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Punchbowl Falls, Angel’s Rest

August 16, 2017 Leave a comment

The Columbia Gorge is not only scenic, it has some great hikes.   We were glad to be back and have some nice weather to do two different hikes.  First we did Punchbowl Falls, 2 1/2 mile in on Eagle Creek.  This hike isn’t too strenuous, although there are some scary drop offs to watch for.  The Falls are gorgeous.

Our second hike was up to Angel’s Rest.  This is the only hike we do that is rated “Hard”, not because of the length (total distance maybe 5 1/2 miles) but it is steep, rocky, and high.  Elevation gain is some 1,500 feet, tough n old folks like us!  But the view is absolutely superb.  See the second set of pictures.

Punchbowl Falls hike

Angel’s Rest hike

 

Horsetail Falls, Columbia Gorge

July 10, 2014 1 comment

Took advantage of the great weather to take a hike up to Horsetail Falls. A nice hike, with three falls. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go all the way to Triple Falls as a landslide has blocked the hiking trail. But it was a nice hike, and the views of the Gorge are spectacular.

Lower Horsetail Falls

Lower Horsetail Falls

Middle Horsetail Falls

Middle Horsetail Falls

Underneath Middle Horsetail Falls

Underneath Middle Horsetail Falls

A view of the falls from behind

A view of the falls from behind

Main view of Middle Horsetail Falls

Main view of Middle Horsetail Falls

Upper Horsetail Falls

Upper Horsetail Falls

This was a little disconcerting, it was a long way down

This was a little disconcerting, it was a long way down

And this kept us from getting to Triple Falls

And this kept us from getting to Triple Falls

A view of the original road tunnel

A view of the original road tunnel

A view of the Gorge, looking east

A view of the Gorge, looking east

A last waterfall hike

September 2, 2013 2 comments

Well, we will shortly leave the NorthWest, and it was inevitable…. our last waterfall hike.  Labor day, beautiful weather, so off to an early start.  Good thing too, the trails and parking lots were jammed by the time we left.

Anyway, we chose Triple Falls.  A moderate but steep and rough hike.  And some serious drop offs right next to the trail, so we had to watch where we put our feet.  But again we had a great hike, enjoyed every bit of it, both the uphill and downhill.  And the waterfall was beautiful as well.   Looking forward to next year!

The switch back gives some idea of the steepness of this trail.

The switch back gives some idea of the steepness of this trail.

Don't look now, but that is a LONG way down on the left!

Don’t look now, but that is a LONG way down on the left!

The trail gets narrower and bumpier as we get higher

The trail gets narrower and bumpier as we get higher

A peaceful scene before the waterfall itself

A peaceful scene before the waterfall itself

Better have decent hiking shoes!

Better have decent hiking shoes!

At last, Triple Falls

At last, Triple Falls

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Latourell Falls and “town”

August 28, 2013 1 comment

Our time in the Pacific Northwest is drawing to a close, and today we took one of our last waterfall hikes.  This time, it was to Latourell Falls, about 40 miles from Portland in the Columbia Gorge.  Not a difficult hike, maybe 1.5 miles and modest uphill.  But a great view of Latourell Falls.

The bottom falls are an easy walk from the parking lot.  A very short, steep, paved path takes you to a terrific view of Lower Falls.  Then, a nice hike through heavy forests takes you to the upper falls, an entirely different look.   There were some trees that exhibited strange growth patterns.

After that, we took the long ways down to visit the old 1880’s lumber town of Latourell.  It’s mostly gone, but this was a bustling town in the late 1880’s.  It boasted 6 saloons, hotels, and presumably other attractions for hard working men.  It became a popular spot for Portlanders, who too a ferry up the Columbia, hiked to the town, and partied.  Some even walked to the falls for a look.  There isn’t much left, we found an old structure in the woods, as well as some of the last of the now deserted homes.

A view of Lower Latourell Falls,  246 ft high.

A view of Lower Latourell Falls, 246 ft high.

Upper Latourell Falls, probably some 200 ft tall.

Upper Latourell Falls, probably some 200 ft tall.

Remains of an old structure in the hills

Remains of an old structure in the hills

One of the remaining old homes, now abandoned

One of the remaining old homes, now abandoned

Romola by a strange tree

Romola by a strange tree

John by a strange tree

John by a strange tree

This bridge built by the CCC in the 1930's

This bridge built by the CCC in the 1930’s

Angel’s Rest hike, Columbia Gorge, OR

August 21, 2013 1 comment

The Angel’s Rest hike in Oregon (not to be confused with the one in Zion NP) is a beautiful hike to a fabulous viewpoint.  It isn’t that long at 2.5 miles, but it is all uphill…. 1,500 ft. altitude gain.  And, it is rated moderate because much of the trail is quite rocky.  But, if you wear good hiking shoes, its not a bad walk at all.

Of course, there was a waterfall- in this case, Coopey Creek

Of course, there was a waterfall- in this case, Coopey Creek

There were some rugged spots on this hike

There were some rugged spots on this hike

Some interesting plant growtj

Some interesting plant growth

A view west to the Columbia River

A view west to the Columbia River

Looking south

Looking south

Romola at the top.  We started out at the river level, a good climb....

Romola at the top. We started out at the river level, a good climb….

Panther Falls, WA

August 20, 2013 1 comment

OK, one more waterfall from the Washington side of the Gorge.  This time, Panther Falls was a longish drive (10 miles on simple one track but paved road) followed by a very short walk took us to the amazing Panther Falls.

Actually, there are three falls, all feeding into one pool at the bottom.  Rather unique, usually one creek gives you one falls.  And, in this case, each creek has a different “look” before it joins together.  We had a nice picnic lunch, bought at the A&J Deli in Stevenson, WA and thoroughly enjoyed a quiet hour or so (except for the sound of rushing water….).

Top of the falls, creek number one...

Top of the falls, creek number one…

A much more genteel creek, number two...

A much more genteel creek, number two…

And the third creek all feed into:

And the third creek all feed into:

Panther Creek Falls.  Amazing!

Panther Creek Falls. Amazing!

Falls Creek Falls, Washington

August 17, 2013 2 comments

The Columbia Gorge is well known for its many waterfalls.  The best known ones are on the Oregon side, but there are some spectacular falls on the Washington side as well.  This week we hiked to the eponymous “Falls Creek Falls”, about 60 miles from our home base in Vancouver, WA.  It was a terrific hike.

The hike itself starts next to Falls Creek, and there are small water falls and larger pools that look most idyllic.  Certainly photogenic!  As you head towards the Falls, you walk alongside (and across) the Creek, so you hear and see the creek all the way up.  It is just under 2 miles, all uphill but moderate.  And when you get to the Falls you are greeted by a magnificent sight… the Falls themselves.

It is a two stage Falls, Upper and Lower.  Both are quite scenic and very camera friendly!

Falls Creek, at the start of the trail

Falls Creek, at the start of the trail

Part way up you can see the rocky vreek bed

Part way up you can see the rocky Falls Creek bed

In fact, you have to cross it several times

In fact, you have to cross it several times

Just as you get close, you can see the Uper Falls

Just as you get close, you can see the Upper Falls

And here is a fukll shot of the Falls.  Both Upper and Lower are visible.

And here is a full shot of the Falls. Both Upper and Lower are visible.

A slightly different angle of the Falls

A slightly different angle of the Falls