Wahclella Falls and lower Wauna Viewpoint Loop

  • March 22, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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TOTAL MILES: ~8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 900 ft
PACE: “nice & easy” (~2 mph)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderate
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 5 hours
PERMITS: None needed
**RSVPs will open at 8pm tonight**
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 70 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $7.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!

Friday is the first day of my spring break and I want to hike!


Starting from the Tooth Rock parking lot we’ll follow the bike path to the “other” trailhead and do the out-and-back along Tanner Creek to Wahclella Falls. Back at the Wahclella TH, we’ll hop onto a cut-off trail that will take us uphill to a junction with Road 777, then to another junction which will put us on the path to the Wauna Viewpoint. After stopping for views and snacks, we’ll start the 2 mile descent into Eagle Creek, cross the foot bridge, take a self-guided tour of the hatchery, climb a few stairs, and enjoy a relaxing stroll above I-84 on the old Scenic Highway back to our cars. (Check out #46 and #47 in Sullivan’s 3rd edition)

Not much in the way of wildcards on this one, other than the weather and maybe some blowdown along the trail.

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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  • Zachary

    We pretty much had the trails to ourselves all day, and the Weather Gods even threw in some sunshine and views at the top :-) I love it when a plan comes together- thanks !!

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for my no-show! I ended up working until 5 a.m. : ( Really sorry!

    March 22, 2013

  • Marc

    The bad weather held off (mostly) and we had an excellent 8.9 mile hike, according to my GPS. Thanks to Zach for leading it!

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was so great! especially the down hill side hee hee hee. I saw today probably the most beautiful scenery. Thank you Zack for this great memory and thank you all for been such good sports.
    fabienne

    March 22, 2013

  • Kathy

    Don't you just love last minute cancels? I've been on the waistlist along with 11 since this opened. Now it is too late to get to Gateway on time. Have fun all!

    March 22, 2013

  • bob

    I live 10 miles east of Gateway and will meet you at the trailhead around 9:30.

    March 22, 2013

  • Celeste

    Not able to make this one after all.

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    can I car pool with someone? thank you

    March 21, 2013

  • Mitul S

    My first hike with the group, looking forward to it !

    March 21, 2013

    • Mitul S

      Oops did not realize this is on Friday, I was excited for this hike :(

      March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good luck to me:)

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to go

    March 21, 2013

  • Hannelore

    that filled up fast!

    March 18, 2013

  • Erin

    Perfect way to start Spring Break!

    March 18, 2013

    • Zachary

      Actually, spring break starts Thursday afternoon with a massage :-)

      1 · March 18, 2013

  • Ellie M.

    I'm coming from Hood River. May I meet you there? Where and when? Thanks!

    March 18, 2013

    • Zachary

      Of course you can, Ellie. Exit 40, turn left, then left again at the fork. 9:30ish.

      March 18, 2013

  • Henry

    Am I reading right -2 mph?

    March 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      For some reason this makes me want to ask, "What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?"

      1 · March 18, 2013

    • Zachary

      "African or European?"

      2 · March 18, 2013

  • Rick L. J.

    Henry its not a minus its a about equals sign sort of.

    March 18, 2013

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