As residents of Portland, Oregon, we're lucky to have easy access to wilderness in every cardinal direction. Within a half hour, we can be in dense, Pacific Northwestern forest, the Columbia River Gorge, halfway to Mt. Hood, or climbing through the coastal range on our way to the moody Oregon coast.
Though we've fully reintegrated into our weekly 9-to-5 routine, we've done our best to take advantage of these winter weekends. On the eastern side of Mt. Hood, the trailhead to Tamanawas Falls is a straight shot from Hood River down Highway 35. It's a gradual two-mile climb along Cold Spring Creek, so pleasant and unassuming that it was almost a shock to round the bend to Tamanawas Falls and see the water cascading over the cliffside.
Despite the constant mist emanating off the waterfall, I was able to get a few long exposures before the crowds descended and we hightailed it back to the trailhead. On our way back up Highway 35, we stopped in cozy Parkdale for its local brew and unobstructed views of the mountain.
Mountain weekend come back, I miss you already.