Friday Hiking – 2017

 

Views on the Catherine Creek hike with grass widows blooming in March

Catherine Creek hike with grass widows blooming

NEWCOMERS’ FRIDAY HIKES 2017

The following hiking schedule is weather dependent and may be modified so be sure to let the hike coordinator know if you plan to hike so you can be notified of any changes. Rained-out hikes may be completed later in the fall if the weather holds. New hikers email vpholman@pacifier.com

If you plan to hike please call or email the hike coordinator a day or two in advance hike AND LEAVE YOUR PHONE/CELL PHONE NUMBER. Let the coordinator know where you will meet the group especially if the hike has two meeting locations. We usually meet at either Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov at the southwest side by the gas station or at the Pendleton Mills parking lot, SW corner in Washougal, or the Albertson’s Parking lot on 20th Ave, north of 134th, at the Starbucks end by the gas station. Always bring lunch and water. Rain gear is recommended for most early hikes. Hiking boots are recommended for most hikes. If you have any doubts or questions about the hike discuss them with the hike coordinator prior to the scheduled hike.

Our policy is to car pool from the local meeting location to the trailhead. Drivers should be compensated by their passengers at the rate of approximately 25 cents per mile per vehicle plus the shared cost of any required passes (ie. Discover Pass). If a hike has options please let the hike coordinator know your plans. Hikers should carpool together based on length of hike they intend to make.

Golden Age Passport/Interagency Senior Pass & NW Parking Pass are interchangeable. The Discover Pass needed for Hamilton Mountain & Hardy Ridge is a separate pass.

APRIL 7   Columbia Gorge – CATHERINE CREEK LABYRINTH  Moderate 5.5 mile RT, 1000 ft. elevation gain. Hike by waterfall, oak groves to vistas over the Columbia. Peak wildflower displays: grass widows in March, blue camas in April. Open country with spectacular views. Possible ticks. No cliff-edge trails.

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APRIL 14   Columbia Gorge – ANGEL’S REST  Moderate 5 mile RT, 1500 ft. elevation gain to Angel‘s Rest with additional  1-2 mile detour to old picnic table & stream . Hike through forests to switchbacks to Angel’s Rest viewpoint. No parking passes required. Drive approx. 50 miles, 5-6 hours)

APRIL 21   Columbia Gorge – WAHKEENA TO MULTNOMAH FALLS. Moderate 5 mile loop, 1700 ft. elevation gain. Hike through forest by streams with many waterfalls. No parking passes required.

APRIL 28   Columbia Gorge – DRY CREEK FALLS/HERMAN CREEK PINNACLES.  Moderate 8 mile out and back, 700 ft. elevation gain. Hike through forest to Dry Creek Falls, on to the rock spires and a creek with a small waterfall. Drivers need a NW parking pass. (approx. 78 miles, 6-7 hours)

MAY 5   Columbia Gorge – CAPE HORN. Moderate 5.2 mile RT to Russell Overlook or 7.4 mile RT to underpass, 1200 ft. elevation gain. Beautiful wild flowers and Columbia Gorge views. Loose rocks and steep drop-offs on some portions of trail. Drivers need a NW parking pass.

MAY 12   Columbia Gorge – HAMILTON MOUNTAIN. Moderate to strenuous 9.4 mi. loop, 2100 ft. elevation gain, steep with open cliffs. Option of switchback avoidance going up the road, meeting group at the saddle & returning Don’s trail. Drivers need a Discover Pass. Meet 8:15 at Pendleton Mills Washougal or carpool from Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station at 8:00.  (65 miles,6 ½ hours) Email dlbritt@comcast.net  if you plan to hike.

MAY 19   Columbia Gorge – DOG MOUNTAIN. Strenuous 7 mi. loop, 2900 ft. elevation gain. Optional shorter hike to first overlook. Usually quite cool and windy on top. Steep, open slope to traverse and quite slippery if wet. Beautiful wildflowers. Drivers need a NW parking pass. Meet 8:15 at Pendleton Mills Washougal or carpool from Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station at 8:00. Email cmille2191@hotmail.com  if you plan to hike.

