Wonders of Oregon
Last year we explored the wonders of Oregon and it was such a remarkable experience. There are so many amazing sights to see, we definitely needed more time. Many of the trails along the Columbia River Gorge were closed during our visit because of the fires from the previous year, but the ones we visited were well marked and in good condition. I've selected a few of my favorite locations and the images I captured at each scene. If you find yourself in the area, be sure to check out some of these incredible sights.
Multnomah Falls is one of Oregon’s most iconic landmarks and it was incredible to see up close. The trail to the top of Multnomah Falls was not accessible when we were there, but luckily we were able to access a viewing platform from the base to experience its beauty.
This location gets extremely busy, so I would recommend getting there early. I captured this image just after a rain shower and the autumn colors were so vibrant.
Boardman Tree Farm, located about 2.5 hours east of Portland was one of the highlights for me on this road trip. We were in Oregon for about 10 days and were hoping to be there during peak foliage season. While researching the area for sights to see, I noticed the tree farm had been sold a few years back and there was mention of clearing the land of timber. We weren't sure what to expect and if we would be able to access this location, but we decided to drive a couple hours to check it out. We arrived late afternoon as the sun was starting to set. The light reflected off the trees just perfectly. It was definitely worth the effort!
Title: Sun-kissed Dream
Latourell Falls is a distinctive waterfall located in the Columbia River Gorge. A short drive from Portland, this waterfall attracts many visitors. It's recognizable by the bright yellow lichen. Autumn is a great time to visit the falls as the colorful leaves complement the bright yellow nicely.
We took the trail that goes to the base of the falls. This path was well maintained and had impressive views.
The hike from Koosah Falls to Sahalie Falls runs along the McKenzie River, which is just west of Sisters, Oregon in the beautiful Willamette National forest. The trail was relatively short & easy with beautiful scenery along the way. This image was captured along the trail.
If you find yourself in the area, I highly recommend staying at FivePine Lodge in Sisters. We had a wonderful experience in a log cabin with a fireplace and serenity shower, which was perfect after a full day of hiking. Also, only about 40 minutes east of Sisters is Smith Rock State Park, which is definitely worth a visit!
Title: The Trail