TOTAL MILES: 9.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 2600 ft
PACE: “Quick” (~2.5 mph)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 6 hours
PERMITS: NW Forest Pass
**RSVPs will open tonight at 8:00**
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 80 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $8.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!
Saturday’s forecast looks pretty good, and it has been far, far too long since my last visit to the Herman Creek area. Who knows- we may even get lucky and see some fall colors out there! We’ll head up Nick Eaton Ridge (“the hard way”), where we should be treated to some nice views south down Herman Creek towards Chinidere Mountain , past the ridge cutoff trail towards Deadwood Camp, hopefully with a good look at Adams on the way, lunch at Indian Point (the final 0.1 mile down to Indian Point is a little bit sketchy with steep drop offs on either side, but is actually quite safe),then a leisurely stroll back down to our cars along the Gordon Creek Trail. If folks are so inclined we can also take a short 0.8 mile RT detour down to check out Herman Creek itself (and/or a stop for a well deserved post hike bite & beer in Cascade Locks).
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 to log in and RSVP, whether on the waiting list or not, 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.