Located at the western gateway of the Columbia River Gorge, Lewis & Clark State Park appropriately honors its legendary namesakes who camped and explored here in November, 1805. The park is situated near the mouth of the Sandy River where it spills into the mighty Columbia River and at one of the entrances to the Historic Columbia River Highway. A flat, grassy, tree-dotted park invites blankets and sun-lovers to come spend a leisurely day. One of the most popular swimming spots on the Sandy River is adjacent to the park, as well as a public boat launch. A trail climbs the cliffs to Broughton's Bluff, which serves as a geologic boundary between the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and the neighboring Willamette Valley to the west.

It's a nice easy stroll as it's pretty flat. There are a lot of side trails and they all criss cross each other so we actually ended up on a different trail then the one shown here. Good for all skill levels as you can take different trails to change the length. Found a lot of blackberry brambles with ripe berries....an Oregon treat that was great!

trails aren't marked very well but we had the time of our lives.

Thursday, May 12, 2016