Monday Hikes for 2017

Bridal Veil Overlook

Bridal Veil Overlook

Below is the list of hikes for the Monday Hikers for the entire 2017 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 Darragh at darragh@pobox.com.

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.

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.

April 24 – 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. Hike Organizer:  Mary Jo Crafts, mjocrafts@gmail.com.


Sacajawea Statue
May 1 – 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 at the Albertson 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 cross safely 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.

 
Hikers-Ridgefield Wildlife Reserve
May 8 – 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. in the parking lot of Crossroads Center (14300 NE 20th Ave., Vancouver) near the Starbucks at the south end of the shopping center. Drivers need Northwest Forest Pass or Senior Pass or pay $5 for day pass at the Refuge.  Hike OrganizerMarilyn Seitzingerseitzmar@yahoo.com.

 May 15 – Vancouver Lake to Frenchman’s Bar
This is a flat, paved walk of approximately 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. at the former Red Lion Quay in downtown Vancouver. From downtown Vancouver, take Columbia St. southbound, go under the railroad trestle, and then make a right onto the side road that parallels the old hotel parking lot. Follow it to the end to a small parking lot facing the river. Parking fee of $3 at Vancouver Lake Park.  Hike Organizer: Janet Richert, richerj1@prodigy.net.

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May 22 – 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.  Two meeting locations: Specify meeting location when you sign up.  We will 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) or meet near the gas pumps or at 9:00 at Battle Ground Safeway shopping area corner of 503 and Main Street in Battle Ground. I will need someone to meet hikers at the Fred Meyer so please let me know if you will be willing to do this when you sign up.   Hike Organizer: Marilyn Seitzinger, seitzmar@yahoo.com.

May 29 – Memorial Day Holiday – No Hike 

Hikers at Bridal Veil Falls
June 5 – 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. Drivers need a Northwest Forest Pass or Senior Pass. Meet at 8:30 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: Heidi Ellett  hme729@hotmail.com

Dry Creek Falls
June 12 – 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. Two 2 meeting locations – specify which meeting location when you sign up. Meet 8:30 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 meet 8:45 at Pendleton Mills Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot).   Hike Organizer: Bill Baird, bill.baird@comcast.net

June 19 – Washington Park (Gillette Lake Hike (trail condition was too unstable, so hike was moved to Washington Park)
Hike a 3.9 mile loop on the Wildwood and Mac Trails with 585 ft. of elevation gain. We will have the opportunity to visit the International Rose Test Garden and Hoyt Arboretum. For this hike, we will meet at the parking lot past the old Red Lion hotel below downtown Vancouver at 8:30 a.m. To get there, take Columbia St. southbound, go under the railroad trestle, and then make a right onto the side road that parallels the old hotel parking lot. Follow it to the end to a small parking lot facing the river.  Hike organizer: Penny McLaren, ampmcomm@msn.com, 360-798-8932 (C) or360-546-2271 (H)

Twin Lakes Trail

June 26 – 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:  Donna Maple razzber8@comcast.net (filled in for Cheryl Lewis)

July 4 Holiday – No Hike

Old Salmon River Trail
July 10 –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 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. Hike Organizer:  Donna Maple, razzber8@comcast.net.

Eagle Creek Trail
 July 17 – Eagle Creek  
Moderate 6.6 mile round trip hike with 600 ft. elevation gain to High Bridge on Eagle Creek trail.  If agreed we will walk a little past High Bridge to a beautiful lunch spot on Eagle Creek.  In this stunning canyon there are cliff areas with a cable for handrails, numerous waterfalls and creek views.  Rocky parts of the trail may be slippery when wet but it all should be dry in July.  On the return trip to the trail head we can take the trail down about ¼ mile to the beach at Punchbowl Falls.  Drivers need a Northwest Forest Pass or a Senior Pass.  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.  Hike Organizer:  Cathy Darragh, darragh@pobox.com.

South Falls

July 24 –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 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. Hike Organizer: Bill Baird, bill.baird@comcast.net.

July 31 –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. Two meeting locations – specify which meeting location when you sign up.  Meet 8:30 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 meet 8:45 at Pendleton Mills parking lot in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot)Hike Organizer: Masako Bridges 925-408-6893, or email masako24@comcast.net.