MAY 26   NO HIKE Memorial Day Weekend

JUNE 2   Mount Hood – CENTRAL SALMON RIVER/SALMON RIVER CANYON. Moderate 7.2 mi. RT, 900 ft. elevation gain. Hike upriver through old growth Douglas fir forest, then uphill to spectacular views of Salmon River’s huge canyon land. Drivers need a NW parking pass. Meet 8:00 at Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station. (approx. 90 miles, 6 hours) Email darragh@pobox.com if you plan to hike.

JUNE 9   Columbia Gorge – HARDY RIDGE Difficult 8.5 mile loop, 2200 ft. elevation gain.  Hike an equestrian trail to a rocky ridgetop wildflower garden that overlooks the Columbia River, Beacon Rock and Hamilton Mtn.  Drivers need Discover Pass.  Meet 8:15 at Pendleton Mills Washougal or carpool from Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station at 8:00  Email  cmille2191@hotmail.com  if you plan to hike.

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JUNE 16    Gifford Pinchot – SIOUXON CREEK, Moderate, 9 mi. loop, 700 ft. elevation gain. A few short sections with drop-offs, and a stream to cross on rocks. Beautiful hike with stream, waterfalls, old Douglas firs and cedars. Streams may have giardia.  Drivers need a NW parking pass. Meet 8:00 at the Albertson’s Parking lot on 20th Ave, north of 134th, at the Starbucks end or at the Mt. St. Helens Ranger Station at 8:30. (approx. 94 miles, 6 ½ hours) Email mcreaghz@yahoo.com if you plan to hike.

JUNE 23   Gifford Pinchot – FALLS CREEK FALLS. Moderate 7.5 mi. or 5 mi. loop , 1040 ft. elevation gain. Walk through forest to an upper falls, then down a slope to a spectacular triple-tiered waterfall with a 250 ft. fall. Stream crossing. Drivers need a NW parking pass. If going to top of falls (2 mi RT?) Carpool by the length of hike you intend to make. Meet 8:00 at Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station or 8:15 at Pendleton Mills Washougal. (approx. 100 miles, 7-8 hours) Email  janwhite0914@gmail.com if you plan to hike.

JUNE 30   NO HIKE  July 4th Weekend

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JULY 7   SW Washington – SILVER STAR MOUNTAIN via GROUSE VISTA trailhead: Difficult 7.5-9 mile loop with 2300 feet elevation gain. Beautiful views. Drivers need a NW parking pass.  Meet 8:15 at Pendleton Mills Washougal or carpool from Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station at 8:00 let Dave know.   Email  dlbritt@comcast.net  if you plan to hike.

JULY 14   Columbia Gorge – EAGLE CREEK. Strenuous to Turnaround Falls for a total 12 mi. RT and a 1200 ft. elevation gain. Optional moderate 6.6 mi. RT, 600 ft. elevation gain, to High Bridge OR 8 mi RT to Crossover Bridge ; Cliff areas with cable for handrails. Numerous waterfalls and creek views. Some rockslide areas to traverse. Rocky parts of the trail may be slippery when wet. Drivers need a NW parking pass. Carpool by the length of hike you intend to make. Meet 8:00 at Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station (approx. 100 miles)  Email  bjk123@comcast.net if you plan to hike.

JULY 21   Mt. Hood – TAMANAWAS FALLS & LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN.  Easy 3.8 miles, 500 ft. elevation gain RT of wooded trail along Cold Spring Creek to Tamanawas Falls.  Easy 2.5 mile loop from High Prairie, 570 ft. elevation gain to the summit of Lookout Mountain.  Views of every Cascade peak from Three Sisters to Mt. Rainier and a rare panorama of the Columbia River Plateau and the Badger Creek Wilderness.   NW parking pass required.  Meet 7:30 at Pendleton Mills Washougal or carpool from Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station at 7:15 let Craig know.  Email  cmille2191@hotmail.com  if you plan to hike.

JULY 28  Mount Hood -TOM DICK MOUNTAIN. Moderate 6.4 mi. RT, 1500 ft. elevation gain, last few hundred yards are steep and rocky. Beautiful views of Mt. Hood. Drivers need a NW parking pass . Meet 8:00 at Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station. (approx. 95 miles) Email spkramer@comcast.net   if you plan to hike.

