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Cape Horn Loop - Avinash's 2nd Qualifier

TOTAL MILES: 7.6 miles


PACE:   Moderate




Meeting Point :  Gateway Transit Center Parking Garage



This will be Avinash’s second qualifying hike to become a Hike Leader, and as such I'll just be along for the ride. Thanks, Avinash- I know you'll do a great job out there! Below is his hike description...

The Cape Horn Trail is a new trail and one of the closest Gorge trails to the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. If this isn't on your top-ten list, it should be: less than 45-minutes from Portland, a moderate trail through a pleasant forest of coniferous and deciduous trees, sweeping views of the Columbia Gorge, stunning wildflowers in the spring, and fantastic autumn foliage in the fall.  Once a little-known trail carved out of public land and private easements, this trail has now gone official and high-profile.

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. 



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

From Gateway: 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.

Dog Friendly: YES. You are welcome to bring your well-behaved dog and must be on leash 

Est. Return: Around 4 pm 

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
• A lunch and some high-energy trail snacks. 
• 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 
• 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)

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  • Lisa S.

    Excellent leader, great people, beautiful day!

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Christine

    Nice to meet everyone! Thanks, Avinash, for a great hike (and a good beer)!

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Monica

    Thank you Avinash,you are an excellent Hike Leader!!Had a lovely time with everyone with mindblowing views all along the hike!!!Great Hike!!!

    2 · October 6, 2013

  • Avinash

    Thanks to all the brave souls who attended my qualifying hike and made it so enriching with you sparking personalites. And special thanks for Brad for coming along despite problem with his ankle. And thanks to Lisa for suggesting Mill City Brew Werks in a very endearing downtown Camas. I hope to see you all on future hikes.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Erin

    Thanks Avinash, for a great fall hike. We all found you highly qualified as a hike leader!

    1 · October 5, 2013

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    1 · October 5, 2013

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    Total distance: 11.50 km (7.1 mi)
    Total time: 3:48:31
    Moving time: 2:37:53
    Average speed: 3.02 km/h (1.9 mi/h)
    Average moving speed: 4.37 km/h (2.7 mi/h)
    Max speed: 8.46 km/h (5.3 mi/h)
    Average pace: 19:52 min/km (31:58 min/mi)
    Average moving pace: 13:43 min/km (22:05 min/mi)
    Fastest pace: 7:05 min/km (11:25 min/mi)
    Max elevation: 380 m (1247 ft)
    Min elevation: 23 m (77 ft)
    Elevation gain: 785 m (2575 ft)
    Recorded: 10/5/2013 9:20AM

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Deborah

    Great day, enjoyable flow.

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Kerry

    I got lost missed the the exit. I am sooo sorry. Go and have fun.

    October 5, 2013

  • Kerry

    I'll be arriving via Max and will have a crispy $5.00 bill and some bad jokes for whomever would like to take me.

    1 · October 4, 2013

    • Avinash

      That fits the profile of passengers in my car quite well :-)

      1 · October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    this is one of the best hikes in the gorge for views, color, rock formation, terrain etc.......Yes, be prepared for all weather and ready to enjoy the spectacular...

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Avinash

    Sunny weather predicted for Saturday :-) I did this hike yesterday to check out the trail, and was thrilled with the onset of fall colors. This is not a beginner's hike, so please make sure you are in good shape if you are coming. Don't forget to bring your cameras, sense of humor and wonder.

    October 2, 2013

  • Severt L.

    Bablu, you rock! I'll be looking forward to joining your upcoming adventures!

    September 30, 2013

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