My brother and I are doing a three-week graduation trip through various national parks, Portland, and Seattle. You might remember this Instagram post planning out the trip, which was actually revised to exclude the California portion due to time. Hiking is absolutely one of my favorite things to do and eating is one of my brother’s favorites, so we’re doing a good job of mixing up the two activities during this trip. Here is a collection I made to capture everything we did during the first leg of the trip, with some stamps I found at various visitor’s centers. The pictures don’t do the food justice, let alone the scenery! If you’re interested in our hikes, I’ve listed them at the end!
One of my favorite finds was a store called Little Otsu, which sells a variety of stationery, including some of my favorite journals. I even discovered a new brand that I can’t wait to start, but I’ll reveal more about it later! If you’re in the Portland area, be sure to check out this great store.
- Crater Lake National Park:
- Mt. Scott: Part of East Rim Road was closed, so we had to add an extra four miles to this 5.1 mile hike, but the 360 degree views of the lake and distant mountains were completely breathtaking. The hike itself was also fairly exposed, so views were plentiful.
- Cleetwood Trail: This steep 2.1 mile trail took us down to the surface of the lake, where we did a few impromptu jumps into the refreshingly cold water.
- Columbia River Gorge:
- Multnomah/Wahkeena Falls Loop: This 6.5 mile hike took us to six waterfalls, some steep slopes, and a healthy amount of fellow hikers, all hidden within a wet forest. Brief views of the gorge were also possible to see!
- Mt. Saint Helens National Monument:
- Norway Pass to (sort of) Mt. Margaret: This hike is normally around 9 miles, but we cut it short due to clouds rolling in. The views of Spirit Lake and Mt. Saint Helens were eerie, but unique. It’s not too often you get to see the remnants of a 36 year old volcanic explosion.
- Mt. Rainier National Park:
- Skyline Trail at Paradise: This loop was also cut short due to snow and ice covering the east half of the loop, but we still got to see most of Mt. Rainier, its summit, along with Panorama Point, where views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Saint Helens are possible on a sunny day. There were also snowy slopes that we sled down at a surprisingly fast speed!
- Fremont Lookout: We were originally hoping to hike to Burroughs Mountains, but due to the cold and rainy weather, a ranger redirected us to Fremont Lookout, which was about a 5.9 mile hike. Despite the clouds, we still got some views.