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Tamanawas Falls Trail, located on the east side of Mount Hood and south of Hood River, features old-growth forest and travels along Cold Spring Creek to 110-foot
Tamanawas Falls. ZACH URNESS / STATESMAN JOURNAL
Camp and hike Mount
Hood’s Tamanawas Falls
Zach Urness Salem Statesman Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK
There are few things that ruin a fantastic hike quick-
er than an extra-long drive to the trailhead, particular-
ly when you’re traveling with children.
Even when it’s a stunning hike, and even when it’s a
perfect day, spending more time in the car than on the
trail is a less-than-ideal experience.
A better alternative, when possible, is camping near
the trailhead. And that’s what made our trip to Tama-
nawas Falls so appealing in early July.
The trail on the east side of Mount Hood is about as
good as it gets for a summer kid hike — shaded forest,
cool pools and a 110-foot misty waterfall. But it’s also
an almost ﬁve-hour drive round-trip from the Salem
There aren’t enough Magic Tree House audiobooks
to make ﬁve hours in the car enjoyable in one day.
Luckily, there’s a wonderful little campground right
next to the trailhead that often has spaces open.
Sherwood Campground doesn’t have many ameni-
ties, but it is in a great location and has some nice sites.
You can also reserve half of the campsites in advance,
although the best ones — right along the edge of the
East Fork Hood River — are ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served.
It’s a combination hike and camp that makes for a
This 16-site campground, named for the forest
home of Robin Hood and his merry men, is one of the
few places near Mount Hood where you can usually
ﬁnd a site, in a year when most campgrounds are com-
Sherwood has options for both making reservations
in advance — via Recreation.gov — and getting a ﬁrst-
come, ﬁrst-served site. Your chances are best if you
plan to come Sunday night through Wednesday, the
slowest part of the week.
The best sites are ﬁrst-come sites sit right alongside
the East Fork of the Hood River, but shade is plentiful
and it’s a peaceful spot to spend a night. The best part,
of course, is that the trailhead for one of Oregon’s best
summer waterfall hikes is just a short walk up the road.
While Sherwood is best for tents, I understand Not-
tingham Campground just down the road is best for
Tamanawas Falls hike
It’s tough to imagine a better hike for a hot summer
day than Tamanawas — the word means “friendly or
guardian spirit” in local Native American languages.
It’s a popular hike and the parking area often ﬁlls up
quickly, so if you want solitude, start early or go late. In
terms of diﬃculty, this one is right on the line between
an easy and moderate challenge. I’d say it’s the latter,
considering you cross some steep rocky areas.
My 72-year-old mother made it, along with my kids
age 4 and 6, but both were pretty tired by the end.
The trail begins by crossing the East Fork of the
Hood River on a footbridge before climbing over a
steep and narrow ridge and then dropping down into
the drainage of Cold Spring Creek at a second wooden
footbridge. There’s one trail junction, but just follow
Sherwood Campground in Mount Hood National
Forest. ZACH URNESS / STATESMAN JOURNAL
signs for Tamanawas Falls.
Cold Spring Creek is an apt name with the creek
spilling through deep mossy canyons along the trail,
oﬀering pleasant spots to stop for a rest.
There are giant trees and downed logs for kids to
climb on as you make your way — often past other peo-
ple and gradually uphill — toward the waterfall. The
trail breaks out into a patch of rocks and large boulders
before reaching the waterfall itself, a beautiful silver
There are a number of places to admire the water-
fall, from a small pool in the creek to a small island
across the creek. Best of all, sure-footed hikers can
scramble up and behind the waterfall, although you’ll
get pretty wet in the process. Also, this isn’t Silver Falls
where the trail goes behind the falls, and it would be
easy to get hurt.
The hike back is mostly downhill and goes a lot fast-
er than the way in. And if you’ve played your cards
Hey wait, I thought we only wrote
about hot dogs as bait
Hold the condiments.
Given the giddiness for Oregon’s
grand sort-of-post-pandemic reopening
on July 1, summer vacation for schools,
the hot weather and the July 4 holiday,
what better time to stay at La Casa Miller
to watch one of America’s great spectator
sports: Unbridled gluttony?
Or in the parlance of purists, the an-
nual July 4 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog
Eating Contest held appropriately at Co-
ney Island, once known by the nickname
“Sodom by the Sea.”
Because of pandemic precautions, it
was held at a minor-league baseball sta-
dium near the traditional site at Nathan’s
on the boardwalk.
So what’s more absurd: a. Competitive
eating as a televised “sport” on ESPN, or
b. watching competitive eating?
No contest, pardon the bun, er pun.
Insight into the answer came when
Twitter exploded with angry wiener
watchers when the live feed from the
event cut oﬀ with less than a minute to go
and eventual winner, Joey “Jaws” Chest-
nut on a record pace.
Video was restored after the competi-
tion had ended.
I won’t keep you in suspense.
Chestnut did, in fact, chew through
the competition to win his 14th title with
a record-breaking (his own, by the way)
76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes in
front of a couple of thousand fans.
It’s now in the books as one of more
than 50 Major League Eating records that
the 37-year-old holds.
If I may be allowed a digression from
this column, which is in fact entirely a di-
gression, Major League Eating, capital-
ized, is really a thing (Home | Major
League Eating – IFOCE).
The logo is a ﬁst holding a fork.
Among the sanctioned events is the
upcoming Case’s Pork Roll Eating Cham-
Now back to our regularly scheduled
At this point, if you’re me, and lucky
you’re not, you’ve got to do some math.
According to Nathan’s Famous nutri-
tion facts page for its skinless beef
franks, each one weighs 42 grams, so 76
would weigh 3,192 grams.
If I remember my chemistry conver-
sion (I bet you thought I was going to say
cannabis, weren’t you? Shame on you),
there’s 454 grams to a pound, rounded up
Seven and a skosh pounds, to be frank
As an aside, again according to the nu-
trition facts, that includes 2 pounds of to-
tal fat. On the plus side, they’re sugar-
Moving along, there’s no telling what a
competition bun weighs, if there is such a
thing, but an eight-pack of our own be-
loved Franz tips the scales at 13.5 ounces,
according to an online ad, or rounded up
slightly, 1.7 ounces per bun.
So 76 times 1.7 equals 129.2 ounces, di-
vided by 16 ounces to the pound, comes
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