Adventurous Spirits: An Outdoor Playground
Abundant natural resources have drawn people to the Central Cascades for millennia, from many Native American tribes to Oregon Trail pioneers. The creative, can-do spirit early residents displayed in making a life here lives on as modern Cascadians explore new ways to live in harmony with each other and the land.
“When I came to the Columbia Gorge with my dad in the mid-1980s, the place was booming with windsurfers who had moved here for the steady winds. We were into sailing fast. Dad hypothesized that you could sail 40 knots in 10 knots of wind on a hydrofoil pulled by a big kite. Soon after, kiteboards were born."
—Cory Roesler, kiteboarding pioneer, Hood River, OR
Examples of Adventurous Spirits
Wet Planet offers exciting rafting and kayaking trips on the White Salmon River, Wind River, Klickitat River, and Tieton River. Each river has spectacular scenery, wildlife, and things you couldn’t see if you weren’t traveling by way of the river. The White Salmon River, which is…Location: Husum, WA 98623
As one of the original Wild & Scenic Rivers in the United States, the Rogue River is a true American icon. Designated by an act of Congress in 1968, 84 miles of the 215 miles of river were protected against development. Flowing from the side…Location: 325 Galice Road, Merlin, OR 97532
The Oakridge area is known as the “Mountain Bike Capital of the Northwest” and serves as one of Oregon’s centers of outdoor recreation. Mountain biking is a big part of the culture in this area, which has an unparalleled system of mountain biking trails. Ride among…Location: Greenwaters Park, Oakridge, OR 97463
Hike the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail through this rugged, high alpine terrain named for the many mountain goats that reside here. A U.S. Wilderness Area first recognized in 1931, is actually part of an ancient volcano, eroded over time. Today, Gilbert Peak and Old…Location: Packwood , WA 98361
Least visited of the major Central Cascade Peaks, Mt. Adams is considered the “forgotten giant.” Wildlife, wide areas, and quiet are equally abundant. The steep, 1.4-mile climb to “Sleeping Beauty” rewards with expansive views from an old fire lookout. Visit and learn about the local…Location: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Trout Lake, WA 98650