Hiking the Columbia River Gorge by Russ Schneider

By Russ Schneider

A whole advisor to greater than fourty-five of the publicly accessed mountain climbing trails in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge, a verdant terrain that stretches from Portland to jap Washington. This guidebook good points fifteen hikes to scenic waterfalls and contains seven mountain ascents and ten prolonged backpacking journeys.

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Wearing several layers of clothing is most effective in keeping ticks from reaching the body. Since ticks do not always bite right away (they often crawl around on a potential host for several hours before deciding where to feed on a victim's blood), a strong insect repellent can also be an effective deterrent against tick bites. Page 16 Poison Oak In addition to Oregon oak, the Gorge (especially the eastern part) is home to poison oak. In contact with skin, poison oak can cause an irritating rash which, although not life threatening, can ruin your outing.

From the interstate it looks like it would make a perfect helicopter landing pad. It is covered partially by bushes and large rocks, but offers excellent views and some good lunch-spot rocks. You can return to your car via the same trail or hike to Devils Rest or Wahkeena Trail. A trip to Wahkeena requires a shuttle car at the Multnomah Falls or Wahkeena trailheads. Devils Rest Loop Option/Wahkeena Loop Option The Devils Rest Loop option requires good route-finding skills. If you aren't comfortable with your map and compass skills, consider a trip to Wahkeena instead.

Eagle Creek Trail 80 24. Wauna Viewpoint 86 25. Ruckel Ridge Loop 88 Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) 91 26. Pacific Crest Trail to Dry Creek Falls 91 27. Pacific Crest Trail to Whatum Lake 93 Page v Herman Creek Area 99 28. Herman Creek to Whatum Lake 99 29. Casey Creek Loop 105 30. Indian Point Loop 108 31. Gorton Creek Trail to Rainy Lake 111 32. Wyeth Trail to North Lake 115 33. Lancaster Falls 119 34. Mount Defiance Trail 121 35. Starvation RidgeTrail 126 36. Wygant Trail and Perham Creek Loop 129 37.

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