Monday Hiking

Clark County Newcomers Club – Monday Hikes for 2022

(Below is the list of hikes for the Monday Hikers for the entire 2022 season. This list could change due to unforeseen circumstances. Make sure to check the latest CCNC Newsletter or website 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. However, the CCNC Monday Hike ratings are not necessarily the same as found in trail books. Please note the distance and elevation gain for each hike.  A good test for elevation-gain endurance is if you can climb up and down a staircase multiple times consecutively and breathing is not overly stressed.  You may also wish to check with your physician, if you have any concerns. You should also be able to maintain a 20-minute mile pace on level ground.

Hikes are planned on Mondays from May into October. For general information regarding Monday hiking, contact Cathy Darragh. To 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. ALL HIKERS ARE 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.  If weather or other unforeseen circumstances cause a hike to be cancelled, the hike organizer will send out an e-mail Sunday evening (the night before the hike). THERE WILL BE NO MORE WEEKLY REMINDERS OF UPCOMING HIKES.

Carpooling from a local meeting point to a trailhead is an option for those who are fully COVID-19 vaccinated.  Driving yourself to the trailhead is always an option and if you have not been vaccinated, our Monday hiking group is requiring that you drive yourself.

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 required that the passengers contribute to the driver at a rate of $.30/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 & Vancouver Lake Park).

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!
  • Please be on time at the designated meeting place ready to carpool. On all hikes we will either stop in route to use bathroom facilities or use them at the trailhead.
  • No dogs are permitted on the Monday hikes.
  • Check your e-mail before leaving for the hike Monday morning, in case of cancellation notice.
  • 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, ticks, etc. along some hiking trails.
    • Personal first-aid kit is recommended. Do not rely on organizer to have one. 

2022 Schedule

To participate in any of the hikes below, contact the individual Hike Organizer. For general questions and information regarding the Monday Hike Group, contact Cathy Darragh.

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Apr 18            Kalama River Front Walk

This is an easy 3 mile hike along the Columbia River at the Kalama River Front off exit 30 on I-5. Enter “McMenamins Harbor Lodge” in your GPS. Park on the South side of McMenamins’ Lodge along the playground/picnic area where we will meet at 10 am. From here we will go South along the river past Ahles cabin and come back going past the lodge to the far North end of the trail, where we will cross over to take an excursion along the Marina and end our hike at the Museum to take a look at the interesting history of Kalama. Afterwards we can enjoy coffee, tea or early lunch at McMenamins with plenty of outdoor seating overlooking the Columbia River or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the picnic area. No carpooling scheduled for this outing.  FYI – Hulga Klager Lilac Gardens and Holland America Flower Gardens (tulips) are in nearby Woodland if you care to visit them. Hike Organizer: Josie Wells.

 Kalama — Hiding in plain sight     FYI from Gregg Herrington

When the Northern Pacific Railroad put its temporary western terminus here in 1870 Kalama was born. Today, the attention of motorists zipping through Kalama on I-5 is drawn west to the bustling Columbia River port, the rail yards and the imposing McMenamins hotel and restaurant. Out of sight a block east of the freeway is Kalama’s main street, aka the Old Pacific Highway. Highlights: Four antique stores; the upscale Ella Gray Home & Gifts in a 1913 bank building next door to the Kalama Tobacco and Spirits store with fishing and hunting supplies, roll-your-own cigarette papers and liquor. The 1909 St. Joseph’s Catholic Church sits just up the hill from the shops. Venture higher for sweeping views of the city and river. Getting there: I-5 Exit 32 southbound, 30 northbound

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April 25         Lacamas Creek Trail to Round Lake in Camas

A moderate 4 mile hike on a network of trails in dense forest, passing some waterfalls on the creek, going around Round Lake, and enjoying the blooming of the famous Camas Lilies.  About 400 ft. total elevation gain mostly flat.  Bring a snack if desired. It could be muddy, so bring extra shoes to change into for the ride home.  Meet 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:  Kim Chenault.

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 May 2           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. inside the parking lot for Vancouver Lake near the facilities.  Parking fee of $3 at Vancouver Lake Park. Hike Organizer: Linda Beno.

