Monday Hikes – 2018

Below is the list of hikes for the Monday Hikers for the entire 2018 season. This list is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Make sure to check the latest CCNC Newsletter each month to see what the final hikes for that month will be.

Monday hikes are considered easy or moderate by hiking manual standards, usually less than 6 miles, with less than a 1,000 ft. elevation gain. Hikes are planned on Mondays from April through October. For general information regarding Monday hiking, contact Cathy DarraghTo be added to or deleted from the Monday hiking roster, or to make changes in your contact information, contact Donna Maple.

For each individual hike, there is a designated Hike Organizer. Sometime during the week prior to each hike, the Hike Organizer will send out an email to everyone on the Monday hiking roster to remind them of the upcoming hike. This email will include a brief description of each hike, plus contact information for the Hike Organizer. All hikers are REQUIRED to respond to the Hike Organizer if they are planning to hike. Also, if you plan to bring any guests, you must give the Hike Organizer their names. For safety reasons, there must be a minimum of 4 hikers signed up (including the Hike Organizer) in order for a hike to take place.

Hikers meet at a central location and carpool to and from the hike. When it comes to carpooling, hikers should be prepared to take their turn at driving. For many hikes, we meet at Fred Meyer at the intersection of E. Mill Plain Blvd. and Chkalov. To meet at Fred Meyer, turn into the parking lot at the far end of the building (near the garden store) and meet near the gas pumps. For other hikes, we use an alternate meeting place. And sometimes there will be a choice of meeting places. The Hike Organizer will always specify the meeting place(s) when the reminder email is sent out the week before. Hikers must respond as to which meeting place they will use.

Plan to be out much of the day. Including the drive, our hikes can last into the late afternoon. The Hike Organizer will tell drivers what parking passes they need, if any. It is suggested the passengers contribute to the driver an approximate rate of $.25/mile/vehicle as fuel reimbursement. The total amount is split by all in the car including the driver.  Also, the cost of any necessary day pass to park for a hike must be shared by all in the car (i.e. Silver Falls & Beacon Rock).

For the safety and enjoyment of Monday Hikers, REQUIREMENTS are as follows:

  • You must respond to your Hike Organizer if you intend to hike. Provide the names of any guests you may be bringing. If you need to cancel, contact the Hike Organizer so that we are not waiting for you!
  • All hikers must be able to maintain a 20 minute mile on level ground.
  • All hikers must come equipped to do the hike safely and comfortably, which means:
    • Sturdy footwear suitable for hiking.
    • Second pair of shoes for the car, plus plastic bag for muddy hiking footwear.
    • Plenty of water.
    • Day-pack with lunch/snacks.
    • Hiking sticks for all but the most level hikes – highly recommended.
    • Rain gear if weather conditions are uncertain.
    • Sun hat and/or sunscreen.
    • Long pants are recommended due to the possibility of poison oak, brambles, etc. along some hiking trails.
    • Personal first-aid kit is recommended

2018 Schedule

April 23 – Catherine Creek
Moderate 4-6 mile hike; 500 foot elevation gain.  One of the best wildflower hikes in the Eastern Gorge and known for its 200-foot basalt arch.  Great views of the Columbia and surrounding basalt rock formations. Please note:  Some poison oak possible.  Meet at 8:30 am, at Pendleton Woolen Mill in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot).  Hike Organizer: Heidi Ellett.

Catherine Creek

April 30 – Round Lake in Camas
An easy 4 miles round the lake with network of trails in dense forest, passing several waterfalls, and the April blooming of the famous Camas Lilies.  About 400 ft. total elevation gain mostly flat.  We will picnic at the lakeshore. It could be muddy, so bring extra shoes to change into for the ride home.  Two meeting locations: Specify meeting location when you sign up. Meet at 8:30 am at Fred Meyer at the intersection of E. Mill Plain Blvd. and Chkalov. To meet at Fred Meyer, turn into the parking lot at the far end of the building (near the garden store) and meet near the gas pumps or at 9:00 am at the trailhead entrance in Camas on NE 3rd Avenue. To reach the trailhead entrance on NE 3rd Avenue in Camas, go east out of Camas on NE 3rd Avenue, the trailhead entrance is on the left before the guardrail on west side of the bridge.  Right after you pass Louis Brock Park on the right, the trailhead is on the left before Crown Road.  Hike Organizer: Carol Bonney.

