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Wahkeena - Oneonta Loop Dayhike

HIKE OVERALL DESCRIPTION: We are so lucky to have the Gorge at our finger tips! This hike will get us out for some great exercise while letting us enjoy some great waterfalls and beautiful Oregon forest. This trip will take us on a 13 mile hiking loop that starts at Wahkeena Falls, takes us up into the forest above the Gorge, back down Oneonta Gorge, and returns us to Wahkeena Falls via the highway trail. We will see Wahkeena Falls, Fairy Falls, Triple Falls, Oneonta Falls, and Multnomah Falls, and visit Lemmon Viewpoint which could provide awesome views in good weather.

Organizer note:  Know Your Limits. This event is for strong hikers. For comparison, this hike will be about 30% harder than an Eagle Creek Tunnel Falls Hike. Remember how you felt when you were done with the Tunnel Falls hike? Imagine having to walk a couple more miles after that.

• LATE CANCELLATION DATE: 12:01AM on Saturday, 7/6/13. Members cancelling after this time will be added to the Late Cancellation List.
• Total hiking distance: 13 Miles
• Total ALL Major Elevation Gains: 1645 feet.
• Overall Difficulty [1-6]: 4, Difficult.
• Dogs: No.
• Permits: No permits required.
• Carpooling Plan: We will determine carpooling arrangements at the meetup site. As always, I encourage folks living close to each other to carpool to the meetup site.
• Carpooling Cost: We recommend each non-driving person donate 10 cents/mile to be split evenly between all drivers. For this hike, the total round trip driving distance for our drivers will be about 50 miles or $5 bucks per non-driving person. I will collect at the meetup location so cash and exact change is appreciated. BTW: Nobody has ever or will ever be turned away for their inability to pay!
• After Hike: Bring money with you if you want to join us for dinner and drinks after the hike.


Hike Details:
We will meetup at Gateway TC and arrange carpooling. We will head east on I84, get off at Bridal Veil Falls Exit 28, turn left and park at the Wahkeena Falls Picnic Area and Trailhead.

We will begin our hike on Trail 420 and ascend up past 240 foot tall Wahkeena Falls, which in the Yakama language means ‘most beautiful’. We will cross the bridge and continue past the closed trail junction to the closed Old Perdition Trail until we reach Lemmon Viewpoint where we will pause for a moment to take in the views. If the weather is nice, we should be able to get some nice photos.

Back on the trail again, we will come upon Fairy Falls, where after a few more photos we will continue on to the junction with Vista Point Trail 419 just up the trail.

We will hang a right at the junction with Trail 420. We will stay on Trail 420 until we reach the junction with Multnomah Trail 441. Here we will jump on Trail 441 and hike alongside Multnomah Creek, crossing FR011 on our way to the Larch Mountain Trail Junction.

At the junction, we will take a left and get on Trail 427 until we reach the highest point of the trip at 2850’ at the junction with Trail 424. We will take a sharp left and head down towards Oneonta Gorge on Trail 424. When we reach Oneonta Creek, we’ll jump on Trail 424 and hike along Oneonta Creek. At about the 9.0 mile mark, we will arrive at Triple Falls for another photo opportunity. As we continue down Oneonta Gorge, we will see Oneonta Falls at about 9.5 miles.

At about the 10 mile mark, we will have exited Oneonta Gorge and meet up with the junction of Trail 400. This will begin the final leg of our hike back to the vehicles, but we have one waterfall remaining; the granddaddy of them all; Multnomah Falls, after which a short 0.5 mile hop back on Trail 400 will get us back to our cars.

We will get back on I84, we'll head back to Gateway.  Those who wish to join grab some well deserved food and drink can drive over to McMenamin’s at Mall 205 (or where ever the group wants to go.)


