Greenleaf Falls Car Shuttle

  • March 10, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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TOTAL MILES: 9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: ~1250 ft
PACE: “Quick” (~2.5 mph)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Challenging
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 6 hours
PERMITS: NW Forest Pass

CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 80 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $8.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!

The plan is to set up a car shuttle between the Bonneville TH and Bonneville Hot Springs Resort. Starting from the Bonneville TH, we’ll hit the PCT and head north 2.5 miles to Gillette Lake (the clear cuts along the way aren’t pretty, but the views of Table Mountain that they afford are). From there we’ll continue on for another 1.3 miles to our first planned stop at Greenleaf Overlook, then another half-mile to the junction with the Two Chief’s Trail, which we’ll follow for 2.2 miles up to Greenleaf Falls. After checking out the falls, we'll find a place for lunch that will allow us to enjoy sweeping views up and across the river, as well as an up close and personal look up at the sheer face of Table Mountain.  After lunch it’s all downhill as we retrace our steps down the Two Chief’s trail, then past the junction with the PCT and onto Carpenter Lake where we’ll hop onto the user trail that leads to Bonneville Hot Springs Resort, our awaiting car shuttle, and home (and hopefully a stop for a well deserved post hike bite and beer).

Other than the weather (I'm keeping my fingers crossed), not much in the way of wild cards on this one. Come prepared for mud. Also, the spot that I have in mind for lunch is pretty rocky, so definitely bring something along to sit upon.

Please note that there is a MANUAL waiting list for this hike. What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone on the waiting list will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.

NO DOGS, please.

What to bring:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks
• Three to Five light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Rain gear
• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• The 10 essentials*
• Trekking poles (never a bad idea)
• Lunch, snacks and plenty of water

*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.

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  • Rene V.

    Hey Zach, Kathy, and Tom...I think one of you left a pair of socks in my car. They're beige in color and have "IN Genius" logos on them. Let me know if they're yours so I can get them back to you -- and yes, they will be laundered ;)

    March 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Rene: OMG, I am so embarassed to say they are mine.......the only thing that could be worse is if I had left my underwear behind!!! I could swing by your house perhaps Wednesday or Thursday after your work to pick up the rascals.................­Tom.

      1 · March 11, 2013

    • Kathy

      Isn't it interesting what people leave behind in your vehicle? Makes it fun to drive. Tom will it make you feel better to know that Robert left his undies behind on his birthday? I think you missed the story at dinner.

      1 · March 11, 2013

  • barbara s.

    What else can I say about Zach's leadership that has not been said before? We were on schedule the entire hike. It was so refreshing to actually a begin and finish a hike on time. Besides that, the group was a good blend of new to the group hikers plus the hard core group. Thanks Zach and everyone else for an enjoyable afternoon.

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Avinash

    Shakul - The pictures you uploaded from our today's hike are outstanding and of the highest caliber from all I have seen from all the hikes I have done so far. Thanks.

    1 · March 10, 2013

    • Shakul

      Thanks Avinash for the kind words.

      March 11, 2013

  • Kathy

    Thanks for the awesome hike Zack. I might be able to hang with the big boys in a couple months.... Thanks for the awesome photos Shakul.

    1 · March 11, 2013

    • Shakul

      Sure Kathy.. I'm looking forward to partaking in more photography adventures with the group in the future

      March 11, 2013

  • Erin

    Thanks for patching together a great hike, Zachary!

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice and great company. Zachary was particulary a competent and welcoming leader!

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Kathy

    Did you read or watch this: That is why the search and rescue were there. http://www.katu.com/news/local/Searchers-trying-to-locate-person-heard-yelling-in-the-woods-196894271.html

    March 11, 2013

    • eli

      Hope they find this person today. I'm assuming they will know once they notice a vehicle still not attended for so many days also or missing persons report. Thanks for info. Kathy.

      March 11, 2013

  • Elsie

    Fantastic day and fun pics! So great to see old faces and new ones. Thanks for the awesome day, Zach!

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Rene V.

    Great hiking with you all today! Thanks again for setting this up Zach.

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Shakul

    My First Hike with the group...and both the hike and the group were great. Thanks Zachary for organizing and leading this. I'm looking forward to doing more hikes with this group in the future.

    March 10, 2013

  • Zachary

    A top notch group of hikers more than made up for the lack of sunshine. Thanks all !!

    March 10, 2013

  • Robert R.

    Had a good time walking in the woods and seeing the views with a great bunck of people. Thanks Zach for leading us on the hike.

    March 10, 2013

  • eli

    Can't thank you enough for the great day today Zach!! Graci'

    March 10, 2013

  • Avinash

    Thanks Zachary

    March 10, 2013

  • Brooke

    Nice hike, great group! Thx for leading Zachary!!

    March 10, 2013

  • Sonhui

    Sore throat and body ache...sitting this one out. Enjoy!!

    March 9, 2013

  • Zachary

    It would be bad form for the hike leader to show up an hour late to his own hike ;-) Thanks, Elsie!!

    March 9, 2013

  • Shakul

    Thanks Elsie. I certainly wouldn't have remembered that. One less hour of sleep :-(

    March 8, 2013

  • Elsie

    Reminder that its daylight savings time!! Turn clocks foward one hour Sat night :-)

    March 8, 2013

  • Lisa J.

    Decided to not do two days in a row and get things done at home instead. Sounds like a great one...enjoy!

    March 8, 2013

  • RJ - Rene' Garcia -.

    I want to go...if I am accepted to go...may I bring some Taco Bell Take Out with me...it may engulf da vehicle with Taco Bell Aroma Therapy.

    March 6, 2013

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