of the top hikes we did in 2015!

Columbia River Gorge (Oregon side): *Tunnel Falls* We love the Eagle Creek Trail and this year we finally made it all the way out to Tunnel Falls. We definitely weren’t disappointed!

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Columbia River Gorge (Washington side): *Strawberry Island* This was a nice secluded hike that had amazing views of the Gorge and lots of birds.

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Mt. Hood: *Zigzag Canyon* This hike is absolutely beautiful. You get amazing views of Mt. Hood all throughout the hike. We did this hike in late June and the Lupine were in full bloom!

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Oregon Coast: *Bayocean Spit* Who doesn’t love a hike that’s right on the beach?

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Washington Coast: *North Head Lighthouse* You can actually go up in this lighthouse. The views are great!

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Portland Metro/Outer Portland: *Oak Island* This is one of our favorite hikes on Sauvie Island, the place is covered with cows!

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Washington: *Lacamas Creek (Camas Lily Fields)* Go here in the spring when the lilies are blooming, it’s very pretty!

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Willamette Valley: *Abiqua Falls* This waterfall is becoming more and more popular and we definitely understand why. It’s not the easiest waterfall to reach, but it’s definitely worth the scramble.

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Central Oregon: *Smith Rock* We absolutely love this place. There is so much to see you almost need more than one day.

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Kayaking: *Scappoose Bay* This was the first place we took our new kayak. There’s lots of places to explore here.

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*Overall best hike of 2015*

Painted Hills!

Hands-down the most interesting place we’ve ever been to. The colors are beautiful and the views up at Carroll Rim are amazing! We HIGHLY recommend this hike!

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Honorable Mentions: *Lower Twin Lake, Youngs River Falls, Lost Lake (hike and kayak), Tom McCall Nature Preserve (go in the spring!), and The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival.*

We’d love to hear what some of your favorite hikes of 2015 were!

Wishing everyone happy hiking in 2106!

Bayocean Spit (Winter)

Directions: From Tillamook get onto Bayocean Road, and follow it for 5 miles until you reach a two level, unmarked gravel road. Make sure you take the LOWER gravel road (they are one-way roads) and follow it for about a mile until you reach the parking area.

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This is one of those hikes that you can do as much or little as you want and it will still be packed full of stuff to see. You can make this an out-and-back beach walk or a loop that takes you to Kincheloe Point. It’s great!

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From the parking area take the marked trail (it’s a sand trail) through the dunes that are lined with beach grass and scots broom. You’ll soon come to an opening where you can see a complete view of the dunes. Head uphill through a tall wall of grass where you will finally reach the beach. There is a trail marker here covered in beach junk. If you just want to walk the beach and come back, this marker is very helpful in finding the trail from the beach.

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If you are doing the loop head north on the beach and follow it to the end of the spit at Kincheloe Point. Only climb the jetty if you are sure footed. Follow the jetty east to an old access road which takes you back to the parking area.

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Distance: 2-7 miles

Elevation: 20 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: Great oceanside hike that can be adjusted to fit each individuals needs.