I think the Clackamas River Trail is one of my favorite hikes I’ve done this summer! The 7.8 miles sounds a little intimidating for a beginner, but it wasn’t bad at all and there’s lots of pretty flowers, streams and some waterfalls to see along the way!
The Wauna Point hike is a 3.8 mile hike with a bit of an elevation climb, lots of snakes and a breath taking view once you get to the top.
Wahclella Falls is a super easy 2 mile hike, and there’s a pretty cool cave along the way that you can crawl in and explore a bit too. The falls would even make for a good swimming spot on a hot summer day.
Fort Stevens was a site of World War II and is a super cool historical hike. There’s a few different paths you can take and we opted for a 5.3 mile loop. We only ended up doing about 2 miles though because we forgot bug spray and encountered the worst mosquitos you can possibly imagine. There’s still no shortage of amazing things to see at Fort Stevens though. Including but not limited to some old bunkers, the mouth of the Columbia River, and a shipwreck.
Nestled towards Mt Hood in the small town of Rhododendron there’s a million and one hikes. We opted for Hidden Lake. It’s called Hidden Lake for a reason. Unless you feel like wading through mud, you can just barely see the lake peaking through the shrubbery.
It was a really great hike though. There’s a little bit of a uphill climb at the beginning, which feels more daunting than it is due to the high elevation of Rhododendron. After you get past the beginning hills though it’s smooth sailing. Personally, this adorable creek near the end of the trail was my favorite part.
The trail to the top of Tumula Mountain is about 2.6 miles each way. It’s a relatively easy hike but be prepared to get covered in your fair share of spider webs because it’s not a trail that’s hiked frequently.
The view at the top is one of the most breath taking I’ve discovered yet.