Ready, Set, Hike!

I wanted to do some hiking this summer to get my strength back while spending quality time with girlfriends and seeing new places. Like Opal Creek and Oneonta Falls. I was not disappointed with either.  Below is a little picture review.
The water falls at Opal Creek are little, but that is not why it’s famous. The 7 miles trek along the creek is complete with an old mining town, spectacular 700-year old red cedar trees, and a wonderful creek. The water is clear as bottled water. I was not disappointed with this easy 7 mile round trip trek with Eve, her mom, and my God-son, Daniel, AKA Eve’s son.
 IMG_0170There are a few caves along the way and old mining cars.

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IMG_0172 IMG_0176 IMG_0189 IMG_0193 IMG_0197 I’ve been able to hike Silver Creek Falls 3 times this summer, each time with a different girlfriend. I have more trips planned, too. There is an 8 mile roundtrip hike, a 6 mile option, or just 5 miles. I’ve done all 3 so far this year. There’s a bit of an elevation change. so it’s tough to do in the heat. IMG_0024 IMG_0033 IMG_0042 The falls I was most excited to see was Oneanta. There’s a huge log jam to climb over. Then you walk up the creek bed. It gets deep in two places, so you wade in the cool water. It’s so worth it, though.Oneonida Falls 136 Below is Horsetail Falls, which is next door to Oneonta Falls, which is 2 or 3 miles from Multnomah fall. Horsetail Falls kinda looks like a horse tail. Oneonida Falls 137 Oneonida Falls 144 Trust me when I say the pictures don’t do the log jam justice. The size is much longer than the photo shows. Oneonida Falls 143Oneonida Falls 149 Above is my friend Trish. We made it over the log jam. Now we travel about 1/2 mile through a gorge to the falls. That part is spectacular! Oneonida Falls 151 Oneonida Falls 164I definitely want to do this one again! Coolest hike I’ve ever been on. And shortest!

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