Organizer Note: The late cancellation date/time for this hike is 12:01AM Saturday 5/5/12. Members cancelling after this time will be added to the Late Cancellation Member List. The purpose of this cut off date is to allow members on the waiting list a chance to make plans to attend.
Let's do it again! Here is my posting for Hike #2:
Eagle Creek is one of the most awesome hikes in the Colombia River Gorge. You will see many spectacular waterfalls, basalt cliffs, talus slopes, and some of the lushest forest this state has to offer. In the winter months, we have seen the valley laced with clouds of fog that adds its own touch to this beautiful place. Adding to the thrill of this hike are the areas where the trail narrows along the edge of steep drop-offs. Join me for an Oregon classic!
MEET UP TIME AND LOCATION: Gateway Transit Center. 8:00AM. We will be leaving Gateway promptly at 8:15AM.
7-DAY WEATHER FORECAST: 7-Day Weather
DOGS: No. Sorry.
PERMITS: Forest Pass required for all vehicles. Please bring yours if you have one. If more are needed, we will have to pitch in and purchase more when we get there.
CARPOOLING PLAN: Final carpooling plans will be arranged at the meetup site. As always, we encourage folks living close to each other to carpool to the meetup site when possible.
CARPOOLING COST: We recommend each non-driving person donate 10 cents/mile to be split evenly between all drivers. For this hike, the total round trip driving distance for our drivers will be about 70 miles or $7 bucks per non-driving person. I will collect at the meetup location so cash and exact change is appreciated. Note: Nobody will ever be turned away for their inability to pay!
POST-HIKE: For those interested, we will be going McMenamin’s at Mall 205 after we return to Gateway.
FAST HIKER ALERT: The hike into Tunnel Falls will provide numerous photo opportunities. Be prepared for a slow hike to the falls as we may need to stop periodically to keep the group together. The hike on the way out will be much faster.
Starting Elevation: 178 feet
Ending Elevation: 1294 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 1121 feet
Total hiking distance: 11.5 Miles
Estimated Hiking Time: 6 hours.
Overall Difficulty [1-6] 3, Challenging
We will start off at Gateway Transit Center and head east on I84 into the gorge. We will take Exit 41 and turn into the Eagle Creek Parking lot. Within a short distance after we begin the hike, we will be high above the creek with spectacular views of the valley below. As we continue hiking, the trail will lead away from the rushing creek, and as the quiet settles in, you will be amazed of the lushness of this area, especially in the winter when the mosses are thriving.
At the 1.2 mile mark, we will be treated to our first waterfall, Metlako Falls. This waterfall is about 100 feet tall and seems to come straight out of the cliff walls. A little less than a half mile later, we’ll cross Sorenson Creek on our way to Punchbowl Falls at the 2-mile mark. At Punchbowl Falls we will take a short break while everyone continues filling their camera memory cards.
Continuing on, the trail will again lead away from the creek for a while. We will cross a couple more creeks before reaching the necktie-shaped Loowit Falls spilling from an unseen creek at the 3.1 mile mark. At 3.2 miles, right around the corner, we will reach High Bridge where the trail is about 120 feet above the narrowest and fastest running section of Eagle Creek.
Soon after High Bridge, we will pass Tenas Camp and Pancake Griddle Falls on our way to 4-1/2 Mile Bridge, which is actually at the 3.8 mile mark. At the real 4.5 mile mark, we will reach Wy’East Camp on Wy’East Creek with Wy’East Fall to our left. Anyone know what Wy’East stands for? There may be a quiz!
At the 4.8 Mile mark, we will pass into the Hatfield Wilderness and the dynamited portion of the trail called the Potholes before reaching 175-foot tall Tunnel Falls at the 5.8 Mile mark. After a photo shoot, we will continue a short .2 miles further to Twister Falls and stop for lunch. After lunch we will return to the trailhead.
Need to Bring:
• Bring water, a good lunch and high-energy trail snacks.
• Water resistant hiking boots/shoes
• Whistle (preferably around your neck)
• A water-resistant hat
• Rain jacket and pants
• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary
• Gloves or mittens
• Flashlight or headlamp
• Toilet Paper
• Spare Socks (Optional but recommended)
• Trekking poles (Optional)
• Camera (Optional)
• Sunglasses (Optional)
Note: If there are folks on the waiting list and a spot opens up, everyone on the wait list will get an email. The first person who RSVPs YES gets the spot.