One of the best things about living in Oregon is our access to gorgeous hikes less than an hour from the city. The past few weekends have been absolutely gorgeous. When the weather gets nice in this city, you can pretty much guarantee that everyone takes advantage of the fleeting sunshine and goes to enjoy the outdoors.
Hiking in the Columbia River Gorge is probably one of the most popular activities on a sunny day. My girlfriends and I went on one of the Gorge’s most popular hikes up to Angel’s Rest. The 5-mile loop was a relatively easy hike with a steady incline up 2,000 feet. The hike offered a terrific conversation trail and with the views from the top, it is no wonder why this hike is so popular among locals and visitors alike. Overlooking miles of the Columbia River, the peak is quite spacious and accommodating for many groups to catch their breath and enjoy the scenery.
We had a little extra time last week to take a short hike and so we ventured over to Mcleary Park and hiked all the way up to Pittock Mansion for a glance of our gorgeous city. Albeit a bit muddy and a little busy, the trail was filled with friendly hikers and the cutest dogs one could hope to see!