Painted Hills, part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, is named for the colorful layers of soil reflecting geological eras and climates: black (lignite), grey (mudstone, siltstone, and shale) and red (laterite).
Rising 11,249 feet, Mount Hood (reportedly the second most-climbed peak in the world) is Oregon’s highest mountain, about seven miles from the man-made Trillium Lake (pictured above). Hood is a potentially active volcano which last erupted in 1907.
Multnomah Falls, on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, is split into an upper falls of 542 feet and a lower falls of 69 feet, with a gradual nine foot drop in elevation between the two. It is the tallest waterfall in Oregon.