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 Post subject: Triple Falls 031017
 Post Posted: March 10th, 2017, 6:55 pm 
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Taking advantage of what looked to be the warmest day so far this year I headed out to the gorge for a hike. I didn't have a plan so this was completely ad libbed. As I passed Multnomah and saw the tremendous volume coming over the falls I thought to give Oneonta a shot. (Multnomah was already busy). Arriving at the Horsetail TH, the falls, absolutely roaring, so off I went.

Lots of rocks and trees down but nothing that was more than a minor irritant: This is right near the start of the trail:
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Incredible flow over the upper falls:
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More downed trees and rocks past there but again, just minor stuff:
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"Lake Oneonta" was full.
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Huge ice accumulations in the canyon have started to melt but have a long way to go.
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This is just before the Triple Falls viewpoint. Again, easy to pick your way through.
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Triple Falls:
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Looking downstream from the bridge above the falls:
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I hadn't needed spikes at all so far and the few spots where snow and ice covered the trail were well tracked and easy to navigate. However, above the bridge, things changed dramatically so I called it a day:
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4.9 miles, two hours, 1,030' vertical.
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 Post subject: Re: Triple Falls 031017
 Post Posted: March 10th, 2017, 7:53 pm 
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Nice report. Looks like a slow spring.


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 Post subject: Re: Triple Falls 031017
 Post Posted: March 13th, 2017, 7:55 am 
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Nice TR Don! My friend and I decided to check out the new Tish Creek bridge (made of plastic) just past upper Punchbowl Falls. Eagle Creek pretty much looked like the Triple Falls trail; a few patches of snow on the trail and a lot of downed logs and branches. Time to break out the saws and shovels. I love the flow of Triple Falls. I haven't seen that much flow in years.


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 Post subject: Re: Triple Falls 031017
 Post Posted: March 13th, 2017, 11:39 am 
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That's quite a chunk of snow next to Oneonta Falls. Thanks for the trail report, it confirms the snow and blowdown conditions I expected to see. Looks like another candidate for a trail tender.


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 Post subject: Re: Triple Falls 031017
 Post Posted: March 19th, 2017, 8:06 am 
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I was wondering how that trail was doing. Thanks for the info!
Woodswalker (AKA Colette Grace)


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 Post subject: Re: Triple Falls 031017
 Post Posted: March 19th, 2017, 8:08 am 
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forestkeeper wrote:
Nice TR Don! My friend and I decided to check out the new Tish Creek bridge (made of plastic) just past upper Punchbowl Falls. Eagle Creek pretty much looked like the Triple Falls trail; a few patches of snow on the trail and a lot of downed logs and branches. Time to break out the saws and shovels. I love the flow of Triple Falls. I haven't seen that much flow in years.


I saw this morning that they have closed the Eagle Creek trail above Tish Creek due to sketchy landslides.

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