Round Lake

May 7 – Lake Sacajawea Hike in Longview
This is a nice 3.6 mile urban hike with no elevation gain around the lake. We will meet to carpool at 8:30 am in Salmon Creek at the Albertson’s shopping center off 20th in Salmon Creek, near Legacy hospital and the Kaiser facility. Please park near Starbucks, south end of the lot. To get to the trail, meet at 9:30 am, at Washington Way and Kessler. Best place to park is at the parking lot of the Community Church, 2323 Washington Way or along Kessler Blvd. Lunch afterwards suggested at Cassava’s, 1333 Broadway St., with urban chic atmosphere and friendly staff in the downtown area.  Hike Organizer: Josie Wells.


FYI:  Lake Sacajawea is named after the Indian woman and guide who traveled with Lewis and Clark and served as an interpreter.  There is a bronze statue dedicated to her by the lake.  Longview is famous for the squirrel bridges, known as “Nutty Narrow Bridges.”  These are human-engineered spans over a street, so squirrels can safely cross the road.  Believe it or not, squirrels are using them and many lives have been saved since.  We will see at least 2 of these bridges along Kessler Ave.

Lake Sacajawea

May 14 – Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge – Hike two different trails (Oaks to Wetlands Trail and Kiwa Trail) through Columbia River wetlands, where many varieties of birds and other animals can be seen. Total 3.5 miles, no elevation gain. For this hike, we will meet in the Salmon Creek area and take I-5 to Ridgefield. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Albertson’s shopping center off 20th in Salmon Creek, near Legacy hospital and the Kaiser facility.  Please park near Starbucks, south end of the lot.  Drivers need Northwest Forest Pass or Senior Pass or pay $5 for day pass at the Refuge.  Hike Organizer: Bill Baird.

Ridgefield

 May 21 – Vancouver Lake to Frenchman’s Bar
This is a flat, paved walk of approximately 6.5 miles. We start at Vancouver Lake Park and walk out to Frenchman’s Bar Park and back. For this hike, we will meet at 9:00 a.m. downtown, west of Warehouse 23. From downtown Vancouver, take Columbia St. southbound, go under the railroad tracks, and then make a right onto Columbia Way. Follow it to the end to a small parking lot facing the river. Parking fee of $3 at Vancouver Lake Park.  Hike Organizer: Sandy Schwettmann.

May 28 – Memorial Day Holiday – No Hike 

June 4 – Moulton Falls –Start at the Hantwick Road Trailhead north of Battle Ground.  Hike a mostly 5-mile flat gravel trail in a forested park, crossing a high bridge with a beautiful falls (Moulton Falls), continue hiking across NE Lucia Falls Rd up to Yacolt Falls (slight elevation gain).   Pit toilet at Hantwick Trailhead and bathrooms after crossing the bridge.  We will meet at 8:30 a.m,. at the Battle Ground Safeway shopping area, corner of I-503 and Main Street in Battle Ground; west end of the parking lot.  Hike Organizer: Sue Tortorello.

Moulton Falls

June 11 – Bridal Veil and Latourell Falls  On this Columbia Gorge hike, we will first walk down to Bridal Veil Falls and back up to walk the flat Overlook Loop for 1.1 miles. Then it is on to Latourell Falls for a 2.3 mile loop with 600 ft. in elevation gain. The falls plunge 249 feet over an eroded lava flow. No passes are required. Meet at 8:30 a.m.,at the Fred Meyer at the intersection of E. Mill Plain Blvd. and Chkalov. To meet at Fred Meyer, turn into the parking lot at the far end of the building (near the garden store) and meet near the gas pumps.  Hike Organizer: Heidi Ellett.

Bridal Veil and Latourell Falls

June 18 – Washington Park/Rose Garden
Hike a 4-mile loop with about 600 feet of elevation gain. We start at the Hoyt Arboretum visitor center and walk mostly on the Wildwood Trail in the shade of the trees, and passing above the area of the Japanese Garden.  At the half of the loop we arrive at the International Rose Test Garden, where we will “take time to smell the roses” and eat our lunch. then we loop back to the start.  For this hike, we will meet Downtown, west of Warehouse 23. From downtown Vancouver, take Columbia St. southbound, go under the railroad tracks, and then make a right onto Columbia Way. Follow it to the end to a small parking lot facing the river.  Hike Organizer: Penny McLaren.

Washington Park/Rose Garden

June 25 – Old Salmon River Trail
Easy 5.2 mile round trip hike with 100 ft. elevation gain along the Salmon River.  The trail is between the river and Salmon River Road.  It goes through old growth forest near Mt. Hood. Drivers need a Northwest Forest Pass or Senior Pass.  Meet at 8:30 a.m., at the Fred Meyer at the intersection of E. Mill Plain Blvd. and Chkalov. To meet at Fred Meyer, turn into the parking lot at the far end of the building (near the garden store) and meet near the gas pumps.  Hike Organizer: Donna Maple.

