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Tom McCall Preserve plus Wahclella Falls option

This is an exploratory trip for your leader as I did it too long ago to remember. It's just 3.4 miles RT w/ 1100' elevation gain. We'll also check out some of the lower McCall Preserve plateau, so add another .6 mi. Expect grass widows and perhaps some other spring wildflowers.

These are interpretive trips, so bring some natural or cultural history to share with the group. If full, please sign up on the waiting list and show up if this kind of trip really interests you. Unfortunately, there are always no-shows!

See Bill Sullivan's description here: http://web.oregon.com/hiking/mccall_preserve.cfm
Once you read this, there's no reason not to come with my always requested facts to share as Bill has already done some of your research for you.

Since this is such a short trip, I'd like to combine it with another short trip for those wanting more. Wahclella Falls is easiest to reach from the east, so, let's do this 1.8 mi RT on the way back for a total hiking mileage of about 5.8 mi. See http://gorgefriends.org/display.php?modin=51&uid=4924 for a description of Wahclella.

DOGS: No

PERMITS: None needed

Suggested donation for outing: $2.00 members, $3.00 non-members.

CARPOOLING: RT mileage is approximately 136 miles; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/rider. Exact change is welcome.
Note-this is a carbon-neutral outing, $.25/person from outings donation is used to offset carbon produced during the trip.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
· Water (min 2 liters/person)
· Insulated sit pad
· Lunch and snacks.
· Water resistant hiking boots/shoes
· A water-resistant hat and gloves. Rain jacket and pants (even if sunny)
· Two or three layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary
· Headlamp or flashlight
· Whistle
· Map
· Compass
· Matches
· First aid supplies (include an extra day of any medication you take)
· Pocket knife
· Fire starter (can be candles, chemical fire starter, backpack size fire logs)
· $$ for mileage
· Sunscreen
· Gloves or mittens, sun hat
· Trekking poles recommended
· Extra food

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  • Lorra C.

    Mary, so happy you had a great trip. Tom McCall Preserve was fabulous. Bitter wind, calm and sunny, every other bend in the single file trail. Patches of wet slippery mud on the trail, a bit of snow at the upper elevations. Every flora we saw was budding. We hiked to the very top, stood on the horizon. Every turn the views were amazing. Afterwards we stopped to hike the Ancient Forest in Oxbow park. Great trip, thanks for the recommendation.

    March 18, 2013

  • Lorra C.

    Hi Mary, I have a couple of questions, however, there's no phone numbers listed on this site. Will I need to drive others? Can I drive even if I only have one passenger?

    March 16, 2013

    • Mary V.

      Lorna, sorry about the lack of phone number here. It is so many other places on this site and you are welcome to call me now if you like:[masked]-7858. Although I like to keep our carbon footprint down by taking the least # of vehicles possible, yes, you can drive and take just one other person. It looks like we have one other driver.

      March 16, 2013

    • Mary V.

      Lorra, I waited at Gateway until after 8:30 AM at which point I joined the Friends of the Columbia Gorge for a fairly challenging trip up the "Lyle Cherry Orchard" trail--misleading name as we saw no cherries, just lots of wildflowers, White oaks and Ponderosa pine. We could see Tom McCall Point to the NW from there. Apologies for not giving and collecting cell phone number. I have no smart phone, so didn't see your message until now. Sorry we didn't connect. Hope you and your guest had a good trip on your own.

      March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not feeling well, have to bail. :(

    March 16, 2013

  • mary

    Apologies for the last minute change. Long story...

    March 16, 2013

    • Mary V.

      Sorry that you won't be coming, Mary!

      March 16, 2013

  • Mary V.

    The Accuweather forecast for Mosier http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/mosier-or/97040/weather-forecast/2187120 shows "clouds and sun with a shower" tomorrow; high of 51. For The Dalles just down the road, it is partly cloudy w/high of 59. Seems we are likely to have pretty nice conditions, but come prepared for anything--including a little wind and a little rain.

    March 16, 2013

  • Mary V.

    If you read the linked description, you probably don't need to be told: wear long pants and long sleeves as there is poison oak on the Tom McCall trail. I'll bring some Tecnu as well. Weather forecast is 57 and partly sunny. I do hope you are coming because I'm canceling out of leading a Friends of Trees planting at Audubon that day to lead this. Tell friends as well!

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd go on some of these if they were dog friendly :-(

    March 12, 2013

    • Mary V.

      MG, I like dogs but not on wildflower trips--especially not in sensitive nature preserves. I'd be happy to do a one-on-one trip with you and your dog sometime. I'd love to have company on scope out trips. You're welcome to call.

      March 12, 2013

  • Pilar H.

    Something came up! I will try to make to another hike soon!

    March 12, 2013

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