Thursday, July 28, 2016

Multnomah And Wahkeena Falls Loop

This longer but fairly easy hike is great for those looking to see more waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. Family friendly, this 4.8-mile hike has an elevation gain of 1540 ft but is worth every beautiful step.
For the most waterfalls on a moderate hike, this loop can't be beat! It encompasses towering Multnomah Falls, rapids and smaller falls of Multnomah Creek, and the tumbling, gradual descent of Wahkeena Creek. A very popular trail; the best time to go is during the spring when the falls are at their best. 
The loop can be completed in either direction, starting at Wahkeena or Multnomah Falls trailheads. Starting at Multnomah Falls will get you past the crowds first. After a steep climb of nearly a mile and 11 switchbacks on a paved trail, the trail splits, with the paved way continuing out to Multnomah Falls viewpoint. Take a look from the top of the falls, and then continue on the loop by following the Larch Mountain Trail. It turns left at the top of the ridge (where the branch to the top of the falls went right) and immediately crosses a bridge to the west bank of Multnomah Creek. 
The next 0.8 miles along this trail passes a series of smaller waterfalls. Along the creek, as at other places in the Gorge, you're likely to see water ouzel, bobbing their legs and diving beneath the fast-flowing water. This is a beautiful section of trail. 
You will come to a signed intersection with the Wahkeena Trail #420, which turns off to the right, leading west towards the Wahkeena Creek basin. Turn right here and continue uphill out of the Multnomah valley. Just don't forget to look around behind you. The view up Multnomah Creek is wonderful; the narrow valley framed by tall firs covered in moss.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bell Creek Loop Hike

Are you looking for a challenge this summer? Have a fitness goal you are looking to break? Bell Creek Loop Hike is perfect for that! This expert level hike is 14.5 miles long with an elevation gain of 3330 ft! Be surrounded by beautiful forest scenery and view waterfalls the Columbia River Gorge is known for, all while setting a fitness goal!
Begin at on the Oneonta Trail #424 and climb to the junction with Gorge Trail #400. The trail reaches a shelf above the Columbia River where viewpoints are accessible on a side-trail. Pass a junction to the Horsetail Falls Trail (#438), then continue on to Triple Falls, followed by the bridge over Oneonta Creek. 
The trail continues alongside the creek past another bridge. Turn left on Horsetail Creek Trail (#425) and come to the Oneonta Creek ford. After crossing the creek, switchback up about 20 times in 2.3 miles, and turn right on Bell Creek Trail (#459). Pass through three miles of forest and wetlands until you reach the junction with Oneonta Trail (#424). Turn right and keep to trail #424, bypassing a few other junctions, and pass Oneonta Canyon to complete the loop. 
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Changes Late Summer Salmon Fishing

This summer there will be changes to the late summer salmon fishing. If you plan on fishing in the Columbia River tributaries, these changes will come into effect August 1st.

Fall salmon regulation changes begin Monday, Aug. 1, and with the forecasted reduced coho run size, anglers will be limited to two hatchery adult coho – which was previously six fish – on all tributaries to the Lower Columbia River.
They include: Deep River; mainstem Grays River including West Fork; Elochoman River; Cowlitz River; Toutle River; North Fork Toutle River; Green River (Cowlitz County); Tilton River; Cispus River; Kalama River; Lewis River including North Fork; Washougal River; and Klickitat River.
In an effort to remove stray hatchery fish from the spawning grounds, for the first time ever hatchery chinook and hatchery coho will be allowed to be retained during hatchery steelhead seasons.
They include: Delemeter Creek; Olequa Creek; Stillwater Creek; Lacamas Creek (Lewis County); Salmon Creek (Lewis County); Outlet Creek (Cowlitz County); South Fork Toutle River; Blue Creek (Lewis County) from mouth to posted sign above rearing pond outlet; Mill Creek (Lewis County) from mouth to hatchery road crossing culvert; East Fork Lewis River from mouth to 400 feet downstream of Horseshoe Falls; Salmon Creek (Clark County) from mouth to 182 Ave.; Little Washougal River; West (North) Fork Washougal River; Hamilton Creek; Lower Rock Creek (Skamania County) from mouth to falls; and White Salmon River from county road bridge upstream to 400 feet below Big Brother Falls.
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Upper McCord Creek Falls

Upper McCord Creek Falls is a wonderful trail for a summer day in The Gorge! Come see the beautiful double falls and the wonderful views and forest scenery!
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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Friday, July 22, 2016

Barnyard Concerts in Troutdale

Join the Troutdale Historical Society for a Barnyard Concert at the Harlow House Park along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Enjoy a Barnyard Concert on Friday, August 5th and again on Friday, September 2nd, 2016. Listening to free music near the Sandy River while the sun sets is a beautiful way to start your weekend. Learn more about Troutdale's Barnyard Concerts below.
The Barnyard concert will be on the back lawn of Harlow House Park, 732 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, next door to the Barn Exhibit Hall, featuring an exhibit on the Historic Columbia River Highway. The highway exhibit will be open for the evening. The concert is free and guests should bring a blanket or chairs.
Jere Hudson plays with local bands Possum Six-Pack and Biere Malheureux. Zach also calls square dances.

The society plans two more concerts on Troutdale's First Fridays, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2, featuring singer Tom Arbuckle. All events are free.
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wahkeena Falls

This beautiful trail is great easy hike for the family this summer! Waterfalls and bridges and beautiful scenery this almost 3 mile hike is a great excursion for the family!
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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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Elowah Falls Hike

Elowah Falls is a longer hike with beautiful views and a gorgeous waterfall that make it worth the trek out. Appropriate for beginning hikers this trail is a great idea for a day trip to the Gorge!
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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