THE NARRATIVE IMAGE'S HIKE DIRECTORY
Quite a few of The Narrative Image blog entries are related to hiking trails in close proximity to Portland, so many in fact, that I thought it might be helpful to create an index specific to hiking.
Ape Canyon Trail
|Entering the amphitheater|
A bumpy ride down into a valley over a road suited for all terrain vehicles leads to a short downhill slide and a river skirting/wading scramble toward a fabled waterfall that remains hidden until the last minute.
See: ABIQUA FALLS
The trailhead is on the east side of
. The trail itself is suitable for mountain bikes. It traverses a ridge that looks out over a massive lahar on one side, and an old forest that survived by hiding behind the ridge on the other. After passing the narrow throat of Mt. St. Helens Ape Canyon, it isn't far to the Plains of Abraham, a vast, level, barren landscape of pumice and furtive new vegetation.
See: APE CANYON TRAIL
See: APE CANYON TRAIL
Bird Creek Meadow /
|Mt. Hood as seen from Bird Creek Meadow|
See: BIRD CREEK MEADOW
|Burnt Lake from East Zigzag Mountain|
See: EAST ZIGZAG MT. AND BURNT LAKE
|View of Mt. St. Helens from the top of Coldwater Peak.|
Life has pursued various strategies for regaining a foothold in the blown-up landscape, and you tell yourself that the chances that the volcano will erupt on the day you choose to hike there are very small, but still, it sometimes feels like you're looking down the barrel of a loaded gun.
See: COLDWATER PEAK 'Thee-Odyssey' - BOUNDARY TRAIL
Cooper Spur / Eliot Glacier
|Mt. St. Helens as seen from the edge of the Eliot Glacier Moraine|
See: THE ROAD TO CLOUD CAP TRAILHEAD
See: COOPER SPUR / ELIOT GLACIER
See: COOPER SPUR HAIKU
|Go to see the falls, but also look for the shoe tree.|
See: DRY CREEK FALLS HIKE
|View of Punch Bowl falls from the lower side-trail|
The sights-per-mile ratio of this hike are hard to beat. An incredible path carved, at points, high into the side of basalt cliffs that line the Eagle Creek canyon. You've probably already seen punchbowl falls on countless Northwest calendars, but walk a little bit further and you'll encounter the high bridge, tunnel falls, several camping sites and ultimately Wahtum Lake.
|I was lucky enough to capture the tail end of |
the annual spring snowman migration
|She Who Watches will see you on the guided tour|
See: VISION QUEST AT HORSETHIEF BUTTE
|Defensive leaves of the Monkey Puzzle Tree|
See: MEETING TREES @ HOYT ARBORETUM
Iceberg Lake /
|Size, shape and number of icebergs are subject to change.|
See: MT. ADAMS / ICEBURG LAKE
– Painted Hills Unit
|Painted Hills as seen from viewpoint.|
See: THE PAINTED HILLS
A trail in the Catherine Creek Area through a geologically interesting area. The Coyote Wall is just to the west.
See: THE LABYRINTH: ANOTHER DAMN HIKE
|The Invisible Bridge|
See: LAVA CANYON - CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
|McNiel Point Shelter|
See: McNIEL POINT - MT. HOOD WILDERNESS
|Looking down Hawthorne street on toward downtown Portland.|
See: A TIME TRAVEL HIKE
See: RESERVOIR OF MEMORIES
|Mt. St. Helens beyond Spirit Lake as viewed from Boundary Trail #1|
It takes a long time to get to the Norway Pass trailhead from Portland - almost 3 hours - whether you thread your way through Cougar or Randle, but once you set out on the trail and scale the ridge/pass, the scenery is non-stop...I don't know...transcendence inspiring. The snapped off trees and barren landscape are still potent reminders that you are standing in a former blast zone, but surveying the progress of returning vegetation...watching clouds spawn above spirit lake...or monitoring a weather front threatening from the west all contribute to a sense of wonder before nature.
|Sometimes wrong turns turn out O.K.|
See: SHOOTING FOR McNEIL POINT – ENDING UP AT MUDDY FORK
|The lower portion of Multnomah Falls|
See: FROZEN WATER, FROZEN TIME
See: MULTNOMAH FALLS - THANKSGIVING DAY 2010
See: OPAL CREEK TRAIL
|I think it's hard to get a good picture of this |
waterfall because of the bridge being in the way
and difficult lighting conditions.
See: SCOUTING THE ROAD TO RAMONA FALLS
A giant waterfall museum.
See: SILVER FALLS STATE PARK, TRAIL OF TEN FALLS
|The steep approach to the summit is finally worth it.|
See: TABLE MOUNTAIN - COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
See: BRIDGE OF THE GODS
Triple Falls Trail
See: PARANOIA ON THE TRIPLE FALLS TRAIL
|This is just a bonus seasonal waterfall, |
not Wahclella Falls, which is already behind me.
See: WAHCLELLA FALLS - COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
Warrior Rock Lighthouse /
|Warrior Rock Lighthouse always feels a bit|
impotent when his relatives from the coast
come to visit.
This hike sets out along the beach and heads to the Northern tip of
. Along the way you can explore wetlands and a river lighthouse. Periodically, immense ocean traveling ships travel up and down the river, their wakes breaking on the shore. Sauvie Island
See: WARRIOR ROCK LIGHTHOUSE
See: WARRIOR ROCK LIGHTHOUSE
|Wilson River Footbridge|
See: FOOTBRIDGE TRAILHEAD MYSTERY