Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge: Tom McCall Point & Rowena Plateau, April 2018

Two short trails off the historic Columbia River Highway—both with stunning views and wildflowers Tom McCall Point: 3.65 miles round trip with 1,018′ elevation gain (moderately difficult) Rowena Plateau: 2.2 miles round trip with 300′ elevation loss (easy) Type: both out and back Best season: late April through mid-May for the wildflowers*Watch for poison oak! …

Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge: Hat Rock State Park, April 2018

Historic stroll to a geological landmark named by the Lewis and Clark Expedition Distance: it’s only 0.75 miles to Hat Rock, but I recommend continuing to the pond and marina then up onto the Lewis and Clark Commemorative Trail for great views of the mighty Columbia River  Type: out and back or loop, depending on …

Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge: Historic Mosier Twin Tunnels, March 2018

Fun day exploring Mosier Falls & the historic Mosier Twin Tunnels  Mosier Falls: 0.5 miles roundtrip out and back Mosier Twin Tunnels: 7.25 miles roundtrip out and back on paved trail (you can easily make this shorter or longer and a shuttle option is available) Best season: accessible most of the year, but best in …

Oregon’s Deschutes River Trail, March 2018

Nice early season ramble along the lower Deschutes River  Distance: 6.0 miles roundtrip (longer and shorter options available) Type: out and back Difficulty: easy  Best season: spring and fall  Caution: watch for poison ivy and rattlesnakes I work for a biotech company owned and managed by a conservative Christian family. One of my benefits is …

Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge: Eagle Creek, Sept 2015

The premier hike in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge taking hikers to five major waterfalls. Distance: 13.5 miles round trip (this was our mileage after adding the side trail to the base of Punchbowl Falls) Type: out and back Difficulty: difficult due to distance +1,500′ elevation gain including Punchbowl Falls side trail.  Caution: there are major …