We began our day in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Lucky enough to stay at the historic Timberline Lodge, we felt like we were checking off a bucket list item indeed. My husband and I are enamored with historic lodges of the west and always dreamed of coming back here to stay with our family.
We planned to take the long way through the forest, down the Hood Canal and into the Historic Columbia River Highway. The Columbia River Gorge is National Forest Service land and considered a National Scenic Area. For the visitor it means it’s well maintained, well marked, and well worth your time to explore.
We spent most of our time seeking out the many waterfalls this area is known for. One of my goals for this 14 day road trip through the Pacific Northwest was to see as many waterfalls and bridges as possible and to catch a glimpse at an Orca in the wild. Today was waterfall day!
Heading east to west, take the Historic Columbia River Highway off of Interstate 84 at exit 35. From here you will travel along a small country road and be able to see several waterfalls. Many of the waterfalls have parking areas, trail heads, picnic tables or visitor centers.
We did the hike to the top of Multnomah Falls which is the tallest waterfall in Oregon. Once you are at the top and see the overlook, walk along the creek bed for more water play and small swimming holes. Our family had a lot of fun here. The trails continue on up Larch mountain for those that would like a longer hike with views of two other waterfalls. For more information check out the National Forest Service page.