Need to Bring:
• Bring a good lunch and high-energy trail snacks.
• About 2 liters of water (5 miles of this trip will be dry)
• Water resistant hiking boots/shoes
• Whistle around your neck for communication.
• A water-resistant hat
• Rain jacket and pants (weather dependent) 
• Two or three layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary
• Flashlight or headlamp
• First aid kit
• Knife
• Lighter

Optional Items:
• Trekking poles
• Camera
• Sunglasses

Hike Leader will bring
• Map and GPS
• Water Filter


Note: If there are folks on the waiting list and a spot opens up, everyone on the wait list will get an email. The first person who RSVPs YES gets the spot.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a lot of fun. Thanks Randy.
    I finally uploaded my pictures. I couldn't upload all of them. 10 mb limit xP
    The group photo I took is 12.3. I'll have to uload it to my facebook for you to see it.

    July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      here's the group photo for now until I can upload the rest,
      https://www.facebook.c...­

      July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      the rest of the photos are up now :)

      July 13, 2013

  • Rebecca

    This was a perfect day! Great group of people and Randy as always was a great leader. Thank you all for a great hike.

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • RJ - Rene' G.

    Zome Howe Da ZpiritzZ ArRanged fer Mie Ta Bie on DizZ Hike aFta AllzZ....HmmmM?

    July 5, 2013

    • RJ - Rene' G.

      PluzzZ I left All Da Payotee in Arizona..Da ZpiritzzZ will Pull Out if Ya DawnT Obay Deir RuelzzZ...Zo Dare!

      July 5, 2013

    • KRIS

      RJ, i love how you spell things!! you're crazZZy

      July 8, 2013

  • Randy S.

    Great team! Thank you all for coming. We picked a great day for this hike too. Cool in the morning while we were climbing Wahkeena and Franklin, then sunny and warm as we enjoyed our walk down Oneonta Creek. I had a great time with you guys and hope to see you on more hikes soon.

    July 8, 2013

  • Tim F

    The stats for those interested, 15.9 miles, 2.7 moving avg, 3887 cum elevation we started at 130ft, low was 90ft and the high point was 2806.

    July 7, 2013

  • Tim F

    Thanks Randy for this 5 star event, it was a great day of hiking with good company.

    July 7, 2013

  • KRIS

    We hiked a total of about 16.0 miles! Rossmary was a fast hiker but Randy took the lead after we had our snack break... Weather was excellent.

    July 7, 2013

  • David B.

    Looks like I tore my Achilles heel last night dancing. Very stiff this morning. Best that I RSVP out and not hold up the group. Apologies for the late notice

    July 7, 2013

  • becky r.

    Please don't add my name to the late cancellation list. I hurt my back this afternoon and thought I'd feel better after a while. The pain is worse now. I couldn't go tomorrow if my back feels like this.

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Rossmary M.

    8:10am is the earliest I can get there by bus. Don't leave without me. I will be there at 8:10am. I'm so excited about this hike!

    1 · July 6, 2013

    • Randy S.

      It's cool Rosemary. We'll wait for you.

      July 6, 2013

  • RJ - Rene' G.

    ThingZz Changed...WiZh I could Goe

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, now that my wife is free I'll be spending time with her, I hope someone can fill the spot and enjoy the hike!

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to this meetup (and Meetup in general) and was wondering what the courtesy is if I wanted to invite my wife as well? Would I have needed to add her with my original RSVP and thus now there isn't a spot available?

    July 3, 2013

    • Randy S.

      Sorry for the late reply, JB. Having guests come with you is fine, but they become part of the overall team headcount. You would have to RSVP for both you. Also, the headcount is hard and fast since a section of this hike in in the wilderness (which has a 12 human limit.)

      July 5, 2013

  • Delia A.

    I still have a sore foot (sliver of glass in it?) so I don't think I should try such a long hike on it yet.

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be taking the MAX from Pearl/Downtown out there ---- UNLESS...unless someone from here is driving out there. I could meet you anywhere near here, if you'd like a passenger. Pls call me at[masked] if you can. Many thanks.

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    To difficult. Sorry.

    July 2, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    I am leading a hike that day. Sorry to double book. Be safe and have fun.

    July 2, 2013

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