Tamanawas Falls by Amanda Leigh Smith in Tamanawas Falls, Oregon

The Tamanawas Falls trailhead is about an hour and a half east of Portland on the NE side of Mt Hood. The hike is fairly easy and about 3.5 miles round trip. I went during late winter and we did not need snow shoes, but they would have made me feel more stable as we got close to the icy falls. It is a beautiful hike through the forest and along a river until you get to the waterfall. Well worth the drive.

Name:Amanda Leigh Smith

Place you live: Portland, Oregon

Place your photos were taken: About an hour and a half east of Portland, Oregon at Tamanawas Falls.

Can you sum up Portland? Portland is an amazing, fun and interesting city, but the diverse and epic nature that surrounds it is what keeps me here.

Occupation: Social worker, photographer.

Preoccupation: photography, adventuring.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Rent a car and venture outside the city limits – in any direction.

A perfect meal? A steak at Laurelhurst Market

What is the best thing about your spot? Ocean, rainforest, desert all in close proximity

What is the worst? Grey sky gets old

Where is your favorite place in the world? Alvord Desert/Steens Mountains in Eastern Oregon and Joshua Tree, California