Hike to Dry Creek Falls in the Columbia River Gorge

  • August 5, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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This event is part of Try Vegan Week 2012.

Join an avid vegan hiker/backpacker for a short, beautiful hike just for vegans and their vegan-curious friends! We'll meet at Gateway transit center at 10am and carpool to the Bridge of the Gods Trailhead . From there we will walk up the PCT for a while before turning to visit one of my favorite waterfalls. There we will stop for lunch and to socialize.

I thought it might be fun to discuss our favorite vegan trail snacks and also how to find vegan hiking and backpacking gear. The hike is rated easy at about 4.4 miles round trip and 700 feet of elevation gain. Driving distance is about 35 miles from Portland. RSVP and mention if you can give someone a ride or need a ride. We may need to get forest passes too. Bring lunch, water, and a few bucks for drivers.

Call or text[masked] if you have any trouble finding us at Gateway or if you plan to just meet at the trailhead.

See you there!

Notes: I think there is still construction happening on I-5 south, so please plan accordingly.

Please come prepared to contribute some dollars to your driver. I recommend $5-7 per person for gas and to defray the cost of the parking pass. Each car needs a NW Forest Pass. If you have one, please bring it. Otherwise, we will make a stop at the BiMart on Halsey and 122nd before heading out of town.

Location: The southeast corner of the parking garage at Gateway Transit Center. Please note that the address is NOT 99th and Glisan, as it might say on Mapquest. The parking garage is on 99th Ave north of Glisan, across from Fred Meyer and next to the health clinic and the MAX. Lots of hiking groups meet at this location, so if there are multiple groups, just as for Viva la Vegan or Try Vegan Week.

Food/water: Please bring snacks/lunch for yourself and at least a couple quarts of water. It should be in the 80s. We won't be stopping on the way.

Clothing: You will be much more comfy in synthetics than cotton. The forecast is sunny and 81 degrees. Please no open toed shoes. Bring sunblock and a hat or sunglasses (or both). Remember, this is Oregon, and the weather can be unpredictable. Even if the weather looks sunny, bring an extra layer and a rain jacket if you have one just in case.

See you all Sunday!

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  • Christopher

    I posted six photos. For some reason Meetup is rotating two that are portrait oriented. Anyone know how to fix this?

    August 14, 2012

    • Christopher

      On my computer, I see #5 and #6 with a sideways waterfall.

      August 14, 2012

    • Markus

      Thanks for posting these, Christopher. I rotated the two sideways images and uploaded. I don't think I can delete the two old files, though.

      August 14, 2012

  • Markus

    Hey, does anyone have any photos they'd like to post?

    1 · August 13, 2012

  • Markus

    Definitely one of the highlights of Try Vegan Week. Perfect hike for the group. Stunning scenery. my car mates were Elaine, Jerry and Priscilla and it was great conversation out and back and really enjoyed meeting all three. Would love to see more Viva La Vegan hikes.

    August 13, 2012

  • Joel R.

    Nice easy walk through the forest.

    August 9, 2012

  • Elaine F.

    We enjoy returning to Portland each summer to enjoy the beautiful environment the area has to offer. The hike to Dry Creek Falls was outstanding. Thank you to the Portland Vegan Meet Up group. Well done!!!

    August 8, 2012

  • Lynn

    I had a good time and enjoyed meeting some new people.

    August 6, 2012

  • Ed P.

    Really enjoyed it. It was our first time out to Dry Creek Falls and that was a treat. Great to meet the "real people" behind the emails. A friendly group! Nice conversation along the trail; appreciated taking a "break" at the falls to just "take it in" & the "go-at-your-own-pace" - a workout for those who wanted to huff it, no hype to keep up for those who needed to move at a slower pace...

    August 6, 2012

  • Jerry S.

    What a lovely cool place to be on a hot day. The trip was well organized and the people were friendly.

    August 6, 2012

  • Christopher

    Perfect hike for this group. And Dennis loved it!

    August 6, 2012

  • Rachel

    This trail is well maintained and shorts will be fine! I'll be wearing my zip offs as well. By the way, yes, this trip will be on regardless of weather :) Actually, the first time I hiked this trail was a 95 degree 4th of July about 4 years ago.

    August 4, 2012

  • Lynn

    Christopher thanks for reminding me that my hiking pants are convertible and have zip-off legs!

    August 4, 2012

  • Christopher

    The high temperature for Sunday is supposed to be around 92, which is most likely around 5pm, but it'll certainly be hot when we're out. I think shorts would be a good idea. Maybe wear some "convertible" pants with the zip-off legs if you've got any.

    August 4, 2012

  • Lynn

    I haven't hiked much in the summer. Just wondering if it's ok to hike in non-cotton shorts or is hiking pants better?

    August 3, 2012

  • Rachel

    It's going to be very hot Sunday, so be sure to bring plenty of water and a hat if you have one! We can dunk our feet in the stream by the waterfall - I guarantee the water will be FREEZING COLD.

    August 3, 2012

  • Rachel

    Everyone, we will arrange rides at gateway. We have plenty if drivers now so some people may choose not to drive.

    August 2, 2012

  • Kumar

    I need a ride. Michael do you still have room in your car? Please let me know....

    August 2, 2012

  • Michael F

    I forgot to add that I have a car and have room to take 3 or 4 people. I've updated my RSVP accordingly.

    August 1, 2012

  • Rachel

    AND I expect we will be back before 4pm.

    July 25, 2012

  • Rachel

    Also, if you bring a dog, you should plan to drive yourself, for obvious reasons :)

    July 25, 2012

  • Rachel

    Guys, we will coordinate rides at Gateway. If you are driving, please put the number of people you can take IN YOUR RSVP on the right and I will contact people or count up to make sure we have enough cars. Everybody on the list gets an email if you make a comment here. Thanks!

    July 25, 2012

  • Susan

    Would we be back in Portland before 6:30 PM? I just remembered I have an event that evening.

    July 23, 2012

  • Brian

    Yes, Elaine, I'd be happy to.

    July 22, 2012

  • Elaine F.

    Brian, if you still have space, could my husband (Jerry) and I ride with you?

    July 22, 2012

  • Brian

    I have room for three other people comfortably in my car.

    1 · July 21, 2012

  • Christopher

    Sure thing, you can have a spot in my car.

    July 21, 2012

  • Ronald N.

    Christopher, as I noted I could use a ride--wasn't sure if I could contact you directly via this site.

    July 21, 2012

  • Christopher

    My (super-sweet) dog Dennis will be with me. I can take two passengers: one up front and one in the back with Dennis.

    1 · July 21, 2012

  • deanna

    Well behaved dogs on leash if they get along with people and other dogs. =)

    July 20, 2012

  • Christopher

    Sounds awesome. May we bring our dog companions along too?

    July 20, 2012

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