Old Salmon River

July 2 (July 4 Holiday) – No Hike

July 9 – Dry Creek Falls
Hike to Dry Creek Falls in the Gorge near Cascade Locks. This is 4.2 mile round trip hike with a 600 ft. elevation gain. The trail follows part of the Pacific Crest Trail with the little-visited falls at the turnaround point. Drivers need a Northwest Forest Pass or Senior Pass. Meet at 8:30 a.m,. at the Pendleton Mills in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot).  Hike Organizer: Sandy Schwettmann.

Dry Creek Falls

 July 16 – Cape Horn
Moderate 5.2 mile RT to Russell Overlook and 800 ft. elevation gain.  Hike through forest and fantastic view of the Columbia River Gorge.  No Trail pass is required. Meet 8:30 a.m., at the Pendleton Woolen Mill in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot).  Hike Organizer: Masako Bridges.

July 23 – Silver Falls
Hike the Trail of Ten Falls near Silverton, Oregon, a mostly shady hiking trail that weaves through a dense forested canyon. The trail passes a series of beautiful waterfalls along the canyon, descending to a winding creek at the forest floor. We will hike up to 5 miles of the 9-mile trail, with an elevation gain of about 400 ft. Meet at 8:30 a.m., at the Fred Meyer at the intersection of E. Mill Plain Blvd. and Chkalov. To meet at Fred Meyer, turn into the parking lot at the far end of the building (near the garden store) and meet near the gas pumps. Oregon State Park Day Passes are $5 at the trailhead. FYI: 128 miles RT.  Hike Organizer: Cathy Darragh.

Silver Falls

July 30 – Beacon Rock, and Hardy & Rodney Falls
A moderate 3.5 miles, 440 feet elevation from Hamilton Mountain trailhead to Hardy and Rodney Falls.  From the lower trailhead, start off hiking on a wide path through tall trees and mosses, accompanied by twittering, flitting songbirds. Most of the elevation gain is in the first mile. Then the trail flattens out and traverses through more forest, passing small creeks and cascades.  After returning to the trailhead we will cross the road to Beacon Rock and ascend 848 feet up for the best view of the Gorge. We luncheon at the top with the gorge at our feet.  It could be muddy, so bring extra shoes to change into for the ride home. Meet at 8:30 a.m., at the Pendleton Woolen Mill in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot).    Drivers will need a Washington Discover Pass.  Hike Organizer: Marilyn Seitzinger.

Beacon Rock and Hardy & Rodney Falls

August 6 Falls Creek Falls
Easy 3.4 mile round trip hike with 650 elevation gain to a spectacular triple-tiered waterfall of 250 ft. in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The trail is through a beautiful forest. Meet at 8:30 a.m., at the Pendleton Woolen Mill in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot).  Hike Organizer: Donna Maple.

Falls Creek Falls

August 13– Mt. Talbert
This is an easy 5.7 mile hike with 630-ft elevation gain.  Explore the Mt. Talbert trail network, check out the views, and keep your eye out for deer, western gray squirrels, and many PNW birds.  This is the largest in a string of extinct volcanoes and lava domes that stretches across the east side of the region.  We will meet at 8:30 a.m., at the Fred Meyer at the intersection of E. Mill Plain Blvd. and Chkalov. To meet at Fred Meyer, turn into the parking lot at the far end of the building (near the garden store) and meet near the gas pumps.  Driving distance is 15 miles one way, near Clackamas Town Center.  Hike Organizer: Bill Baird.

August 20 – Siouxon Creek
Moderate 7.8 mile round trip hike with 700 ft. elevation gain to Chinook Falls (50 foot waterfall) in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  Beautiful hike with streams, waterfalls, old Douglas firs and cedars.  About .2 mile before Chinook Falls there is a stream to cross on rocks that can be slippery.  Meet at 8:30 a.m., at the Battle Ground Safeway shopping area, corner of I-503 and Main Street in Battle Ground; west end of the parking lot.  Hike Organizer: Carol Frizzell.

Siouxon Creek

August 27 – Riverside Trail/Clackamas River
Hike 4.6 miles with a 400 foot elevation gain for a moderate workout.  This trail is in the Mount Hood National Forest along the Clackamas River.  It features old-growth forest some up and down terrain with switchbacks and viewpoints above the river and beaches at the river’s edge.  Meet at 8:30 a.m., at the Fred Meyer at the intersection of E. Mill Plain Blvd. and Chkalov. To meet at Fred Meyer, turn into the parking lot at the far end of the building (near the garden store) and meet near the gas pumps.  Hike Organizer: Penny McLaren.

