Horsetail Falls

This is an amazing 2.6 mile loop that takes you by three different waterfalls. Right when you pull in to the parking lot you see Horsetail Falls where the trailhead starts.

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Follow the trail up to the first intersection and turn right to stay on trail #438. After a few switchbacks you see this view. Woo hoo!

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But wait, it gets better. After you turn the next corner you’ll see Ponytail Falls or upper Horsetail falls. You get to walk underneath it.

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The trail eventually takes you to Oneonta Canyon. The switchbacks lead you down to a metal bridge that crosses Oneonta Creek. Try not to be freaked out by the sign that suggests you cross the bridge one person at a time due to its engineering.

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The view from this bridge shows you Middle Oneonta Falls.

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The trail takes you back up for more stunning views.

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Eventually you turn right on the Oneonta Trail which will take you to the parking lot. You have to walk 1/2 mile on the road to get back to the Horsetail Falls Trailhead, but you get to pass Oneonta Gorge and go through this cute little tunnel.

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How to get there:

From Portland take I-84 East to Exit 28 for Bridal Veil Falls. Drive East on the Historic Highway for 5.6 miles. You’ll pass Multnomah Falls and Oneonta Gorge before you get to the Horsetail Falls parking lot.

This time of year the trail was very slick and icy in certain places. It’s manageable but be sure to walk carefully and slowly through those parts. Happy hiking!

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Tualatin Hills Nature Park

Never take for granted the easily accessible hikes in your own neighborhood. On a day when you don’t have time to invest in driving to a trailhead but you want to spend some time in nature this is your best option. You can spend hours wandering through this park. Take a map with you at the entrance, or just find your own way. All the side trails are marked and eventually lead back to the main paved path- The Vine Maple Trail.

Here’s the address: 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton OR 97006

*No charge to park, and no dogs allowed.

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When you’re walking through this park you forget you’re in Beaverton. It’s easy to find a quiet, peaceful corner and several of the trails lead to ponds.

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One of my favorite parts of this park is the shady Cedar Grove with giant old western red cedars.

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Ecola State Park to Indian Beach

Coastal hikes are the best! Amazing views, old trees, access to the beach, and at the end you get to eat clam chowder. This one starts at Ecola State Park right by Cannon Beach. Nick and Victoria joined me for the 3 mile round trip to Indian Beach and back. The trail goes much further but Hamilton was too tired after his excursions on the beach.

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I’m glad we got here early because by the time we returned to the parking lot at 11:30 am it was mostly full. Even if you don’t hike it’s still a beautiful viewpoint at Ecola State Park, but the best views are found on the trail.

**there is a $5 fee to enter the park

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Due to recent wind storms there was a huge tree down in the middle of the path, but we figured out how to get around it.

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Indian Beach was beautiful. There is a road that will take you directly to Indian Beach, but it’s currently closed. We were lucky enough to be the only ones on the beach.

From Indian Beach you can add a 2.6 mile loop called the Clatsop Loop Trail.

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There’s nothing Hammy loves more than running free on the beach.

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