Thursday, August 28, 2014

TBT Hiking Post from Hubby - Oregon Hiking

It's Thursday!! That means another Throwback Thursday post from Hubby. Today's post is actually 2 hikes from a trip to Oregon. We visited my sister and went to Eagle Creek to High Bridge and Tom, Dick, & Harry Mountain. It was a great time and I remember enjoying having my sister around on some hikes with us. I also remember that the view of Mt. Hood from Tom, Dick, and Harry Mountain was pretty amazing!

Oregon Hiking, May 27 & 28, 2007

Sharon and I visited her sister in Oregon for Memorial Day, and went on two great hikes while there. Neither was particularly long, but they both gave a good flavor of Oregon hiking. The first was along Eagle Creek at the Columbia River Gorge, and the second was to Tom, Dick, & Harry Mountain near Mt. Hood.


The trail followed along the edge of the canyon carved by the Eagle Creek, with some dramatic cliffs along the way. 

There are three waterfalls in the first 6 miles of the trail. Here is Sharon in front of the first one--Metlako Falls.

Sherry joined Sharon and I for the first day's hike. This is Sharon and Sherry at Lower Punchbowl Falls.
This is the upper part of the falls, which carved out a little cove that we are peeking into. It'd be great to bring a raft up there and float around the cove. :)
Sharon tries to figure out a way into the cove but doesn't get very far. :P 
Here's Sherry above the upper falls. You can see a little landing just above the falls, which we were determined to find.
We finally found it after taking a little goat path off of the main trail. This is Sharon looking back towards people on the main trail.
Don't do it!!!
Our turnaround point was High Bridge, which spans a narrow part of the canyon. You can see the bridge in the background and the trail along the cliff.
Some goofy person on the bridge.
Even though you can barely see her face, you can still tell that Sharon is smiling. :)
Sharon and Sherry from the other side of the canyon. There are some more falls further along the trail, but we decided to call it a day here. It was a great hike, and a very good choice for a cloudy day.

The next day, Nathan even joined us! This hike has nice views of Mt. Hood, as you can see behind us at the midway point of Mirror Lake. We took a short break and headed up for even better views.
Along the way, I made sure to retain my title as king of the mole hill.
We encountered some snow, but nothing terribly difficult. It was all in flat parts of the trail.
After emerging from the trees, you are greeted with a spectacular view of Mt. Hood.
Sharon and I are happy to have such great views. You could also see Rainier, St. Helens, Adams, and Jefferson.
Nathan lounged here while we hiked across the ridge to some other high points.
Sharon and Sherry on a rock above a large cliff. We hung out over at the other high points for a bit, then headed back to Nathan and went down. 


  1. Wow, can't believe that was seven years ago! Thanks for the throwback!

  2. No problem! Time definitely flies! :)

  3. Beautiful! I've never been to Oregon - would love to go.

  4. Thanks Jenny! It's a great place to visit!