Monday Hiking

Monday Hikes – 2020

(Revised – 03/21/20)

Below is the list of hikes for the Monday Hikers for the entire 2020 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. 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 April through 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 at 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.  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).

Because of virus concerns, there will be no carpooling for hikes through May 2020 and hikers will meet at the trailhead.  If circumstances warrant, starting in June, hikers will meet at a central location and carpool to and from the hike. We hope hikers will take their turn at driving when needed. We use 5 different locations around the county.

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 that the passengers contribute to the driver at a 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 & 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, etc. along some hiking trails.
    • Personal first-aid kit is recommended.

2020 Schedule

The beginning of this hiking schedule is tentative as determined by Governor Inslee’s stay-at-home order and trails being open for hiking.

May 11             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 April blooming of the famous Camas Lilies.  About 400 ft. total elevation gain mostly flat.  We will picnic at the lakeshore. Meet at 9:00 am at the trailhead entrance. Hike Organizer will state at which trailhead to meet & provide detailed directions.  Hike Organizer:  Carol Bonney.

Round Lake

May 18           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: Cheryl Lewis.

May 25           Memorial Day Holiday – No Hike

 June 1           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: Carol Frizzell.

Moulton Falls

 June 8           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. Hike Organizer Marilyn Seitzinger.

June 15         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 Cascade Station and take the MAX Red Line.  Hike Organizer:  Penny McLaren.

Washington Park/Rose Garden

June 22         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. Hike Organizer: Heidi Ellett.

Bridal Veil and Latourell Falls

 June 29         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).    Drivers will need a Washington Discover Pass. Hike Organizer:  Marilyn Seitzinger.

Beacon Rock and Hardy & Rodney Falls

 July 6              (July 4 Holiday the Friday before) – No Hike

 July 13          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).  Hike Organizer:  Bill Baird.

Dry Creek Falls

July 20          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).  Hike Organizer:  Carol Frizzell.

 July 27          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).  Hike Organizer:  Tammy Silver.

Falls Creek Falls

 August 3       Twin Lakes

Hike the Pacific Coast 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.  Hike Organizer:  Cathy Darragh.

Twin Lakes

August 10     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.  The drive is about 1.5 hours one way.  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.

August 17     Forest Park/Pittock Mansion/Macleay Trail 

Moderate 5.4-mile hike with 400 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. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Fred Meyer Grand Central parking lot. Park in the west parking lot near Gentle Dental. Hike Organizer: Heidi Ellett.

 August 24     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 Hwy.503 and Main Street in Battle Ground; west end of the parking lot.  Mileage is 94 miles round trip.   Hike Organizer:  Cathy Darragh.

Siouxon Creek

August 31     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:  Carol Bonney.

Old Salmon River Trail

 September 7            Labor Day Holiday – No Hike

 September 14          Red Rocks Pass Toutle Trail #238.

This moderate trail in the Mt. St. Helen’s Monument area starts up 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. Drivers need a NW parking pass. 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. Hike Organizer: Tammy Silver.

Red Rocks Pass Toutle Trail

 September 21          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 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.  Hike organizer:  Ruth Fleming. To contact Ruth on the day of the hike with cancellations or messages, send text to the cell number.

 September 28          Powell Butte Loop

This is a moderate 5.3-mile hike; 695 feet elevation gain.  The 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:  Bill Baird.

October 5                 Silver Falls

Hike the Trail of Ten Falls near Silverton, OR, 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. Oregon State Park Day Passes are $5 at the trailhead.  Hike Organizer: Cathy Darragh.

Silver Falls

October 14               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 to get to the center of downtown, then hop off and walk to the train which we will take back to Cascade Station. 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:  Heidi Ellett.

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