A must visit place on your hiking adventure this year is the Falls Creek Falls Trail, which can be accessed at the Falls Creek Falls Lower Trailhead in Hood River, Oregon. It is part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and the Columbia River Gorge. You and your pawtastic pup are welcome here and will enjoy the splendor that Oregon has to offer.
This trail begins along a running creek in the forest, with a well-marked trailhead. There are numerous locations where you can reach shallow water for some fun wading with your fur-ever friend. Continuing on from here, the creek widens, especially during the spring months when the icy water from the mountain run off begins to flow quickly.
Making your way across the suspension bridge might be a challenge for your pup if this is their first experience. This wooden bridge has railings on both sides, but is suspended above the creek. A little coaxing will get your adventurous pup across without worry and you can continue your journey. Hiking this trail offers a gentle climb to the summit where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Falls Creek Falls. There are three cascades of this waterfall which makes a perfect photo op for you both.
Natural picnic tables are provided in the form of large boulders and the rushing waters provide a beautiful backdrop for a shared picnic lunch. Don’t forget to pack out what you pack in to keep this trail pristine. Also, bring plenty of water for you and Fido. The trail is shaded to the summit, which is helpful during the summer months. The trail is closed December 1st – April 1st so plan accordingly.
This relaxing hike is perfect for a day’s adventure in the beautiful state of Oregon. Relax and enjoy this trail which offers a visual treat at the top!