Opal Creek in Oregon Visiting Opal Creek is a must for anyone who enjoys exploring rugged and wild forest. Named after the wife of an early Forest Service ranger, Roy Elliot, Opal Creek is home to eight hiking trails, which take in sights such as five lakes and no fewer than 50 waterfalls. The 20,746-acre site is best visited between April and October and those who want to experience the wilderness up close and personal can even camp overnight at the site too.
8,928-foot Red Mountain in the Elkhorn Range west of North Powder and Baker City, Oregon. The peak is tucked in the middle of the range, with a rugged four-wheel drive approach then a 3,000-foot climb without a trail. Terry Richard/The Oregonian
Shepperd’s Dell This graceful waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge twists majestically between foliage-covered rocks before falling into the stream below. You'll be able to see the falls from the highway, but a short stroll (about .2 miles) down the paved path leads to a gorgeous view of the falls.
Sahalie & Koosah Falls - The hike starts at 100-foot-tall Sahalie Falls, a raging cataract that pounds the river into rainbowed mist. Then the loop descends past 70-foot Koosah Falls and returns on the river’s far shore through forests of 6-foot-thick Douglas fir and droopy-limbed red cedar.