Oregon is pretty big. It’s the ninth largest state in the U.S., covering nearly 100,000 square miles. There are a lot of places to explore. So it’s no wonder that everyone who visits Oregon has a different story to tell. From fly-fishing along the North Umpqua River to meteor shower viewings from a mountaintop, Oregon has a lot to offer. We asked some of the state’s best known travelers to share some of their favorite spots. Take a look at the My Oregon series and maybe you’ll be inspired to embark on your own adventure.
As a photographer, filmmaker and sound artist, Josh Hydeman tries to share his love for wild and remote places. He enjoy exploring secret spots and discovering the unexpected.
Munra Point is one of my favorite hikes in the Columbia River Gorge. A few years ago I would not have been willing to share this spot with anyone other than close friends because it was more of a secret. Now this hike has become very popular and for good reason. To reach Munra Point is a quick drive from Portland. Then, it’s a short and steep hike with great views of the river. The narrow trails on the ridge are not for those who fear heights but are very beautiful.
Columbia River Gorge
The best advice I can give any new explorer is to get off the well-worn trail and find your own secret spots. The Columbia River Gorge has plenty of them. Get out there and find your own!
For a few years I spent my weekends and afternoons going on popular hikes you can find information about in Northwest hiking books. I will always love the classic hikes in the Gorge, but once I had completed many of them I felt inspired to do some exploring.
With proper techniques you can avoid getting lost and have a great time seeing some things that most people will never see.
Last summer I spent the night on the summit of South Sister to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower. It was a very hot day and as the day faded the temperature dropped which made it very comfortable conditions for viewing the beautiful night sky. The sun set through the haze caused by forest fire smoke. As the blue sky turned to black the stars began to twinkle and dance around. Then the show began, the meteor shower started. Watching this great display of outer space from 10,000 feet was a highlight of my summer and I so glad I had the opportunity to be there.