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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!

Youngs River Falls (Summer)

Directions: Take Highway 30 to Astoria and from the roundabout where Highway 101 and Highway 202 intersect take Highway 202/Business 101. Drive for 3 miles and come to a Y intersection, go left onto Youngs River Road. Continue on for 7.5 miles and take a right at the sign marking Youngs River Falls, the parking area is just down the road.

DSC_0003      DSC_0005The hike starts in between two signs, a warning sign and a trail marker sign. It may not look like a trail at first with all the overgrown foliage but we promise it really is there and it gets better. So, make you’re way through the tunnel of leaves and head gradually downhill. The trail opens up soon and starts to head right, following along the river. You’ll immediately start hearing the waterfall as you continue down some steps and drop down to a rocky area that’s a popular place to swim. Keep going a short distance further around some large rocks and you’ll be at the base of the waterfall. Head back out the way you came in.

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This hike is pretty short but there are other areas to explore and it’s a great place to hangout, relax, and cool off on a hot day.

Distance: 1 mile

Elevation: 120 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: No

Seasons: All

Popular: This place is pretty empty until the summer where it becomes a popular swimming area.

Overall: This is a great side trip if you’re planning on staying in Astoria or have plans in the area.