Storm systems are headed our way, so here's a chance to test out your bad weather gear and see some waterfalls with plenty of flow. We may even see some snow as snow levels will be dropping briefly, but this hike will not require snowshoes.
We'll start at the Multnomah Falls Lodge and hike up the paved trail, visit Dutchman's Tunnel and Weisendanger Falls along Multnomah Creek and then take #420 up to the junction with Vista Ridge. From there we climb #420C and on to Devil's Rest where we'll have lunch. From there we head down the Foxglove Trail and continue down to Angel's Rest, passing an old picnic spot that could make a good off season camping site. We'll enjoy a windy view from Angel's Rest summit and then head down to the Angel's Rest trailhead.
This will be a shuttle hike, so we're going to need a few more cars than usual. We'll leave a couple cars at the Angel's Rest trailhead and pile into the remain cars to reach Multnomah Falls. (If we can't make a shuttle work we can loop back from Devil's Rest to Whakeena Falls)
Distance: 8 miles, according to Garmin, but some say it's more.
Elevation gain: 2450 feet. It's all uphill until Devil's Rest and then it's all down.
Difficulty: Moderate for experienced hikers.
Pace: 2 to 2.5 mph.
Weather: Prepare for rain and wind. Most of this hike is sheltered but there will be exposed areas.
What to bring:
Rain pants and waterproof shell
Extra warm clothing. No cotton. No blue jeans!
The 10 Essentials
Lunch / snack
Warm hat and gloves and a neck gaiter or scarf/bandana.
Traction devices such as Yak Trax or Microspikes are always a good idea when winter hiking in the Gorge.
A sense of humor. It's going to be a wet and windy slog and we may even trudge through some wet snow.
A sit pad
Umbrella (why not?)
If you carpool, please bring $5 cash (exact change) to give your driver.
I would prefer not to bring dogs on this hike. There are some narrow trails and we have a big group.
If your plans change please remember to RSVP NO.