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  1. Clackamas River Trail

    Forty miles from busy downtown Portland, the Clackamas River Ranger District maintains the 8.2-mile Clackamas River Trail. It’s an escape from everyday life, and offers the perfect getaway for hiking, running and even snowshoeing.  The trail passes waterfalls, old-growth forests, a partial cave and beautiful…

    Location: Highway 224, Indian Henry Comaprground, Estacada, OR 97023
  2. Clear Lake

    Clear Lake, the source of the famous McKenzie River, was formed more than 3,000 years ago when volcanic lava flow blocked a stream bed. The spring-fed lake is exceptionally clear, with visibility to the bottom more than 100 feet down in some spots – with…

    Location: Clear Lake Resort
  3. Climb Mount St. Helens

    Beginners and experienced climbers alike can summit the 8,365-foot active volcano for spectacular views of the caldera and mountains beyond. Though strenuous, the climb is not technical and usually takes 7 to 12 hours round-trip. Mount St. Helens offers a wonderful opportunity to combine recreation…

    Location: Climber's Bivouac, Cougar, , WA 98616
  4. Coldwater Lake

    Located at milepost 45 on State Route 504, Coldwater Lake Recreation Area offers a unique opportunity to explore the lake’s origins and current flora and fauna. Enjoy a leisurely stroll on a quarter mile interpretive boardwalk that describes how the events of the 1980 eruption…

    Location: Mile Marker 43, Mt. St. Helens, WA 98649
  5. Colliding Rivers Viewpoint

    This confluence is a rare phenomenon: two rivers, the North Umpqua and Little River, meet head-on.  This site was once an important fishing village for the Umpqua Indians, and the area is rich in their culture. The North Umpqua Ranger District cares for the site,…

    Location: 16 Miles East of Roseburg, OR
  6. Columbia River Gorge Tours

    The Columbia River Gorge lies between two national forests, a volcanic mountain range, a dense forest and high desert, making it a perfect springboard for tours of this recreational “playground.” The National Scenic Area is uniquely protected to ensure the preservation of its natural beauty and its…

    Location: PO Box 101, Cascade Locks, OR 97014
  7. Comet Falls

    Hailed as one of the most popular and dazzling hikes in the Mount Rainier National Park, Comet Falls is a natural wonder the whole family can enjoy. After only a couple of switchbacks, visitors will find scenic lookouts, flowering natural landmarks in the spring, and…

    Location: Ashford, WA 98304
  8. Crater Lake

    Crater Lake is a treasure worth preserving. Formed 7,700 years ago when Mt. Mazama erupted, the caldera that makes up Crater Lake took up to 800 years to fill up, and it’s the deepest in North America at 1,932 feet. The road to the North entrance…

    Location: North Umpqua Highway 138, Crater lake, OR 97604
  9. Crystal Mountain

    Crystal Mountain Resort is predominantly a ski area but this natural land has much to offer in the off-season months as well. In the summer the resort provides scenic chairlift rides, a mountaintop restaurant, hiking, fishing, tennis, and mountain biking. After Labor Day the ski…

  10. Crystal Mountain Summit House

    Hop on the Rainier Express chairlift or take a challenging hike, to Washington State’s highest restaurant (6,872 feet) where you can have your butternut squash ravioli with a complimentary view of the gorgeous Cascades. On a clear day, you can see many of the area’s…

    Location: 33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Crystal Mountain, WA 98022
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