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Elowah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

On a damp autumn day, I made the short (1.4 Mile) hike out through the lush and mossy forest to the powerful 213 ft Elowah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge about 45 minutes from Portland. It can get pretty busy here, but luckily the rain kept some people away making the crowds manageable.  The mix of many layers of volcanic rock combined and the changing colors of the leaves and ferns definitely makes for a beautiful area to explore! 

213ft Elowah Falls and the colosseum of volcanic Basalt that surrounds it in the mossy forest

Hiker down stream in the mossy forest below the beautiful Elowah Falls, OR 

Cascading falls below Elowah Falls with very mossy rocks littered throughout. 

Rounding the lush trail to a view of Elowah Falls, OR

Logs submerged in the cold clear water below Elowah Falls

Autumn leaves next to the clear water below the Elowah Falls where it cascades through the canyon

Hiker below the 213 ft Elowah Falls as the ferns begin changing color with the changing seasons.

Oneonta Gorge

On a beautiful fall day, we made the hike out to Lower Oneonta Falls. The hike out the gorge was so awesome with the 25 million year old basalt walls towering above on both sides. The water got to just above our waist and was definitely a little chilly. The uniqueness and how beautiful it all was definitely made it worth it!

Clear water on the hike out Oneonta Gorge. 

Clear water on the hike out Oneonta Gorge. 

The awesome reward of hiking up Oneonta Gorge is going for a dip in the pool below the Lower Oneonta Falls, Oregon.

The awesome reward of hiking up Oneonta Gorge is going for a dip in the pool below the Lower Oneonta Falls, Oregon.

Hike up the river to Lower Oneonta Falls, Oregon

Hike up the river to Lower Oneonta Falls, Oregon

Hiking in the amazing Oneonta Gorge surrounded by 25 Million year old Basalt walls covered in moss.

Hiking in the amazing Oneonta Gorge surrounded by 25 Million year old Basalt walls covered in moss.

Frozen Abiqua Falls

I decided to take advantage of the recent cold weather that we have been having and my first trip out to Abiqua Falls. I knew that it was going to be perfect conditions for some really cool shots. I was most definitely right, It was very cool and surreal having tons of huge icicles hanging all around this big waterfall.

 

Abiqua Falls, Oregon

Abiqua Falls, Oregon

Abiqua Falls, Oregon

Abiqua Falls, Oregon

Abiqua Falls, Oregon