This hike will take you along Eagle Creek and visit many waterfalls along the way. It can be challenging due to the length of the hike. We will make frequent stops to take breaks, take pictures, and enjoy the scenery. When we reach one of the campsite after high bridge, we will have lunch and do the workshop at the same time. After the workshop, we have option of hiking to Tunnel Falls and up to Twister Falls. Relax and enjoy for a bit. Then head back to the trailhead. We can also treat ourselves to a meal afterwards. I have hiked here before and the scenery is very beautiful. This will be about a day hike. Please plan on it. If you have to be back by a certain time, please do not sign up for this hike.
We will go at a pace where people are comfortable at, 2mph or less. If you are one of those people that likes to hike more than 2mph and do not make frequent stops to take breaks and enjoy the scenenry, this hike might not be right for you. There are some areas that have very steep drop offs. Please be very cautious and careful. Please be in at least reasonable shape.
We are planning to do an overnighter for the ones that want to. We do have an option for the ones that do not want to stay and just want to attend the workshop. Please let us know if you want to stay overnight or hike for a day when you signed up. Post the answer on the comment box or email one of us. If you plan to do an overnighter and have to be back by a certain time on Sunday, please do not sign up for this event.
Here is the web link for more info:
Hiking time: Approx 7-9 hours depending on the pace.
Distance: Approx 8 to 12 miles round trip (out and back). Depending if we want to hike up to Tunnel and Twister Falls.
Elevation gain: 1050 feet
Difficulty: challenging due to the length of the hike.
Here is a link if you need a map:
(you can also print them out)
Bring: 2-3 liters of water, ten essentials, good hiking boots, good hiking pole(s) (you need them for balance, descending, and not hard on your knees), non cotton clothing, sun screen, lunch, snacks. Bring small notepad and pen if you want to write down and take notes.
For those who wants to learn how to backpack. Here is an opportunity for you to learn and get pieces of mind from the people who have experience and knowledge. You do not have to bring a big backpack because we are doing a workshop. We will talk about the fundamentals, safety, etiquette, planning the trip, and equipment usage on backpacking. I will tell you what to bring via email few days before the hike. All skill levels are welcome. Please plan accordingly.
If you need transportation out to the gorge, the first meeting place will be at Gateway Transit Center (8:00AM):
Gateway Park & Ride Transit Garage: I-84 east to Exit 7 Halsey St.; take an immediate right on the exit on NE 99th Ave. Parking structure is second building on the right; go to the south end of the building to enter. From I-205 take Exit 21A Glisan St. from either north or south. Proceed to east side of freeway and turn left at the stoplight for NE 99th Ave. Continue past the Park & Ride surface lot to the parking structure. Meet in the southeast corner of the garage.
If you do not want to meet at the Gateway Transit Center, here is a second place we are meeting up at 8:45-9AM. (Eagle CreekTrailhead)
Directions: Drive east from Portland on Interstate 84 to Exit 41. Follow the sign to Eagle Creek Trailhead and park at the far end.
NW Forest Pass is required at the trailhead. If you do not have one, you have to pay 5 dollars to park at the trailhead.
Suggested donation of 6 dollars to carpool drivers.
If you have any questions, please message me. Thank you. I am looking forward to hosting and leading this hiking event. Also meeting people and breaking the ice. Of course, having a good time.
The RSVP will open on Saturday, September 22, 2012. Thanks.