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A group of people who enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, trail running, and cycling. Our mission is to serve the outdoors-loving community by providing unique, challenging, and wholesome outdoor experiences with respect for the environment and people.
NW Wilderness Policies (Last edited May 21, 2018) 
Attendance: 
NW Wilderness has a “three strikes, you're out” policy for no-shows. If a member does not show up for three events that the member signed up for in a 12 month period the member will be banned from the group for a period of one year. A warning letter will be sent after the first or second no-show to make sure the member is aware of the policy. 
Liability: 
NW Wilderness and its leaders assume no liability for accidents or other mishaps that happens to a member during an event or the ride to or from the event. Each member needs to participate within his/her comfort level and take responsibility for his/her own safety, first by not signing up for events outside the member's comfort level and second by not following directions or taking advice that might put them in danger. 
Preparedness: 
Each member needs to come prepared for the activity he/she signs up for. That includes being in physical shape for the event. It also means bringing the proper equipment such as the ten essentials, non-cotton clothing, appropriate footwear and enough food and water. 
Leadership requirements: 
Any aspiring leaders are required to have attended at least five NW Wilderness events from at least two different leaders; exceptions are made for individuals with extensive track record with (an)other group(s). Each leader has virtual autonomy to lead events that they see fit as long as the event fits under the type of activities this group participates in. The leader is responsible to making sure he/she stays inside his/her skill and comfort level. New leaders agree to not lead events with other hiking groups- old leaders are grandfathered in. Each leader agrees to lead no fewer than three events each year. New leaders will be assigned a mentor to help them during their first three events.
Donations:
Group membership is free, but donations are strongly encouraged in order to offset the cost of upkeep ($180 per year of website fees, group meeting expenses, etc.). Contributions can be made here: https://secure.meetup.com/NW-Wilderness/contribute/
Thank you kindly for any past or future contributions!

Upcoming events (2)

School's Out! Latourell Falls kid-friendly hike 'n' splash

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Photo from last year's School's Out! hike

With a high near 90° on Saturday, let's do a little hiking and splashing! My Ls, the adorable Lena and Levi, are ready to kick off their summer break with a little bit of sweat and whole lot of waterfall gawking.

All ages are welcome on this ultra easy hike. You don't even need to bring kids. But if you do, please understand that you are the responsible adult in your party.

The kids will be setting the pace on this one. No grown-up rushing allowed, unless the kids are driving it. Though in true NW Wilderness style, we’re gonna keep everyone moving except at viewpoints, short breaks, and of course, the splash pool at Upper Latourell Falls.

  • Difficulty: Easy for adult hikers, and doable for most energetic mini-hikers, too. Kid carrying allowed, assuming it’s your OWN kid
  • Hiking distance: 2.3 mile loop
  • Elevation gain: 600 feet
  • Total hiking time: Probably no more than 2 hours, not factoring in splish-splashing; Depends on the kids
  • Total driving distance: 48 miles RT from NE Portland; $5 suggested donation to drivers from Gateway Transit Center, if carpooling
  • Permits: None. Though arrive early, because anyone exiting I-84 after (or at) 9 a.m. will be required to purchase a $2 timed use permit. Limited quantities. Multnomah Falls and Waterfall Corridor Timed Use Permits, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area - Recreation.gov
  • Dogs: Bring ‘em!
  • The Plan: We will meet at 9 a.m. at Latourell Falls trailhead (If carpooling from Gateway TC, please leave no later than 8:30 a.m.). The trail includes hiking up to Upper Latourell Falls, then down past Lower Latourell Falls, and finally back up to our cars. The emphasis will be on fun, but I’ll also point out some sights from the viewpoints, various points of interest, etc. as we hike.

Bring: Plenty of water for you and everyone you bring, food/snacks, weather-appropriate clothing including a warm layer, a camera, car seats or booster seats as required, and shoes with good traction. No sandals or flip-flops, except maybe to change into at the splash pool or the cars.

Though I won’t be doing a gear check on such a casual hike, it’s always a good idea to be aware of the ELEVEN Essentials:

  1. Navigation (map, compass, and an awareness of our route)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight and extra batteries)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
  7. Knife/tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency whistle and general preparedness in the event that you become separated from our group and/or have to spend the night in the wild.
  11. A baby shark doo doo doo doo doo doo

PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK; Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail or off trail hike but assume no liability for your safety getting to or from the trail-head or on the hike. Also, you are responsible for the safety of any minor you bring along. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, hikers must pay for their own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not the hiker has specifically authorized them.

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Sunset/ Full Supermoon Dog Mountain hike

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The moon will be the closest to the earth for this orbit on Wednesday, July 13th. Let’s stay up a tiny bit late and bask in it! To get us home at a respectable hour, we'll save our moon gazing for the descent and the drive home.

Headlamps are required (though hopefully the supermoon will be bright enough that we won’t need them).

  • Difficulty: Moderate (Not quite as steep as people say it is, but we're gonna keep moving)
  • Hiking distance: About 7 miles round trip
  • Elevation gain: 2820 feet
  • Total hiking time: A little over 3 hours; We’ll enjoy the sunset for a bit on the summit, before we head down in the burgeoning moonlight
  • Total driving distance: 50 miles RT from the Gateway Transit Center area, or 46 miles from Fisher’s Landing TC
  • Permits: NW Forest Pass required at the trailhead for each car
  • Dogs: Sure, if they are in good shape; It’s called Dog Mountain, after all
  • The plan: We’ll follow the Dog Mountain trail to the summit and drink in a little of that sunset. I usually return via the Augspurger Mountain trail, but I’m trying to remember which route has more open skies. Gotta take advantage of that moonlight!

Here is more information about this hike: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/dog-mountain

I enjoy a peppy pace, but I welcome trekkers of all reasonable hiking speeds on this one. We're gonna keep it moving, with an emphasis on fun. We will enjoy short breaks on the ascent as needed, for photos and viewpoints.

  • Bring: Head lamp, 2+ liters of water, food/snacks, warm layers of non-cotton clothing including rain gear, a camera, and shoes with good traction. Poles could be useful.

It is also recommended that hikers always carry the ELEVEN Essentials:

  1. Navigation (map, compass, and an awareness of our route)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight and extra batteries)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
  7. Knife/tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency whistle and general preparedness in the event that you become separated from our group and/or have to spend the night in the wild.
  11. A multiverse of madness

PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK; Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail or off trail hike but assume no liability for your safety getting to or from the trail-head or on the hike. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, hikers must pay for their own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not the hiker has specifically authorized them.

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