Lifestyle September 21st, 2017

7 Fitting Destinations To Wear Your Ecco Oregons

Gear up for your adventurous life in the ECCO Sport Oregon boot.

With slick retro styling and trail-worthy technology, the Oregon is ready for whatever you can dish out.

Hitting the sweet spot between chukka and hiker, these mid-cut boots transition seamlessly from street to crag. Premium leather and a throwback design keep you looking sharp while top-of-the-line tech ensures comfort and performance.

These ECCOs feature breathable GORE-TEX waterproofing, rugged tread and a foam cushioning midsole. Durable construction and a streamlined design reflect the ethos of the Pacific Northwest and lend the Oregon its name.

Enjoy a little wanderlust on us with an Oregon-inspired list as versatile as the ECCO Oregon. From a summit push to celebration brews, these ECCOs will be your next go-to boot.

1. Lucky Labrador Brewing Company

A Portland neighborhood staple, Lucky Lab offers laid back vibes and locally made brews. The dog (and kid) friendly patio is unpretentious, and so is the food. Here you’ll find a few locals playing board games, working on laptops or grabbing pints after the climbing gym.

Lucky Lab uses solar power to brew favorites like the Black Lab Stout, Bike Route Rye and Super Dog IPA. Can’t choose just one? Try a tasting flight to sample your choice of the wares.

2. Leslie Gulch

Otherworldly rock formations and sagebrush steppe are not the first things that come to mind when one thinks of Oregon; surprisingly, it’s more than just redwoods and ferns.

A trip to Leslie Gulch looks more like its desert neighbor, Nevada, than the wooded Pacific Northwest. Rocky pinnacles and steep canyons dominate the scene in this remote corner of southeast Oregon. Part of the Owyhee Canyonlands, Leslie Gulch is home to hiking, climbing and a cast of hardy residents like bighorn sheep, elk and rattlesnakes.

Maintained trails access the canyon floor; reaching a ridgeline will call for some sure-footed scrambling. Sport climbing routes abound, though manmade holds date back to a less responsible era of route setting.

3. Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock is an Oregon celebrity, famous for its many appearances on Instagram and a cameo in the ‘80s cult classic “The Goonies.” The 235-foot sea stack is the beacon of Cannon Beach (about 80 miles west of Portland) and can be reached by foot at low tide. An active wildlife refuge, Haystack Rock shows off an array of marine life including sea stars, puffins and crabs.

The Oregon Coast isn’t known for its bikini weather, so prepare for wind, mist and cold water if venturing out to the rock. Check online or with a local surf shop to determine tide cycles during your visit.

4. Burnside Bridge

The best way to see Portland’s many bridges is from the middle of another one. A stroll across Burnside, considered the city’s north/south division, puts you in the center of it all.

On the west side lies Old Town with its historic pubs (Shanghai Tunnel) and doughnuts worth waiting in line for (Voodoo). East Burnside is populated by hip bars and eats ranging from pizza by the slice (Sizzle Pie) to French haut cuisine (Le Pigeon).

The Burnside Bridge was built in 1926 and features a drawbridge mechanism to accommodate ships passing on the Willamette River. While hoofing it across the bridge, don’t forget to snap a shot of the iconic White Stag sign.

5. Opal Creek

Opal Creek shows off a classic Oregon landscape complete with old growth forests, waterfalls and early mining history. The wilderness area protects a diverse ecosystem including salamanders, coyotes and a Douglas fir tree estimated to be 1,000 years old.

Jawbone Flats, a once active mining site, has been transformed into an educational center with rental cabins and naturalist guided programs. The trails are generally out and back and range from decommissioned roads to steep single track.

Cool off after your hike in the pristine waters of Opal Pool with a 30-foot cliff jump or escape the crowds by seeking out a private beach of your own.

6. Three Sisters

A trio of volcanic peaks between Eugene and Bend, the Three Sisters are Oregon icons. Though the highest of the three, South Sister (10,358 feet) is the most approachable. A solid 11-mile round trip on developed trails, South Sister will leave your buns burning with almost 5,000 feet of elevation gain.

Living up to its name, Middle Sister is often overlooked. Most complete the long scramble up the center and lowest of the three (10,056 feet) as part of the Three Sisters Marathon, a masochistic single day climb of all three peaks.

Last but not least, North Sister (aka Gnarly Northy) is the ultimate prize in the range. The steep, scree riddled trip to the top (10,085 feet) is precarious even for vigorous mountaineers.

7. Lava River Cave

Lava River Cave reveals the hidden volcanic wonderland of the Cascades. Far different from stalactite clad limestone caves, exploring a lava tube offers a behind the scenes perspective on volcanism.

The mile long cavern takes visitors deep under Deschutes National Forest, where temps remain around 40 degrees year round. A series of metal steps descend into the heart of the cave, and lower segments of the trail become rocky and damp.

Help prevent the spread of disease among the cave’s bat colony by never wearing clothing or shoes that have been previously worn in a cave or mine.

From the streets of Portland to the diverse landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, the ECCO Oregon boot is prepared for any terrain. Crush trails through misty forests and rocky volcanic peaks while sporting your rugged retro style. The ECCO Oregon embodies the best of both worlds giving equal importance to durability and design.

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