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Summer Hikes

Looking for a nice summer hike? Here’s a list of some of our favorites ūüôā

If you’re looking to stay in Portland and the surrounding cities check out Oak Island, Mt. Talbert, or Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. They are all easy hikes that have decent shade and lots of birds.

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We love hitting up all the great trails that the Mt. Hood area has to offer during the summer months. Tamanawas Falls and Umbrella Falls are great options if you are looking for a waterfall hike. For a lake hike check out Mirror Lake (and Tom, Dick, and Harry Ridge!), and Lower Twin Lake. Zigzag Canyon is also a really fun hike, go in mid to late June while the lupine is blooming!

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Some great summer Gorge hikes are Upper and Lower Latourell Falls, Gillette Lake, and Strawberry Island.

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Summer time is full of Kayaking as well, be sure to check out Scappoose Bay and Lost Lake!

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–Happy Hiking!

 

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!

Oak Island (Spring)

Directions: This hike is located on Sauvie Island. Drive over the Sauvie Island Bridge and take a left (stop at the Cracker Barrel Grocery for a day use pass). Continue down the road and stay right onto Reeder Road. Drive for a little over a mile and then take a left onto Oak Island Road. After about 3.5 miles on Oak Island Road the road turns to gravel. Continue on the gravel road until you end at a parking area for Oak Island. Please be aware that the last quarter mile of this drive has a lot of cows that are sometimes in the road.

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From the trailhead pass through a gate and head down a wide ATV road passing a large blue sign marking the Oak Island Nature Trail. There is a short trail off to the left that takes you to an open field but not much else. Continue down the trail until you come to a fork starting the loop. You can go either way, we chose to go straight (left) and do the loop clock-wise. From the fork you will start to notice all the cows. We saw easily 30 cows just roaming around the field and even on the trail. It was pretty funny and definitely different then most hikes! Just please remember to be respectful of their space and not bug them ūüôā

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The loop starts along a wide flat grass trail with views of Sturgeon lake on your left and lots of oak trees to your right. After a while you’ll come to a metal gate that you cross through and continue on through trees with¬†tall grasses to your left along the lake. There are some side trails here that take you to the edge of Sturgeon Lake. Soon the trail starts to curve and make the turn back towards the parking area. For about a mile the trail is just tall grass lined with trees on both sides. This part is a little boring but ends pretty quickly. Next, you will enter a more open area with huge oak trees and views of large fields. After passing through the oak trees you will be back at the fork that ends the loop. Head left back down the ATV road to get to the parking area.

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We were able to see lots of animals on this hike which was really fun! We saw two young coyotes, LOTS of cows, and many birds!

 

Distance: 3 miles

Elevation: 10 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Portable toilet at the trailhead.

Parking Fee: $7 Sauvie Island day use fee. Purchase this at the Cracker Barrel Grocery after crossing the bridge onto the island.

Seasons: April- September

Popular: Can be on nice weekends

Overall: It was great seeing all the different animals. The trail can be a bit boring in places.