Blazing an 18-mile trail around the Gorge

Published July 28, 2017   Posted in Photography

Warning: Non-financial post. Instead, all photography. We spent the last four days exploring the Columbia River Gorge along the Oregon / Washington border, hiked over 18 miles, ascended more than 4,000 feet and saw 12 stunning waterfalls.

Amazing experience. The daily hikes got me back into the physical fitness groove and my camera was working overtime to capture some stupid-beautiful stuff here in the Pacific Northwest. We need to experience this part of the country in the fall.

Shameless plug: My official photography web site is over at – but not all of these photos have been uploaded there yet. I wanted you folks to see them first.

Enjoy some photography, my good people.

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29 responses to “Blazing an 18-mile trail around the Gorge”

  1. Amazing – and as Penny said on Twitter… totally calendar worthy!

  2. Gorgeous photos! We miss living in Portland and having such easy access to the gorge!

  3. brian503 says:

    Beautiful! Makes this work thing even suck more. 🙂

  4. Wow! These photos are stunning. We’ve never been out west (unless you count Colorado and Arizona). This totally puts Oregon and Washington at the top of our must-see list!

    • Steve says:

      The west is amazing, Penny. In my opinion, the beauty out here crushes the east coast – Washington and Oregon are great spots. Then again, Utah and Arizona are pretty amazing, too.

  5. Dr. Curious says:

    Love the pics! We did the hike to Latourell falls a few years back. Did you use a polarized lens for the waterfall pics?

  6. Mr. Tako says:

    Beautiful photos Steve! Looks like a fantastic hike too!

  7. Tim says:

    I’ll just, second, third, or 10th what everyone else is saying. Absolutely beautiful pictures. You have an amazing skill of which I am jealous. Once I reach FIRE I want to try out several hobbies more in-depth than I do now photography among them. I just own a pocket size digital camera and wonder why I can’t take photos like yours. Kind of silly – need the right tools (and knowledge) for the job. I haven’t visited your other site yet, but I’m on my way! I always enjoy the site (it was the sight that started me down the FIRE path and led me to sites like yours). Now that I know the address of your travel blog, I have another site where I can arm chair travel. Congrats on your success in all areas of your life.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Tim, very much appreciate your kind words! Yup, tools can definitely help, but you certainly don’t need expensive equipment to get good results.

  8. Adam and Jane says:

    Awesome pics! We love water falls!!

  9. Adam says:

    Those are some amazing pics. I want that ponytail falls pic as my desktop wallpaper, if it wasnt for the writing on it! Great life you guys are having 😃

  10. Great pictures! If you’re still in the area, check out Oneonta Gorge. It’s really awesome. You have to climb over a log jam, hike, and wade to the waterfall. Be careful, though. People have gotten hurt at the log jam.
    Also, check out the Ape Cave if you’re heading north. It’s a lava tube at Mt. St. Helen. We’re going there tomorrow. Bring flashlights for this one. Enjoy the PNW!

    • Steve says:

      We just moved on today – we only had three days, but we will definitely be back! I’d love to explore Mt. St. Helens next time.

  11. Oldster says:

    Great pictures Steve. If you compiling a list of cool things to do out West, put driving the AlCan Highway on it. I lived in Alaska for a couple of years and drove that road several times. A great experience and some of the best views in the Pacific Northwest.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Oldster. I’ve seen the drive and heard that the part through Canada is especially scenic. Not sure if we’ll do the entire trek up to Alaska in the Airstream, but we definitely do plan on seeing Canada.

  12. thefinancialjourneyman says:

    Great photos Steve. Those gorges look unreal. That must have been an amazing hike. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

  13. Andy says:

    God damn, those are some gorgeous shots! That is all. Nicely done haha

  14. Amy Blacklock says:

    Not sure how I missed this post, but it sure relaxed me today when I needed it! Thanks Steve! Stunningly Beautiful!

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