The Larch Mountain Lookout You can hike there and earn this breathtaking view of Mt. Hood (pictured here at dusk). The hike is roughly six miles beyond the Multomah Falls trail and the elevation gain is substantial—the trail climbs higher than the lip of the gorge. You can also drive to the Larch Mountain Lookout, but that would be cheating.

Image: Scott Weber

These scenic vistas, shot by Portland Monthly staffer Scott Weber should get you out the door and into the wild. This June, he focuses on waterfall-filled hikes in the Columbia Gorge. What could be better than all this hair-blowing beauty less than an hour drive from downtown Portland?

Find more hikes in the Columbia Gorge on the Find a Trail map.

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