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Explore a New Park #23: Smith Rock Park | #hiking

Introduction

How to get there?

Driving from Portland to Smith Rock Park is about 3 hours depending on traffic in Portland area.

Parking?

$5 for day use. $30 for a year and $50 for 2 years.

Food, Drink, and Bathrooms?

We need to bring outside food and drink. The park recommends to bring extra water.

Toilets are available at the parking area and a couple of spots inside the park.

Flowers and Animals?

How was the hike?

Rock-climbers against the rock wall !!!

Monkey Face Rock. Three people were climbing up.

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Explore a New Park #19: Lealt Falls, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Introduction | This was one of the best Highlands bus tour stop. It is a good and short hike with two water falls and trace of diatomite mining for dynamite.

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Explore a New Park #17: Timberline Lodge, Government Camp, Oregon |Short Hiking

Introduction | Timberline lodge is built at an elevation of 5,960 feet (1,817 meters) within Mount Hood. There are about two million visitors annually. It takes about 1 hr 30 mins from Portland and it is good for hiking during summer and winter sports (ex: skiing and snowboarding) for winter.

Park Features:

Highlight Picture: 

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Photo-Story:

1.Road to Timberline – Highway US 26-West

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Hwy26 -W and Mt Hood

2. Drove to downtown, Government Camp for bathroom break

3. Arrived at Timberline LodgeDSC_0747(1).JPG

4. In front of the lodgeDSC_0749(1).JPG

5. Timberline Lodge to mountains nearby. The lodge is at an elevation of 6000 feet.DSC_0750(1).JPG

6. Timberline Trail HeadDSC_0758(1).JPG

7. FlowerDSC_0762(1).JPG

8. Trail and Mt. Hood. It was cloudy.

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10. Entrance to Pacific Crest Trail (we turned around because of thunder storm)DSC_0778(1).JPG

11. SnowboardersDSC_0798(1).JPG

12. 10 minutes later. Thunderstorm…DSC_0795(1).JPG

13. SNOCAT Trucker by Timberline Lodge

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Explore a New Park #16: Glasgow Necropolis, Glasgow UK

Glasgow Necropolis is next to Glasgow Cathedral. Necropolis means a large and historical cemetery. There were roughly 50,000 people buried here and about 3,500 monuments. Glasgow Cathedral is built in 1197 and it has been maintained well for more than 800 years. (Reference: Wikipedia)

Park Features:

Park Highlight:

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Photo-Story:

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Park Map

 

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Glasgow Cathedral

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Entrance

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Inside Cathedral

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Necropolis View

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Tallest Monument at Necropolis

Duncan Macfarlan was a Scottish minister.

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One of the best views to see the tallest monument and Glasgow Cathedral

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Explore a New Park #14: Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, Oregon

This is close to Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast. One of the best state park on Oregon Coast.

Park Features:

Park Highlight Picture:

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Story:

We need to drive a couple of miles from downtown Cannon Beach to Ecola State Park entrance.

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Welcome

The pay machine can accept credit card and cash.

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Pay Station

The view from Ecola Point.

Unfortunately No beach access from the first view point.

Another trail was closed because of winter storm.

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From another parking spot (Indian Point), there is a beach access to Indian Beach. There were a few surfers.

It said the trail was closed but it was open…

 

 

 

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Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

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Explore a New Park #12: Smith Rock State Park, Terrebonne, Oregon

Park Features:

Park Highlight Picture:

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Story:

My favorite Oregon State Park

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Smith Rock State Park Map

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Rock from Parking Lot

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Misery Ridge Trail Head

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Hiked up to the first milestone.

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Looking down – parking lot was found.

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Tree on top

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A couple of climbers were going up the Red Wall.

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They reached the top!!!

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The same climbers were going down through a rope from the top. Very challenging!!! This picture was taken from the other side of Red Wall.

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Pray

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Going down was scary. Not good for knee.

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Going back was not as bad as the beginning. It was very peaceful.

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ROCKHARD – hiking & Rock Climbing Gear, Ice Cream, and Smith Rock Sticker shop

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This is the Strava Log – 5.22 miles, 1hr 26 mins Moving Time

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Explore a New Park #11: Painted Cove Trail, Mitchell Oregon

This is a hidden gem in the Painted Hills.

Park Feature

Park Highlight Picture

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This small trail is part of big John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and the Painted Hills.

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Driving on a unpaved road next to Painted Hills

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Small Rock in the middle

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Beautiful Painted Hill – looks like art

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This trail only took us 30 mins, but it was very comfortable. Not many people were there, so we had enough time to take pictures and enjoy the art in nature.

 

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Explore a New Park #10: Noble Woods Park, Hillsboro Oregon

This park is located in the middle of a city called Hillsboro, Oregon. There is a very nice trail and creek surrounded by trees in residential area. This is a nice place for taking a dog for a walk.

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Park Highlight Picture:

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Explore a New Park #9: Mosier Plateau Trail in Mosier Oregon

Park Features:

Moiser_Plateau_Trail

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Flowers

Waterfalls and swimming hole

 

There was a cemetery in the middle of the hiking trail.

We saw a horse while we were hiking. This town is a peaceful. Only 480 people live in Moises, Oregon.

On the way to the top, there were switchbacks and stairs were build nicely (evenly spaced), which helped us hike up easily rather than hiking on dirt.

This is the scenery  from the view point on top. You can see Columbia River and highway 84 where we drove from.

Another view point was near the cliff 20 mins hike from the top. It was very windy but the view was gorgeous. The picture below is towards East Oregon.

The picture below is towards West (Portland).

To respect the trail…

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