Lower Falls in Gifford Pinchot

Most our hikes take us in and around the Columbia Gorge, crisscrossing the river between Washington and Oregon (and usually ending at Double Mountain). A few weekends ago, we drove across the Bridge of the Gods, but continued past familiar pull-off points and veered left, away from the water. Our destination was Gifford Pinchot National Forest, a 1.32 million acre forest, home to Goat Rocks, numerous lakes, several glaciers, and Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams. And home to us for the weekend.

We camped at Lower Falls, along the Lewis River, enjoying fires, filtered light, a few hikes, and time in our hammock. Even when a getaway is less than 48 hours, I still return to normal life refreshed and renewed. (Oh: and we still ended our camping weekend at Double Mountain).