Hikes & Sights
Columbia River Gorge
When you live in the middle of a beauty that people come to see from all corners of the planet, it’s easy sometimes to take it for granted – to get caught up in your own little swirl of life and forget to pack up a rucksack (no, we don’t call them rucksacks, but “pack up a backpack” is clumsy) and drive that extra ten miles to the places that travelers come thousands of miles to experience. It's easy to forget that you have the opportunity, three hundred sixty five days of the whole of a life, to explore, without having to fit it all in before the plane takes off for home. To forget that a friend is responsible for the crew that built many of the trails thousands have walked; that you haven’t walked a third of them; and that there are a dozen waterfalls you’ve never seen, because you never walked in that direction.
Two years ago, I took two days when we got an unusual hard dry freeze that turned our end of the always beautiful Columbia River Gorge into twelve miles of fantasy land, to go out and hike and take pictures. I was working audit at the time and running on no sleep, but it turned my winter into magic. This past summer, I took half of one day to go explore my backyard, and discovered Angels Rest. It was the best day of my summer.
Get a map at the desk or snag it below (first pdf is the hiking map; second is the driving map), and enjoy!
All photos Loree Harrell