Hiking Trails

Merisa Taylor, Staff Writer

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Horsetail Falls

 

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  • This hiking trail is 2.6 miles long and it’s a great place to see parts of the waterfall. There’s a lot of ups and downs in the trail but overall it is a pretty easy hike.

  • Unfortunately, because of the devastating fire that hit the gorge this past year the trail suffered and was cut down to a half mile for safety concerns.

  • The first thing you see when you pull up to the falls are these stairs that lead directly to the waterfall and river area. Be careful these stairs are often slippery and should be used with caution. The stairs themselves are made of mossy stone and are a beautiful addition to the falls.

  • The front of the waterfall is beautiful and you don’t have to do much walking to see it, it starts up high and comes crashing down into the rocky creek. It is truly a great sight to see.

  • After walking the part of the hike that's still open you come to a cave. You can walk behind to the back of the upper part of waterfall. It is definitely a little muddy and you might get sprinkled on but it is a fun adventure to explore.

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Vista House

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  • The Vista house is located on Crown Point in the Columbia River Gorge and it is a historical building. It served as a comfort area for Oregon pioneers. It is said to be comparable to the Statue of Liberty as it stands for freedom in the gorge. It is a pretty stone building and you can book a tour to see the inside museum.

  • The house on Crown Point actually has a pretty amazing view of the gorge and the Columbia River. If you look over the edge you will see a magnificent view of the river banks and also a little part of the road.

  • Actually if you continue up the road a little bit you will come up to Women’s Forum another historical place also known as Chanticleer Point. It is a scenic viewing area that shows off Crown Point Vista house along with the dark blue Columbia River.

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Sandy River Delta

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  • The Sandy River dog park is located in Troutdale. There are about 5 trails that go around the park, most of which take you to different spots on the water.

  • One thing I adore about this area is that it is welcoming to dogs, they are free to run, play and even soak in a puddle. This is a good place to let your dog off it’s leash and relax or throw a ball.

  • After a small walk, depending on which trail you decide to take you end up in front of a beautiful opening of the river and warm sand. At this point your dog is probably way ahead of you and is already having fun while you take a seat and relax with the small breeze.

  • If you and your dog like to swim then this is the perfect place. If you want you can join them swimming. The current on this part of the river isn’t very strong so it makes a good place for you and your furry friend to go take a dip in the Columbia River.

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