In honor of National Park and Recreation Month, team members from across the bank are sharing their favorite parks to visit this summer. Throughout the Pacific Northwest, there are countless scenic hikes and coastal views to explore. Whether you’re seeking a hike for the kids or an all-day trek through the tallest peaks, we have you covered. Here are a few top picks from our employees:
Abiqua Falls (Oregon) Hidden on private land owned by the Mount Angel Abbey, this 92-foot waterfall is set around a serene basaltic amphitheater shrouded in moss, lichen and ferns. A steep trail leads you to a nearly perfect waterfall, with the cascade waters falling into a clear, pool below. The spectacular views make this a must-see in the Portland area!
— Autumn Workman, Oregon City Branch, Oregon City
Tolmie Peak Lookout (Washington) Located in Mount Rainer National Park, this incredible hike takes you through the beautiful wooden trails of Mowich Lake and Eunice Lake. Endure the relatively steep but short hike to the top and you will be rewarded with one of the most remarkable views of Mount Rainier. Pro tip: Go in late August and you can eat your fill of wild blueberries along the way.
— Shari Kalsta, Human Resources, Tacoma
Mount Bachelor (Oregon) Mount Bachelor is a staple of Central Oregon, and with an average snowfall of 462 inches and over 3,600 acres to ski, it’s easy to see why. Conveniently located just 22 miles west of Bend, Mount Bachelor is surrounded by tall hemlocks and pines of the Deschutes National Forest, breathtaking views of the Three Sisters, and other Cascade peaks. From mountain biking to dog sled rides, you are sure to enjoy that mountain experience you seek at Mount Bachelor!
— Spencer Morgan, Commercial Banker, Bend
Yaquina Head (Oregon) Yaquina Head is Oregon’s largest lighthouse, and a top destination for families along the Oregon Coast. Standing 93 feet tall, this historic structure is located just north of Newport Beach in the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. The lighthouse was built in 1873 and has since been restored for guided tours. Along with the beautiful lighthouse, you can visit the renowned Oregon Coast Aquarium or step into the tide pools along the Newport Bayfront.
— Dana Ryder, Retail Bank Operations, Salem
Sunrise Rim Trail (Washington) On this 5.5-mile loop, visitors will enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Rainer along with vibrant wildflower meadows. Nearby at the Sunrise Visitor Center, you will find exhibits, guided interpretive programs, book sales, and a picnic area. Although it is only open for about four months out of the year, the Sunrise Rim Trail is the second most visited location in Mount Rainer National Park.
— Judah Heimlich, Management Reporting, Tacoma
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