Friday, May 30, 2014

Free Download | Columbia River Gorge: National Scenic Area


Download your free copy of Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area National Geographic Maps: Trails Illustrated by National Geographic Maps. This book includes carefully researched trails, campsites, forest service roads, points-of-interests and more all on the Columbia River Gorge Area. Click here for your FREE google drive download. Read a description of this book below.
Considered one of the best year-round outdoor recreation areas in the country, the Columbia River Gorge contains countless opportunities for hikers, climbers, kayakers, cyclists, windsurfers, and winter sports enthusiasts alike. The 80 mile long gorge contains diverse ecosystems ranging from the lush Oneonta Gorge Rain Forest to the arid Celilo Grasslands.
Backcountry users will find the UTM and Latitude/Longitude grids as well as other accurate navigation features perfect for exploring the region confidently and safely. Areas included on the map: - Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area - White Salmon, Klickitat, Sandy, and Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic Rivers - Pacific Crest and Oregon Trails - Mount Hood, Columbia River Gorge, Historic Columbia River Highway, and Yakima Scenic Byways - Hood River County Northwest OHV Area - National Wildlife Refuges - Washington and Oregon State and County Parks, Forests and Recreation Areas - Popular Waterfall Locations - Recreation, Safety, Contact and Wilderness Permit Information - Overlap with the portions of the Gifford-Pinchot and Mount Hood National Forests
SRC:  Read some reviews of this book at Amazon 
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Explore the Columbia River Gorge


One of the many great things the Columbia River Gorge has to offer is its perfect climate for grape growing, this means wine. There are many options when it comes to wine tasting in the gorge, Columbia Crest and Syncline are a couple. The Columbia River Highway is also packed full of easily viewed waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls, Elowah Falls, Tunnel Falls and the Oneonta Gorge. Read a description of Roadtrippers: Anna Hider's experience in the Gorge.
There's zero doubt that the Columbia River Gorge is gorge-ous-- Oregon even declared it one of their Seven Wonders. The best way to explore this Oregonian treasure? Start your road trip in Portland, then head East along the historic Columbia River Parkway, and end your trip in nearby Walla Walla, Washington (fun to say, huh?). Along the way, you'll cruise past breathtaking waterfalls and peaceful wineries-- sounds like the perfect vacation!
SRC: For more photos of Anna Hider's Columbia River Gorge experience visit: Roadtrippers.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Free Download | Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge


Download your free copy of Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge: National Scenic Area, Silver Star Scenic Area, Portland-Vancouver to The Dalles by Craig Romano. This book includes ratings of difficulty of hikes, photos and more. Click here for your FREE download. Read a description of this book below.
The most expansive and up-to-date hiking coverage of the Columbia River Gorge region. The Columbia River Gorge forms much of the long border between Washington and Oregon, offering hikers a multitude of beautiful trails. Famous for its cascading waterfalls, the region offers spectacular views of the mighty river and its windswept bluffs, as well as stunning panoramas of the surrounding landscape and peaks including Mount Hood, Mount St Helens, and Mount Adams. 
Day Hiking: Columbia River Gorge features over 100 day hikes on both sides of the river, extensive year-round hiking options, and trails in the National Scenic Area, Silver Star Scenic Area, Trapper Creek, Clark County, and beyond.
SRC:  Read some reviews of this book at Amazon.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Benson Bridge at Multnomah Fall is Open

Benson Bridge | Multnomah Falls, OR
It is official, the Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls is open. It is time to visit the 620 foot waterfall we know as Multnomah Falls. The bridge has been repaired and is ready to be enjoyed. You may also notice something new at the eastbound Interstate 84 exit to Multnomah Falls, an automatic gate that closes when the parking is full. Read more about this new gate below.
The parking lot exceeds capacity several times a year, especially on weekends, and cars waiting for parking spaces sometimes back up onto the eastbound I-84 travel lanes, creating a safety hazard. 

The gate is accompanied by signs announcing the closure. In addition, two large message boards will notify eastbound motorists when the parking lot is closed, one at Benson State Park approximately one mile west of Multnomah Falls and the other just before the exit to the falls.
For more information on the reopening of Benson Bridge visit:  KOIN 6.
To read more details on the new gate at Multnomah Falls visit: KATU.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Terry Richard's Top 10 Wildflower Hikes in the Columbia River Gorge.

MEMALOOSE HILLS, near Mosier, Ore., April 29, 2014: At the peak of the spring wildflower bloom in the Memaloose Hills, between Mosier and Rowena Crest. Terry Richard/The Oregonian
Terry Richard has been reporting on travel and outdoor recreation for The Oregonian since 1973. He knows his stuff and the best spots to view wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge in the spring. His top 3 include: Dalles Mountain, Memaloose Hills, and Catherine Creek. Read his description of Memaloose Hills below.
2. Memaloose Hills: An unmarked trail from I-84's Memaloose rest area near Mosier; best to go with an organized group (or drive rural roads south and east of Mosier to see entire slopes ablaze in color). An informal access is a quartermile south on March Cut-off Road from the Historic Columbia River Highway. There is a small pull off area on the west for access to about a square mile of public lands. The photos with this post were taken April 29, 2014.
SRC: Learn Terry's Complete top 10 Wildflower Hikes at: Oregon Live.

