Go Outside – Horsetail Falls
There is only so much time I can stay inside during the rainy season in Oregon. It seems to go on forever and there is only so much entertainment I can get from sipping coffee, reading, and watching movies. I get antsy. What To Do When It Rains In Oregon?
Today seemed like it was the breaking point. Kelsey and I grabbed our rain coats and jumped in the truck with the conclusion that we would go to the closest, mind-blowing natural formations we could find. 20 minutes later, we were at the base of the Horsetail Falls trail.
The hike was wet. And by that I mean so wet that the ground could not even keep up. We found ourselves traversing washed out trails and damaged bridges. We hiked along three hundred foot slippery-as-hell cliffs that plunged into icy cold shallow pools. This also meant, however, that the scenery was astounding.
Horsetail Falls itself cascades over the trail. Hikers are able to walk behind the powerful falls and escape the downpour of the rain. From behind the falls we were able to look out over the Columbia River Gorge, mostly filled with clouds at this point.
The hike is a little over 3.5 miles, good for an afternoon with only a couple of hours to spare. And don’t be mad of you get muddy, it is a rainy day in Oregon after all.