Hikes with Views – No Waterfalls

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

One of the hidden gems of the Pacific Northwest, at least for us anyway. After 27 years of living in Vancouver, just north of Portland, we visited for the first time recently. Unbeknownst to us we picked the perfect day. The Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is to the east of Mount Rainier near the town…

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Cannon Beach

One of my favorite beaches on the Oregon coast, Cannon Beach is home to the famous Haystack Rock. It is known for its long, sandy shore. Standing tall in the ocean, Haystack Rock is a seasonal haven for tufted puffins. On a headland to the north, trails in Ecola State Park offer sweeping views of…

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Beacon Rock

One of the more popular hikes on the Washington side of the Gorge, this is definitely worth a visit! Beacon Rock is known for quality, challenging, technical rock climbing. The park’s 4,464 acres include 9,500 feet of Columbia River shoreline and forested uplands with 20 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails. The park…

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Lacamas Lake

This 312-acre park has fishing, hiking and recreational opportunities, with bass, bluegill and perch in the waters of Round Lake. There also are excellent bird-watching areas around the park, and the upland forests support a variety of wildlife, including deer, raccoons, beavers, coyotes, osprey, bald eagles and many other birds. The park has numerous opportunities…

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Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake is a mountain lake in Clackamas County of the U.S. state of Oregon. It is located at the foot of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain in a natural catchment formed by a toe of the mountain, 11.4 kilometres southwest of Mount Hood, and 3.1 kilometres WSW of Government Camp within Mount Hood National…

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Painted Hills

Painted Hills, in the northwestern United States, is one of the three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, located in Wheeler County, Oregon. It totals 3,132 acres and is located 9 miles northwest of Mitchell, Oregon. The Painted Hills are listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon.

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Blue Basin

One of the most memorable experiences in nature in my lifetime, I cannot recommend visiting highly enough. Blue Basin Overlook Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kimberly, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs…

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