Monday, March 28, 2016

Trail Closures to Keep in Mind this Spring

If you are headed out for a hike in the Gorge this spring, make sure you double-check that your hiking trail is open and passable. Winter storms in the Columbia River Gorge washed out trails and totaled bridges. Here are some notable trail closures to keep in mind this spring: 
CASCADE LOCKS, Oregon — Winter can be a tricky season in the Columbia River Gorge. High rainfall leads to gushing waterfalls, but it also leads to crumbling earth. 
Landslides and windstorms are nothing new in the Gorge, but as our especially wet winter warms into a drizzly spring, fresh storm damage greets hikers on some of the most popular trails in the Gorge, cutting off or complicating access to waterfalls and scenic vistas at the region's best season.
"We're just seeing the effects of this really wet, wet soil," explained Stan Hinatsu, recreation staff officer for the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. "We're just finally getting the kind of weather we haven't seen in a long time."
Trail closures are posted on the websites of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area and Oregon State Parks (which manages some land in the area), as well as at the trailheads, but here are all the known weather-related trail closures in the Gorge, as of spring 2016.
Eagle Creek
The most notable damage came this past December on the Eagle Creek Trail, easily the most popular in the area, where a fallen tree took out a bridge only two-miles into the 13-mile trail.
The 40-foot-long metal bridge will cost tens of thousands of dollars to replace, according to Hinatsu, and should be out for at least a year while the U.S. Forest Service gathers funds and coordinates the replacement project, which will require a helicopter to airlift the old bridge out and the new bridge in.
"It's going to be a pretty expensive bridge," he said.
The downed bridge blocks off easy access to two of the hike's most stunning waterfalls - Tunnel Falls and Twister Falls - though hikers can still get to Punchbowl Falls and Metlako Falls before the closure.
How long will it be out? The official estimate right now is at least one year, though that timeframe could get shorter or longer depending on how easily the money comes.
Can you pass? A lot of hikers are crossing Tish Creek via a makeshift bridge made of small logs, but the U.S. Forest Service encourages all hikers to turn around, as a 15-foot waterfall looms just beneath the bridge.
Upper McCord Creek
The Upper McCord Creek Trail in John B. Yeon State Park, which leads to the spectacular dual plunges of Upper McCord Creek Falls, is impassable thanks to a major landslide in a treacherous part of the trail.
While the trail is technically closed only a short way up, the only big damage doesn't come until you get up near the top, where the trail cuts underneath overhanging rock, a pipe handrail between you and a plunge down to Elowah Falls below.
The landslide happened back in late November, according to Oregon State Parks, and efforts to clear it up have been stymied by weather and schedule conflicts ever since.
"I've been telling people 'two weeks, two weeks, two weeks,' but it's been six or seven weeks now," explained Glenn Littrell, Oregon State Parks ranger supervisor for the Gorge.
With weather clearing up for spring, crews should be able to get together and get out to the trail to clean it up within the next two to four weeks, he said.
How long will it be out? Two to four weeks would put the trail reopening in mid-to-late April.
Can you pass? No. Seriously. Passing would require climbing up and over the landslide debris at the edge of a very tall cliff - that's dangerous in a number of ways. Some people have been doing it, Littrell said, but it's highly inadvisable. Hike through at your own risk.
Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail
The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is popular among cyclists, runners and hikers, but part of the trail will be tricky to cross for the time being.
A paved section of the trail between the Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery and the Ruckel Creek Bridge is currently blocked by a landslide that brought dirt, boulders and several small trees across the way.
You can still access the base of Ruckel Creek Falls, but getting to the Ruckel Creek Trail or any points farther east on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail requires passing through the debris.
When I called to ask Littrell about the landslide near Ruckel Creek, he said Oregon State Parks didn't know about it yet. That means there's no solid estimate on how long the trail will be blocked, but Littrell said it will likely be a priority, possibly jumping ahead of the project on Upper McCord Creek.
How long will it be out? There's no estimate right now, but Oregon State Parks will likely make it a priority.
Can you pass? If you can duck under some branches and over a couple logs, you can make your way past the debris pretty easily. But, as always, officials don't recommend it. Proceed with caution and at your own risk.
SRC: Find more Columbia River Gorge news at: www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/5925f2482d5a470eb4466101adaaa56d/OR--Outdoors-Columbia-Gorge-Trails

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Take a Drive Through the Columbia River Gorge


The beauty of the Columbia River Gorge is accessible to all! Amazing views and commanding waterfalls can be reached on famous Gorge hikes, but these views can also be seen by car! Travel Oregon offers this guide for a driving tour through the Gorge, something that can be enjoying if you are a local wanting a drive for the day, or if you are hosting guests from out of town.

Troutdale and the Sandy

To begin your journey from Portland, take Interstate 84 east to exit 17. Follow the signs through the quaint town of Troutdale and over the Sandy River to the Historic Columbia River Highway. In 1805, Lewis and Clark camped along the banks of the Sandy, which ran gritty with ash from the 1802 eruption of volcanic Mount Hood. The road follows the Wild and Scenic Sandy River for several miles, then climbs past orchards and blueberry fields through the communities of Springdale and Corbett, offering glimpses of snow-capped Mount Hood.

Gorgeous Vistas from Crown Point

At the Portland Women’s Forum State Scenic overlook at Chanticleer Point, you get your first glance of the Columbia River and the Gorge: this is the vista that inspired the Highway’s founding father, Sam Hill. The stone guard walls and graceful arches are typical of the highway’s exquisite craftsmanship. The Vista House at Crown Point is an Oregon treasure, one of the most photographed and recognizable in the Columbia River Gorge. Built as a memorial to Oregon pioneers, it offers an inspiring view of the Gorge and the mountains of the Cascade Range.

Unforgettable Falls

To help motorists navigate the 600-foot vertical drop from Crown Point, Lancaster engineered a series of what’s known as “figureeight loops” that gracefully wind down toward the river. You’re soon surrounded by mossy tree limbs, the greenery enhanced by a series of remarkable waterfalls in the next five miles: Latourell, Shepperd’s Dell, Bridal Veil, and Wahkeena. Soon you’ll reach the granddaddy of Columbia Gorge waterfalls—620-foot Multnomah Falls. Only three waterfalls in the nation are taller—and none is more beautiful. A trail from Multnomah Falls Lodge (built in 1925 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places) takes you to the lower cascade, then zigzags to the top. A little farther down the road, Horsetail Falls plummets close enough to the road to mist your windows. Before the Byway joins Interstate 84, at the community of Dodson, you’ll pass Oneonta Gorge, a botanical paradise with more than 50 species of plants that flourish in the damp, cool environs.

