Port Orford Heads State Park is a coastal state park in Curry County, Southern Oregon. Established in 1976, the park offers meandering trails and spectacular views of the Pacific Coast. In addition to the trails, there is a lifeboat museum and remains of the US Coast Guard lifeboat launching station.
When I last wrote about my trip along the Three Capes Scenic Route. It ended with me barely catching sunset at the third and final cape, Cape Kiwanda. This time, I went back to Cape Kiwanda and devoted an entire day to exploring and enjoying some of the local fare.
Touted as one of the best scenic drives along the Oregon coast, the Three Capes Scenic Route offers not only spectacular views from the road, but also stunning parks along the shores edge.
Back in the summer of 2012 I managed to fracture my foot. As my foot slowly healed, I started looking for an easy day hike in order to test out my progress. That’s when a friend recommended I go check out the Triple Falls in the Oneonta Gorge.
It was the last day of 2012 and I had decided instead of boozing it up, I was going to spend it camping at Fort Stevens State Park in Northern Oregon. To be honest, I only chose this location because of the Wreck of Peter Iredale. That, and its close proximity to my previous night of camping back in Cape Disappointment State Park in Southern Washington.
Living in Portland, I always looked at the sharp point of Mt Hood and wondered when would I make my way out there. A combination of beauty and mystique, I felt like it would take a large about of planning to get involved with such a hike. However, one summers afternoon a co-worker showed me some trail maps and insisted I hike out to Paradise Park on Mt Hood. After looking at a couple photos online and doing a bit more reading, this was the push I needed to make it happen.
The other weekend I was heading back to Portland from a trip down south. I took a new route in hopes of saving some time. As I was driving through the back roads of Tillamook, I saw a small state park sign advertising Munson Creek Falls. Seeing as how the weather was overcast and rainy, maybe I could snag a few forest shots in this obscure locale?
There’s so much to be said for the Columbia River Gorge. And yet, I’ve seen so little of it. Thankfully, this time I was given a chance to follow a friend to one of his preferred hikes, the Eagle Creek Trail in Bonneville, Oregon.
I’ve recently arrived to my new home in Portland, Oregon and the first free weekend I get I take my car to the coast in order to gaze across the mighty Pacific. However, things were not the same as they were in Portland. Instead of a blue horizon, I am greeted with a heavy fog. I thought all was awash (wish I had a better pun for this) until I drove a little ways north and past the rock formations near Crab Harbor.
Located in Southern Oregon, in the Umpqua National Forest, Crater Lake National Park is said to be one of the country’s crown jewels. The crater, now filled with water, is the second deepest lake (1,932 ft) in North America, it is 6 mi wide and lies 6,164 ft above sea level. There is a road that runs around the entire lake, however, it is only open during summer months.
Located off of US 101, about 13 mi. South West of Coos Bay is Shore Acres State Park.
Most of the coastline consists of sandstone cliffs with the occasional secluded cove tucked in. One of the best things about this State Park is that there is a trail that skirts along the cliffs edge, enabling you to get some rather remarkable views. Unfortunately, our day was a little rainy, but we still made the best of it.
Located in Oregon, North of Florence and south of Yachats, is Heceta Head State Park (which includes Devils Elbow State Park). Devil’s Elbow Cove is easily accessible from the 101 and offers tremendous views, lighthouses and trails.
Charleston Marina lies in Coos Bay off the southern coast of Oregon.