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Come with me on a gorgeous weekday hike! The best of the Gorge in one manageable package. Waterfalls, views, rural farm-ish land, cliffs above the Columbia, quiet forests. There is about 1 mile of quiet road walking at the start or end included in the 6.9 miles of this hike. Whether the road is at the start or end depends on which direction we do the loop in.
Description of hike:
Waitlist is manual. If a spot opens up, you must sign up. All people on the waitlist have equal chance of getting in at the last minute.
You assume ALL risks and liabilities for yourself and anyone or anything you bring with you on the hike. You acknowledge this personal liability and accept complete responsibility through your RSVP.
Sidewalk near Gateway Transit Center parking lot (Northwest side). Because we are meeting on a weekday, the parking lot will be busy. Please be careful, allow yourself time to find a space, and if necessary, park on the street in the surrounding neighborhood. Don’t park in the Fred Meyer parking lot, your car could get towed.
DEPARTURE time is at 9am. It is recommended that you show up early to meet fellow hikers and arrange carpooling. I will be there at 8:45AM.
Now for high 62, 80% chance of rain, mainly after 11AM (AKA when we will be hiking).
Strongly encouraged. The recommended donation based on $0.10 cents/mile to the driver would be around $5.00/person based on a 52 mile round-trip from Gateway
Please indicate in your RSVP:
1. Are you a driver or a rider?
2. If you are a driver, how many can you take?
I am adamant about staying as a group. Splitting up is not an option. This means that we can only go as fast as the slowest hiker.
• If you cannot hike as a group, then please don’t RSVP. This is not a race!
• If you cannot hike at least 2 mph, then please don’t RSVP. This is not a walk.
• Know both your limitations and skill level. This is a key essential to #1 – Have fun.
Go S on 99th st to Glisan. Right on Glisan. Exit right for I-205N. Cross the Columbia into Washington. Exit right at exit 27 for WA state route 14 east to Camas. Go about 20 miles, past camas and Washougal. After a bunch of windy cliffy sections, the road drops down and away from the river. Turn left at Salmon Falls Rd (near milepost 26.4) and park in the immediately visible Skamania County Transit Park & Ride lot there.
We will hike the Cape Horn Loop Hike. Once a little-known trail carved out of public land and private easements, this trail has now gone official and high-profile. It’s still much less busy than the Oregon trails, especially on a weekday. I love it because it is close to Portland and has a lot of variety.
Hike Type: Loop
Distance: 6.8 miles
Elevation gain: 1300 feet
Pace: 2 – 2.5 mph
Dog Friendly: YES. I will be bringing my dog. You are welcome to bring your well-behaved dog. Must bring leash & food & water for your pooch.
Est. Return: Around 4pm
zWHAT TO BRING:
If you are not familiar with the 10 essentials for hiking, please check out REI’s link below. You are responsible for your own well-being, safety, health and comfort on the hike.
• A day pack
• Water, Water, Water
• A lunch and some high-energy trail snacks.
• Be prepared for both sun and snow on the trail. Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary weather dependent ABSOLUTELY NO COTTON or BLUE JEANS.
• Water resistant sturdy hiking shoes/boots
• First Aid items
• A whistle (preferably around your neck)
• Extra layers (REQUIRED!!)
• Rain jacket and pants (REQUIRED!!)
• Gloves or mittens(Optional but recommended)
• Flashlight or headlamp
• Toilet Paper/Freshette(Optional but recommended)
• Spare Socks (Optional but recommended)
• Trekking poles (Optional but recommended)
• Camera (Optional but recommended)
• Sunglasses (Optional but recommend)