Bonneville Dam to Hood River

For the next 25 miles, you’ll leave the Historic Highway for modern—yet still beautiful—Interstate 84. The Gorge’s dramatic geologic formations are a highlight of this segment. Engineering and fishing buffs will want to visit the Bonneville Dam, the first structure to restrain the mighty Columbia. In nearby Cascade Locks, travelers can leave the car for a sternwheeler cruise of the Columbia. More intrepid watersports enthusiasts will want to take to the Columbia at Hood River. Here, the Gorge acts as a wind tunnel to create consistent breezes that have made this once sleepy orchard town the unofficial windsurfing capital of the world.

From Mosier to the community of Rowena

In the 12 miles from Hood River to Mosier, you’ll notice a dramatic change in the scenery. It’s here that the “two Oregons” meet. As you reach Mosier and the the second leg of the Historic Columbia River Highway (off exit 76), the moist and lush western Gorge gives way to dry, eastern Columbia River plateau. Once a booming trade center, Mosier is still famous for its springtime blossoms, fat juicy cherries, and the community’s unrivaled passion for native plants. Just west of Mosier, you can walk or bike the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail through the restored Mosier Twin Tunnels and on to Hood River. Elegant Mayerdale Estate appears unexpectedly on this rural stretch of the road. Look for Memaloose Island in the Columbia, a traditional burial site of Native American peoples of the Columbia Basin that was partially flooded following the construction of Bonneville Dam. Farther east, be sure to linger at the viewpoint at Rowena Crest, which affords sweeping Gorge views rivaling those of Crown Point, and access to the wildflower wonders of Tom McCall Preserve.

The Dalles

The Historic Columbia River Highway spans the extremes of Oregon’s landscape, from the damp and mossy western beginning along the banks of the Sandy River to the dry oak savannahs skirting Chenoweth Creek near the historic The Dalles. The Dalles was long a Native American gathering place and is rich in Oregon Trail lore. Before you leave the Historic Highway as you enter The Dalles, you’ll find the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Wasco County Historical Museum. Built as the interpretive center for the National Scenic Area, the Discovery Center has answers to all your questions about the Gorge’s history. At the Museum, you’ll learn about the earliest inhabitants and hear tales of the traders and settlers who came later. As your tour over the Historic Columbia River Highway comes to a close, consider beginning a new journey to the Lewis and Clark campsite at Rock Fort.
SRC: Read the full article about this historic route here: traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/scenic-byways/the-historic-columbia-river-highway/


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Zip Through the Gorge on the Skamania Lodge Zipline Tour

Ready for a new adventure? Fly through the forest on a zip line tour at Skamania Lodge! Come to Skamania Lodge this weekend for a fun day zip lining, dining, and enjoying the amazing view of the Columbia River Gorge! Find out more about the zip line tours here:
Skamania Lodge Zipline Tour

When: From 03/01/2013 to 12/31/2016

Get ready to fly with Skamania Lodge Zip Line Tour, the newest adventure just outside Portland in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. Our excursion will send you soaring through an old growth forest with views of the magnificent Columbia River. The tour consists of seven different lines, three sky bridges and 2.5 hours of stunning views surrounding the world class Skamania Lodge Resort. And because its hands free and professionally guided, you don't want to miss this opportunity to escape your comfort zone and fly with us!

Tour Information  
7 zip lines, 3 sky bridges and some light trail walking
Zip lines range from 100 feet to 900 feet in length
The tour takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours depending on the size of the group
Tour sizes range from 2-10 people (for larger tours please call 509.427.0202)
Hands free and personalized with two guides
Hiking shoes, tennis shoes required, NO OPEN TOED SHOES
All other necessary gear is provided
SRC: Find more information about making reservations for the Skamania Lodge Zip Line Tour here: www.skamania.com/columbia-river-gorge/event-calendar.php


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Pfriem Family Brewers in Hood River, OR

Next time you're in Hood River, OR after a day hiking or picking fresh fruit, stop by Pfriem Family Brewers for tasty food and great beer. If you don't already know about Pfriem, keep reading here to find out more about this lively spot:
Hood River is much more lively these days along its waterfront on a chill winter day, what with Pfriem Family Brewers pouring Belgian-style beers it makes and serving up locally sourced menu items.
It's a bit far from the nearest ski area (35 miles to Mt. Hood Meadows), but that doesn't disqualify Pfriem from being one of the top go-to apres ski places in the Hood River Valley.
The Columbia River waterfront in Hood River has long had some industrial components to go with its summer recreation facilities. But more recently, the Port of Hood River has had luck connecting with hospitality businesses that bring active people looking for a good time toward the river when the Port's Waterfront Business Park would have otherwise been a ghost town.
Pfriem is the third-largest micro brewery in Hood River, after opening in August 2012. Owner Josh Pfreim said it brews about 2,500 barrels (which nevertheless is pretty good size for a micro brewer), but is a lot smaller than Full Sail Brewing's 100,000 barrels (506 Columbia St.) and Double Mountain's 10,000 barrels (8 Fourth St.). Those two also attract a lively crowd looking for refreshment after a hard day of play to their more centralized downtown locations.
Pfriem (pronounced freem) uses pF as its logo and pFriem in its advertising, to help people pronounce the name and to emphasize the "Family-friendly" nature of the business. Pfriem trucks plenty of its beer to Portland's high-end restaurants and brew houses (also to Mt. Hood Meadows) and plans to begin bottling next year.

Vibe: This is a family-friendly industrial-style beer house, with a mix of small and large tables and seats at the bar; no games (except for the kids play area), no TV.
Location: 707 Portway Ave., Suite 101; take Hood River I-84 exit No. 63 and drive north on Second Street toward the water. Turn left at the T intersection on Portway and drive about a quartermile. There's plenty of parking.

