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Vancouver, Washington

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  • Vancouver, Washington

    Kayak Vancouver Lake

    This is a lovely shallow lake for kayaking with spectacular views of Mt Hood and Mt St. Helens on clear days. It’s an ideal spot for beginners to learn water sports including, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and swimming. There is a beach and park available for those afternoon picnics and nap...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Photograph the St. John's Bridge

    4.5
    To begin, park on North Pittsburg Ave and walk down to the river. Then, turn left and walk down the short less than a quarter mile until you see a spot where the beach is bigger than in other areas. This is an extremely good place to take photographs of the bridge, especially at night. Feel free ...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Explore Cathedral Park

    4.5
    Located right underneath the St Johns Bridge, Cathedral Park is hard to miss. It was given its name due to the Gothic looking arches that sit above the park.This is one of my personal favorite places to photograph especially if you enjoy photographing bridges. This park can be crowded or have eve...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Rocky Butte

    4.2
    Joseph Wood Hill Park is another under-the-radar gem right in the heart of the city. It’s located on Rocky Butte, an extinct volcanic cylinder cone, and provides a sweeping panoramic view of Portland and beyond. Accessing the park is easy – you can drive directly there and parking is plentiful. ...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Run the Saltzman Road Trail

    4.5
    6 mi / 700 ft gain
    This trail is an easy out and back from either the west or east side of Forest Park. The east trailhead is off NW Skyline Blvd, on Saltzman Road, which is a dirt/gravel road like the trail. You'll park near the gates where there aren't No Parking signs up (the land around the trail at this point ...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Run the Maple Trail Loop

    5.0
    6.2 mi
    The Maple Trail loop lies in the heart of Portland’s Forest Park, at 5,100 wooded acres, it’s the largest forested natural area within city limits in the United States. It’s packed with tons of natural variety as it winds through the park’s most heavily forested canyons. You’ll be amazed at how s...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Hike Lower Macleay Park to Pittock Mansion

    3.0
    5.3 mi / 950 ft gain
    Lower Macleay Park is one of most easily accessible trailheads in the city, especially during one of Portland’s rare snow years where even driving up to 500 feet of elevation can challenge your car. You can park within the park entrance cul-de-sac, around the intersection of Upshur St. & NW 2...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Run Leif Erikson Drive

    4.7
    12.1 mi / 20 ft gain
    Leif Erikson Drive is a wide dirt road running through the heart of Forest Park that is closed to motorized vehicles…making it a magnet for those looking to add some relatively easy and scenic distance to their workouts.The road itself is nicely graded and well maintained. It has relatively good ...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Run Along Waterfront Park

    4.5
    Looking for a quick run along the water in the heart of Portland? Look no further. This relatively flat 2.6 mile loop runs right along the Willamette and features great views of the city’s bridges, river, the downtown skyline, and all of the fun people enjoying this urban park. From the Salmon St...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Hiking the Ridge Trail in Forest Park

    4.2
    2.75 mi
    This is a great option for a quick hike when you don't have time to get out of the city but need to satisfy your craving to get outside and escape the noise of bustling Portland. Follow Firelane 7 from the Springville Trailhead up towards Leif Erickson Drive and the Ridge Trail. There are signs a...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Photograph Downtown Portland From Pittock Mansion

    4.7
    Pittock Mansion offers a one of kind view of downtown Portland. This is a historic site that allows public access throughout the day and night. Parking is available at Pittock until 9pm but if you wish to visit the grounds after hours you can park at the bottom of the driveway, walk around the ga...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Mount Tabor Loop

    4.5
    1.88 mi / 325 ft gain
    Mount Tabor City Park is located in the heart of southeast Portland and is situated atop an extinct volcano. It’s comprised of more than 190 acres of beautiful Douglas Fir forest and features several relatively easy routes to the top: the easiest being the road you can drive (but what’s the fun i...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Explore the Portland Japanese Garden

    4.0
    2 mi / 50 ft gain
    While the Portland Japanese Garden is a popular place for tourists, it's also a favorite for Portland residents as it's located right in Washington Park close to trails and across from the Rose Garden. The Japanese Garden also just unveiled its Cultural Crossing expansion in April 2017, which inc...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Explore the International Rose Test Garden

    4.6
    The International Rose Garden located in Washington Park near downtown Portland is a must stop on your visit to the Rose City. The City of Roses, as Portland as known, won't let you down. Portland is host to the largest Rose Test Garden in the U.S. The 5 acre park, with over 7,000 rose bushes, an...
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  • Ridgefield, Washington

    Hike Whipple Creek

    3 mi / 200 ft gain
    Each trail is well maintained and easy to navigate through the area.  All trails are either packed dirt or gravel depending on which trail you’re on. The Douglas-firs, hemlocks, ferns, Oregon grape and many other native tree and plant varieties grow in the area that make the area abound with wild...
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  • Portland, Oregon

    Mount Tabor Park

    4.3
    Sitting 400 feet above the city with views of Mt. Hood and Portland doesn't sound to bad right?? Mount Tabor is located in Southeast Portland and is a once active volcano. There are 196 acres of park for you to explore. In order to photograph the best pictures of Mt. Hood I highly suggest gettin...
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Camping and Lodging in Vancouver

Sunset Camp
Yacolt, Washington

Sunset Camp

Eagle Creek Overlook Grp Site
Cascade Locks, Oregon

Eagle Creek Overlook Grp Site

Govt Mineral Springs Guard Sta
Carson, Washington

Govt Mineral Springs Guard Sta

Beaver Campground
Carson, Washington

Beaver Campground

Lazy Bend
Estacada, Oregon

Lazy Bend

Wildwood Recreation Site
Mount Hood Village, Oregon

Wildwood Recreation Site

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