Umbrella Falls on the NF Nehalem River

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Coastal Mountains

A nice day in mid-August made a good excuse to travel to the Clatsop State Forest on the west side of the Coastal Mountains.

I had heard Oregon fish hatcheries were finally open again. They had been closed to the public since the beginning of the Covid pandemic.

NF Nehalem River at the hatchery

I had heard right. The Oregon Fish Hatchery on the North Fork Nehalem River was open. I took the short, but pretty hike to 35-foot Umbrella Falls.

To my surprise, the falls wasn’t much more than a trickle. I’m used to seeing it in the springtime when the waterfall is much larger. For your comparison, I included a photo of the waterfalls from a previous hike taken in late spring.

Still, it made for a nice outing. There were some colorful wildflowers and berries to see.

Umbrella Falls

Umbrella Falls

Umbrella Falls from a previous hike


NF Nehalem River

Fireweed, Orange Balsam and summer berry



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