Hiking the falls in the Columbia Gorge is always fun and you never know what you’re going to see. Mom said we were going to stop at Horsetail Falls and I had my mind all made up that this is what we were going to see.
Silly me. I guess I wasn’t listening and missed the “Falls” part…
and I sure didn’t see any horses.Mr. N and I cavorted up the path through a series of switchbacks lined with basalt walls. We soon reached Upper Horsetail Falls, also called Ponytail Falls. The water fell into a pool (how I longed to take a dip) and the path went behind the falls!
Mom loves to know all this stuff about why we were behind the falls, so she said I could tell you. In very simple terms (that’s me, by the way), a basalt lava flow buried a softer layer of rock and soil. Then water and winter ice removed the softer material below, creating a cavern of sorts. And there we were! In the cavern.
In my last post, we were hiking to Wahclella Falls–I left you just before reaching our destination. So now I’ll finish my adventure.
We rounded a corner and there it was!
One of the prettiest falls we’ve seen. Mom took a short video…the roar of the water dropping into the creek is something you don’t want to miss.
We all had dirty feet by this time and still had to walk back through a very muddy section of the trail (check out Mr. N’s blog to see how muddy it was!) We all enjoyed a foot dip in the creek at the end!
After a romp at 1000 Acres
Mr. N and I drove into the Columbia Gorge to Wahclella Falls – our next hike. We have been fortunate to have fairly nice weather recently as winter hiking can present numerous challenges. Even so, it was quite muddy on the trail, but that didn’t bother me a bit! You see, I was already muddy (and a bit stinky from a roll in coyote skat) from our stop at 1000 Acres.
This lollipop loop trail is considered “easy” (300 foot elevation gain) and is only a 2-mile round trip. But the scenery definitely made up for any ‘shortcomings’. 😃
We found a cave but Mom’s pictures didn’t turn out very well. But, this was another spot that could have been a cave (but wasn’t).We took one fork of the lollipop loop that rose high above Tanner Creek. It was pretty impressive!
The other day Mom said “Sage, I know I just told everyone about your feast with Mr. N and I need to visit them. But, I just had a call and need to leave immediately to take care of the Popstar. Everyone in San Francisco is sick.” Yowzie–I was all set for fun 😒 and she’s taking off on some magic carpet or something like that.
Then, several sleeps later, Dad puts me in the car and we went to that magic carpet place. There she was!! I was sooooo excited. And I know she was magic because everyone in SF was now well!!
The next day, she made it up to me. I never know what adventure we are going to have next, but this sounded like a good one. First, we stopped at 1000 acres and met Mr. N. We had to run, after all.The wind was fierce, but that didn’t stop us! Run we did. After a quick stop for some lunch, we got to our destination and it was a ‘quick scramble up the rocks’ to Fairy Falls. Fairies?!?! I couldn’t wait.
Our trail led along Wahkeena Falls–“Wahkeena Creek falls this way and that, now a plunge, now a horsetail, now a cascade. It’s just beautiful.”
Anyway, up and up we went (elevation gain 889 feet).
We got to an upper section of Wahkeena Falls about halfway to our destination.On we went and finally reached our destination–Fairy FallsIt WAS a bit magical (um, not like Mom’s carpet–but you know what I mean 😀).
WHERE ARE THE FAIRIES???
Christmas comes but once a year and Mom is busy, busy getting ready. The Pop Star will be here tomorrow and the fun begins!
How much fun was that?But, then I woke up and thought about my life. I couldn’t have it better (well, except for the occasional silliness Mom likes to inflict). So, that’s my wish for you this season…that all my furiends out there have the best life ever (I know you do, so that’s a pretty easy one 😀). And get to do all the fun things you ever wanted to do. And live in a house of love and belly rubs.
