TOTAL MILES: 7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1630 ft
DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderate
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 5 hours
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
DRIVE DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:
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
WHAT 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
• 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)