Oregon is Beautiful

I spent a day of my Oregon trip hiking with my friend Katie and her brother.  Coming from the East Coast, you always hear how beautiful the West Coast is, and now I understand why.

Taking I-84, we drove along the Columbia River.  We were determined to get some pictures of this famed body of water.  There were scenic lookout points on the road, but nothing compared to hiking up the mountains. 

The first real stop we made was at Latourell Falls.  We jumped out of the car to get a few quick pictures.  The waterfall had created some geometric rock formations on the side of the falls.  It’s really quite mesmerizing. 

After shooting at the falls for a bit, we continued down the road.  About 10 minutes later, we started seeing a lot of cars and people.  After turning the corner, it was apparent that it was a popular hiking trail called Angel’s Rest.  We didn’t plan to stop there for a hike, but we were already here and the sign indicated that the trail was a mere 2.3 miles.  So, we grabbed our cameras and headed on up.

We severely underestimated how long the hike would be.  But, after an hour of complaining, we reached the summit.  SO WORTH IT.  Honestly, if you are in the Portland area and want some amazing views, go to Angels Rest.  I’m so happy we stumbled upon it.  I’m even happier that we decided to go all the way to the top and not turn back.  There are rocks you can climb up and just chill on.  Take in the sights.  It’s one of those places you only see in pictures.  But be careful, it is a bit dangerous up there.

The next stop on our agenda was Multnoma Falls.  This is the one that you see in all those Portland travel guides, and for good reason.  I’m going to give you a bit of advice: there is no need to go to the top of the falls.  The view is nicer from the bottom or the bridge.  There’s not much to see at the top.  Another piece of advice, don’t buy food from the snack bar.  You will be severely disappointed by everything except the ice cream.  Get the ice cream. 

The final destination for the day was Hood River.  The drive over there is amazing.  I’ve never seen so many evergreen trees in my life.  By the time we got to the Hood River, the sun was setting and it was spectacular.  We parked at The Hook, which is a park.  Yes, I do recommend going to Hood River.  You’ll be glad you did.

In summary: Oregon is beautiful, there are a lot of trees, and wear good hiking shoes.