Lace up your favorite running shoes, and hit the trails for some magnificent Oregon sites,
- Metlako Falls: This gorgeous waterfall is the final waterfall along Eagle Creek. The trailhead is conveniently located one mile past the Bonneville Dam exit. Metlako Falls was named after the Indian Goddess of Salmon potentially because the falls marks the upstream limit to fish who spawn in Eagle creek according to the Northwest Waterfall Survey. The Falls is believed to be between 100 and 150 feet tall though it is difficult get a feeling for it’s height due to it’s location. It is located about 1.5 miles into the hike.
- Dry Creek Falls: This hike is a 5 mile out and back trail ranging between easy and medium beginning at the Pacific Crest Trailhead at Cascade Locks. It runs along the Pacific Crest Trail for two miles before heading off on it’s own dirt trail to the falls. It
- Bridal Veil Falls: Located one mile west of the Bridal Veil exit on I-84 the falls is located about 1/3 of a mile down the trail. Bridal Veil Creek is the largest creek draining from Larch Mountain. Bridal Veil Falls was once the site of a mill, which operated between 1910 and 1930. The building can still be seen along the creek. Early in the 20th century the Falls upper tier was significantly larger than it is today.
- Hamilton Mountain: This is a more difficult 9.4 mile loop which climbs 2,100 feet. The trail is located within Beacon Rock State Park on the Washington side of the gorge. There are two falls along the route, Rodney and Hardy Falls one within a mile of the hike. The hike continues on to scenic view points overlooking the Columbia Gorge.
- Angels Rest: Angel’s Rest is a very popular trail that winds up to a great view of the Columbia Gorge. It is a 5 mile out and back trail with 1500 feet of elevation gain. The view is well worth is along the entire route.
Friends of the Columbia Gorge also organize group hikes for beginners during the fall season. The Link is posted below: