TOTAL MILES: 10-14 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1850 ft
PACE: “Quick” (~2.5 mph)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult due to distance.
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 6 hours
PERMITS: NW Forest Pass
RSVP’s will open on Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 PM
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 80 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $8.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!
Explore with me! Let’s get out and enjoy this beautifully forested winter trail. We will being this hike at the Herman Creek Trail Head and climb steadily for about a mile until the trail claims a more gentle grade… we will follow this well-traveled trail through gracious stands of massive fir, cedar and hemlock trees… as we progress we will encounter several steam crossings and waterfalls including crossings at Camp Creek, Casey Creek and Slide Creek (falls) This should be a good place to break for lunch. If the trail remains good we have the option to push on approximately another mile to Mullinix Creek about 2 miles further to the East Fork Junction before turning around and following the trail back to our vehicles.
I have listed this hike as exploratory only because I have not trekked the full length of this personally.
It is still winter in the gorge. I would encourage carrying Yaktraks or Microspikes although I do not anticipate needing them for this venture. We may encounter snow. I will try to get additional trail reports prior to this hike and will post any updates in trail conditions.
Note about my hiking style: I hike because I enjoy being on the trail…it is never a strict race to simply accomplish a certain number of miles. I try to set a moderate + pace, allowing time to snap photos on the fly and taking occasional layer and water breaks while trying to keep the group together more or less . At the end of the day most of my hikes average about 2 to 2.5 MPH regardless of the terrain. While not every hike is a heart racing conditioner, none are intended as a leisurely stroll. If you are looking to set speed records or to take a lot of time with your photography… there are probably groups or hike leaders that will be better suited to your style.
Please note that there is a MANUAL waiting list for this hike. What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone on the waiting list will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.
Well-mannered dogs will be allowed.
What to bring:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks
• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Rain gear
• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• The 10 essentials*
• Trekking poles (never a bad idea)
• Lunch, snacks and plenty of water
*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.