Phone, web:
541-321-0490, pfriembeer.com.
Hours: Daily 11:30 to 9 p.m, with a new happy hour 3-5 p.m. beginning this week on weekdays.
Menu: When pressed, the owner recommended two apres ski options: a Mt. Shadow Burger (local grass-fed beef, $11) with a Belgian winter ale ($4.50 for 16 oz.), or mussles and frites ($15) with a Belgian strong dark ($4.50, but only 8 oz. because alcohol is 10.25 percent).
Neighbors: When Pfriem is busy, you can try Solstice Wood Fire Cafe a few doors down (502 Portway Ave.; it moved across the river from Bingen, Wash., on Dec. 12). This is Hood River's favorite pizzeria, so is likely to be even busier than the brew house. Coming to the neighborhood is the Camp 1805 Distillery (501 Portway Ave.) next year. 
Lodging: Best Western Hood River Inn is connected to the port's newest business district by a walking path (should the weather cooperate); it, too, has an active club scene in its Cebu Lounge; 1108 E. Marina Way, 541-386-2200.
SRC: Find the original post on OregonLive here: www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2013/12/pfriem_family_brewers_strikes.html

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Larch Mountain Hike

The Larch Mountain hike is one of the more difficult day hikes in the Gorge. While this entire loop takes you on a 14.4 mile hike, gaining over 4,000 feet along the way, this hike rewards you with some of the very best views in the Columbia River Gorge. Read more about this hike here:

 Hike Description

How do we describe this hike? It's a 2/10 paved stroll for an elderly woman with a walker. It's a grueling one mile uphill battle shoving a baby stroller. It's a quiet walk next to an incredible stream filled with rapids and waterfalls. It's a five hour, 4000 foot exhausting climb to the most beautiful view in the area. It's anything you want it to be. It just depends on how far you go.
The Larch Mountain trail was constructed in 1915 by founding members of the Trails Club of Oregon. Portland residents might recognize the names of a few early members such as store owners Julius Meier and Aaron Frank, newspaperman Henry Pittock, and Columbia River Highway Builders Sam Lancaster and Simon Benson. Today the Trails Club still maintains Nesika Lodge on a spur trail off of the Larch Mountain Trail.
The trail begins at Multnomah Falls Lodge, a historic building built to serve early automobile travelers in 1925. The first part of the trail is a gently sloped 2/10 mile trail to the Benson Bridge, built in 1914 by Simon Benson, one of the builders of the old highway. This part of the trail is a paved cakewalk, although one small flight of a few stairs block the way to wheelchairs beyond the lower falls viewpoint.
Beyond the bridge, the asphalt trail switches up steeply for another mile to a ridgecrest. Look for Columbia River views as you ascend. From the top, the trail drops slightly to a junction with a trail labeled "Top of the Falls Trail #441A" on some old Forest Service documents. Today's signs just say "viewpoint". The asphalt follows the side path to the Multnomah Falls Upper Viewpoint, a balcony of sorts at the lip of the falls looking down on the lodge and the less motivated people below. Most people take in this view, grab a couple of snapshots and return down the steep hill to that mocha latte thing.
On returning to the main trail, more patient people will turn upcreek and enter a magical place. The next three miles of the trail parallel Multnomah Creek past scores of scenic creek views. The trail passes Lower, Middle and Upper Dutchman Falls, followed by a unique trip through a creek washed overhang called Dutchman Tunnel. Just beyond the tunnel, you'll come to Weisendanger Falls. The trail switches up above Weisendanger and keeps rising to clear Ecola Falls. The trail is rocky in places, but the climb isn't nearly as steep as it was in the beginning. Another quarter mile brings us to a trail junction with the Wahkeena Trail and another creek bridge, this one made of steel.
Above this bridge, the trail follows Multnomah Creek a short distance up the hillside. When the trail drops back to creek level it splits into two trails. The main trail goes close to the creek through a rocky area carved out of the cliff in the creek bed. During the summer, it's a beautiful walk next to the creek. In the spring, this area floods, so hikers will need to take the alternate route signed as the "High Water Trail" to switchback up the ridge a bit to go over the large basalt formation right next to the creek. The two trails come back together opposite the place where Big John Creek flows into Multnomah Creek from the west.
After crossing Multnomah Basin Rd and meeting Franklin Ridge Trail #427, the trail crosses the East Fork of Multnomah Creek and then the West Fork, both on single log bridges with handrails.
Now, the climb begins in earnest. After all, you have 4000 feet to gain. The trail traverses a long ridge up the west side of the Larch Mountain crater. I did tell you that this pile of rock is an ancient shield volcano, didn't I? You'll pass a large open rockfield, and cross a small closed road. You'll know you're getting close, when you begin to pass abandoned picnic tables and firepits filled with moss and ferns. Eventually, winded and worn out, you'll reach the Larch Mountain Trailhead. There are restrooms here, as well a picnic spot.
Next, you'll hike up 3/10 mile on paved Sherrard Point Trail #443 to, naturally enough, Sherrard Point. The view from here makes it all worth while. Most people visiting here will have driven up Larch Mountain Road, but you'll enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you got here the hard way. Hopefully, that will help you fend off the stares from the great noncomprehending masses.
SRC: Find out more about the Larch Mountain hike here: www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Larch_Mountain_Hike

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day with Troutdale, OR

Earth Day is coming up on April 22! Take time to appreciate the beautiful planet that we call home by joining a community clean up in Troutdale, OR. Learn more about this cleanup here: 
Earth Day/Arbor Day
This is your opportunity to help clean up your community! Sponsored by the City of Troutdale and the Friends of Beaver Creek (FOBC). If you would like to participate, or need more information, please contact the Parks & Facilities Superintendent with the City of Troutdale at 503-665-5175.
SRC: Find more annual events in Troutdale, OR: www.ci.troutdale.or.us/annualevents.html

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Come by Mt. Hood Winery for a Tasting!

Add Mt. Hood Winery to your list of great northwest wineries to try! A scenic winery with exceptional wine and unparalleled views, a perfect afternoon at Mt. Hood Winery awaits you! Read more here: 
Between March and November, our beautiful Hood River wine tasting room is open daily. Here you can experience not only fine Mt. Hood wines but also extraordinary vineyard views. We invite you to come out for a romantic weekend, a group getaway, or for a retreat here in the peaceful Hood River Valley. Trust us; you’ll come for the wine and stay for the views!
TASTING ROOM HOURS
11am - 5pm March through November
 SRC: Find out more about Mt. Hood Winery today at: mthoodwinery.com/visit-our-hood-river-wine-tasting-room/

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

It's Concert Season at Edgefield in Troutdale, OR!