 September 3 – Labor Day Holiday – No Hike

September 10 – Forest Park/Germantown Road
This is an easy/moderate 5 mile hike with 600-ft elevation gain.  We will follow a central portion of the Wildwood trail as it winds through a Douglas-fir, hemlock, and maple forest, with vista openings from time to time as the trail crosses shaded cedar-lined creeks.  We will meet at 8:30 a.m. Downtown, west of Warehouse 23. From downtown Vancouver, take Columbia St. southbound, go under the railroad tracks, and then make a right onto Columbia Way. Follow it to the end to a small parking lot facing the river.  Driving distance is 10 miles one way, across St. John’s Bridge.  Hike Organizer: Bill Baird.

September 17 – Powell Butte Loop
This is a 5.3 mile hike; 695 feet elevation gain.  Difficulty level is moderate.  Trail winds through forests of cedar, douglas fir, and big leaf maple and emerges onto sun-soaked grasslands.  Along the route and on the summit, opportunity to see six mountains.  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Fred Meyer at the intersection of E. Mill Plain Blvd. and Chkalov. To meet at Fred Meyer, turn into the parking lot at the far end of the building (near the garden store) and meet near the gas pumps.  Hike Organizer: Sue Tortorello.

September 24 – Twin Lakes
Hike the Pacific Coast Trail through hemlock and fir forest to two beautiful alpine lakes. The loop is 5.6 miles with a gradual elevation gain of 900 feet. The drive is about 1.5 hours, with a stop at the Zig Zag Ranger Station, on Highway 26. Drivers need either a Northwest Forest Pass or Senior Pass. Meet at 8:30 a.m., at the Fred Meyer at the intersection of E. Mill Plain Blvd. and Chkalov. To meet at Fred Meyer, turn into the parking lot at the far end of the building (near the garden store) and meet near the gas pumps. Hike Organizer: Cathy Darragh.

Twin Lakes

October 1  – Forest Park/Pittock Mansion/MacLeay Trail
Moderate 5.4 mile out-and-back hike with 400 ft. elevation gain. Starting at the Audubon Society, follow a section of the Wildwood Trail to Pittock Mansion. We will eat our picnic lunch on the grounds of the mansion. For this hike, we will meet Downtown at 8:30 a.m., west of Warehouse 23. From downtown Vancouver, take Columbia St. southbound, go under the railroad tracks, and then make a right onto Columbia Way. Follow it to the end to a small parking lot facing the river. Hike Organizer: Bill Baird.

October 8   Silver Falls
Hike the Trail of Ten Falls near Silverton, Oregon, a mostly shady hiking trail that weaves through a dense forested canyon. The trail passes a series of beautiful waterfalls along the canyon, descending to a winding creek at the forest floor. We will hike up to 5 miles of the 9-mile trail, with an elevation gain of about 400 ft. Meet at 8:30 a.m., at the Fred Meyer at the intersection of E. Mill Plain Blvd. and Chkalov. To meet at Fred Meyer, turn into the parking lot at the far end of the building (near the garden store) and meet near the gas pumps. Oregon State Park Day Passes are $5 at the trailhead. FYI: 128 miles RT.  Hike organizer: Cathy Darragh.

Silver Falls

October 15 – Portland’s 4-T Trail
Take the trail, tram, trolley, train. This urban walk is a moderate workout and is a good way to get to know Portland and its transportation options. The trail section starts at the Portland Zoo and follows an uphill 4.5-mile trail to Council Crest, then continuing on to drop down then up again to OHSU, with a 600-foot elevation gain, loss, and 300-foot gain again. If there has been recent rain it can be muddy in parts of the trail. That is the end of the walking. From inside OHSU we take the aerial tram down to the waterfront, then hop on the trolley over to the train, and the train back to the start point. A Tri-met pass is $2.50 for the day for seniors, $5 for non-seniors for the day, and covers both the trolley and the train. These can be purchased at kiosks located at the train stations. This trek takes about 3 hours for the hike and the rest dependent on traffic but allow at least another 1 to 2 hours. Lunch can be either on the terrace at OHSU if you bring your own, or at the Goose Hollow Inn (or another restaurant downtown or food carts?) as in the past but is optional. For this hike, we meet at 8:30 a.m. to take the MAX train from the Cascade Shopping Center off I-205 at Airport Way west.  Hike Organizer: Penny McLaren.