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Columbia River Gorge | National Treasure on the Old Oregon Trail


Free for Download, Read the Columbia River Gorge : National Treasure on the Old Oregon Trail. This book was published September 24th, 2003 and is full of the early history of the Columbia Gorge, the settlers activities and so much more. Read a detailed description of this book below.
Lying in the shadows of Mt. Hood and the Cascade peaks, Columbia River Gorge is as rich in history as the bounty its fertile soils provide. From the numerous native tribes, Lewis & Clark, and famed botanist David Douglas to a guru's siege at Antelope and the modern Gorge's reputation for world-class windsurfing, its stories shape the area into a thriving chain of distinctive communities. The Gorge meshes its vibrant past with a stunning physical backdrop to provide the perfect vista for all who are curious about this alluring region.
SRC: For Free Download visit: Download Columbia River Gorge: National Treasure on the Old Oregon Trail by Cheryl Dohnal.

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Beyond Latourell Falls

 

Did you know there is an upper and lower Latourell Falls? Most of us only visit the lower Latourell Falls, it is easy to get to right off the Historic Columbia River Highway. If your up for a 2+ miles hike, well worth it, you can visit the upper Latourell Falls. Better yet, do it backwards. Read below for an explanation of why you should do the Latourell Falls loop hike backwards.
Waterfalls, as we all know, are quite a treat.  So, for this (and I’d argue, all) waterfall hikes, do the work first – hike uphill in the forest first, and then, as you wind downhill, you’ll be rewarded with first the upper falls, and, finally, the lower falls.  A couple more hundred yards, and you’ll be back at your vehicle.  And a nice restroom.
SRC: Read more details about this hike at: Columbia River Gorge Parks.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

STEAM Career Day in The Dalles a Success

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, this was the first STEAM Career Day held by The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA), and is hoped to become an annual event. All seventh graders in the Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Skamania and Klicktat counties were invited to participate in this event. Some of the presenters included Google, Insitu, CGCC Renewable Energy Technology Program, just to name a few. Read more about the success of this event below.
“We support school groups coming to the CGCC campus regularly,” said Suzanne Burd, “so it was a natural fit. Today was the most we’ve had at any one time though!” Students watched a small 3D printer in action and multicopters being flown, went inside an ambulance and Insitu’s control truck, learned the importance of story development in videography and much more.
“The feedback we received was wonderful,” Ann Harris said. “I didn’t have opportunities like this when I was growing up. If even just one student decides to pursue a career in these areas as a result of today, I think we’ll all consider it a success.”
The Gorge Technology Alliance supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge with networking and educational events, business support and promotion, workforce development and youth robotics. 

SRC: Learn more about STEAM and the GTA at: The Dalles Chronicle.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Clear Lake Campground

Clear Lake Campground View of Lake
As the sun starts warming up for summer, camping is sure to follow. Although we all have our favorites it is always fun to try out a new place to pitch a tent. Clear Lake Campground is located in the Mt. Hood Wilderness Area. Clear Lake is great for swimming, picnicking, hiking, day or night camping, and it has a boat ramp. This camp includes restrooms and water, costing $20 per night. Read about 'Happy Hikers Happy Campers' Kayla B.'s experience at Clear Lake below.
This campground is awesome! The views of the lake are stunning! If you’re lucky enough, you can get a site that has views and quick access to the lake. When we stayed, the two best sites were already reserved (though no one ever showed up to claim them!) Luckily, there was one site (#3) directly across from those two sites, so we weren’t too far from the lake.
SRC: View more photos of this Clear Lake Campground at: Happy Hikers Happy Campers.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls
Horsetail Falls, as seen in the photo above, is just off the Historic Columbia River Highway. This waterfall is one of the easiest to get to, no hiking required. If hiking is desired this is one the easier hikes, a total of 2.9 miles with difficulty of easy to moderate. This may not be one to bring the kids or dogs to because of the lack of guard rails, but it does provide stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge. Read more about 'Happy Hikers Happy Campers' Kayla B.'s experience at the Horsetail Falls Hike below.
The hike is fairly easy, but there are quite a few switchbacks at the beginning of the trail, which is why I listed it as being easy/moderate.
The waterfalls are also incredible on this hike. From the parking lot you can see Horsetail Falls itself, which is rather stunning. The gusts of wind when we went hiking blew water from the falls all the way out onto the road and into the parking lot.
SRC: View more pictures and read more details about the Horsetail Falls Hike at: Happy Hikers Happy Campers
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

RMEF volunteers Ron Harder (left) and Ed Drew
assist with hand-casting of seeding
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has volunteered within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area. By using prescribed burning and seeding treatment, they are conserving and protecting the elk habitat. Read more about this area where the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteered at below.
The Seven Mile/Rowena Plateau is a beautiful oak, savannah area located on high bluffs overlooking the Columbia River west of The Dalles. It supports a resident elk herd of approximately 70 animals, with 150 elk generally wintering in the area.
SRC: Learn more about this volunteer project at: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Angels Rest

