Monday, May 27, 2013
Tunnel Falls on Memorial Day weekend
I put my hiking boots on this weekend, packed a backpack with a sleeping bag and food, and hit the trail with the very awesome AH. We hiked to Tunnel Falls, a hike on the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon and then camped about a mile past the falls. I've never been an eager backpacker, but I have to admit that it was very fun. The campsite we found was about 7 miles up the trail and right on the river. When I woke up during the night I heard the roaring river, and lots of raindrops. Luckily, the rain waited until the night and then made intermittent appearances during the hike back. I highly recommend this hike, even if you aren't into backpacking. The falls are 6 miles in and feature a tunnel carved into the mountain that can be used to walk behind the falls. The roar of the water is deafening, the rocks are slippery, and it is a long way down. I'm very scared of heights so that part became more intense for me, but it was well worth it. It feels good to admit that I might be able to handle a night in the woods. Maybe even more than one if the opportunity arises.