Posted by: Jack | February 24, 2008

Cape Horn Loop Trail

As we’re still fairly new to Portland, Anna and I are often meeting many new people. And during such encounters it’s quite common for people to ask about interests and hobbies. I’m quickly learning to not bother mentioning my passion for hiking. Such a statement is often met with a response that most would have after hearing someone likes to eat a few times to each day. Apparently if you live in Portland, hiking is just an inherent part of your life.

And that’s great for us! Last night we decided we wanted to do a hike today and after a few minutes online, Anna had found an organization which leads over 1000 hikes/climbs each year. So this morning we showed up at the indicated meeting spot and were blown away by the number of people gathering. However, we quickly learned that the numbers were a result of at least four such organizations leading trips, meeting at the same time and in the same location.

The group we joined today is the Adventurous Young Mazamas (AYM) — a group that spawned off of the original Mazamas which generally attracts a much older crowd — and four of us set out to hike the eight mile Cape Horn Loop Trail on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Steep terrain took us along edges of towering cliffs, to exposed vistas where 40+ mph winds had us clinging to trees for safety and down near the river’s edge where numerous waterfalls fell onto or over the trail.

Feeling lazy so here are some photos sans narration.

 

Great hike. Highlight of the weekend.

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Responses

  1. While I chipped away at the ice on our driveway and sidewalks this weekend, you were hiking amidst such incredibly beautiful splendor – complete with rainbow! Perhaps we’ll consider wintering in Oregon next year.

  2. WELCOME TO MY WORLD, GOOD TO HAVE YOU BOTH ABOARD!

    DID YOU SEE THE COYOTE AT THE FALLS ?


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