Apr 13, 2013 · 7:45 AM
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This will be Adrian's first qualifying hike to become a Hike Leader with the PHMG and as such I will just be along for the ride- I know you'll do a great job out there Adrian !! Below is Adrian's description...
In one of the most beautiful trails that Oregon has to offer, we will be going up to and past Tunnel falls by about a 1/4 mile to Twister falls, (Link to map) making the total distance round trip about 12+ miles. Although a long hike, the elevation gain is only about 1100 feet. Because we will be hiking in a canyon the weather does not affect the view, so we will go even in the rain. The total time on the trail will be five to six hours. This is a great hike with lots to see and explore. Check out the photos on the link as well.
MEETING LOCATION AND DRIVING DIRECTIONS
We will be meeting at Gateway Transit Center at 7:45 AM and leaving at 8 AM sharp
If you choose to drive to the trail head yourself meet us there at 9 AM sharp.
From Eastbound I-84, take exit # 41. If you miss it there is no Westbound exit at Eagle Creek so you will have to go up to Cascade locks turn around drive back and exit at Bonneville Dam and backtrack on I-84 to exit # 41.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING
ESSENTIALS: map and compass, HEAD LAMP with extra batteries and bulb, sunscreen and lip protection, small first aid kit, waterproof matches and fire starter, 2 liters of water, pocket knife, whistle, food for 1 lunch, snacks, extra food, extra clothing, tarp/emergency blanket
CLOTHING FOR, RAIN, AND SUN: wool or synthetic clothing (several layers) Possilby shorts as the weather changes a lot in the Gorge compared to Portland, wool or pile cap, sun hat or bandanna, wind/rain parka with hood, rain pants, poles if you got them and good hiking boots.
You will need to purchase a NW Forest Pass for your vehicle. $5. They are available at the trail head.
A minimum of $15 dollars per car so take a full car and $5 from each person.
Not a strenuous hike but it is long. Be prepared to be on your feet for most of the 5-6 hours we are on the trial.
This trail is simple and provides good footing and handrails. However you are hiking along a cliff edge most of the time. Especially past Tunnel falls, where the trail is a little more than three feet wide along a cliff side. You should not come if you suffer from vertigo or are afraid of heights. Furthermore neither children nor dogs will be accepted on this hike.
Beyond that it is one of my favorites and I would love to share it with you.