Explore the Columbia River Gorge this weekend during the Columbia River Gorge Biennial Classic. This free event provides 13 walks/hikes and bike route for you to enjoy at your own pace, June 19-22, 2014.
The event is hosted by the Columbia River Volkssport Club and is attended by walkers from throughout the USA and Canada. Registration to walk the trails is free, with optional IVV volkssport credit. The club provides maps and some trails are further marked to help you navigate. Guided groups are provided for some of the routes for those who don't want to go it alone.
All walks are available every day. Register for any or all walks and complete them at your leisure. Registration Point: Marine Park in Cascade Locks, Oregon. Drive east on I-84 from Portland and take exit 44. Continue straight ahead on Wa Na Pa St. to Marine Park on your left. Enter park and follow signs.
Times: Start between 8AM and 1PM, finish by 4PM.
Difficulty Ratings: Elevation gain is rated from 1 - flat to 5 - steep hills with cumulative elevation gain of over 3500 ft. The letter part of the rating rates the surface. A is mostly on pavement, C is mostly on rocky/rooted trails, while D and E mean difficult terrain.
Multnomah Falls (10km / 3C)You will drive 16 miles to the start point for this walk. This is one of the most spectacular walks/hikes in the entire Gorge. You will walk to the top of 520-foot high Multnomah Falls then past many other waterfalls on your way to Wahkeena Springs, the headwaters for Wahkeena Falls. Then back down past Fairy Falls to Wahkeena Falls. Strollers: No | Wheelchairs: No | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Eagle Creek (12km or 25km / 3B) You will drive 5 miles to the start for this walk. This is probably the most beautiful and most visited walk/hike in the Columbia Gorge. Whether you are doing the 12km or the 25km version of this walk you are in for a treat. The trail follows a canyon and climbs gently up past Punchbowl Falls and Metlako Falls to High Bridge where 12km walkers will turn around. 25km walkers will continue on under Tunnel Falls to Crossover Falls, a great place for lunch, where they will turn around and return.Strollers: No | Wheelchairs: No | Pets: No | Restrooms: Yes
Town Walk (5km / 1A) Walk through Marine Park onto Thunder Island, in the middle of the Columbia River, past the museum, and into town past the ice cream store. An easy short walk. Strollers: Medium | Wheelchairs: Medium | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Dry Creek Falls (10km / 2B) A beautiful waterfall tucked back at the end of a canyon. Walk through old growth fir along forested trails and then down an old road back to Cascade Locks. You will pass the ice cream store at the end of this walk. Strollers: Hard | Wheelchairs: No | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Cascade Locks to Overlook (10km / 1A) There will be a guided walk for this event starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 21. An easy walk along the old Columbia River Highway to the Overlook Campground with its wonderful views of Bonneville and the Columbia River. Strollers: Medium | Wheelchairs: Medium | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Wahclella Falls (10km / 2C) There will be a guided walk for this event starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 19. You will drive 5 miles to the start point. This is an old favorite. One of the prettiest waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge, this one is nestled at the end of a beautiful canyon. You will walk along a creek, past an unnamed waterfall across two bridges the the double falls at the end of the canyon. Then return to walk through the Bonneville Fish Hatchery and then back to your car at the Overlook campground. Strollers: No | Wheelchairs: No | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Dog Mountain (10km / 5) Arguably the most difficult hike in the Columbia River Gorge but also one of the most satisfying and beautiful. The trail climbs 2,900 feet in 3 miles to an open meadow with a magnificent array of wildflowers which, in June, are in full bloom. At the summit you can choose to return via the Augsberger trail or the very steep Riverside trail.
Mosier Tunnels (13km / 2A) You will drive 22 miles to the start point. This walk follows the old Columbia River Highway through the Mosier Tunnels. These tunnels collapsed and were then reopened as a State Park and walking/biking trail in the late 90's. The views are awesome and the grade is easy. There is a $5.00 State Parks pass required for parking here. Strollers: Medium | Wheelchairs: Medium | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Nick Eaton Ridge (13km / 4B) You will drive 3 miles to the start point. This is one of the harder walks in the event. It climbs 2,700 feet in 3.5 miles and tops out at a magnificent viewpoint high above the Columbia River. You will return on the Nick Eaton Ridge trail back to the start. Strollers: No | Wheelchairs: No | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Herman Creek Pinnacles (10km / 3B) You will drive 3 miles to the start point. You will walk along forested trails, across a creek, past a waterfall to some really different rock formations. The pinnacles are pyramidal shaped rock mounds that are unique to this area. You can climb these if you wish and enjoy the view on the Columbia River far below. You will then return the way you came. Strollers: No | Wheelchairs: No | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Starvation Creek (10km / 1B) There will be a guided walk for this event starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 20. This is an easy, fairly flat walk on a part of the Old Columbia River Highway that has been converted to a hiking/walking trail. You will pass several waterfalls, an old oven the Chinese workers used while constructing the highway and a massive anthill. You will walk through a campground to a small sandy beach on the Columbia River and then back to your car. Strollers: Hard | Wheelchairs: No | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Coyote Wall (10km / 4C) A guided group walk only up the Bingen Syncline, otherwise known as Coyote Wall. We will carpool from Marine Park at 9.30 a.m. each of the four days. You will have awesome views of the Columbia River and at several points up-close looks at the uplift that gave this magnificent place its name. Strollers: No | Wheelchairs: No | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: No
Horsetail Falls (10km or 12km / 2C) You will drive 11 miles to the start point. This is a return of an old favorite. Walk on forested trails past several waterfalls, even walk behind one. A 12km option will take you to Triple Falls, a great place to rest and enjoy the scenery. Then back past some great vistas, overlooking the Columbia River, to the start point. Strollers: No | Wheelchairs: No | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Mosier Tunnels Bike Ride (25km / 1A) Bike through the Mosier Tunnels to the little town of Mosier. Here you can stop at the ice-cream store or just bike through town and continue to the Memaloose Overlook then back along the Old Columbia River Highway, through the tunnels to your start point.
The club will provide a hot dog lunch for purchase each day from 11 am - 3 pm at the registration point. They have a potluck dinner on Friday, June 20 at 6 pm at Marine Park you can join in to meet the other walkers.