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Multnomah Falls - Franklin Ridge loop hike. Columbia Gorge

  • Nov 25, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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This hike will start at Multnomah Falls Trailhead and will climb up to passing the top of Multnomah Falls. We will end at Horestail Falls Trailhead. Along the way we will visit few waterfalls and streams. Of course, there are some spectacular viewpoints along the trail. We will hike along Franklin Ridge and get a magnificent view of the Columbia River and of course, the gorge itself. My favorite waterfall is Triple Falls. We will make frequent stops to enjoy the scenery and take pictures. If you are one of these people that hike fast and do not make frequent stops, this hike may not be right for you. After the hike, we can treat ourselves to a meal or ice cream. This will be about a day hike. So plan on it. This time of year the daylight is shorter. Please bring flashlight or headlamp in case it gets dark on our way back to the starting point. If you have to be back by a certain time, please do not signed up for this hike.

I have hiked here before and one of my favorite default hike when I am not exploring new place(s) and want to stay condition. This will be my first time hiking along Franklin Ridge and do a loop. We will go at a pace where people are comfortable at. Please be in at least reasonable shape.

This will be a good way to end the four day Thanksgiving Day weekend.

Here is the web link for more info:

http://nwhiker.com/CGNSAHike13.html

You can also print the map out.

Hiking time: Approx 5-8 hours depending on the pace.

Distance: about 12 miles round trip (loop)

Elevation gain: 2760 feet

Difficulty: challenging due to steepness of the trail and length of hike

Bring: 2 liters of water, ten essentials, good hiking boots, good hiking pole(s) (you need them for balance, descending, and not hard on your knees (of course, it is optional)), non cotton clothing, sun screen, lunch, snacks.  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 8:30-9AM. (Multnomah Falls Trailhead)

Directions: Drive east from Portland on Interstate 84 to Exit 28 to Historic Columbia Highway 30 East. Drive about three miles and we will park at Multnomah Falls Lodge and hike half a mile to Wahkeena Falls Trailhead.

Suggested donation of at least 5 dollars to carpool drivers or based on a person's vehicle MPG.

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 Sunday, November 18, 2012. Thanks.

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    • Lisa M

      super tiny! I can't barely see me!

      November 26, 2012

    • Henry

      K, the last one I posted is better, share that one.

      November 26, 2012

  • Benson L.

    It was a fun with great people. The weather was excellent.

    November 26, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    More pictures to come. Thanks.

    November 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great. Thanks again Chatchay and Dave.

    November 26, 2012

  • Henry

    The right trail, very good day, and excellent group of people made this a great hike. Thanks!

    November 26, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Excellent!!! 20 stars. What a beautiful day to hike especially on a sunny blue skies weather. The weather cooperated with us. Wow!!! We hiked 13.5 miles total and strong group that kept together. The people are wonderful and enthusiastic. A good way to end a Thanksgiving Day weekend and burn off all the turkey meal(s). Thank you everyone for coming out and making this hike magnificent. Memories will be treasured. Thank you The Navigator for helping us out by bringing the map, navigating and giving us the info about the hiking trip. See you guys on the hike soon.

    November 26, 2012

  • Nancy A.

    A fabulous day, hike and group! Enjoyed it so much!

    November 25, 2012

  • Avinash

    Beautiful sunny day for a gorgeous hike with a wonderful group. Thanks Chatchay

    November 25, 2012

  • Dave

    Fun hike, fun group and great weather!

    November 25, 2012

  • Lisa M

    AWESOME! I'll be there!

    November 25, 2012

  • Henry

    Its around 38 in the gorge right now with a high of 43, mostly sunny all day,

    November 25, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Reminder about tomorrow's hike. Please tell me where are you going to meet me at? Please dress according to the weather forecast. The ones that are on the waiting list that really want to go, please message me personally and I can try to work things out. If unable to make it, please unRSVP so other people on the waitlist can sign up. Thank you and I am looking forward to it.

    Chatchay Phayroth Ramone

    November 24, 2012

  • Lisa M

    Ps. Chatchay, i tried to send you an email via the website but it said your email hasnt been working or something...you may want to look into that...

    November 24, 2012

  • Lisa M

    Chatchay and fellow hikers -
    I'm feeling a little sick and wanted to warn you that if i am not at the trail head tomorrow when you guys are ready to leave, it's because i didn't feel well enough to hike :( I'm really bummed because i was really looking forward to this hike!
    Hopefully I'll see you all tomorrow between 830 and 9!
    Lisa

    1 · November 24, 2012

  • Lesa

    I would love to join the hike! Any chance of squeezing one more in? I would be looking at meeting at Gateway to ride or drive if needed.

    November 24, 2012

  • Rick L. J.

    Gertrud. I think i saw about 50 at cascade locks. Usually temp drops as you climb. So probably in 40,s due to woods and elev. Dry is good!!

    November 24, 2012

  • Nancy A.

    I will go to Gateway

    November 24, 2012

  • Avinash

    Gateway of course. I have done this hike but the other way around. It is quite awesome!

    1 · November 24, 2012

  • Lisa M

    Chatchay, I'm going to meet everyone at the trailhead - I have to run some errands before and after! Looking forward to this hike!!

    1 · November 24, 2012

  • Rick L. J.

    So is it Summer down there, your just rubbing it in aren't you! Have Fun while were getting soaked to the bone

    2 · November 19, 2012

  • marianne h.

    Darn, I really wanted to hike this one but I'll be in Lima...:) See you all when I get back. Have a great hike

    November 19, 2012

  • Kathy

    Darn, too far for me. I'll catch you again on a shorter hike.

    November 19, 2012

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