3 Tough Hikes Outside Portland

All hikes are different and these 3 gave me the most challenge so far (which is not much 😅) 

1. Mitchell Point is short – less than 1.5 miles round trip, but this one really got me with it’s steep incline.  

2. Saddle Mountain is solid 2 hour round trip hike with steep uneven terrain.  The last time I went it was crazy windy which at first was deflating my morale, but the amazing sites I saw with clouds rushing up the mountainside made it a very unique dramatic experience.  Let me know if you’d like to see and hear some of that footage.  I didn’t include it because it’s not normally what you’d see up here and didn’t want to scare any viewers away with the super gloomy footage.

3. Dog Mountain is the most difficult hike I’ve ever been on and while the view with the endless massive rolling fields of yellow wildflowers made it all worth it, I am not exactly looking forward to this one again because of how steep and long it is. From bottom to top about 1 to 2 hours of what felt like unrelenting 45 degree slope.  And then, hiking down felt like unrelenting gravity snapping my legs to the ground which was really hard on my knees.  But it really is beautiful up there and I highly recommend this hike.

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