Friday, June 24, 2016

Upper McCord Creek Falls Hike


Family friendly and easy out and back type hike, you will enjoy beautiful views, forest scenery and the wonderful Upper McCord Creek Falls.
This hike begins at the same location as the Nesmith Point and Elowah hikes. Follow trail #400 along an abandoned road and up a steep incline, where you will come across a junction. Bear right and follow the trail uphill toward McCord Creek Falls. After a few switchbacks, the view will open up to great vistas of the Gorge and Mt. Adams. The trail is cut into the wall and has railings for safety. You will see Elowah Falls from the top, just before entering the forest and coming to McCord Creek Falls. This is a remarkable double falls and well worth the trip. Note that sometimes on dry summer days, only one falls may be flowing. 
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Elowah Falls Hike


Elowah Falls is a beautiful family friendly hike is a great way to spend a day with the family. Featuring a beautiful waterfall and wonderful scenery, this hike is a great way to spend a summer day.
At Elowah Falls, McCord Creek crashes into a huge amphitheater made up of several distinct lava flows. This is a fairly easy hike, appropriate for most beginners, leading to a 289-foot waterfall. There is a small amount of climbing involved, with a summit in the middle of the hike. Follow the trail from the parking area up to junction, veer left to lower trail. 
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wahkeena Falls Hike

This easy family friendly hike is a great choice for a summer day out with the family. Enjoy the beautiful forest scenery, and wonderful view of the waterfall.
This beautiful trail starts by crossing a wooden bridge over Wahkeena Creek. Be sure to head right here; the trail to the left leads to Multnomah Falls. The trail climbs to a stone bridge at the base of Wahkeena Falls, where spray on the trail here is year-round. In the winter, this can get very icy. The trail then starts up a steep section, climbing about 400 feet in half a mile. At the top of this first climb, you'll crest a ridge. Follow the pavement out to the point, called Lemmon's Viewpoint. Return the route you ascended. 
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Golfing At McMenamins Edgefield


McMenamins Edgefield offers a wonderful golfing green great for beginners and fun for all.
Said to be loosely based on the mythic links described in Michael Murphy's novel Golf in the Kingdom, our two par-3 Pub Courses (12 holes & 20 holes) meander throughout the Edgefield property, winding in and around thickets of blackberry bushes, all the while offering panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge while you work on your short game. Holes vary from 43 to 84 yards in length; all guests are welcome, even those who've never swung a club! Both courses are equally challenging, mostly for beginners, but fun for all.
If you play the East Course, stop and pay homage to Jerry at the "Garcia Bronze," a dramatic, tree-like sculpture by artist Joe Cotter that honors the late Grateful Dead guitarist. After your round, visit our clubhouse in the Distillery Bar to toast your victory or discuss your defeat.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Bridal Veil Falls Hike


This quick family friendly hike is a great way to spend time with the kids and see gorgeous views and the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls.
This is a quick, but nice stroll for kids or less mobile hikers. The trail is paved, and all-access, circling the top of a bluff in Bridal Veil Park. There are beautiful views of the Columbia River, as well as a good look at the transportation routes in the area. Numerous historic markers explain Gorge history, geology and plant life. Hikers in the park should check out the Bridal Veil Falls Hike as well.  
Learn more about the Bridal Veil Hike at: gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/bridal-veil-falls.html

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Nesmith Point Hike


This 10 mile hike is great for hikers who want to challenge themselves. Enjoy beautiful views and greenery to an old fire lookout.
Starting from the Elowah Falls Trailhead, hike up to the junction with Trail #400, and continue the very steep ascent, following signs for Nesmith Point.  This will lead you right onto the Nesmith Point Trail (#428), then up to an old road, where you will find an old fire lookout and abandoned outhouse. Once at the top, great views of the Gorge and surrounding mountains allow the weary hiker a nice rest before a knee-breaking trip back down. 
SRC: gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/nesmith-point.html

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rooster Rock Loop


This trail is great way to spend the day with your family. This easy simple loop gives you great views as you walk along the length of the Columbia River.

Trail Description

This is a great, easy-going hike with great river views, especially in fall and winter. It is one of the rare Gorge hikes that follows the Columbia River for most of its length, with views at either end of the loop. 
  
Please note: There is a clothing-optional beach at the east end of the path.

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