Gorgeous Day in the Columbia Gorge
It had been a while since I’d had a real hike, so today I went out the Columbia River Gorge with Jackie Chan. We started on the crowded parking lot below Wahkeena Falls. This time we continued past the falls, and soon found a great viewpoint. Continuing uphill, the trail follows a rushing, noisy creek, and eventually passes Fairy Falls on a tributary. There were plenty of hikers on the trail for a Friday. Many paused at various cascades and whitewater splashes, and I kept passing them. I continued up into a pretty forest.
The trail flattened out near a junction where I could have headed west to Angel’s Rest. I headed the other way toward the Vista Point trail, where a group of people gathered at the junction. Just beyond the intersection was the uphill trail to Devil’s Rest. I debated the climb, but since I knew it was not an earth shattering summit, I opted to descend. The Vista Point Trail felt steeper, with fewer switchbacks than the Wahkeena Trail. A quick descent brought me back to Fairy Falls and the gorgeous creek on the Wahkeena Trail, where I started bumping into people regularly. Many of them commented on how cute my dog is. Many said nothing to me even though I tried to make eye contact. That rarely happens on wilderness trails. Near the spot where the trail becomes paved again, a side trail leads to Monument Point. I found it is more of a bushwhack with loose scree, limited tread, and various obstacles. Of course, that makes the hiking more fun, but I wouldn’t take my mom on it. The views we discovered at the point were worth the challenge. It was a great way to wrap up a good hike.
Posted on May 30, 2014, in Adventure, Flora and Fauna, General Hiking, Hiking with dogs, Outdoors, Waterfalls and tagged Columbia River, Columbia River Gorge, Hikes near Portland, Northwest Oregon hikes, Oregon waterfall hiking. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.