An Explorer’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest
Brand ambassador, Amelia Schley, spends her weekends exploring and snapping pictures of the Pacific Northwest. So, we asked her to share her top 5 places to travel on the weekends.
“This trail is located in the Columbia River Gorge and has numerous waterfalls along it. This is one of those hikes that gets even more beautiful around every turn. Metlako Falls, Punchbowl Falls, and Tunnel falls are some of the waterfalls you come across along this trail. At one point of the hike, you are walking next to a 250 ft. drop with amazing views of the adjacent ridge.”
2. Abiqua Falls
“Even though it’s hard to find, there are a few websites with correct directions (do NOT rely on GPS). After a short .4 mile hike, you turn a corner and are greeted with the most beautiful waterfall you have ever seen! The colorful basalt columns and sapphire pool really make this waterfall unique. It’s a short walk, but it’s a great place to have a picnic and just take in the scene.”
“The national park is huge and I have yet to explore all of it, but from what I have seen, it makes my top 5 list. The coast side of the park has Ruby Beach, Kalaloch Lodge, and more, each has something special. The rock formations on the coast give such a dramatic effect to the ocean. As you sit in the sand and look around, bald eagles fly over you and depending on what time of year you’re there, you may see whales. The tree cave is really easy to get to, and is located a little north of the Kalaloch Lodge (which has the best veggie burger I’ve ever tasted).”
“Layers and layers of color caused by exposed elements in the soil reacting with the air. There is a reason this was picked to be one of the seven wonders of Oregon. You can sit and stare at this scene for hours on end. All the colors and lines make this location a photographers dream.”
“Five miles round trip, steep trails, and somewhat sketchy walkways, this hike is pretty intense but the views are worth it! Make sure you go on a clear day, and if you do, you can see from Mount Hood to the coast.”
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