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 May 9           Moulton Falls 

Start at the Hantwick Road Trailhead north of Battle Ground.  Hike a 5-mile mostly 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. Carpooling Fee: $7 per vehicle. Hike Organizer: Carol Frizzell.

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May 16         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 moderate 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. Carpooling Fee: $17 per vehicle.  Hike Organizer: Tammy Silver.

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May 23          Cape Horn   

A moderate 5.2-mile round trip hike to Nancy Russell Overlook with 800 ft. elevation gain.  Hike through forest and enjoy a fantastic view of the Columbia River Gorge.  No pass is required. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the Pendleton Woolen Mill in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot). Carpooling Fee: $6 per vehicle.  Hike Organizer:  Bill Baird.

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 May 30           Memorial Day Holiday – No Hike

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June 6           Oxbow  Regional Park – Gresham, OR 

Generally considered an easy route, this is a popular trail for hiking past an ancient forest, up on the Alder Ridge, and past the Sandy River. 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. Trail Stats: Moderate 5.5 miles, 300’ elevation.  Carpooling Fee: $16 per vehicle & $5 park fee. Hike OrganizerCarol Frizzell.

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 June 13           Ridgefield Wildlife Preserve 

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.  Carpooling Fee: $8 per vehicle.  Hike Organizer:  Marilyn Seitzinger.

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 June 20         Washington Park/Rose Garden 

Hike a moderate 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 at 8:30 am, at the WSDOT Park and Ride lot east of Grand Central Shopping Center. If approaching from Highway 14 westbound, take exit 1, Columbia House Blvd.; take a left at the exit & the lot is on your left). Carpooling Fee: $7.50 per vehicle.   Hike Organizer:  Penny McLaren.

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 June 27         Beacon Rock, and Hardy and Rodney Falls  

The hike will begin at Beacon Rock and ascend 848 feet up for the best view of the Gorge. We will then cross the road and begin the moderate/difficult 3.5 miles round trip, 440 feet elevation gain hike 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.  We will stop for lunch along the way.  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Pendleton Woolen Mill in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot).  Carpooling Fee: $12 per vehicle & $10 WA Discover Day Pass fee. Hike Organizer:  Marilyn Seitzinger

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July 4              July 4 Holiday – No Hike

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 July 11          Dry Creek Falls

Hike to Dry Creek Falls in the Gorge near Cascade Locks.  This is a moderate 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 Woolen Mill in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot).  Carpooling Fee: $16 per vehicle & $4 for tolls.  Hike Organizer:  Sally Galligan.

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July 18       Twin Lakes

Hike the Pacific Crest Trail through hemlock and fir forest to two beautiful alpine lakes. This out & back trail is 5.6 miles with a gradual elevation gain of 900 feet.  A moderate hike. The drive is about 1.5 hours one way.  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.  Carpooling Fee: $38 per vehicle.  Hike Organizer:  Cathy Darragh.

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July 25          Falls Creek Falls

Moderate 3.4-mile round trip hike with 650 ft. elevation gain to a spectacular triple-tiered waterfall of 250 ft. in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  No trail pass is required. The trail is creek-side through a beautiful old growth forest.  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Pendleton Woolen Mill in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot).  Carpooling Fee: $30 per vehicle.  Hike Organizer:  Tammy Silver.

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August 1       Wind River Arboretum Trail, PCT to Overlook, Panther Creek Falls

This outing includes several stops, all in the same general Thornton Munger research area north of Carson with drives in between.  We will start with a trail in a new section, Wind River Arboretum, a 2-mile round trip flat trail going through a forested experimental research area that was established to determine what species of trees would grow in the Pacific Northwest. The trail has interpretive signs. Then drive a short distance to hike a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, an uphill 4 mile out and back hike with a 700 ft. elevation gain in a wooded area climbing to a lookout (where we stop to eat). After we get back to the cars, if there is interest and time allows, we might also add a former stop, the Whistle Punk Trail, a 1.5 flat loop walk around a historical logging operation area.  Finally, (do not change out of your hiking boots yet and take poles) we drive about 8 miles to a very scenic Panther Creek Falls, a downhill hike (and back up!)  of about a quarter mile to a scenic view of a beautiful falls. Slippery conditions and some mud could be on this trail if there has been recent rain, some drop-offs.  Drivers need a NW Forest Pass or Senior Pass.  Meet at 8:30 am at the Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot).  Carpooling Fee: $30 per vehicle.  Hike Organizer:  Penny McLaren.

