3 days in Oregon, Exploring nature…
How much did it cost?
☆ Airbnb: $100 for 2 nights. We wanted an isolate room, something similar to a hotel room. We both booked 1 night as our first stay and got $40 off for $75 spent. If it’s the first time you use Airbnb, then use this link for $40 off your stay.
☆ Gas: $60
☆ Food: $100
☆ Permit and passes: $40, which was $30 Northwest Forest Pass (valid 1 year) and 2 x $5 for State Parks.
🚗 We used my boyfriend’s car but if you have to rent one it was around $100 for 3 days
We left on Sunday morning around 3:30am and arrived at Ecola State Park at 7am. There is a $5 fee entrance that you pay at a kiosk. It was still grey and cloudy but the view of Cannon Beach was amazing. We stayed there about 40min and the scenery turned blue just before we left.
Then, we went to Cannon Beach where we spent about 2h, walking on the beach, taking pictures, enjoying the scenery… it was unreal! The sand was wet and gave a nice reflection. We were so happy to be there and explore the coast.
We headed to Cape Kiwanda, which is 1h30 drive from Cannon Beach. My GPS took us to a private road, so I decided to park the car of the side on the road where two other cars were parked. Well, we learnt later that the parking lot was 5min drive further 😅 GPS’s fault 😂 We spent about 2 hours, walked on the beach, looked at people paragliding, and climbed uphill where we had an amazing view.
Another hour drive and we hiked Drift Creek Falls, which is an easy 2.7 mile hike. We arrived there around 3pm and the parking lot was full. We parked the car on the side of the road. It took us 1h15 to make it. Really nice hike that leads to a bridge with a view of the waterfall, then you can hike down to the waterfall.
Last stop for the day was at Devils Punch Bowl, which was a 50min drive from Drift Creek Falls. It was high tide, so we couldn’t go down to the beach and explore inside. If you are going, I recommend you to check for the low tide.
Then, we drove to Corvallis where we stayed for the night via Airbnb. It was a nice detached room with bathroom.
We left early, around 7am, and went to Silver Falls State Park. Known for its 10 waterfalls loop hike. We parked at the South Waterfall’s parking lot. The loop is about 9 miles. Not really difficult. This is a very busy trail. We followed the recommendation I read online “go on the weekday and early”. Well, we basically had the trail for ourselves. Many cars and people were there when we got back to the parking lot around 1pm. Glad we started early. Our favorite waterfall was the North Falls but they were all pretty awesome.
Then, we wanted to hike Abiqua Falls, which is 50 min drive from Silver Falls State Park. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about the road conditions and we had to park about 2 mile from the trailhead. On our way I started to get a really bad headache and I didn’t feel good enough to hike 5 miles instead of 1 like I planned. Well, we just saw a dozen waterfalls and more were planned for the next day.
We drove to Gresham where we spent the night via Airbnb. We really loved this place. It was really comfy in the basement, with TV, couch, laundry room, private bathroom, 2 bedrooms and access to the hot tub.
We left early morning around 7am and went first to Multnomah Falls. This place is very popular and I wanted a chance to enjoy it without the crazy crowd. Well, we were lucky. We saw a couple people but no one on our pics 📸🖒
Then we went to Wahclella Falls. 2 miles. Very easy. It ends with a little loop that leads to an amazing waterfall.
Next stop was Elowah Falls. 1.4 miles. The trail was actually closed because of a mudslide but we gave it a try anyway and it was worth it. A really small part of the trail collapsed but we could get passed it easily. Another way was possible but really steep. The trail kept going after the waterfall but we turned back and kept going up the fork to see Upper McCord Creek Falls, which was not in my plan and added another mile to the hike.
Heading to Wahkeena Falls, we made a stop at Horsetail Falls, which was right on the side of the road. Really nice stop on our way.
We made a fast stop at Wahkeena Falls, which was 1.4 miles out and back. Pretty cool but not as impressive as Elowah Falls or Wahclella Falls.
Last stop was at Latourell Falls. First we went to the top but the view is definitely not as good as the bottom. Despite all the cars in the parking lot we had the waterfall for ourselves at least 5min. We went behind the waterfall. Probably the most powerful waterfall we saw on this trip. We were so soaked after this hike that we had to change our clothes in the parking lot and unfortunately I forgot to put the bag back in the car that had our hiking shoes and pants in it that added an additional $250 to the road trip’s cost. My bad 😑
This was a 3 days road trip but if you have only 2 days (weekend) I will recommend you these places:
- Cannon beach
- Cape Kiwanda
- Silver Falls State Park
- Multnomah Falls
- Whaclella Falls
- Latourell Falls
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