Friday Hiking

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

Catherine Creek hike with grass widows blooming

NEWCOMERS’ FRIDAY HIKES 2019

(Revised – 04/13/19)

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  Vicki Holman.

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. It is suggested the passengers contribute to the driver an approximate rate of $.25/mile/vehicle as fuel reimbursement. 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, Dog Mountain, and Silver Star from the Gross Vista Trailhead is a separate pass.

APRIL 12 TBA We planned to hike Wahkeena to Multnomah but the trail has had a landslide. If you want to hike a different hike – perhaps Cape Horn just to the top and back, Contact Judi Whiting.

APRIL 19 Columbia Gorge – GREENLEAF OVERLOOK. Easy 5 miles RT to Gillette Lake or Moderate 7.6 miles RT to Greenleaf Overlook. 600 ft. elevation gain. Pretty hike that crosses the landslide that sheared off Table Mountain years ago. Views of the gorge from Greenleaf overlook. 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. Contact Mary Proepper if you plan to hike.

APRIL 26 Gifford Pinchot – FALLS CREEK FALLS. Moderate 7.5 mi. or 5 mi. loop, 1040 ft. elevation gain. Walk through forest to top of 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. Pot holes on road. 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) Contact Dave Britton if you plan to hike.

MAY 3 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) Contact Cathy Darragh if you plan to hike.

MAY 10 Columbia Gorge – HAMILTON MOUNTAIN. Moderate to strenuous 9.4mi. 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 if you want to carpool from Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station at 8:00 let Mary know. (65 miles,6 ½ hours). Contact Mary Proepper if you plan to hike.

MAY 15 WEDNESDAY 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 Discover Pass. Meet 8:15 at Pendleton Mills Washougal or if you want to carpool from Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station at 8:00 let Dave know. Contact Dave Britton if you plan to hike.

MAY 24 NO HIKE Memorial Day Weekend

MAY 31 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. (approx. 50 miles, 5-6 hours). Meet 8:00 at Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station. Contact Carol Baier if you plan to hike.

JUNE 7 Gifford Pinchot National Forest – TARBELL TRAIL TO HIDDEN FALLS. This trail is part of the Bells Mountain/Tarbell Trail. Moderate 10 mile out and back, 1100 ft. elevation gain. Walk through woods down to Hidden Falls. Drivers need Discover Pass. Meet 8:00 at the Albertson’s Parking lot on 20th Ave, north of 134th, at the Starbucks end or The Battle Ground Safeway at 8:15.Contact Judi Whiting if you plan to hike.

20160520_110728JUNE 14 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 if you want to carpool from Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station at 8:00 let Mary know. Contact Mary Proepper if you plan to hike.

JUNE 21 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. Road has numerous potholes. 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). Contact Carol Baier if you plan to hike.

IMG_0019JUNE 28 Mt. Hood – CLACKAMAS RIVER TRAIL to PUP CREEK FALLS. Moderate 7.2 miles out and back, 1300 ft elevation gain. Enjoy a forest that includes old Western Red cedars along a beautiful River that ends at Pup Creek Falls. Drivers need a NW parking pass .(7 ½ hrs 80 milesMeet 8:00 at Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station. Contact Penny McLaren if you plan to hike.

JULY 5 NO HIKE July 4th Week

JULY 12 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. Rough road to trailhead.  Drivers need NW parking pass. Meet 8:00 at the Albertson’s Parking lot on 20th Ave, north of 134th, at the Starbucks end or The Battle Ground Safeway at 8:15.  (approx. 100 miles from Albertson’s; approx. 80 miles from Safeway, 8 hours). Contact Carol Frizzell if you plan to hike.

JULY 19. 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. (Moderate 5.2 mile RT to Russell Overlook or 7.4 mile RT to underpass option). Beautiful wild flowers and Columbia Gorge views. Loose rocks and steep drop-offs on some portions of trail. Meet 8:00 at Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station or 8:15 at Pendleton Mills Washougal. Contact Cathy Darragh if you plan to hike.

JULY 26 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. Great views and some steep cliff-side drops. 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. (approx. 100 miles, 8-9 hours) Contact Ted Powell if you plan to hike.

AUGUST 2 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 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.  Contact Carol Frizzell if you plan to hike.

AUGUST 9 Mt. Hood – RAMONA FALLS. Moderate 7 mi RT with 1000 ft elevation gain to Ramona Falls. Great views of Mt. Hood. River crossing on logs since bridge is out. Drivers need a NW parking pass (approx. 109 miles, 6 ½ hours) Meet 8:00 at Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station Contact Bill Baird if you plan to hike.

AUGUST 16 Mt. Hood – TIMBERLINE LODGE TO PARADISE PARK. Strenuous 12.1 mile loop, 2300 ft. elevation gain. Hike Mt. Hood with views to Mt. Jefferson & Three Sisters through Zig Zag canyon to meadows of wildflowers. Meet 8:00 at Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station. Contact Craig Miller if you plan to hike.

AUGUST 23 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. Drivers need a NW parking pass. Meet 8:00 at Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station. Contact Chris Kramer if you plan to hike.

AUGUST 30 NO HIKE Labor Day Weekend

SEPTEMBER 6 Mt. St. Helens – APE CANYON. Strenuous, 11.6 mi. RT, 1300 ft. elevation gain. Trail climbs along old growth forest ridge by mile wide mudflow to Plains of Abraham with mountain views. 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. Contact Vicki Holman if you plan to hike.

SEPTEMBER 13 Mt. Hood – COOPER SPUR. Difficult 8.2 mile loop to Tie in Rock, 2800 Ft. elevation gain (Moderate 3 mile 1000 ft. elevation gain to a shelter). Highest hiking trail on Mt. Hood where climbers traditionally rope up. Mountain & Elliot Glacier views. Drivers need a NW parking pass. Meet 8:00 at Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station Contact Ted Powell if you plan to hike.

SEPTEMBER 20 Gifford Pinchot – CULTUS LAKE. Moderate 4.4 mi. RT 1100 ft elevation gain to Cultus Lake or 6.8 mi. RT 1600 ft. elevation gain to Lake Wapiki overlook. Mountain views, huckleberries, heather meadows. Drivers need a NW parking pass Meet 8:15 at Pendleton Mills Washougal or if you want to carpool from Fred Meyers, 11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd & Chkalov, SW side by gas station at 8:00 let Craig know. Contact Craig Miller if you plan to hike.

SEPTEMBER 27 Mt. Hood -TOM DICK MOUNTAIN. Moderate 8.4 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) Contact Judi Whiting if you plan to hike.

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.