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This is a TWELVE mile, 1640 ft. elevation gain "moderate/difficult" hike in the Columbia River Gorge. As gorge hikes go, it's pretty flat. See a preview at:
NOTE: This is not a nature walk; plan to be going about[masked] miles an hour. This is not speed demon racing, but it's not dawdling, either; you'll be sweating.
NOTE: Bring a plastic bag and another pair of shoes for the drive home so you don't mud up your car!
We're going to try to dodge raindrops between the rain two days before and likely rain a day later...keep your fingers crossed!
For those of you meeting us at the trailhead (PLEASE let me know in the comments section of this hike!) Eagle Creek exit, number 41 is where we'll be. We'll get there about 8:40AM or so.
NOTE: MEETING LOCATION IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT BECAUSE THE GATEWAY PARKING LOT IS DIFFICULT DURING WEEKDAYS!
We'll meet in the FRED MEYER parking lot ACROSS THE STREET FROM the SE corner of the Gateway transit center parking garage. Please be careful about parking in the Fred Meyer parking lot; this is their lot and not public parking. The signs threaten a tow if you're not a customer. Public parking can be found in the transit center parking garage or on the street within a couple of blocks.
Bring the ten essentials and be prepared for fall Gorge hiking conditions which can change quickly. Weather forecast is for a small chance of showers, so bring some rain gear as insurance. Please no cotton clothing.
We'll take a lunch break at some point, so bring along some lunch/snackage.
What to bring for this trip:
trail shoes or boots. This is a very rocky, slippery, and uneven trail so your footing will be less sure. Best to go a little bit more sturdy.
Hiking/trekking poles are a pretty nice thing to have on the uneven, rocky trail.
Water (about 2-3 quarts),
snackage/dinner and maybe some summit treats for you and your fellow hikers.
Your own personal First aid kit
Extra Clothes for when you're eating lunch and not generating so much heat.
Plastic bags and a fresh pair of footwear so you can take off your muddy boots and not mess up the car. A spare pair of fresh socks is always nice. Same with comfy shoes. And a fresh top for the ride home helps keep the new friends you just made -whew!
As we're back in rainy season, rain gear needs to be in your pack! Yeah, I know I said this before - there's a reason I'm saying it again.
If it's raining at Gateway, we'll decide what to do. If people want to hike, I'll lead.
As always in Oregon, dress for those 'variable weather conditions'. It sucks being too cold, hot, wet... Go ahead, ask me how I know.... ;-))
Let's be organized so we can keep things flowing. That means have your pack ready and your trail shoes/boots on when we get to the trailhead; don't make people wait for you to get ready.
As this is a VERY narrow trail in spots, this is not a dog friendly hike. Sorry puppy lovers, gotta leave 'em home this trip. As the portlandhikers.org site says: "There is a steep cliff to one side of the trail. Maybe this isn't the best trail for dogs or small children."
CARPOOLING: Flip the driver some bucks in appreciation for their time driving, use of the vehicle, gas, (stinking up their car), etc. Suggested mileage donation of 15 cents/mile/person or $8-$12 for this 70+ mile round trip. Exact change makes it easier for the drivers. No one will be turned away for inability to contribute. Thanks!
Carpooling to Trail head: If you prefer to carpool with others, please feel free to use the comments section for this event to make arrangements.
Notice about the waiting list: The waiting list is manual for this hike which means that you won't be automatically placed on the trip when a spot opens up. In fact anyone can grab an open spot. To give those of you on the waiting list a better chance to grab a spot, as soon as I see the opening I will send an e-mail to all wait listed folks. The first person that responds by grabbing the spot gets on the trip. If you are not successful on finding a spot on this trip, I want to thank you for your interest and encourage you to check back for future hike. Remember that we are always look for new event leaders to that more people can have opportunities to participate. Let us know if you want to volunteer to lead an event!
Oh, and just a couple more things; ya gotta sign the waiver -and- agree to the RSVP policy on your profile....
All members must read and accept the Liability Waiver-Assume Risk-Indemnify- Club Rules policy (click on "about us" to locate). Then on your personal page for this group (click on the "members" tab, then on your profile) if you haven't agreed to them, click on 'edit' and change the answers to yes. Hey, Joanne's a slave driver!! Ever seen her mad? Uff Da!!
See you on the 27th!!
NO GUESTS PLEASE! only group members are allowed to RSVP, so if you want someone to join you have them join our meetup group and RSVP for this event under their own name.
Everyone must agree to the Group's Liability Agreement/Waiver. Your profile must show that you have read and agreed and you will sign a paper copy at the start of the event. If you need to fix your profile, there are step-by-step instructions on the Discussion board for this group - second message from the top. People who sign up without the necessary agreement in their profile will be removed from the trip.
WARNING: Vandalism is known to occur both at the parking areas at many of the Gorge Trails and at the Gateway Parking Garage. Do not leave valuables in your car!!!