We did a lot of great hikes in 2016, here are some of our favorites and our overall top hike of the year.
- Willamette Valley:
Henline Falls– This is a short hike but it takes you to an amazing waterfall. Catch it at the right time of day and you might just see a rainbow at the base as well!
- Columbia River Gorge:
Columbia Hills State Park– Great area to see wildflowers with amazing views of the Gorge.
Lewis River Falls– So many pretty waterfalls in such a short distance. Definitely a must see.
The Thumb– This was probably the most unique hike we did this year.
- Central Oregon:
Smith Rock (Misery Ridge)– The views are amazing at the top and you get a very up close view of Monkey Face!
- Mt. Hood:
Wind Lake– You get to ride a chairlift up to the top of Ski Bowl and then hike to a somewhat hidden lake. And the whole time you have great views of Mt. Hood and Government Camp.
Powell Butte- This is a great hike in the city. On a clear day you can see Mt. Hood, Mt. St Helens, and Mt. Hood.
- Southern Oregon:
Plaikni Falls– This hike was inside Crater Lake National Park, it’s very pretty, especially in autumn with all the beautiful colors.
Disappearing Lake– This was such a treat! It’s a lake that’s only around for about a month out of the whole year.
Overall Best of 2016:
Bald Mountain– The hike up bald mountain is beautiful and lined with beargrass. Once at the top you round a corner and come to one of the best views of Mt. Hood we’ve ever seen. Do this hike!
What were some of your favorite hikes in 2016? Any you’re looking forward to doing in 2017?