With all the possibilities of Oregon’s great outdoors open before me, one of the first hikes I ventured out on after moving to Portland was also one of the Northwest’s most popular: the Ramona Falls Trail. Located 50 miles outside of the city in the Mount Hood National Forest, this 8-mile loop takes you on moss-covered trails along the Sandy River up to one of the most photogenic waterfalls the Northwest has to offer. After hiking the trail for the first time with primary adventure partner/girlfriend Danica, I enjoyed it so much that I had to come back a week and a half later with my good friend Rafe who was in town visiting for the weekend. I made sure to bring my camera along the second time around to document some of the pure awesomeness of this hike. See the dappled light through the trees, the lush moss growing along the trail, and the carved signs and bridges leading up to the immense falls. As Rafe and I made our progress along the trail, we stopped every so often to examine the undergrowth, climb mounds of fallen boulders, and dip our heads under spouts of icy and refreshing mountain water coming off of the cliffs above. All told, the trek only took us about 3 hours, and we found ourselves back at the beginning of the trail just as the sun was casting it’s last golden rays over the horizon. Truly a perfect hike to introduce anyone to the Oregon wilderness, and an adventure I’ll never forget.