We liked the Columbia River Gorge so much we decided to explore it a little bit more and go for a short hike there. We asked several locals for recommendations of nice hikes in the area and we decided to go on a hike around Strawberry Island.
It was a short, maybe 3-4 mile long, completely flat hike through beautiful, lush green and serene landscape. In the distance, we could see and occasionally hear cars rushing on the highway, and we felt extremely grateful for finding this little island of serenity amongst the urban noise and mess.
The hike was made even better by the “show” of several different bird species: we got to see some of them hunting for food, building their nests, and defending their territory. Some of them flew so close to us that we could almost feel the air¬¬–moved by their wings–bounce off our faces.
I would definitely recommend this hike if you are in or around Portland. It is only 30 miles away from the city and can be accessed via the beautiful Historic Columbia River Highway, which is also worth seeing.