Happy June 1st! … Today I went back to Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge outside of Portland. This was the trail I ran/hiked on my first trip to PNW, the trail that had me falling in love with the Portland area, the trail that convinced me to move to Portland. That day I waded my way through the (other) tourists (Multnomah are the second tallest waterfalls in North America, and right on the gorge highway) to get to the trail that goes behind the falls. Not having done my research, I made my way back for a while, and then turned around to run back down. A couple of weeks ago, my roommate and I did the loop between Multnomah and Wahkeena Falls, back on that trail I was on before but leading to the latter falls. So gorgeous, seriously it's like Narnia back there, and coming in at about 6 miles.
Since the trail running season in the fall, winter (aka ski season) hit, I moved from Colorado, traveled about every other week for 3 months, moved to Oregon, found jobs, and was sick twice in the last month. So needless to say, my trail running has been sporadic. I've been hiking a ton, spinning, swimming, and running around town, so I decided to test out how I felt on the trails again today.
I power walked the STEEP incline to the top of the falls, hiked/ran the rest of the rocky and slippery incline behind the falls, and then ran the flat and down the rest of the loop. It was rainy when I left Portland, but stayed not-too-hot and misty throughout the whole run. Sunshine snuck out between the clouds as I raced down at the very end; I like to think that was a reward. It's been an unusually warm and sunny winter/spring, so I was actually really glad to have the ethereal mist throughout the woods. So gorgeous! So PNW.
With this trail, I start and end with GORGEOUS waterfalls! Plus, more waterfalls "decorate" alongside the uphill and downhill portions.
It felt SO good to be back out there! Already jonesin' for the next one…