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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!

 

Tamanawas Falls (Autumn)

Directions: Take Highway 26 past Government Camp to the junction with Highway 35. Follow 35 for about 15 miles. The trailhead is just past Sherwood Campground on the left shoulder of the highway.

To see our first post on Tamanawas Falls click here.

From the parking area the trail immediately enters the woods and quickly comes to a bridge that crosses the Hood River. After crossing the bridge take a right and follow the trail as it starts to head uphill to a viewpoint of the highway below. The trail then heads downhill to a junction (it’s well marked), stay straight and cross another bridge, this time over Cold Spring Creek. From here the the trail heads uphill, with the creek always visible to your left.

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After about a mile of following along the creek the trail opens up a bit and you come to a junction. Follow the sign pointing you towards the falls as you enter a big rock fall area. The trail winds through large rocks and switches back one time as you enter back into a more forested area. From here it’s just a short distance until you start to see the waterfall. The trail will drop you off right at Tamanawas Falls. This is an out-and-back trail, so head back the way you came in.

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The main difference this time was definitely water level. The waterfall was much less full but still very beautiful. Also, there were three big downed trees on the trail from the recent wind storm. They hadn’t been cleared away yet but the trail was still passable. I’m sure they won’t be there for long.

Distance: 4 miles

Elevation: 600 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Porta-potty at the trailhead.

Parking Fee: $5 Northwest Forest Pass

Seasons: Late spring through fall.

Popular: Yes

Overall: We love this hike, it’s one of our favorite in the Mt. Hood area!

Tamanawas Falls (Summer)

Directions: Take Highway 26 past Government Camp to the junction with Highway 35. Follow 35 for about 15 miles. The trailhead is just past Sherwood Campground on the left shoulder of the highway.

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This hike starts at a log bridge that crosses over the East Fork of the Hood River. After crossing the bridge you’ll come to a junction. Take a right (trail no. 650) and start a fairly short and easy climb until you reach a viewpoint where you can see the highway. After you turn the corner the trail drops down and you’ll come to another junction. Stay straight and cross a small bridge that takes you over Cold Spring¬†Creek.

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The trail gradually climbs above the creek as you continue on upstream and soon the trail opens up into a large rock fall. The trail gets a little steeper here but you reenter the forest quickly.  Round a few corners and the trail stops at a perfect view of Tamanawas Falls.

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The view is great from the trail but you can also walk down to the creek to get a better look. We chose to scramble up the rocks next to the falls to get a different vantage point. We wouldn’t recommend it if you’re not very sure footed, it’s steep and the rocks are very loose. Head back out the way you came in.

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On the way back home we recommend stopping by the White River West Sno-Park (on Highway 35) for great views and picture opportunities of Mt. Hood.

Distance: 4 miles

Elevation: 600 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes a portable toilet

Parking Fee: $5 NW Forest Pass

Seasons: Late spring through fall.

Popular: Yes

Overall: Very pretty trail that takes you to a beautiful waterfall.