The Columbia Gorge, bordering Oregon and Washington States, is home to more than 77 waterfalls, mostly on the Oregon side. Some are more isolated than others, but many are accessible after a moderate hike. The Latourell Falls hike is considered ‘moderate’ with an elevation gain of 635 feet to the upper falls.
Near the trail head, Mr. N and I stopped for a ‘photo op’ with the lower falls in the background. Passersby commented on how well behaved we are. I guess they don’t know Mr. N and I have a secret about that–we work for treats!!Mom was careful going up the trail with it’s many tree roots and rocks. There were places where there were steep drop-offs, but she held my leash tightly. The trail wound around the top of the waterfall and meandered on up through the forest.
Before I tell you about my latest adventure, I want to thank you for all the good wishes for my Dad. ❤ He’s starting to feel better and should be back to normal soon.
Mom’s Sis and BIL came to visit last week and one day we took off for Silver Falls State Park. Dogs are only allowed on the Rim Trail–the others are too dangerous for us 4-leggers, or so they say.
And we kept it simple since this was the first big hike since Mom’s accident.
It was a pretty hike, with moss-covered trees
and stumps just made for sitting.
We did see a couple of falls–there are at least 10 in the park, but we’d have had to go on the forbidden trails to see the rest. It’s quite steep in places, but the views must be pretty awesome. And, you can hike behind a few of the falls! Mom said that’ll be another day. Without me. 😦
Winter Falls was just a trickle over a large rock, but I bet it’s more spectacular in late winter/early spring.I practiced my agility on this wall above the waterfall, but Mom wouldn’t let me stay there very long.
We trudged along the trail enjoying the lush forest and the raucous calls of a group of ravens. Boy, they were noisy! I don’t speak ‘raven’, but they had a LOT to say. Maybe I shouldn’t have chased that crow the other day. Blabbermouth!!
I could hear water now and then, but there was no place to get my furs wet! Good thing it was still cool. Fortunately Mom brought plenty of water–she’s good about those things. We finally came to the end of the trail and saw North Falls way over on the other side of the canyon. It has a 136-foot drop and was just what we wanted to see. I wonder what it would have been like to go behind that falling water? Maybe I could have gotten my furs wet after all…
On the way back, I showed Uncle K how to do a proper log walk. I hope they come back soon to visit me–he does really good skritches!
Today is my Blogiversary! Two whole years and what a fun couple of years it’s been. There have been good times (rolling in the mud, for one…) and there have been some bad (my poor Toby—I do miss him), but with the help of all of you, it’s been worth every minute. My Aunt Sally came to visit all the way from Texas and Mom said “Let’s go hiking!” There’s no better way to commemorate my blogiversary, at least that’s what I say.
Off we went. We stopped at the Ranger Station near Mt. Hood and got some trail maps (are more hikes up there in my future?). Mirror Lake was our destination and is a fairly easy hike off the highway. We started here…a raging river coming out of the forest. I wasn’t allowed to go into it, but I really didn’t want to.
We hiked into a gorgeous forest. It was a little eerie with the fog hanging almost right over us. We saw lots of downed trees that are composting in the forest. Mom says it’s food for the soil. I practiced my agility and did a little rock sitting.
We walked around it and came to a spot where I could go swimming for a bit. The fog was even rising off the lake! If it hadn’t been so foggy, this is what we’d have seen. That’s Mt. Hood. Mom says we’ll just have to go back…
We did see some pretty flowers. We weren’t sure what this was, but this lily was stunning!Mirror Lake is a glacial lake at the foot of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain. That’s it in the distance. Beyond the fog….there’s 3 peaks that are part of a 2-mile long volcanic mountain and is only about 5,066 feet tall. Because of this, it’s considered a foothill of Mt. Hood. On the way back, I checked out a hollowed-out stump. There were lots of stumps in the forest, but this one was particularly interesting. Maybe there was a treat inside!
We finally got back to our car and took off. I thought we were through, but Mom turned off onto another road. What’s next?
Check back for the next installment of our blogiversary hike.