North Lake in the Gorge

  • Mar 22, 2014 · 7:30 AM
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Total Miles: 11

Elevation Gain: 4220

Pace: 2.5 mph

Difficulty Rating: Difficult

Type: Out and Back

Estimated Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

Permits: NW Forest Pass

Dogs: Yes, Dog Friendly, Dog must be on leash for the entire hike. You should also be prepared to drive.

CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 90 miles, give or take; suggest a mileage donation $9.00 per person. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!

My hiking style we do stop for pictures and to enjoy the scenery, the pace while moving is a bit quicker than average. We stop at all trail junctions and wait for the group to gather together. We keep a loose point and sweep system where anybody can be upfront (point) or behind (sweep). When doing so if you are ahead you are point and should stop at every fork or intersection to regroup. If you are last, you are sweep and should maintain awareness that nobody is behind you.. If you need to step off the trail, you must let someone know. Please silence your cell phone while on the hike. I also encourage people to find conversation topics other than work.

My plan for this year is to get up to North Lake before the mosquito infestation sets in. This hike is a typical vertical Gorge journey the middle 3 miles of this hike are as steep as any trail in the Gorge. We will probably be at about 1.5mph while going up hill, however at the end of the day, I expect we will average around 2.5. I picture it going something like this:

 Mile 1 - okay so far, nice wooded forest and creek.

Mile 2 - going uphill, starting to get warm.

Mile 3 - what kind of insane hike leader posts a crazy hike like this.

Mile 4 - @^&)$x! Tim )%$#@)X> stupid *@#*&) North Lake.

Mile 5 - surving this seems possible.

Mile 6 - it's all downhill from here.

Basically this hike is a wooded excursion, offering a few glimpses of the Gorge while passing through some lush old forest along with views of Mt Defiance to the east on the way up to North Lake.

We will take a nice long break at North Lake, 30-45 minutes then, after lunch, it is back the way we came.


What to bring:

Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks.

Layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!).

Rain gearSafety 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.

Please note if the hike is full, you can choose to be notified of a open spot . What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone who wants a spot will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.

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  • Connie

    Thank you Tim for leading this tricky winter hike:) Steve, your photos are wonderful--I have a nice one of you which I will post tomorrow for you to poach:) Scott, nice chat about movies:) One of my favorite hikes......

    March 22, 2014

    • Like2hikeLeea

      Tim! Nice post, funny but concise. Connie , good to know this is a fav hike, will have to check it out, also extra points for movie not work talk.... ;) wink.

      March 28, 2014

  • Rich

    Great hike on an absolutely beautiful day. Thanks Tim.

    2 · March 22, 2014

  • Connie

    A relatively little known hike that is more difficult than Dog, Devils Rest, but maybe not Defiance. Really stunning hike with lots of texture.

    2 · March 22, 2014

  • Tim F

    stats for the day: 15.1 miles, 4642 elevation gain, 2.6 mov avg.

    3 · March 22, 2014

  • Tim F

    Strong group of hikers today, thanks for taking on the snow and exra miles. You are all welcome on any of my hikes.

    2 · March 22, 2014

  • Steve

    Another outstanding hike ..Thanks for leading Tim Perfect weather... on this...Spring to Winter to Spring hike.. great workout and great peeps to hike with!

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • Nader R.

    Sorry guys, unable to join this hike

    March 21, 2014

  • Nader R.

    Anyone going from beaverton / cedar hills area and interested in ride share?

    March 21, 2014

  • Connie

    Hi Tim,

    Just wanted to check with you if any traction devices are required/needed for this hike...:)

    March 20, 2014

    • Tim F

      Not required.

      March 20, 2014

  • charles

    Whoa......can I hack it??? Sounds like THE hike. Been on one seven mile hike last week. Not interested in a stroke or heart attack.

    March 18, 2014

  • jeremiah

    I would imagine you will hit snow at some point. While doing Huckleberry Mountain on Saturday, we encountered snow starting around 3800' and then it covered the trail completely in spots around 4000'.

    March 17, 2014

    • Tim F

      Thanks for the snow report, 4000' is consistant with what I have been seeing, if snow becomes a issue we will turn back. North Lake is at 3900'

      March 17, 2014

  • Mitul S

    I would have loved to do this, but I am already signed up for another hike.

    March 16, 2014

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