The concert season at McMenamin's Edgefield is here! With some great acts coming to play at Edgefield this summer, get your tickets now and look forward to a concert on the lawn this summer! Check out all the artists headed towards Edgefield, including The Avett Brothes, Ray LaMontagne, and Bonnie Raitt, here! Here are some FAQ's regarding shows at Edgefield: 
FAQS
1. What kind of chairs and blankets are allowed inside the venue?
Single size, low-level beach/lawn chairs (not exceeding 8 inches from the ground to the bottom of the seat and no higher than 32 inches total from the ground to the top of the chair) are OK, as are blankets and beach towels no larger than 4’x6′. We also have a limited number of low-level chairs available for rent inside the venue ($5 per chair for the show with a $20 deposit).
2. Can I bring an umbrella?
Small, personal-sized umbrellas are allowed in the venue, but can not be used in the reserved and general admission areas once the concert has begun.
3. Can I buy tickets on the same day as the show and have them saved for me at will call?
Yes! As long as you’re buying before show time on the day of the event, you can purchase tickets online or through charge-by-phone and your tickets will be ready for you when you arrive at Edgefield. After that, any remaining tickets may only be purchased at the amphitheater box office located onsite.
4. The show I want tickets to is sold out! Should I buy tickets on Craigslist?
Recently we’ve been advised of people doctoring print-at-home tickets and selling these on Craigslist for big profits. The buyers of these ticket are not admitted to the show, since the barcodes are fake. Due to these scams, we strongly advise you not to buy tickets to our shows through Craiglist or similar websites.
5. Can I bring in bottled water?
Yes, as long as it is in sealed plastic bottles. However, we encourage all guests to bring along empty reusable containers; free water stations are located within the venue.
6. Can I bring in a picnic?
No outside food and beverages (with the exception of sealed bottled water) may be brought into the venue. Food and beverages are available for purchase, along with soda, bottled water, McMenamins handcrafted ales, wines and spirits and more. See the food & drink menu for more details.
7. Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately, pets are not allowed on the property or in the concert venue, except for service animals.
8. Can I leave the concert area after I’ve saved my spot?
No. Re-entry is not allowed.
9. Am I allowed to bring fireworks?
No fireworks allowed.
10. What is reserved seating?
For some concerts, there is a reserved seating area directly in front of the stage. These ticket holders are assigned their own seats so they do not have to stake out a spot on the lawn. See specific concert ticketing pages to determine if reserve seats are available. Otherwise, the show is general admission.
11. Can I bring my kids? Do kids get in free?
Guests of all ages are welcome to attend these shows. Concert-goers 3 years and older require a ticket.
12. Do you take credit or debit cards inside the venue?
No; however there are ATMs available both inside the Edgefield hotel and within the concert venue itself.
13. Where do I park? Is there a fee?
Parking is included in your ticket service fee. Concert-goers can park in the East and West field lots located next to McMenamins Edgefield. There is staff posted at the entries and within the lots to assist you. Please note that the lots are uneven and may be difficult for those who are physically challenged. Guests are welcome to use the hotel turn-around to drop off those who are unable to walk from the parking area to the venue.
14. What does the ticket fee cover?
McMenamins works with locally operated CascadeTickets.com (which uses the operating system of Etix.com) – your ticket service fee includes parking at the Edgefield site, local law enforcement assistance with parking and traffic flow, as well as added security at the venue. Please note: For Edgefield Concert on the Lawn shows, the service fees apply whether you purchase your tickets online or in person at one of our box office. Therefore, save yourself the time and effort by purchasing tickets online!
15. What if it rains?
All events are held rain or shine.  No tarps will be allowed.  Small, personal-sized umbrellas are allowed in the venue, but can not be used in the reserved and general admission areas once the concert has begun
SRC: Get more information about Edgfield concerts on the lawn here: edgefieldconcerts.com/

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The Northwest Cherry Festival in The Dalles, OR


On April 22, 2016 the annual Northwest Cherry Festival is kicking off the in The Dalles, OR! Visit the Dalles to enjoy the sights of beautiful, blossoming cherry trees, a snow-capped Mt. Hood, and lots of events and entertainment going on throughout The Dalles! Find out more here:
Head to the Dalles for the 37th Annual Northwest Cherry Festival. A longtime favorite among locals and visitors alike, the festival is set in the spectacular Columbia River Gorge and showcases The Dalles’ deep agricultural heritage and Western roots. The Best Ever Cherry Festival in 2015 expanded to three days of family-friendly activities and events, and 2016 is going to be even better! The Northwest Cherry Festival takes place in downtown The Dalles from Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24, 2016. The fun begins with a Dance Party on Friday  April 22nd at 7pm, and continues with the Gorge’s biggest parade, classic car and tractor shows, a 10k race, and lots of great local music and bands. There’s also cherry sampling with the Oregon Cherry Growers, pony rides, and Davis Show’s Carnival. Be sure to see the Festival culminate with the crowning of Festival King Bing and Queen Anne! The Dalles Has Much More to Offer Though the festival alone could keep you busy. Voted one of the “Top Ten True Western Towns of 2014” and one of “The 19 Most Beautiful Small Towns In America,” The Dalles is one of Oregon’s great escapes, just beginning to be discovered. This historic town sits at the eastern entrance of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, just 75 miles east of Portland. With 300 days of sun a year and fantastic recreational and cultural opportunities, it’s a wonderland for cyclists, hikers, river rafters, wildflower fanatics, fishers, art lovers, history buffs and wine aficionados. Look for other events taking place in The Dalles all week long!
SRC: Find out more about the upcoming Cherry Festival here: thedalleschamber.com/northwest-cherry-festival/  

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Completing METRO's 40-mile Loop

The 40-mile loop has been a project in the making since the 1980's. With the goal of connecting parks along the Columbia, Sandy, and Willamette Rivers, the last part of the loop is between planned to connect Troutdale, OR and Gresham, OR. Learn more about this project: 
Metro and its partners have been working since the 1980s to complete the 40-Mile Loop – the greater Portland region's most iconic trail system. Several gaps in the trail still remain, the largest of which spans six miles between the Sandy River in downtown Troutdale and the Springwater Corridor Trail in Gresham.
Metro, together with the cities of Gresham and Troutdale, is developing a master plan to close this gap in the trail system. The Troutdale to Springwater Trail Master Plan will determine the best route for a new off-street biking and walking trail to connect neighborhoods, parks and schools, including Mt. Hood Community College.
SRC: Find out more about staying updating on these plans here: www.oregonmetro.gov/public-projects/40-mile-loop-troutdale-springwater-trail-master-plan 

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Family Fishing Event in Troutdale, OR