Angels Rest
Angels Rest is a very popular hike whose trailhead is right off the Historic Columbia River Highway and should be walked to with caution. It is a difficult / strenuous hike, 4.7 miles long and is great all spring, summer and fall. Read some of what 'Happy Hikers Happy Campers' Kayla B. had to say about the trail below.
Angel’s Rest can be made into a “choose your own adventure” kind of hike if you want. If you really want to go for it, you can hike up to Angel’s Rest, then go another 4 or so miles to get to either Wahkeena Falls or Devil’s Rest. We haven’t done that at this point, but it could be a fun backpacking trip if you’re feeling adventurous.
SRC: More fantastic photos and detail on Angels Rest at: Happy Hikers Happy Campers.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

McNeil Point Hike



The Mt. Hood Wilderness area has many beautiful trails and camping. 'Happy Hikers Happy Campers' Kayla B. provides a great guide through one of those trails, the McNeil Point Hike.This hike is 10.5 miles, skill level difficult, and best in the late spring, summer and early fall. Read below about the different trailheads to get to McNeil Point.
There are multiple trailheads you can start at to get McNeil Point: McGee Creek, Mazama, Pacific Crest, Top Spur, Elk Cove, Vista Ridge, Pinnacle Ridge, and even Ramona Falls. Each trailhead offers its own length and challenges.
David and I went with the Top Spur trailhead this time around. Back in September of 2012, we went along McGee Creek (though we ended up not going all the way to McNeil Point that time), which is about the same length and difficulty.


SRC: View more photos and details of the McNeil Point Hike at: Happy Hikers Happy Campers.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Oneonta Gorge

Oneonta Gorge is not for everyone, located along the Columbia River Gorge, near the Multnomah Falls. It is very difficult to get to, theres not much hiking but there is alot of climbing. A jungle gym of logs over the water is all you have to get through in order to see the fun waterfall on the other side. The sense of accomplishment and wet pant legs as well as a beautiful view are in store for those who seek out Oneonta Gorge. Read about Photographer, Thomas Chamberlin's experience below.
I’m not sure why the state of Oregon hasn’t cleared that log jam. I suspect they are waiting for a movie studio to want to shoot back in there bad enough to dynamite the log jam for them. This would be a great place to shoot a movie.
The water in the spring is fairly swift and deep. Everything in the bottom pockets of my photography vest got wet. Oneonta Gorge is relative short and there is a waterfall at the end of it.  You can see the end of it once over the log jam, though you don’t know it because the waterfall is off to one side a bit.
SRC: Read more about Thomas Chamberlin's trips and view more of his photography at: http://chamimage.wordpress.com/

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rowena Crest

Photographer Thomas Chamberlin took a trip to the Columbia River Gorge, specifically to the Rowena Crest. Rowena Crest is a plateau overlooking the Columbia Gorge, on the Oregon side, between Hood River and The Dalles. Read more about Thomas trip below.
The next morning was still raining, but it cleared just in time for the sunrise. The workshop group was working an area facing east, shooting into the sun. The photos I’ve seen looked very good. I worked the area facing northwest. I was all alone out there. There were deer grazing. Turkey vultures nest in the rock face overlooking the river.
SCR: Read more about Thomas Chamberlin's trip and view more of his photos of Rowena Crest at: http://chamimage.wordpress.com/

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Keeping your Dog Safe on Trails

Photo by Steve Kadel
The weather is warming up and the trails are waiting. If you enjoy hiking in the Columbia River Gorge so will your dog. Keep some of these things in mind in order to keep your dog safe while taking those hikes.

  • Hydration
  • First Aid Kit for Dogs
  • Waste collection baggies
  • Leash
Also you should be aware of Salmon poisoning, read more about this below. 
White and Williams caution that salmon poisoning can occur if dogs get into water and eat a contaminated minnow or lick rocks with salmon residue. If that happens, gastro-intestinal symptoms will appear within seven to 10 days and a veterinarian should be consulted.

SRC: For full article of how to keeps dogs safe while on the trails visit The Reflector.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Double Mountain Horse Ranch

Double Mountain Horse Ranch
The Double Mountain Horse Ranch is located in Hood River, Oregon. They offer full day rides, half day rides, birthday parties and more. If there are any specific views of the Columbia Gorge you are hoping to see on your ride, Double Mountain Horse Ranch will provide a custom day trip. Read a review on Double Mountain Horse Ranch from TripAdvisor below.
In June I wanted to do some horse riding in Hood River on my vacation from England. I tried the Double Mountain Horse Ranch and has a unforgettable time. Margo was terrific, very knowledgable about the area, sets the pace you wanted to go and was very friendly and helpful. 
The horses were really good - she has a large number and will pick the correct horse for your ability. During our ride we stopped off at the winery (which was also rather pleasant) before riding back. I thoroughly recommend you give it a go.  ~Julie G 
SRC: Read more reviews on Double Mountain Horse Ranch at TripAdvisor

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