Lakes and Rivers

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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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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Hardy Falls – Pool of the Winds

Hardy Falls is a great, relatively easy, hike that takes you up a steep forested climb to three tiers of waterfalls. From the Hamilton Mountain Trailhead climb up to Hardy Creek. There is a side trail that leads downhill to a viewpoint of the lowest tier, known as Hardy Falls. Hard Falls takes 90 ft plunge…

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Upper McCord Creek Falls

Although now closed, due to the massive 2017 wildfire, this is a great hike in the Gorge. Elowah and Upper McCord Creek Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cascade Locks, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity…

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