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Check out our Instagram Story are we go to #SilverFallsStatePark and hike the #TrailOfTenFalls.

This 7.2 mile loop around the park is a bit long but so worth it. It’s certainly a must do if you want to experience waterfalls close up. | #SilverFalls


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Photo by @our.big.wide.world

Location: Bridge that crosses Cape Creek along the North Trail at #CapeLookout, 12 miles southwest of Tillamook.

This great coastal headland hike with lots of ups and downs begins at the day use area for Cape Lookout State Park. Rise through lush Sitka Spruce and western hemlock forest to the Cape Lookout Trailhead and then head west along the Cape Trail above steep slopes to the cliff top viewpoint at the end of this jutting lava headland. Here, on a good day, you can view ocean life in abundance: gray whales in migration, sea lions, and pelagic birds. You may also do this hike as a split by beginning at the Cape Lookout Trailhead, the main advantage to this being that you will thus avoid the day use fee.

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Photo by @benjaames

Location: #CraterLakeNationalPark.

Snow covers the park for eight months out of the year, usually from October through June, but with an average annual snowfall of 44 feet, snow can stick around into July. Although it’s cold enough for flakes to fly, #CraterLake itself doesn’t completely freeze over. The last time the surface was completely frozen was 1949, though it came close to a total freeze in 1985.

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Photo by @rynotime

Location: #SaltCreekFalls, 64 miles southeast of Eugene.

Salt Creek creates one of the most impressive waterfalls in Oregon as it hurtles 286 feet into a gaping canyon near #WillamettePass. The size of the falls isn't terribly notable in the area, but rather the process by which the falls were formed. Glaciers scoured the valley out during the last Ice Age, then following their retreat, lava flows filled in a portion of the valley, creating the narrow canyon walls composed of columnar basalt that are now seen at the falls. Views are afforded all along the canyon rim, from the brink of the falls to the base of the falls.

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Photo by @seektheworld_

Location: #CascadeHead, just north of Lincoln City.

In the early 1960s, volunteers organized an effort to protect Cascade Head from development. By 1966 they had raised funds and purchased the property, and then turned it over to The Nature Conservancy. Because of its ecological significance, Cascade Head Preserve and surrounding national forest and other lands won recognition in 1980 as a National Scenic Research Area and a United Nations Biosphere Reserve. Flower picking, hunting, camping, fires, bicycles, and dogs have been banned. The easy, #HartsCove Trail upper trailhead to the headland meadows is closed six months of the year (Jan 1st-July 15th. The date sometimes changes so call ahead. No dogs allowed in the trail either.) to protect threatened Oregon silverspot butterfly caterpillars. If you hike here from the lower trailhead, the Nature Conservancy Trail (open all year), please stay on the trail. Even spreading out a picnic may inadvertently trample the meadow’s rare checkermallows (5-petaled pink wildflowers) or the violets that serve as the only food for the rare caterpillars.

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Photo & Video by @lusekelo

Location: #CirclesInTheSand, at Bandon’s #FaceRockStatePark.
In 2011 Circles in the Sand began as a special project of #DennyDyke's labyrinth ministry - Sacred Journeys. Labyrinths started appearing on the beaches in Bandon and rumors started about aliens and crop circles. Denny created the first Dreamfield labyrinth in September of 2014 and is still walking in circles. Circles as a public venture began full time scheduling in January 2015. Since then more than 20,000 pairs of feet have walk the sandy path.

Summer season starts May 16, 2018 and will consist of 35 drawings through August (weather permitting).

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Photo by @marissalmassee

Location: #CoffinMountain, 68 miles northwest of #BendOregon.
The summit is home to a fire lookout that was built in 1984. It is the fourth lookout at this site and is still staffed in the summer. Although the views of #MtJefferson aren't as good as they are at nearby Bachelor Mountain, this hike has the bonus of wildflower meadows and a neat lookout at the summit.

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Video by @crobslife

Location: #HumbugMountainStatePark, 6 miles south of #PortOrford.
#HumbugMountain is completely within the state park, and U.S. Route 101 passes by its northern base. It is one of the highest mountains in Oregon to rise directly from the ocean. Its slopes feature an old-growth temperate rainforest. Two trails run from the state park campground to the mountain's summit, one 1.5 miles long, the other 2 miles long. Both are part of the much longer #OregonCoastTrail. The area is popular with hikers, campers, cyclists, and whale watchers.

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Photos and Videos by @motobahta

Location: #MitchellPoint, 64 miles east of Portland.

This short hike to Mitchell Point covers a lot of scenery in just 2.6 miles and has remained opened, even after the #EagleCreekFire. The trail is often steep and rugged, so you'll feel like you made a longer trek, especially when you consider that you will gain nearly 1,300 feet in that short distance. But the rewards make the trip well worth the effort - lots of views, wildflowers and interesting terrain throughout the hike. Note that the 0.3 mile side trip to Mitchell Spur is included in the mileage and elevation totals for this hike. Like most eastern #ColumbiaRiverGorge trails, this route has several patches of poison oak that you'll need to watch for, and you should check for ticks when you get home.

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Photo by @ohtombombadil

Location: #ToketeeFalls, 59 miles east of Roseburg.

In Chinook Jargon (a language developed by Northwest Native Americans to make it easier to trade with different tribes) “Toketee” means pretty or graceful, which is exactly what comes to mind when you see this 113-foot waterfall. A half-mile hike through an old-growth forest of Douglas fir, western red cedar, big leaf maple, and Pacific yew ends at a sturdy viewing platform overlooking two-tiered Toketee Falls. The well-graded and wooded trail is rated “easy” except for the 100+ steps up and down to the viewing platform.

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Photo by @rileyjwils

Location: #NaturalBridges at #SamuelHBoardman State Park, 11 miles north of Brookings.

From a large parking area, a section of the coast trail runs south giving fleeting glimpses of several natural bridges quite far below, but partly obscured by the foliage. Lesser trails branch off descending more steeply to closer viewpoints.

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Photo by @yuriy.chu

Location: #LarchMountain, 38 miles east of Portland.

The mountain is the remnant of an ancient shield volcano, with broad slopes covering tens of square kilometers. Active between 1.8 and 1.4 million years ago, the volcano is composed mainly of basalts, although the summit at #SherrardPoint is composed mainly of iron-rich andesite. Sherrard Point was exposed during the last glacial period, when the majority of the mountain's peak was destroyed by glaciers. The glaciers carved a large cirque into the mountain, forming a large lake. Over time, the lake was filled with sediment, and today the area is now a large meadow. The summit of the mountain is accessible by Larch Mountain Road, which branches off from the #HistoricColumbiaRiverHighway two miles east of Corbett. On a clear day, you can view several cascade peaks including #MtRainier, #MtStHelens, #MtAdams, #MtHood, and #MtJefferson. Due to the Eagle Creek Fire, the road remains closed but is hopefully expected to reopen this summer. ⠀
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