Throughout 2016, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting "how to fish" workshops across the state of Oregon. There will be two events in Troutdale, OR, one this spring and one in the fall of 2016. The events are free to those under 11 years old, and individuals 12 and over will need to have an Oregon Fishing License ($10 for 12-17 year olds). Find out more about these family fishing events here: 
If you've ever wanted to teach your children how to fish — or wanted to learn yourself — the next few months will offer plenty of opportunities around Oregon.
Beginning March 19, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a series of "how to fish" events geared at teaching youngsters and their families the best methods for landing lunkers in the Beaver State.
The events are held in 36 different locations during the spring and summer from the high desert to the Willamette Valley. They take place at lakes and streams that have been recently stocked — making chances of success high. The agency also provides loaner rods, reels, tackle, bait and helpful tips from fishing instructors on site.
“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for a family to experience a successful fishing trip,” said Shahab Farzanegan, ODFW angler education coordinator. “We hope everyone has a good time at the event and discovers that fishing is an activity they can enjoy for a lifetime.”
The first event for 2016 takes place March 19 at Devils Lake near Lincoln City. If you miss that one, fear not. There will be events near the Willamette Valley on almost a weekly basis throughout the spring and summer (see below for times and dates of all locations).
At the events, ages 11 and younger can fish for free, while those 12 to 17 and adults will need an Oregon fishing license.
The new Youth License is only $10 for 12 to 17 year olds. Licenses can be purchased at ODFW’s online license sales page, from any ODFW field office or a retail license outlet. Licenses will not be sold at the events.
Additional opportunities on learning how to fish will take place June 4 and 5 during “Free Fishing Weekend.” That weekend, ODFW will waive all fishing license fees for anglers of all ages. 
 May 28: Mt. Hood Pond, Troutdale, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m
 Oct. 22: Mt. Hood Pond, Troutdale, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SRC: Find the list of all family fishing events at: www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors/2016/03/15/family-fishing-events-teach-youngsters-how-land-em/81821042/


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Friday, March 18, 2016

History of the Historic Columbia River Highway

The Historic Columbia River Highway offers one of the best scenic driving tours in the area. While today we enjoy the Highway to take us through the beautiful Gorge, the history of the Columbia River Highway goes back over 100 years: 
The Columbia River Highway, now known as the Historic Columbia River Highway, was a technical and civic achievement of its time, successfully mixing ambitious engineering with a sensitivity to the magnificent landscape of the Columbia River Gorge. Entrepreneur and Good Roads promoter Samuel Hill teamed up with engineer and landscape architect Samuel C. Lancaster to create a highway that would make the idyllic natural setting accessible to tourists without unduly marring its beauty. When the first section of road opened in 1915, the Columbia River Highway became the first paved highway in the Pacific Northwest.
Lancaster was captivated by Multnomah Falls, some thirty miles east of Portland, and his description of the falls seemed to erupt from his heart. "It is pleasing to look upon in every mood," he wrote, "it charms like magic; it woos like an ardent lover; it refreshes the soul; and invites to loftier, purer things." With the Columbia River Highway, Lancaster believed that he was opening up the Columbia Gorge's waterfalls, mountains, and coves for all to enjoy. "If the road is completed according to plans," he predicted, "it will rival if not surpass anything to be found in the civilized world."
Constructed from 1913 to 1922, the seventy-four-mile Columbia River Highway extended east from the Sandy River near Troutdale to The Dalles. With its pioneering advances in road design, the road is an outstanding example of modern highway development in twentieth-century America. Patterned after the roads of western Europe and the British Isles, the design included the adherence to grade and curve standards, comprehensive curb and drainage systems, dry and mortared masonry walls, reinforced-concrete bridges and tunnels, and asphaltic concrete pavement.
Construction began after Hill and other enthusiasts persuaded the Multnomah County Commission and the state legislature that the route was an important part of a new state highway system. Multnomah County relied on revenue bonds to underwrite the road's construction, and retired lumberman John B. Yeon oversaw construction as Multnomah County Roadmaster. Thereafter, federal highway funds and Oregon fuel-tax proceeds helped finance the work in Hood River and Wasco counties. Ultimately, the road through the Gorge became part of a longer Columbia River Highway that stretched from the Oregon Coast to Pendleton, where it connected with the Old Oregon Trail Highway.
Retired lumberman and hotelier Simon Benson purchased many scenic spots along the highway alignment, including Multnomah Falls, and donated them back to the state to preserve them for future generations.
By the 1930s, Lancaster's "King of Roads" had difficulty meeting increasing traffic demands, and engineers designed a new, curvilinear water-level route to bypass much of the old highway. Two lanes were completed to The Dalles by 1953. The designers preserved the highway's western segment, from the Sandy River to Ainsworth, so visitors could reach waterfalls, hiking trail, and scenic vistas, and an eastern segment from Mosier to The Dalles through orchard and plateau country. Although the designers were not able to save major portions of the old highway from Cascade Locks to Hood River, they were able to preserve its views. By 1970, two additional lanes and interchanges transformed the new route into a modern freeway, initially designated as Interstate 80N and later renamed Interstate 84.
In 1981, prompted by private citizens and local, state, and federal agencies, the National Park Service brought together a group of professionals to study the Columbia River Highway. They produced two important documents that offered guidance for the road's maintenance, conservation, and reuse. A year later, destruction of the highway's Hood River Bridge sparked a groundswell of support for saving the rest of the route for future generations.
In 1983, the road and associated designed landscapes were listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Oregon's Department of Transportation took an active role in preserving and restoring the highway's historic features, and the major drivable portions received much-needed repair. Many abandoned segments were reopened for bicycle and pedestrian use as the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. The capstone of this effort was the rehabilitation of the Mosier Twin Tunnels and the 4.5-mile segment between Hood River and Mosier.
In 1984, the American Society of Civil Engineers designated the highway a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. The highway became a National Scenic Byway­-All American Road in 1999. A year later, much of the road and trail segments received its highest acclaim—designation as a National Historic Landmark, which recognized the highway as a significant national heritage resource. The designation recognized how, a decade after the initial completion of the highway, the National Park Service made Lancaster's design standards the cornerstone of its "Lying Lightly on the Land" philosophy for future national park roads and trails.
SRC: Find more historical information on the Oregon Encyclopedia at: www.oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/columbia_river_highway/#.VuxhSvkrKM8

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Troutdale Farmers' and Artists' Market Begins this Weekend!