AUGUST 4   Columbia Gorge – LARCH MOUNTAIN. Moderate 6.4 mi. loop, 1300 ft. elevation gain. Uphill walk through old volcano crater with old-growth forest, meadows and a mossy creek. Famous panoramic viewpoint atop 4055-foot volcanic peak. Meet 8:00 at Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station Email caroljeanbaier@gmail.com if you plan to hike.

AUGUST 11   Mt. Hood – MCNEIL POINT via Mazama Trail. Strenuous, 10 mi. RT, 2300 ft. elevation gain. Spectacular wildflowers and possible flies. Suggest bringing jungle juice (regular insect repellant is not effective against flies). The last portion of the hike to McNeil Point has a very steep section and might have a snowfield to traverse. Drivers need a NW parking pass. Meet 8:00 at Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station. (approx. 115 miles) Email  dlbritt@comcast.net  if you plan to hike.

AUGUST 18  Mt. St. Helens – LAVA CANYON Moderate 5.9 mi. RT. 1400 ft. elevation gain. Begin at Smith Creek and hike up Lava Canyon. Steep cliff-side drops, ladders and optional suspension bridge. Drivers need a NW parking pass. Meet 8:00 at the Albertson’s Parking lot on 20th Ave, north of 134th, at the Starbucks end. if you plan to hike. (approx. 120 miles) janwhite0914@gmail.com if you plan to hike.

AUGUST 25   SW Washington – RED ROCKS PASS TOUTLE TRAIL #238. This moderate trail in Mt. St. Helens Monument area goes through lava flows to meadows with huckleberries to mixed forest damaged by snows. It is about 7 miles round trip with a 1000’ elevation gain and crosses one rocky ravine. Drivers need a NW parking pass. Meet 8:00 at the Albertson’s Parking lot on 20th Ave, north of 134th, at the Starbucks end. (approx. 100 miles, 7-½ hours) Email ampmcomm@msn.com  if you plan to hike.

SEPTEMBER 1   NO HIKE Labor Day Weekend 

SEPTEMBER 8   Mt. Hood – ELK MEADOWS. Moderate 6.8 mile RT, 1200 ft. elevation gain. Hike the southeast flank of Mt. Hood along stream, (stream crossing )to old shelter in alpine wildflower meadow. Drivers need a NW parking pass. (approx. 133 miles, 7 ½ hours) .   Meet 8:15 at Pendleton Mills Washougal or  carpool from Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station at 8:00   Email  darragh@pobox.com   if you plan to hike.

SEPTEMBER 15   Mt Hood – BURNT LAKE/ZIG ZAG MOUNTAIN. Strenuous 9.6 mi. RT, 2370 ft. elevation gain. Optional moderate 6.8 mi. RT, 1500 ft. elevation gain to Burnt Lake. Trailhead to lake is moderate; climb beyond lake is more strenuous. Some steep cliff-side drops with great views. Hikers should carpool together based on length of hike they intend to make. Pot holes have been repaired. Drivers need a NW parking pass. Carpool by the length of hike you intend to make. Meet 8:00 at Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station.  Email spkramer@comcast.net   if you plan to hike.

SEPTEMBER 22   Trapper Creek Wilderness OBSERVATION PEAK  Moderate 5.6 mile RT 1390 elevation gain.  Climb along woodsy creeks & ridges to peak with views of the Trapper Creek Wilderness  and mountains from Mt. Jefferson to Mt. Rainier.  Meet 8:15 at Pendleton Mills Washougal or  carpool from Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station at 8:00. Email   cmille2191@hotmail.com  if you plan to hike.

SEPTEMBER 29   Columbia Gorge – CAPE HORN. Moderate 7.8-mile loop, 1200 ft. elevation gain. Beautiful wild flowers and Columbia Gorge views. Loose rocks and steep drop-offs on some portions of trail. Drivers need a NW parking pass. Meet 8:00 at Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station or 8:15 at Pendleton Mills Washougal.

October hikes will be scheduled if the weather is good and we have hike coordinators for them.  Rained out hikes may be scheduled in October.