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Columbia Gorge Biennial Classic slated for June 16-19, 2016

Waclella Falls and the Refreshing Mist
Elizabeth R. Rose

There is nothing like planning ahead for a major event. In this case, with the event just behind us, you'll want to mark your hiking and walking calendars for June 16th - 19th, 2016. Why? Because this year's Columbia Gorge event was a wonderful experience. There is no better way to explore the waterfalls, the history, the attractions and the beauty of our Columbia River Gorge than during the Columbia Gorge Biennial Classic. You'll enjoy mapped, measured trails, social events and a friendly reception every other year as this all volunteer club hosts the event.

This year, walkers came from 29 states, 9 countries and 3 Provinces in Canada. Over 600 people did 2,792 walks and bike ride. As an incentive, the club offered a special pin to those completing 100 kilometers during the four-day "weekend."

This year the Columbia River Walking Club amassed over 60 volunteers helping to make this premier event. When you attend, you'll be amazed at the effort this club and the town of Cascade Locks puts into this walking extravaganza.

I attended and have fond memories of a hike along the historic Columbia River Highway and up to Waclella Falls. I didn't think I could do that particular 10k route, but I did! The mist of the falls was very welcome on that hot and sunny day.

We enjoyed cruising down the Columbia during the Sternwheeler dinner. The ship's captain is also the mayor of Cascade Locks!

So get your calendars out. Plans are already underway for the 2016 Gorge event to be held June 16-19, 2016. This is Father’s Day weekend. What a great thing to do with Dad!

The club hopes to include some new walks like Beacon Rock, Hamilton Mountain, Falls Creek Falls and others. The host hotel, The Best Western Cascade Locks is again blocking rooms for this event. Reportedly, as of last week there were only 6 rooms available.

The hotel information and general event information will be updated on the website, but meanwhile, you'll find valuable information for planning. The basics remain the same.