Meeting Time: 0900
Meeting Place: Bottom level of the Gateway parking deck.
Hike Distance: 4.8 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate, but the climb at the start is tough.
Dogs MUST be leashed.
Drive Distance: Approx 50 miles RT
Why so early? Because this place is a madhouse with summer crowds later in the day.
Photos from a previous hike here... http://www.meetup.com/Anyone-Can-Join/photos/11359722/
We will be parking at the Multnomah Falls Lodge, walking the access trail to Wahkeena Falls and hiking from there so that we end back at the Multnomah Falls Lodge. It is a beautiful hike with several waterfalls and long walks along the creek.
This is a fairly challenging hike, so please be mindful of your own fitness level when you RSVP.
Description from the NW Hiker website (http://nwhiker.com/CGNSAHike12.html)...
This hike can be done clockwise or counterclockwise. This description will be clockwise. The paved trail takes the hiker across the bridge between the lower and upper Multnomah Falls, then continues steeply through mostly wooded areas with occasional views and many switchbacks to the top of the ridge.
The trail continues downhill for a short distance then after the turnoff to the view point at the top of Multnomah Falls, the trail becomes unpaved. There is a large stone bridge across Multnomah Creek, then the trail begins to climb again but not as steep. After crossing the bridge there is a junction to the right to the Perdition Trail which has been closed for several years due to unsafe conditions.
Continue up Trail #441 pass many outstanding waterfalls for about .8 miles and turn right at the junctionto Trail #420. This trail continues uphill for another .8 miles then intersects an optional way down to Wahkeena Falls by Trail #419. Or one can continue on Trail #420 which takes the hiker past the trail to Angel's Rest and continues downhill past Fairy Falls to Wahkeena Falls. There is a short half mile hike back to Multnomah Falls that parallels the Old Columbia River Highway.