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Gorge Water Falls Hike (a Single-Triple?)

Newer Information:

There will be a secondary meeting point for those who do not find it convenient to make it to the Vancouver meeting point. The secondary point will be at the Troutdale Travel Center. We will meet you in the parking area next to the very obvious Subway sign at approximately 9:00 AM. There is plenty of parking. My cell phone # is[masked] for communication purposes on the day of the hike. Please let me know if you plan to meet at this rendouvous point by emailing me at [masked] Please be prompt. We won't stop, unless you tell me you will be there. Thanks,


New Information:

This is actually three different hikes from three different trail heads, all within a stretch of 3 or 4 miles. The first one, Elowah, is 3 miles RT, 680' elevation gain, going to both the Upper and Lower Falls. Wachelella, the second one, is 2 miles RT and 380' elevation gain. The third hike, to Wauna Viewpoint, is 3.6 miles RT and 900' elevation gain. We would be driving from TH to TH to optimize our time.

The third hike, Wauna Viewpoint is done from the Eagle Creek trail head, and features a view of spawning salmon in Eagle Creek, as we cross the suspension bridge over Eagle Creek at the start of the hike.

This last hike is optional, and could be done by part of the group, depending on how the car pools are set up. It would be up to the group as to who would want to do what. The last time I led this hike, 3 of 8 people did all three hikes.

Elowah Falls, Wahclella Fals, and Wauna Viewpoint (optional)
Date: November 3, 2012, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
TOTAL MILES: combined, 8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: Approximately 1,980 vertical feet (if we do all three)
WEATHER FORECAST: A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 59.
DOGS: Yes, have to be kept on a leash
PERMITS: Northwest Forest Pass
$$$: Suggested donation for outing: $2.00 for members,
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is approximately 30 miles; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/rider. Exact change makes is welcome.
Note-this is a carbon neutral outing, $.25/person from outings donation is used to offset carbon released for the trip.

Route Description: This will be a single-double or triple, depending on whether we do all three. There’s nothing particularly strenuous about any of these, singly or in combination. You will see three of the lesser known water falls in the Gorge, any of which would be a major attraction anywhere else. Wauna Viewpoint, which will be optional, gives a great view of the Bonneville Dam from an airy location.

• Water (min 2 liters/person)
• Lunch and snacks.
• Water resistant hiking boots/shoes
• A water-resistant hat and gloves. Rain jacket and pants (even if sunny--ha, ha)
• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary
• Headlamp or flashlight
• Whistle
• Map
• Compass
• Matches (stored in a water tight container in addition to matches or a butane lighter)
• First aid supplies (be sure to include an extra day of any medication you are taking or might need
• Pocket knife
• Fire starter (can be candles, chemical fire starter, backpack size fire logs)
• $$ for gas and food afterward

• Sunscreen, lots of sun screen
• Gloves or mittens, sun hat
• Trekking poles recommended
• Extra food

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  • Brad

    The Falls were Great

    November 5, 2012

  • Ruthie

    PS I understand that's if you do the whole thing....

    October 29, 2012

  • Ruthie

    I won't be able to go that day, but I was wondering...Can a hike that's 8.6 miles with a 2000 ft. gain really be considered easy? I understand a seasoned hiker might think so, but I'm not so sure about most of the rest of us! :-) It does sound really nice, though!

    October 29, 2012

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