We chose Spirit Falls for the first WalkingOregon.com outing because it offers a short “easy” hike to a beautiful 40 foot waterfall on Alex Creek that we had never seen before. One of the reviews of the trail indicated an ADA compliant paved trail. It’s not. When we arrived at the trailhead we found it marked “More Difficult”. It’s a dirt trail with some steeper sections and a few tree roots crossing the path. At about half a mile from the trailhead to the falls and an elevation drop of just over 130 feet it a great choice for a first walk with the whole family. Heading back up from the falls only generated a moderate level of complaint from the 5 year old. With a little encouragement she made the whole walk under her own power. That’s a win!
The beer for our Spirit Falls outing is Ninkasi Noir. In the interest of full disclosure, I work for these guys and Noir is my current favorite beer.
The commercial description for Noir (taken from ninkasibrewing.com):
Noir blends two signature brews of the Pacific Northwest: coffee and beer. This coffee milk stout combines roasted malts with smooth cold brewed coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. A subtle sweetness from milk sugar (lactose) makes this beer reminiscent of the most satisfying cup of joe; distinctive and delectable.
If you are a coffee fan and a stout fan, I AM, you will love Noir. The pour is dark, rich and creamy with a decent beige head. The aroma has a hint of chocolate and a healthy amount of coffee. The milk sugar balances any bitterness and it finishes with strong coffee flavor. I love this Coffee Milk Stout.
Latitude: 43.73083 N
Longitude: -122.64139 W
Elevation: 1937 feet
Elevation Change: 134 feet
Trail Length: .6 mile (out and back)
Bitterness (IBU): 60
Alc. by Vol.: 7.6%
Available: September – December
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Chocolate, Crystal, Brown, Black, Rice Hulls