By Russ Schneider

ISBN-10: 0585255512

ISBN-13: 9780585255514

ISBN-10: 1560445688

ISBN-13: 9781560445685

A whole consultant 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 positive factors fifteen hikes to scenic waterfalls and comprises seven mountain ascents and ten prolonged backpacking journeys.

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The cliffs of the Gorge expose about 1,000 feet of the mud flows. The first in the series of catastrophic events, between 12 and 17 million years ago, were the eruptions from dozens of mile-long fissures in eastern Washington and Oregon. The flows of hot and fluid basaltic lava spread over 60,000 square miles in both states. Only 16 of the over 200 known basalt flows occurred in gorge cliffs. When a former valley of the Columbia filled with basaltic lava, the river was rerouted north, and cut a new valley.

The Oregon and Washington Atlas & Gazetteer are good sources of map information for the northwest. All of these maps are nice to have, but not necessary. All you really need is one of the three maps listed above describing the area you plan to visit. For Forest Service information you can call, visit, or write to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area office. Or stop by the visitor center at Multnomah Falls, Skamania Lodge, or the Gorge Discovery Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area USDA Forest Service 902 Wasco Avenue, Suite 200 Hood River, OR 97031 541-386-2333 Multnomah Falls Forest Service Interpretive Center 503-695-2372 Skamania Lodge Forest Service Information Center 509-427-2528 Columbia Gorge Discovery Center (the Dalles) 541-296-8600 The best way to get up-to-date information on the Gorge is to call 541-386-2333 before you go.

Have fun. An Introduction to Scenic Waterfalls of the Gorge Because of the over 600-foot-thick layer of Columbia River basalt, the Gorge has over 30 waterfalls, most of which are within an hour's drive of Portland. To give you an introduction to the falls area, I suggest that you start with Latourell Falls, stop at the Falls at Shepperds Dell, and visit Bridal Veil Falls. It is easy to do all three in one day, even if you get up late. They are less visited than Multnomah Falls, but still receive heavy traffic.

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