My mom, sister and brother-in-law are in town and I wanted to take them on a beautiful and simple hike after we visited Multnomah Falls. Multnomah Falls is gorgeous but the hike to the top is steep and not for those who don’t hike steep trails frequently.
Further down a few more exits is Wahclella Falls. It’s an easy hike with lovely forest views and a trail along the river. It’s only about a mile before you arrive at the end and it opens up to a large pool of water and a spray of mist.
Today I went hiking in the Gorge to an area called Triple Falls near Multnomah Falls. It was a “moderate” four mile-ish hike and I haven’t done much hiking lately so it was challenging for me. I went with a group from work that regularly hikes to prepare to walk the Portland half marathon.
This morning I hiked to the lower bowl of Punchbowl Falls in the gorge. Pretty “beginner level” hike although the trail is pretty rocky. I also would be wary of small children or dogs on this trail since there are some pretty narrow portions of the trail the border on a very high drop.
Today I went hiking on the backside of Hood Mountain. It was a gorgeous hike along a river through trees and a small quarry. You can hike all the way to the falls and if you are nimble enough, climb behind them to really enjoy the spray.
I love the rose garden in Washington Park. This time of year is a little early for the roses to be so far along but it has been a very warm spring. I didn’t want to miss one of my favorite parts of Portland so I spent some time this morning touching and smelling.
I love roses. I don’t care if they are cliché. They are classic – like black. There are so many varieties and yet they all share they same velvety soft petals and sharp thorns. They have varying fragrances some even with what I would describe as bright like lemon. And the colors! The shapes!