Munra Point Hike

munra point hike panorama columbia gorge exit 35 elowah fallsOne of the more exciting day hikes close to Portland (other is Elk Mountain on OR 6), Munra Point hike is no walk in the park. The trail gains an elevation of around 1800-2000 ft in a little more than a mile. Average times (times may vary) hover around 2 hrs to the summit, extra time needed to carefully hike down the mountain. The hike begins at around 1.5-2 miles from the John B Yeon trail head. Take the CG bicycle path all the way up to Moffet Creek and turn right on to a narrow trail past signs to Trail # 400. At around 50 feet through the sign board, take the narrow steep trail to your right. The hike is a near scramble with a lot of exposure. Do not attempt should you fear your way down the mountain.munra point hike panorama columbia gorge exit 35 elowah falls trail no 400The narrow chimney that leads to the summit is a 15 ft scramble to the top. Stay safe!

Dog Mountain Hike


One of the more strenuous hikes for the average hiker, but you gotta earn the breeze and views at the top of the mountain. You gain an elevation of 2800 feet in around 3.8 miles and may well take you more than 120 mins to reach the summit (times may vary). Be sure to carry enough water on a hot day but I personally recommend May/June for the best scenery (wildflowers). These pictures were taken in July.

A lovely hike…

Just got lovelier…

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dog mountain columbia river gorge washington oregon trail hike trek postcard

 

Multnomah Falls Hike


One of the more popular attractions near Portland, Oregon offers a lot more than just a magnificent view of the falls. There is a 1.3 miles hike to the viewpoint at the top of the falls gaining around 700 feet in 45 mins for an average hiker (times may vary). But I wouldn’t necessarily recommend as the views from the top aren’t so great, unless you have time to kill. Recommended season is either fall or spring.
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Angels Rest Hike


A perfect location to start some serious hiking season near Portland, Oregon. Though the trail is open year round, I highly recommend months of April-May for a nice green backdrop. The hike gains around 1400 feet in 2.4 miles and takes around 60 mins for an average hiker on a perfect day (times may vary).

Westward from Angels Rest up close…