This is exactly what I think of when I hear the words Pacific Northwest. Oregon's waterfalls are amongst some of the most beautiful I have ever seen and I can't wait until this summer when I head back up for a second dose. After driving the coast and crossing over to Portland we moved on to nature. Lush, gorgeous, green, wet nature. We started at Multnohmah Falls. This popular 620ft roadside waterfall is the highest waterfall in the state of Oregon and the second highest in the nation. Even if you skip the full hike be sure to stop and view the falls along with breakfast. They have some serious breakfast going on at the Historical Multnohmah Falls Lodge. We indulged and made the decision to hike to the top. Round trip the hike is only 1.1 miles with plenty of long switchbacks. We took our time and reached the viewing platform at the top not too long after. Other hiking trails are accessible from here, but we did just the one. This summer I will be taking one of these other trails. Be sure to check back in July to find out which one.
Back on the road, we headed to the Trail of Ten Falls Loop Hike. The loop is 8.7 miles total and has two points at which you can cross back and make it shorter. We still are not sure how much we completed, but I think we finished at the second cut off trail. The entire trail was covered in ice and made so we were slow going. That and we took our sweet time shoe skating and just lounging and taking it all in. We were there right before winter was about to hit hard and everything had shimmering icicles and frosty green moss covers. Magic.
Winter Falls Double falls?
Upper North Falls
That night we headed to Eugene. I love this town. Good people and good beer. Does a town need anything else? We found a brewery called Falling Sky and there we spent the night tasting their many offerings. A must if you are a beer connoisseur. We woke early to make the long trek back to Los Angeles. We would take the direct route home past the farmlands and cows. No Oregonasmic coast for us. We had two stops planned to tide us over and then it was no stopping, no sleeping, altering drive time shifts until we saw the lights of L.A. Our first stop was Sahalie and Koosah Falls. Sahalie (meaning "Heavens") and Koosah (meaning "Sky") are part of a waterfall loop trail along the McKenzie River. These two falls are by far two of the most stunning falls I have ever seen. In the winter time with the icicles forming along the green moss, the sun reflecting just right to create faint rainbows, it's a feast for all the senses. The trail itself is an easy walk from one fall to the next. Beautiful scenery the entire way. After heading down a hill to stand at the base of the falls (Not recommended. This was slippery and the river current is strong. I took full responsibility for my self) I was reluctant to leave this wonderland. I truly felt like I had entered a world where anything could be. If unicorns were real, surely they would live here.
On the road again it was time for our last destination. Terwilliger Hot Springs also known as Cougar Hot Springs. These hot springs are ones you don't want to tell anyone about. Even though you know they are all over the internet as it is. Our last moments to soak away the stress of returning to "the real world." These hot springs flow from a small cave to five pools. As each pool goes further down the water gets cooler so adjust your soaking choice accordingly. There is a small kiosk at the entrance, $6.00 per person, and while there was no one there we paid anyway. The fees help maintain the hot springs. The well worn trail is about 1/4 of a mile long through the forest. Clothing is OPTIONAL here so if you are uncomfortable, or have little ones that may be, these may not be the hot springs for you. For two of us they were sublime, our third not so much. He chose to opt out of soaking and was content to sit and take in the forest surroundings. I was soaking in a hot spring in the forest. Truly dreaming. Or at least it felt like it. The world could not have been further away.
I tried my best to get the names of each waterfall correct. Please, if you notice a mistake or one that is not labeled, don't hesitate to inform me! Corrections and opinions are always welcome!