Latourelle Falls

I was so happy to make it out to the Columbia River Gorge this past weekend – mostly to Latourelle Falls, due to there being so many people trying to get out and enjoy the nice weather the day we went.

First stop was the Portland Women’s Forum. We had a great view of Crown Point and Vista House. Next, we tried to stop at Crown Point, but there was only enough parking for one of our cars to stop. (We had three vehicles going out there with all the relatives in town.)

So, off we went to Latourelle Falls. I happily walked around there for a bit taking photos all the while, not realizing I was going to pay for it later as I’d had an injury to my tailbone that was starting to feel better, but wasn’t all the way healed up yet, and this trip triggered me to go right back to that first day of pain and start the healing process all over again. Wah.

Next, we tried to go to Multnomah Falls – apparently a landslide a week or so earlier had dumped 30 cubic yards, or three truckloads, of debris on the road so the road was shut down and still had not been cleared for through traffic the next week on the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway between Angels Rest and Multnomah Falls. So all the cars trying to get through were turning around and heading down to the freeway to try and get to Multnomah Falls that way. But, the parking lot off the freeway was full, so we had to keep going. We could see a pile up of cars trying to get in from the other direction, so we decided not to try and go there after all. For me, this was probably a blessing in disguise because at that time, little did I know I was making my tailbone injury worse until the pain started creeping back in later that day. I’m sure I would have at least tried to hike up to the upper bridge and I’d probably be in a lot worse shape now if I had.

Instead, it was on to Horsetail Falls. Again, the Oregonians seemed to be out in droves trying to enjoy one of the first days of nice weather we’ve had since winter began. There was no parking to be found. That waterfall is pretty close to the road, so we just did a drive by of that one without getting out of the car.

And, without having done much hiking to earn our treat at the end of our day trip, we ended up at East Wind restaurant up at Cascade Locks where we like to finish the day when we go out to the Columbia River Gorge.

We thought we’d go back the next day and try to make it to Multnomah Falls, but we were probably too sorry of a lot by then – me with my tailbone injury, my cousin with MS, my dad with his neuropathy and my mom had chemo all morning. So we didn’t attempt another trip. Sadly, I’m probably not going to make it back out there for another month or so while trying to heal up, but it sure was nice to get out there again.

 

Latourelle Falls
Latourelle Falls

 

The bridge at Latourelle Falls
The bridge at Latourelle Falls

 

Who's that tripping over my bridge?
Who’s that tripping over my bridge?

 

Moss on the bridge
Moss on the bridge

 

Latourelle Bridge
Latourelle Bridge

 

Ethereal
Ethereal

 

East Wind Drive In
East Wind Drive In

A day hike to Elowah Falls – waterfallwednesday

A few weeks ago my son & I did the Elowah Falls, McCord Creek hike. This is a very easy hike, good for beginner hikers – especially if you just go to Elowah Falls, but I’m sure in the winter, parts of the path are really slippery as there were some soggy parts when we went and there hadn’t been much rain yet at that point.

We were also going to do the McCord Creek Falls hike, and took off on the path to the east of Elowah Falls thinking maybe there was some sort of loop. After a bit of hiking, the trail just started aligning with the freeway, and I had a funny feeling there was no loop. I remembered looking it up online and it didn’t look like the trail from Elowah falls connected to the McCord Creek one, but that you had to backtrack along the trail you’d been on to get to the trail that led to McCord Creek falls. So, I stopped. My son wanted to keep going, but I was almost certain this wasn’t a loop to the falls upstream. Luckily, that close to the freeway, we had cell phone reception, so I could look it up and discover that, indeed, I was right and we needed to turn around and go back to get to the trail head going to McCord Creek falls. Considering I had a headache by the time we got to Elowah Falls and had to take aspirin, I’m glad I figured it out pretty quickly and we didn’t continue on miles out of our way in the wrong direction at that time. Yeah for looking things up on a map online before taking off for our trip so I’d know when we go off track. And yeah to being near the free way so we could still utilize our phones to get turned back around in the right direction!

I had not done this hike yet before this. It was far enough from the tourist traps that not too many people were on the trail. Which is a big plus in my books! I’m still pretty amazed at how many waterfalls and hiking trails there are in the Columbia River Gorge and the fact that I can keep finding new and different ones all the time! I am truly blessed to live near the Columbia River Gorge and have all of these trails in my ‘backyard’.

 

The trail head to Elowah Falls.
The trail head to Elowah Falls.

 

Elowah falls in black and white
Elowah falls in black and white

 

Mossy tree on the side of the trail going east of Elowah falls.
Mossy tree on the side of the trail going east of Elowah falls.

 

Elowah falls from on the bridge
Elowah falls from on the bridge

 

Portal through the trees.
Portal through the trees.

 

Who's that tripping over my bridge?
Who’s that tripping over my bridge?