On June 19th we will be hiking the moderately Falls Creek Falls hike.
This hike is on the Washington side of the Gorge. The trail follows the extremely scenic Falls Creek to the base of a spectacular three-tiered 250 foot waterfall. After viewing the falls from the bottom, we will hike another trail to the top of the falls for lunch and return down the other, north, side of the river to the parking lot. This hike is 6.4 miles round trip with 1150 ft. of elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, hiking poles, clothes for all conditions.
We will meet and leave at 8 from Lewis and Clark State Park, which is located off of exit 18 on Hwy 84 just over the Sandy River in Troutdale. IF Lewis and Clark Park is closed, continue east on Hwy 84 to Cascade Locks and cross the Bridge of the Gods onto Hwy 14. Just after crossing the bridge turn right and there is a large pullout where we will meet and leave at 8:30. There are 3 functional port-a-potties in this parking lot. From there we will travel east on Hwy 14 through Stevenson and take the Carson turnoff, which has a new large round-about. This will put us on Hwy 30, which we will take north for approximately 15 miles where we can go straight or veer to the right. Turn to the right and in just under a mile there is a sign on the right for Falls Creek Falls; turn right there on dirt road FR 3062. After about 2 miles continue on Road 057 for 1/2 a mile to the trailhead. Once you turn on to FR 3062, be aware there are a lot of serious (go slow) pot holes all the way to the trailhead. There is also a pit toilet at the trailhead. The earlier start is to try to limit exposure to other hikers on the trail. No parking passes have been required, but bring your senior pass in case things have changed. I understand there might be ongoing road repair somewhere between Carson and the trailhead, so our timing might be a little delayed.
Driving options: Drivers can drive themselves to the trailhead and meet the group at around 9. Drivers can drive themselves and caravan with the group to the trailhead from either Lewis and Clark or the parking lot near the bridge. Drivers can find others to carpool with from either of the meeting places. If you carpool the suggested mileage contribution is $10.
Masks are suggested if you carpool, but optional when you hike. The vast majority of hikers I have seen on recent weeks on the trail did not wear masks, but did try to social distance.
Sign-in/Waiver Options: Everyone can sign-in using the regular group sing-in/waiver sheet or bring their own copy of the sign-in/waiver form. To find the waiver form do the following:
Sign in on the CPT website to CPT Member Page and select “ByLaws & Forms” on the right side of the blue bar at the top of the page, which will give you a new menu on the left margin
Select “Renewal and Liability Form” which will provide a new menu to the right
Select “For Day Events” which will lead to a page with red heading “By…..Forms”
Just select the box that says “Make custom Liability Form” and print it and bring it
On the hike we will break into smaller groups and stay at a social distance, which is not much different from our normal hiking distance.