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.
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
• Trekking poles
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.