Posts Tagged ‘Hood River’

Freeriding in Post Canyon

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What’s to Love:  If you’re wondering what “Freeriding” means, you might want to first check-out OPB’s feature from Oregon Field Guide.  Basically, it’s riding a mountain bike through “technical features” setup along forest paths.  These technical features can be something as innocent as a small bump.  However, as one progresses further into freeriding, the “technical features” become narrow balance beams (far off the ground too!), teeter-totters, banked turns, and HUGE drop-offs.  This is a popular form of mountain biking, and “Post Canyon” outside Hood River is one of the country’s premiere areas.

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Top 10 Summer Activities

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Sellwood PoolPreamble:  We’re just out of the starting block (officially) with summer, and I wanted to send along ten recommendations from Portland Family Adventures.  These are some of our favorites that may or may not resonate with your family.

If you can recommend a trip, please comment below.  Here are some perennial favorites from Portland Family Adventures.  Oh yeah…I just realized that I left off my absolute favorite thing to do, which is attend Kruger’s Farm –  Summer Concert Series!  These concerts are every Thursday night (July and August) from 6:30 – 9:30 on the farm’s beautiful lawn.  The concerts are VERY family-friendly (no dogs, no smoking!) with great sound and great bands!  There is also plenty of food and drink available on the farm; however, picnics/coolers are welcome (NOTE it’s against the rules to bring your own alcohol onto the farm).  Please read farmer Don’s blog about Multnomah County’s efforts to prohibit these activities at Kruger’s Farm.

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Latourell Falls

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What’s to Love: An easy 2.3 mile loop brings you past two picture-perfect waterfalls (lower and upper) with viewing bridges at each spot giving you a close-up view. On the return portion of the hike there is a spectacular viewing area that gives a great view of Rooster Rock and the Gorge. The hiking length is just right for a family outing, and the terrain is adventurous but never risky or questionable. The best part about this hike is that it’s the closest waterfall-hike to Portland. There is also a picnic area on the return trip.

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Hiking Cooper Spur

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What’s to Love: Cooper Spur is technically a climbing route to the summit of Mt. Hood. However, much of the approach is a very exhilarating hike along a rocky, narrow ridge. The hike culminates with a scramble up a scree slope to “Tie-in-Rock.” This is the place where technical climbers rope-up for the snow/ice climb to the summit. I have hiked this many times over the years, and I always get a thrill from being so close to Mt. Hood.

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