Eagle Creek Hike. Learning Backpacking Fundamentals Workshop. Overnight Trip.

  • September 29, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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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:

http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Eagle_Creek_to_Tunnel_Falls_Hike

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:

http://nwhiker.com/CGNSAHike37.html

(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.

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  • Keith

    Had a great time, looking forward to hiking with everyone again soon.

    October 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for inviting me yesterday, it was a great time

    1 · September 30, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      He he he, I was disabled last night! Today limping around but happy I did it, grateful you all put up with me:) have a great week Sheree

      September 30, 2012

    • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

      Thank you for coming out Sarah.

      October 1, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Magnificent!!! More than 5 stars. What an excellent time to hike and do the workshop. I learned a lot of new things from it. The hike itself is beautiful and gorgeous especially the weather. Entusiastic people. Three of us stayed the night at 7-1/2 mile camp. Great way to break the ice and doing this together as a team. About 16 miles roundtrip. Great times and good memories will be treasured. Thank you guys for coming out and making this super wonderful. Thank you Keith for helping me do the workshop and making sure the ones that did not stay got back safe. Thanks again.

    October 1, 2012

  • Robert L.

    What a great trip. I was completely unprepared for my first camping since I was a kid. Keith was really prepared and had things I didn't bring (which was pretty much everything). Both he and Chatchay were great leads. The company was great and I'm sure I'll see you all on other outings.

    October 1, 2012

  • Sheree

    Day hike for me. Everyone is right - beautiful hike! I enjoyed spending my day with you guys. Hope to hike with everyone again. :)

    October 1, 2012

  • PJ

    Thank you all for taking/sharing your pics. :)

    1 · October 1, 2012

  • PJ

    Papa Goat (Chatchay) and Keith did a great job in guiding and informing the group on the basic fundamentals of backpacking. Fantastic weather the entire time! WOW...end of Sept. just gorgeous!!!! Chatchay and Rob were very chivalric in strategically setting up camp to protect me from the nite bears and supporting me thru the treacherous parts....much appreciated! Perfect weather, wonderful company, beauty of our gorge surrounding us (birds singing in the a.m. and the stream sound at nite)...what other way would you want to spend it. Did hikes in spring, summer, and now fall on Eagle Creek this year with each season having something new to offer. Eagle Creek from 7.5 mile camp to Tunnel Falls has become my favorite stream; so much to offer. Thank you soooooo much!

    October 1, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    I realized the end time is at 10pm. If you try to leave feedback and upload pictures. You have to wait until that time. I apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you everyone for making to the hike.

    September 30, 2012

  • PJ

    Chatchay,
    Since this is a backpack workshop and I am a newbie to backpacking, are there going to be any pointers/tips, checks, HELP at the TH to make sure packs are done properly b4 we get going? Done some research but first-hand info is best for me. I'm trying to pack lite, but it's a tough one.

    September 28, 2012

    • PJ

      Thanks Papa Goat :) See ya in the a.m.

      September 28, 2012

    • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

      Thanks Leslie. Eagle Creek is one of my favorite hikes. I think it is my fourth time this year. I love it. Thanks.

      1 · September 28, 2012

  • Rick L. J.

    Beautiful hike, it definitely is a 3 or 4 season hike. Pj, I find that people tend to bring too much food.

    September 28, 2012

    • PJ

      lol.......That would be me Rick.....I'm a real foodie.....eating right now as I'm typing..... thanks :)

      1 · September 28, 2012

  • Leslie L.

    Eagle Creek is beautiful, have fun!

    1 · September 28, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    For the one who wants to do only the day hike. Please bring enough food and water. Dress according to the weather.

    For the one who is staying overnight. Bring your tent, sleeping bag, foods for the trip (about three meals). 10 essentials. Please bring water pump if you have one so you do not have to carry too much load. If you do not have one, hopefully I will get mine before the trip and can let anyone use it when needed. Pen and paper to take notes on the workshop. Dress for the weather and enough clothes to keep you warm overnight.

    If there is anything I left out, please comment on it. I am looking forward to it. Thanks.

    Chatchay

    September 25, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Please let me know if you are going to stay overnight or just do a day hike so I can get a good head count. Much appreciated. Thanks.

    September 24, 2012

    • Sheree

      Day hike.

      1 · September 24, 2012

    • Robert L.

      I'll do the overnight-er.

      1 · September 24, 2012

  • Kathy

    I did this last week. Does anyone know how people got down around the 3.3 mile mark to play in the pools? There were lots of people walking up there in their bathing suits.

    September 10, 2012

    • Kathy

      Sheree, it is beautiful. It is a gradual constant 6.5 mile climb up and constant decline back. My big toes were killing me last week when I did it. My group went slow like Robert did on the last hike. It is really rocky like Silver Star so your ankles will be hurting. Our whole group was exhausted when we were done, while Silver Star I could have gone another 5 miles.... I'd say go. I must do for sure. It is one of my favorite hikes.

      September 17, 2012

    • Sheree

      Got a babysitter . . . I get to go!

      2 · September 24, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Melissa - it will not be an issue. It is optional. The elevation gain is gradual. Thanks.

    September 23, 2012

  • Robert R.

    Why not make it an overnighter?

    September 10, 2012

  • PJ

    I'm in on the overniter! Thanks for doing this Chatchay and Keith. Yeahhhhhhh whoooooo!!!!! I have a NW Pass (and don't we need to buy a camping pass, $5, as we enter into the camping zone, if spending the nite?????).

    September 17, 2012

  • B.G

    Do it a over nighter, start early and grab the campsite. Once you have the campsite, you can pretty much walk back to the falls and relax.

    1 · September 17, 2012

    • PJ

      Getting the cat stove and pack ready as you suggested. Thanks Bhaskar. Wish you were going....catch up with you next time.

      1 · September 17, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    I have added more details to the description of the event. Please read it. Thanks.

    September 17, 2012

  • B.G

    For sure go till the Twister falls and plan your backpacking workshop at Seven and half mile camp site, there are large campsites right beside the river. This hike is fun, but will be crowded. Also if you have fear of heights you are warned since the trail narrows at few places with[masked]ft cliffs on the other side, but there are steel railings to hold on. Have fun folks.

    1 · September 10, 2012

    • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

      Thanks Bhaskar.

      September 10, 2012

    • Kathy

      I am horribly afraid of heights and have no issues with this hike. I just don't look down. Look forward or across and it is fine.

      September 10, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    You're welcome. I will RSVP you. Thanks.

    September 9, 2012

  • Robert L.

    Can't wait to sign up and go. Thanks both for organizing this!

    September 9, 2012

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