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August 8       Mt. Talbert

This is an easy 5.7 mile hike with 630-ft elevation gain.  Explore the Mt. Talbert trail network which is near Clackamas Town Center, 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.  Carpooling Fee: $9 per vehicle. Hike Organizer: 
Sally Galligan.

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August 15     Burnt Lake              

This 7 mile round trip Mt. Hood hike passes through second-growth woods with ancient stumps and through uncut stands of Douglas fir, hemlock, and cedar. This well graded mostly shaded trail which is a steady climb passes a waterfall, wild flowers, and huckleberries on the way to Burnt Lake.  As we walk around the lake, we enjoy the reflection of Mt. Hood.  Strenuous. Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft. Drivers need a NW 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. Carpooling Fee: $31 per vehicle.  Hike Organizer:  Cathy Darragh.

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August 22     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 NW Forest Pass or a Senior Pass.  Meet at 8:30 AM at the Pendleton Woolen Mill in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot).  Carpooling Fee: $18 per vehicle & $4 for tolls. Hike Organizer Tammy Silver.

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August 29     Forest Park/Pittock Mansion/Macleay Trail 

Moderate 5.9-mile hike with 800 ft. elevation gain. Starting at Lower Macleay Park (NW 29th Ave and Upshur St) we will hike to the Audubon Society and then 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 8:30 am, at the WSDOT Park and Ride lot east of Grand Central Shopping Center. If approaching from Highway 14 westbound, take exit 1, Columbia House Blvd.; take a left at the exit & the lot is on your left).  Carpooling Fee: $6 per vehicle.  Hike Organizer: Bill Baird.

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September 5            Labor Day Holiday – No Hike

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September 12          Red Rocks Pass Toutle Trail #238 to Blue Lake.

This moderate trail in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest area starts from the Red Rock Pass trailhead up to Mt. St. Helen’s Monument area into an ancient lava flow, then goes into meadows with huckleberries to mixed forest. It is about 7 miles round trip with an approximate 800 foot elevation gain and crosses one rocky ravine to get to Blue Lake. Road to trailhead has potholes. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Albertson’s Parking lot on 20th Ave, north of 134th, at the Starbucks end. Total driving distance is 110 miles round trip. Drivers need a NW Forest Pass or a Senior Pass.   Carpooling Fee: $33 per vehicle. Hike Organizer Robin Bean.

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September 19          Silver Falls

Hike the Trail of Ten Falls near Silverton, Oregon, a moderate, 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.  A second option is to hike 8.2 miles with an elevation gain of 900 feet and carpool accordingly.  FYI: 128-mile drive RT. 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. Carpooling Fee: $38 per vehicle & $5 park fee. Hike Organizer:  Sally Galligan.

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September 26            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 NW 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. Carpooling Fee: $29 per vehicle. Hike Organizer: Linda Beno.

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October 3     Wahkeena Falls to Multnomah Falls                

More challenging 5 mile loop with 1700 ft. elevation gain.  Hike through a forest by streams with many waterfalls.  No parking passes required.  Meet at 8:30 AM 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. Carpooling Fee: $17 per vehicle. Hike Organizer: Cathy Darragh.

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October 10   Gillette Lake

This is a 5.6-mile out and back trail to Gillette Lake, with an elevation gain of about 650 feet.  It is on the Washington side of the Columbia River, starting from a trailhead near the Bonneville Visitor Center.  A short way from the trailhead, the trail joins the Pacific Crest Trail. This somewhat wooded trail will pass through a clear cut and underneath power lines before it arrives at the lake which is the lunch stop and turnaround point.  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pendleton Woolen Mill in Washougal (southwest corner of parking lot). About 50 mile drive round trip. Drivers need a NW Forest Pass or Senior Pass.  Carpooling Fee: $15 per vehicle. Hike Organizer: Robin Bean.

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