The Troutdale Farmers' and Artists' Market begins this weekend! Schedule to begin for 2016 on the first Saturday in April, come out to the market to find locally grown produce, artwork, and handmade crafts! Find out more here: 
The Troutdale Farmers' & Artists' Market is located at the east end of Historic Old Town Troutdale across from city hall in Depot Park, a wonderful setting with an old telegraph station and rail car museum as our backdrop located on the Historic Columbia River Hwy. Historic Troutdale to this day has a very eclectic renaissance feel and is enjoyed by all that visit. Come join us for the day and enjoy the local merchants, live entertainment, the finest of locally grown foods and produce, gourmet cooking and fine arts and crafts. The market is an open-air market and we will be there every Saturday, rain or shine. 
We start on the first Saturday in April and go through the last Saturday in November. Hours will be from 10:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. The Holiday Market is open the 4th Friday in November and the 4th Saturday in December, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
473 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy
Portland, OR 97220
SRC: Want to find out more about the market? Click the link here: foodfororegon.oregonstate.edu/troutdale-farmers-and-artists-market

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Golf at Skamania Lodge

Come tee off at the scenic Skamania Lodge Golf course, located just across the Bridge of the Gods in the Columbia River Gorge. Come play on the challenging and beautiful course and even bring your dog!! Find out more about the Skamaia Lodge golf course here: 
Skamania Lodge Golf Course Awards & Accolades
Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary  
PGA Family Friendly Course - Play Golf America
2009 Golf for Women, Top 100 Courses
2009 Best 25 Family Golf Resorts
2008-2009 Golf Digest, 4 Star Best Places To Play
About Skamania Lodge Golf Course
Designed by Bunny Mason, Skamania Lodge Golf Course opened to the public on July 4, 1993. Overlooking the spectacular Columbia River and surrounding cliffs, this Washington State golf course has proven to be an enticing challenge to even the most experienced player. Our golf facility features a full-service golf shop, rental equipment and a staff of PGA Professionals to help you "discover your game". If you are planning a tournament, our experienced staff will help you coordinate every last detail.
Our challenging 18-hole, par-70 golf course is beautifully tucked into the resort's 175 wooded acres. The golf facility features a driving range, practice bunker, chipping and putting greens. Enjoy breathtaking views with light fare dining at our seasonal outdoor restaurant, the Greenside Grille. The approximate 300-foot elevation of the resort lends itself to mild year-round temperatures.
The forested course is a short 45 minute drive from Portland, Oregon and offers players not only a challenging round with breathtaking views, but plays host to abundant wildlife that frequent the course's meadows and ponds. Deer, turtles, geese, raccoons, osprey and other curious onlookers may very well be your gallery as you make your way along Skamania's beautiful and ever-changing landscape. In the midst of all this stands Skamania Lodge, a destination resort for travelers from around the world.
Whether you're moved by the sight of a bald eagle soaring overhead or the possibility of making your own on the 16th, Skamania Lodge Golf Course will be an experience you won't soon forget!
SKAMANIA GOLF SHOP: 800-293-0418 OR 509-427-2541.
SRC: Find more information about Skamania Lodge here: www.skamania.com/portland-golf-courses.php

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The Next Gorge Tourism Studio Event

The next Gorge Tourism Studio Events are coming up! If you are a business owner or community member in the communities in the Columbia River Gorge, the Gorge Tourism Studio events are designed for you. These workshops are focused on promoting sustainable tourism industries throughout the Gorge. Learn more here: 

5  Apr  | Tourism Marketing & Communications

9am- 4pm | Skyline Hospital

6  Apr  | Igniting Tourism Action Teams

9am- 4pm | Skyline Hospital

6  Apr  | Community Tourism Kickoff Event

5pm- 8pm | Columbia Gorge Hotel
Gorge Tourism Studio
REGISTER
The Gorge Tourism Studio, offered by Travel Oregon in partnership with 26 agencies and organizations, is now open for registration. The winter/spring program will focus on communities in Oregon and Washington within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and those surrounding Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood.
Program Overview
The Gorge Tourism Studio program is a series of tourism development workshops designed to assist communities interested in stimulating their local economies through sustainable tourism development, while protecting and enhancing local resources.
As a result of the program, Travel Oregon and the program organizers hope to see an increase in bi-state collaboration to shape the future of a growing tourism economy in the Columbia River Gorge. This will strengthen the region’s position as a premier tourism destination by enhancing community livability and healthy, local environments.
Who Can Attend?
The Gorge Tourism Studio is a bi-state program for residents, businesses and organizations operating in the Columbia River Gorge region, including the 13 communities in the National Scenic Area and those surrounding Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood. Community leaders, tourism business entrepreneurs, tour operators, lodging property owners, land managers, guides, outfitters, outdoor enthusiasts, restaurateurs, event producers and anyone interested in strengthening the local economy through tourism are encouraged to participate in the program.
REGISTER HERE!

SRC: Find out more information here: industry.traveloregon.com/industry-resources/destination-development/rural-tourism-studio/columbia-gorge/

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Make a Reservation in the Fairview, OR Community Garden


Want the opportunity to have your own garden but don't have the space available at your apartment or house? If you're a green thumb dying to do some gardening this year, or if you are a first time gardener wanting to try something new, reserve a plot at the Fairview, OR Community Garden! Read more here:
Get Your Hands Dirty: Reservations for the Community Garden are now Open!
Do you want to spend time preparing the soil, planting, maintaining, and harvesting plants and vegetables? Community Garden plots are located in Park Cleone and are 15 feet by 15 feet in area and water is provided on site.
A yearly fee of $25.00 is charged per garden plot, and only one garden plot will be assigned per family. Garden plots will first be open to returning gardeners first and a reservation list will be made for open spots which will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Once the City is certain how many open spots there will be, applicants will be informed. When the garden fee is submitted by an applicant a garden plot will be assigned.
If you are interesting in reserving a plot at the Community Garden and would like receive a garden application form or more information about the Community Garden program, please contact Linda Wood, by calling (503) 674-6223 or by e-mailing woodl@ci.fairview.or.us. When leaving a message please include your full name, address, and telephone number. You may also stop in at City Hall to pick up a garden application and related information Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Public Works counter located on the second floor.
SRC: Find more information about the city of Fairview, OR here: fairvieworegon.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=277  

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Let's Hike! Hike #5 For Spring Break in the Gorge

For our Friday hike in the Gorge we are headed up! The Angels Rest trail is one of the most popular trails in the Gorge (for a reason), so we recommend getting an early start. The 1,400ft elevation gain will be worth it the second you reach the summit and are rewarded with a spectacular view of the Columbia River. 
Hike Type: Out and Back
Distance: 4.8 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 1450 feet
Difficulty: Moderate
Seasons: All Season
Family Friendly: Yes
Backpackable: No
Crowded: Yes
Hike Description
Angel's Rest is an exposed bluff on the Western end of the Columbia River Gorge. This summit is characterized by a long, rocky spine surrounded on three sides by cliffs, boasting a striking 270 degree view! While you can't see any of the Cascade volcanoes from the top, you do get great vantages of Beacon Rock, Silver Star Mountain and many other landmarks.
The real draw, however, is the perspective of the river below - like you're on a balcony over a great auditorium. Its near-2000 foot prominence, and its proximity to the Columbia River give you the false sensation that you could dive from the summit to the water below!
Getting to this precipice takes a relatively short hike (2.4 mile one-way) with an easy to moderately-steep ascent. Its bang-for-the-buck makes this a long-time favorite of families and hiking clubs. When you consider that the drive time from downtown Portland to the trailhead is under 45 minutes, it is understandable how popular this destination can be on sunny summer weekends.
The trail passes two waterfalls along the way, an overhead view of Coopey Falls and a quick detour to smaller Upper Coopey Falls. The forest expanses surrounding the summit burned in a fire back in 1991, and lots of charred evidence remains. It is a unique landscape - one quite varied from other locales in the Gorge.
Angel's Rest, while a worthy destination by itself, is also a favorite stopping point for longer hiking loops in the area. Don't be surprised if you even see backpacking thru-hikers taking a breather at this splendid rest-stop.
Note for families: While, there is plenty of space to avoid danger at the top, but it should be noted to keep little ones close by to avoid them getting too close to the cliffside drop-offs. As one, somewhat nervous woman pointed out "There are no handrails".
SRC: Find out more about this hike here: www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Angel's_Rest_Hike

