Heading into the gorge we were overwhelmed by the number of people, but the crowds quickly dissipated as we made our way up the Rock of Ages trail towards the Arch and the Devils Backbone.

After the steep climb we were rewarded with sweeping views of the gorge. From there, we continued for another ~8miles through forest past creeks and waterfalls.


Without planning it, we hiked dog mountain at the perfect time of the year. The wildflowers we in full bloom and beautifully framed the blue sky, mountains and river below.


The weather called for rain, so we opted for the (sort of) indoor activity of driving the Mt. Hood scenic byway. We stopped along the way at Trillium Lake to appreciate the view of Mt. Hood, and then headed up the mountain to check out the historic Timberline Lodge and look down on the expansive Mt. Hood National Forest.