Entries from 'Hiking'

Silver Star Hike

The Silver Star hike follows a high ridgeline that can be sen from Vancouver, WA and Portland.  The  hike is pretty moderate and goes along some high rock outcrops and large boulders.  Scree and talus creep at your heels along the first two miles after you break onto a high ridge post that looks out…

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Wachlella Falls Hike

The hike to Wachlella Falls is one that you need to do if you are a Portland hiker, trail walker visiting form afar, or just a waterfall enthusiast looking for a beautiful walk int he woods.   The hike is a 2 mile out-and-back style jaunt that follows a slight 200 foot elevation gain up…

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Larch Mountain Hike

Hike Larch Larch Mountain in Oregon, not to be confused with the nearby larch in Washington, also near the Columbia Gorge, is one of the most popular hikes in the Columbia River Gorge.  The Crater Loop hike is one of the best hikes on Larch Mountain and one of the best in the Columbia River…

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Larch Mountain Washington

  Yes, Larch Mountain Washington not Larch Mountain Oregon.  It’s easy to confuse the two but the Larch on the Washington side of the Columbia River has just as good, if not better, hiking and wilderness exploring as the Oregon Larch.  Larch Mountain is located just east of Vancouver and above Washougal.  This area has…

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Franz Lake Wildlife Refuge

Nestled in old growth forest with firs, cedars and pine, this wildlife habitat is host to many songbirds, Ducks waterfowl, tree frogs, and marsh.  this area is in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic area and just off Rt 14 in southwest Washington.  Canada geese, swans, heron and many other birds are found here.  Fishing is…

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Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls is a 20-foot high waterfall above Wahkenna Falls just off  Historic Columbia River Highway in the Columbia River Gorge.  It is a few minute drive from Multnomah Falls and is a great, short, scenic hike in deep woods. The trail starts at the Wahkeena Falls hiking trail and follows up the same hike to…

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Wachlella Falls

This two-teired waterfall is one of the most impressive in the Columbia River Gorge. The trail passes large moss-covered boulders and  deep vegetation.  The falls are not far from the road and a short hike in will bring you to the viewing point. About 1.7 miles round trip will take you tot he falls and…

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Beacon Rock State Park

Beacon Rock is a large cliff that is located along the shores of the Columbia River 30 minutes from Washougal Washington on highway 14.  The large stone monolith is one of the best features in the Columbia River Gorge to visit.  A one mile climb lets you scale the stone fortress via old ladders and…

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Guy W Talbot State Park

When the nearby town of Latourell has a population of only 12 humans, you know this is a quaint park where you can get away from the crowds.  This state park is a small park with some wildlife viewing, hiking, and a 250 foot high Latourell Falls.  The falls are a short few minute walk to…

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