View of Mount Hood from SandyLate October is a lovely time of year in Oregon, when fall colors are blazing across the mountains and into the valleys. The weather is crisp, the bounty of harvest time is in, and there might even be a touch of snow at the highest elevations.

We’d been to Portland in the past, and driven up and down the Columbia River Gorge, so we wanted to extend our exploration a bit beyond those bounds.

We joined a multi-day adventure tour through the Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge region, with lots of biking, hiking, and even a night of camping.

After five days spent mostly in Portland for a conference, our journey continued to the Central Oregon coast at Heceta Head, into the interior to Willamette National Forest, and back up through the Willamette Valley to Portland.

PLANNING RESOURCES: Mt Hood and Columbia River Gorge | Travel Oregon | Visit Portland | Eugene, Cascades & Coast | Albany Visitors Association


Heceta Head from the Oregon Coast Trail Sunset on the Oregon Coast Trail - Capturing a fleeting moment along the Oregon Coast Trail: sunset over the Pacific Ocean at the base of Heceta Head, home of the famed Heceta Head Lighthouse, north of Florence, Oregon
John and the elusive chanterelle Foraging for Mushrooms in Oregon  - Foraging for fungus in Estacada, Oregon, means immersing in a pastime that locals pursue with a passion.



Estacada, Oregon

Sandy, Oregon

Mt Hood National Forest
Flying Coyote Farm
Jonsrud Viewpoint Park

Hood River Villages, Oregon

Hood River, Oregon

Cascade Locks, Oregon

Brigham Fish

Portland, Oregon

Central Oregon Coast

Newport Harbor
Heceta Head Lighthouse

Cottage Grove, Oregon

Rainbow, Oregon

Albany, Oregon

Corvallis, Oregon


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