August 7 – Beacon Rock Hardy and Rodney Falls
An easy 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. Two meeting locations – specify which 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 8:45 am at Pendleton Mill in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot).    Drivers will need a Washington Discover Pass. Hike Organizer:  Penny McLaren, ampmcomm@msn.com.

Falls Creek 2017

Falls Creek 2017

August 14– 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.  Two meeting locations – specify which 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 8:45 AM at Pendleton woolen Mills in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot).  Hike Organizer:  Cathy Darraghdarragh@pobox.com.

August 21 – This hike has been cancelled due to the Total Solar Eclipse event.  

August 28 – Whistle Punk Loop, Thornton Munger Natural Research Area, and Panther Creek Falls
This outing includes one longer and two short stops, all in the same general Thornton Munger research area north of Carson.   First we will go to Whistle Punk Trail, where we take a 2.2 flat loop walk around a historical logging operation area.  Then drive on to hike a short portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, an uphill 4 mile out and back hike with a 1,000 ft. elevation gain in a wooded area climbing to a lookout (where we stop for lunch). After we get back to the cars, we drive to a very scenic Panther Creek Falls, a downhill walk of about a quarter mile to a scenic view of a beautiful falls. *(Visit to Panther Creek Trail could be at the beginning or at the end). Drivers need a Northwest Forest Pass or Senior Pass. Two meeting locations – specify which meeting location when you sign up.   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 or at 8:45 am at the Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot) . Hike Organizer: Bill Baird, bill.baird@comcast.net.

 September 4 – Labor Day Holiday – No Hike

September 11 – Northern Forest Park and Wildwood Trail
Easy 5.7 mile loop with a 450 ft. elevation gain. Follow a section of the Wildwood Trail through shady woods with large ferns and ancient Douglas Firs. For this hike, we will meet at the old Red Lion Quay in downtown Vancouver at 8:30 a.m. From downtown Vancouver, take Columbia St. southbound, go under the railroad trestle, and then make a right onto the side road that parallels the old hotel parking lot. Follow it to the end to a small parking lot facing the river. Hike Organizer: Janet Richert, richerj1@prodigy.net.

September 18 – Siouxon Creek (New Location due to Gorge Forest Fires)
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. Two meeting locations – specify which 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 the Battle Ground Safeway at 9AM. . Hike Organizer: Cathy Darragh, darragh@pobox.com, 360-835-7201 (H), or 985-502-8153 (C).

September 25 – Elowah Falls and Wahclella Falls
These are two different hikes with stunning waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge. First we hike to Elowah Falls, 3 miles round trip with a 600 ft. elevation gain. Return to cars and drive a short distance to Wahclella Falls, 2 miles round trip with a 380 ft. elevation gain. 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. Turn into the parking lot at the far end of the building (near the garden store) and meet near the gas pumps. Drivers need a Northwest Forest Pass or Senior Pass or purchase Day Pass for $5 at the trail head. Hike Organizer:  Penny McLaren, ampmcomm@msn.com or 360-546-2271 (H) or 360-798-8932 (C).

October 2  – Audubon Society/Pittock Mansion 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 at the old Red Lion Quay in downtown Vancouver at 8:30 a.m. From downtown Vancouver, take Columbia St. southbound, go under the railroad trestle, and then make a right onto the side road that parallels the old hotel parking lot. Follow it to the end to a small parking lot facing the river. Hike Organizer: Bill Baird, bill.baird@comcast.net.

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October 9 – Portland’s 4-T Trail – Take the trail, tram, trolley, train. A good way to get to know Portland and its transportation options.  The trail section starts at the Portland Zoo and follows a moderate 4.5 mile trail up to Council Crest, then continuing on to end up at OHSU with a 600 foot elevation gain, loss, and 300 foot gain again. If there has been recent rain it can be muddy, but there are also sidewalks. That is the end of the walking. Then 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 ($1.00 for seniors) 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 at the Goose Hollow restaurant or another restaurant downtown (or food carts?) will likely be planned but is optional. For this hike, we meet to take the Max train from the Cascade Shopping Center off I-205 at Airport Way west. Hike Organizer: Penny McLaren, ampmcomm@msn.com.