Hike: Cape Horn
Date: October 20, 2012
DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderate
TOTAL MILES: 7 mile loop
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 6 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 1,300 feet
APPROXIMATE RETURN TIME: 4:30 PM at the latest, depends on group size
WEATHER FORECAST: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59, we go regardless of weather
DOGS: No dogs, but well-behaved billionaires will be quietly tolerated.
PERMITS: None required
$$$: Bring money for gas and an optional Sierra Club donation.
Suggested donation for outing: $2.00.
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is approximately 30 miles; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person or whatever the driver agrees to.
Note-this is a carbon neutral outing, $.25/person from outings donation is used to offset carbon released for the trip
Join us on the famous Cape Horn hike just east of Vancouver on the Washington side of the river. You will see some astonishing views, when hiking Cape Horn, the crown jewel of the Columbia River Gorge. This hike has been extensively renovated in the past two years, with the initial track being re-routed up through the forest to the viewpoints on the bluff. Then we will cross under Highway 14 via one of two new underpasses. The lower part of the hike has been changed somewhat, with the addition of re-routing the trail near the waterfall and the second underpass which takes us back to the parking lot.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED (recommended):
• Water (min 2 quarts/person)
• Lunch and snacks
• Water resistant hiking boots/shoes
• A water-resistant hat, Rain jacket and pants (even if sunny out)
• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary
• Headlamp or flashlight
• Matches (stored in a water tight container in addition to matches or a butane lighter)
• First aid supplies (be sure to include an extra day of any medication you are taking or might
• Pocket knife
• Fire starter (can be candles, chemical fire starter, backpack size fire logs)
Other items (as appropriate)
• Bring rain gear and warm layers, the forecast is for
• Gloves or mittens and stocking cap
• Trekking poles
• Extra food