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Let's Hike! Hike #4 for Spring Break in the Gorge

For our Thursday hike, we are headed to the classic Gorge destination. We are getting an early start and beating the crowds to Multnomah Falls to embark on the Multnomah Falls Loop. Find out more about this 5-mile loop: 
 MULTNOMAH FALLS LOOP
The most popular and iconic hike in the Columbia River Gorge begins at Oregon's tallest waterfall, passes another waterfall almost as impressive and continues through lush forest on a loop of five miles.
The 620-foot Multnomah Falls used to be the state's most popular tourist attraction until it was surpassed, in a thoroughly depressing moment, by Spirit Mountain Casino in 1998.
Even so, expect plenty of company at the beginning of this hike, which starts at the Multnomah Falls Trailhead and historic lodge (which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner).
The paved trail crosses a few scenic bridges showcasing Multnomah before climbing to an overlook at the top of the falls. The loop continues on Larch Mountain Trail and Wahkeena Falls Trail, showcasing a moss-covered 242-foot falls.
The loop ends by dropping down to the Columbia River Historic Highway and following a footpath back to Multnomah Falls Trailhead. The loop is five miles total and climbs 1,600 feet.
Directions: Follow I-84 east from Portland approximately 25 miles. Take exit 31 (on the left side of the highway) into the Multnomah Falls parking area. The exit is well-marked and easy to find. 
SRC: Find more Gorge hikes: www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors/hikes/2013/12/31/top-five-gorgeous-columbia-river-gorge-hikes/4264985/

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Let's Hike! Hike #3 For Spring Break in the Gorge

Today we are headed to the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge! Rather than waterfalls, today we are in search of wildflowers and awesome views of the Columbia River Gorge. At Catherine Creek, take the Arch Rock Loop for historic buildings, Gorge-ous views, and wildflowers-galore!
CATHERINE CREEK
This rocky trail includes a spring wildflower display and explores a massive rock arch important in Native American history during a hike on the eastern side of the Columbia River Gorge.
Located on the Washington side of the Gorge just across from Hood River, the hike features oak savanna characteristic of the drier climate. A carpet of wildflowers appear during March, April and May and include camas lilies, balsamroot, lupine, prairie stars and many others.
The Catherine Creek area actually is home to three different trails.
The Arch Rock Loop is the best hike here but requires a bit of navigation. The loop is 2.1 miles with 481 feet of climb. From the trailhead, the route follows a combination of trails and closed roads past a rock arch, a bubbling creek, an old homestead, epic views of the canyon and Mount Hood, along with more types of wildflower than you can count.
A map and more detailed directions of the hike can be found here. 
Directions: From I-84 in Hood River, take Exit 64, and drive north across the Hood River Bridge ($1 toll for passenger cars). Turn right onto Washington Highway 14, and drive east for 5.8 miles. Turn left at Rowland Lake onto County Road 1230 (Old Highway No. 8), which follows the north end of the lake. In 1.3 miles, a large and well-marked trailhead arrives on both sides of the road. The hike starts on the left trailhead (a paved trail down to the Columbia is on the right). 
SRC: Find more Gorge hikes here: www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors/hikes/2013/12/31/top-five-gorgeous-columbia-river-gorge-hikes/4264985/

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Let's Hike! Hike #2 for the Columbia River Gorge

We've still got our hiking boots on for our Tuesday hike to Triple Falls. At the trail-head, find Horsetail falls cascading down next to the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway. Continue upwards on the trail to walk behind Pony Tail falls and keep on until you reach the beautiful Triple Falls! Find more information here: 
HORSETAIL / TRIPLE FALLS
Three stunning waterfalls and views across the Columbia River Gorge highlight a trek that can be hiked as a loop or out-and-back adventure.
Start at Horsetail Falls Trailhead, home to 176-foot fanning waterfall and popular picnic spot. The trail climbs into the forest and after a half-mile reaches Ponytail Falls, where you can hike behind the curtain of water.
Beyond, the trail climbs to sweeping views across the Gorge, and after a total of 1.3 miles, you'll reach a bridge across the narrow slot of Oneonta Falls.
Follow pointers to reach Triple Falls, an interesting braided falls with a nice picnic spot to rest, a total of 2.2 miles from the trailhead.
Two options return to your car. From Triple Falls, you can return the way you came for a 4.4 mile out-and-back hike.
A second option is following Oneonta Trail two miles down to the Historic Columbia River Highway and another 0.5 miles along the roadway back to the Horsetail Falls Trailhead. The full loop is about five miles.
Directions: From Portland, take I-84 east to exit 35 toward the Historic Columbia River Hwy. Turn right onto the Historic Columbia River Highway and follow 1.3 miles to Horsetail Falls trailhead. Coordinates: 

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Let's Hike! Hike #1 for Spring Break in the Gorge

Happy spring break! To celebrate, we are hiking the Gorge this week! We are starting with one of our favorite Gorge hikes, the Upper McCord Falls and Elowah Falls trail. This one is hard to beat with two amazing waterfalls waiting for you! Find more info about this hike here: 
ELOWAH / UPPER MCCORD FALLS
Elowah Falls, the second-tallest waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge, cascades 289 feet through a gorgeous amphitheater of lichen-covered basalt. Though it gets less attention than its more-photographed sister, Multnomah, Elowah's hidden charms are worth the gentle forested hike off the well-trod path.
The easiest hike on this list of moderate hikes, this trail has just about everything a person exploring the Gorge could ask for — waterfalls, forest, canyons and views.
From the trailhead at John B. Yeon State Park, a short and very easy path runs 0.8 miles to an enormous amphitheater of stone where Elowah resides.
For a bit more excitement and views, return down the trail and turn left at a junction that switchbacks uphill. You'll pass a beautiful view and eventually reach Upper McCord Creek Falls. The hike's total distance is 3 miles.
Driving directions: From Portland, follow I-84 eastward to Exit 35, marked Dodson. Turn left at the stop sign, then immediately turn right onto the frontage Road. Drive east on the frontage road 2.1 miles and turn right into the trailhead parking lot. The lot will be just before the road re-enters the highway. 
SRC: Find more Gorge hikes here: www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors/hikes/2013/12/31/top-five-gorgeous-columbia-river-gorge-hikes/4264985/

