After being disappointed by that road trip, I wanted to go to the Columbia River Gorge where I knew all the waterfalls would be at lower elevations. We drove down the Washington side of the gorge this time to see something new. The waterfalls aren't quite as impressive as the ones on the Oregon side. I looked several of them up and found them to be decent swimming holes, though not particularly scenic waterfalls. But 2 in particular made it worth the trip. We drove as far as the "Bridge of the Gods," which crosses back into Oregon near Cascade Locks.
The two that are worth seeing are Hardy Falls (left) and Rodney Falls (right). If you hike up as high as possible to Rodney Falls, there's an area you can stick your head in and feel a massive rush of air. It's called "the Pool of Winds."
There's a pretty view of the gorge on the way back down the trail, but the electric lines are a total eyesore.
Above are Starvation Creek Falls, Hole in the Wall Falls and Cabin Creek Falls, and below is Lancaster Falls (I heard somewhere that Lancaster is actually a different falls you can't see from the hike, and that this one is actually called Wilson Falls, but I don't know if that's true). Much better than in August! The day started off rainy and nasty, but by this time the clouds were clearing and it actually ended up being pretty nice.
This time around, we had a bit more time and were able to take the hike up to upper McCord Creek Falls (right). There's also a decent side view of Elowah falls (left) on the trail.
The nice days kept coming that spring, so we took another road trip up to Whidbey island and hiked along the Deception Pass beach.
Of course we also went up and took a few pics from the bridge. It's always gorgeous up there!
this post to see my unlucky arrival time at the summit in October 2011), I wanted to do the hike again, and this time bring Oscar with me. We picked a great day for it too. Gorgeous!
I only saw this side of the mountain (left) during my first trip. I didn't realize you could hike on the rocks a bit higher to see a fuller view (right).