I'm a landscape and adventure photographer based out of Corvallis, Oregon. Backpacker, triathlete, and skiier - always with a camera in hand. Look for me in the mountains or online @WanderingSolePhotography.

Awesome views for little work

For a less than one mile hike with only a little bit of climbing, the views are spectacular. The area is basically the top of a cliff, so there are unobstructed views to the west that make it absolutely perfect for sunset. The only downside is that because it's so accessible, it can also be crowded and it's not a large area to view from. You can also continue on to the top of Stony Man from here, which I would highly recommend.

Great overlook for photography

You can't go wrong with a sunrise at Shenandoah, and unlike a lot of the overlooks on Skyline Drive, Hazel Mountain actually has great foreground potential. There is an interesting pile of rocks right off the overlook that offers an anchor for sunrise photos. By mid-August, the sunrise is back in a good position in the sky for this overlook.

Crowded, and nude

Some of the reviews have pointed this out now, but Umpqua Hot Springs is almost always packed and nearly everyone is nude. Which is fine, but know to expect it - it can be pretty awkward if you show up in a swimsuit and need to crowd into a small pool of water that's already overfilled with naked people. That said, it's so crowded all the time that the hot springs really aren't worth it, they're just not that relaxing.