Lost Lake Loop Hike (Lakeshore Trail #656, Cascade Locks, OR 97014) Lost Lake is a serene, secluded lake in the Mt Hood National Forest that reflects the mountain in it's picturesque waters. There's a wonderful 3.2 mile trail that loops around the lake so you can view it from 360 degrees.
"Oregon Sunstone, the Oregon state gemstone, is a rare gem quality feldspar that has been colored by, and contains elements of copper. Found in the south eastern corner of Oregon, in what is known as the Oregon Outback, sunstone is one of the few gem materials that we actually have the opportunity to access the mine sites directly and prospect for our own material."
13 crazy rock formations across the United States - CNN.com
Pioneers heading west along the Mormon, Oregon and California trails would appreciate seeing the landmark known as Chimney Rock National Historic Site in Nebraska. It's the result of a volcanic eruption and millions of years of erosion.
See the best of Oregon on this awesome day trip to Toketee Falls and Umpqua Hot Springs. Located near Crater Lake National Park, just South of Bend this may be Oregon's most beautiful waterfalls. The hot springs are so relaxing!
Smelt Sands State Recreation Site is a small, but beautiful state park, made of basalt shoreline near Yachats on the Oregon Coast. It has also become a poster park for beach safety after two teenagers were killed by a sneaker wave at the park in 2011. (Jamie Hale/The Oregonian)