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Shoot Hoops in Troutdale, OR

Inspired to play some basketball after watching the March Madness unfold? If you live in the Troutdale, OR area, come shoot hoops sometime! Two free basetkball programs in Troutdale, OR allow kids and adults the chance to come out and enjoy the game. Friday Night Basketball for ages 12- 17 is happening tonight!! Read more about these two programs here: 
Friday Night Basketball
Program will be held 2 days/month. 
Schedule as follows: Jan. 8 & 22, Feb. 12 & 26, Mar. 4 & 18, Apr. 1 & 22, May 6 & 20. Ages 12 ~ Ages 12 ~ 17 years, 
Must Bring ID
Must be dressed to play basketball or will not be permitted in gym. Bring your own ball. FREE! Drop-in program. No registration required. Fridays 7:30pm-9:30pm 
LOCATION: Walt Morey Middle School SUPERVISED BY: Troutdale Police/ Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office
 Adult Basketball
Ages18 years & Up 
Pick-up games of basketball for adults. COST FREE! 
Must Bring ID
 No registration required. Thursdays, 1/7 ~ 6/2 6:30pm ~ 8:30pm 
LOCATION: Sweetbriar Elementary Gym All games follow Reynolds Sch. Dist. Schedule. SUPERVISED BY: Volunteer Gary Lincoln
SRC: Look through other activities in Troutdale, OR on the recreation guide here: www.ci.troutdale.or.us//recreation/documents/winter.pdf

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Snowfall at Mt. Hood Calls for Sick-days in Portland


If you're not skiing today, you can commiserate with us, and if you are, we wish you the best tracks of the season! With almost three feet of new snowfall at Mt. Hood over the past few days, now is the time to head up to enjoy this outstanding winter for skiing in Oregon. Read more here about current conditions at Mt. Hood:
GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. – After a weekend of snowstorms on Mount Hood, heavy snow showers continued into Monday morning. Roadways, including Highway 26, were snow covered. Chains or traction devices were required for vehicles without snow tires.
The drive up the mountain was slow and steady for drivers.
"It was crazy because it’s like clear and then all the sudden you hit snow, and it’s beautiful I love it,” said Allyson Webb, as she watched her brother put on chains. Webb was visiting from Oklahoma and heading up to ski.
At Timberline on Monday morning, there was plenty of enthusiasm for the fresh powder, some of it two feet deep, built up over the past 48 hours.
“It’s not gonna get any better than this right here guys I mean come on, if you’re at home it’s time to call in sick and get your butt out here,” said one snowboarder who took off downhill before we could get his name.
Resort operators are excited about the new snowfall added to a solid winter base. Timberline, Mt. Hood Meadows and Ski Bowl recently offered their spring pass specials, for people looking to take advantage of the late season conditions.
SRC: Find more articles like this one and a video here: www.kgw.com/news/local/snow-being-measured-in-feet-on-mt-hood/82314144

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

It's Spring Chinook Season!


Spring chinook are back! As of today, Columbia River is open for spring chinook fishing from Buoy 10 to the OR/WA border above the McNary Dam. Make sure your fishing license is current, and then head out to the Columbia to cast a line. Read through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Columbia zones here and read the rules and regulations for catching salmon, steelhead and shad on the Columbia River:
SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD
All Permanent Regulations for salmon, steelhead, and shad apply unless modified below (see 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations).
COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Buoy 10 upstream to I-5 Bridge: 
  • Permanent regulations in effect January 1, 2016 – February 29, 2016 including open to the retention of hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead with a daily bag limit of two adult salmon and/or steelhead and five hatchery jacks.
  • Effective March 1, 2016 - April 9, 2016, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad except closed to salmon and steelhead angling on Tuesday March 29 and Tuesday April 5.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook.
    • Up to 5 hatchery jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
    • Season modifications may be required to remain within harvest guidelines.
  • Effective March 16, 2016 – May 15, 2016, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery steelhead and shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of hatchery spring Chinook.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, I-5 Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam:
  • Permanent regulations in effect January 1, 2016 – February 29, 2016 including open to the retention of hatchery steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish. The retention of salmon is prohibited.
  • Effective March 1, 2016 - April 9, 2016, the area from I-5 Bridge upstream to Beacon Rock is open for boat and bank angling and the area from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline is open to bank angling ONLY. This section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad except closed to salmon and steelhead angling on Tuesday March 29 and Tuesday April 5.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook.
    • Up to 5 hatchery jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
    • Season modifications may be required to remain within harvest guidelines.
  • Effective March 16, 2016 – May 15, 2016, this section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery steelhead and shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of hatchery spring Chinook.

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border above McNary Dam:
  • Permanent salmon and steelhead regulations in effect January 1, 2016 – March 15, 2016 including open to the retention of hatchery steelhead with a daily bag limit of two fish. The retention of salmon is prohibited.
  • Permanent shad regulations remain in effect including retention year round.
  • Effective March 16, 2016 – May 6, 2016, the area from Tower Island powerlines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to OR/WA border is open for boat and bank angling and the area from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Tower Island powerlines is open to bank angling ONLY.  This section of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery Chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad.
    • Daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult Chinook.
    • Up to 5 hatchery jacks may be retained in addition to the adult bag limit.
    • Season modifications may be required to remain within harvest guidelines.
  • Effective March 16, 2016 – May 15, 2016, this area of the Columbia River is open to retention of hatchery steelhead ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of hatchery spring Chinook.

SELECT AREA RECREATIONAL FISHERIES (Youngs Bay, Blind Slough, Knappa Slough)
  • Effective March 1, 2016 – June 15, 2016, on days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is open to retention of Chinook, the salmonid daily bag limit in Select Areas will be the same as mainstem Columbia River bag limits.
  • On days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is closed to Chinook retention, permanent salmonid daily bag limit regulations for Select Areas will apply.
SRC: Find out more about ODFW fishing regulations here: www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/reg_changes/columbia.asp

SRC Photo: www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/bill_monroe/index.ssf/2015/04/post_165.html


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