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Columbia River Gorge 

On my way north from Mt. Hood National Forest I made it a point to stop in Hood River and continue East toward Portland along the Columbia River Gorge National Recreation area. The Historic Columbia River Highway passes through a highly concentrated area of impressively picturesque waterfalls. The largest and most well know can be seen right off of the highway, or you can choose to take several combinations of (pretty challenging) trails to meander through the mountainside find the lesser visited sites. It was hard to capture the true beauty of some of these falls due to the sunlight, mist, or their vertical height, but the scenery was incredibly memorable nonetheless.

My itinerary for the visit was as follows:

  • Hiked a 3mi loop from Horsetail Fails to Ponytail Falls and Lower Oneonta Falls
  • Stayed a night at Ainsworth State Park where I got a campsite with full hookup and hot showers for $24.00 
  • Hiked a 5mi loop from Multnomah Falls to Wiesendanger Falls, Fairy Falls, and Wahkeena Falls.
  • Ate some lunch at Latourell Falls
  • Stopped at the Vista House viewpoint
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When was the last time you visited a place without sound pollution? Not hearing cars in the distance is quite a rare thing, if you think about it.