I looked in our Portland hikes book for the easy hikes that allow dogs and we decided on the University Falls hike starting at Roger’s Camp, in the Tillamook State Forest. The description said 5.8 miles, easy trails, and about a 2.5 hour total hike. It was wet, very wet, and I’m pregnant, 17 weeks now, so easy turned out to be not so easy. It took us 2.5 hours just to get to the falls. I did take some photos along the way but yeah, that took a long time. We booked it on the way back because we were exhausted and just wanted to be done, the way back is much easier since it’s mostly downhill and that still took us 1.5 hours. I’ll be more careful when choosing hikes from that book. And mayby 6 miles is just too far for a pregnant lady, especially when there is lots of uphill to climb and creeks to cross.
Still, it was absolutely beautiful. Stunning, Every time we go on a hike I am completely awestruck at how beautiful Oregon is. I feel so lucky to live here and I want more hiking in my life.
Unfortunately there are lots of very loud dirt bikes that start from the same parking lot as the trail head and you can still here them for the first couple miles of the trail. I wasn’t so sure I wanted to finish the hike with all the loud bikes but once we got farther in, the beauty more than made up for the racket.
In the beginning of the hike I was writing a pregnant woman’s guide to hiking in my head, but by the time we were done, I had decided maybe my hike was more than I should have taken on and I didn’t want to encourage any other pregnant ladies to follow in my crazy footsteps. Some parts of the trail involved some acrobatics that probably shouldn’t be done when “with child.” But it ended well, no falls, and I took my time up hill. I took a bath when we got home and I feel fine, baby is seemingly happily snuggled in my belly and I’m drinking lots of water.
Mississippi loved it and tromped through all the water she could get to. The falls were beautiful and the trails were almost empty. We saw a few mountain bikers and a couple of hikers but that was it in the 4 hours we were there. All the trees were moss covered and provided very soft places to sit.
After our hike we were on a serious hamburger hunt. We’d only had a bagel for breakfast and a Clif bar on the trail so we were starving. We bumped into Coleman’s Shady Rest, a cute diner on Oregon 6, just 1 mile before the 6/8 junction in Gail’s Creek Oregn. The burgers were so good, I’m going to try and find an excuse to go back there. There’s a tractor right in the middle of the restaurant, it doesn’t get any better than that.