Multnomah Falls - Starvation Cr.(Hatfield Trail) 8/9 - 8/13

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Multnomah Falls - Starvation Cr.(Hatfield Trail) 8/9 - 8/13

Post by Thum » August 14th, 2011, 12:57 am

My girlfriend and I spent the last five days traversing some of the most amazing terrain the Hatfield Wilderness has to offer. With blue skies and my favorite trail buddy along for the ride, I was on cloud nine while we made our way from Multnomah Falls all the way to Starvation Creek State Park.

A hiker on the Hatfield Trail:


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Joie making her way up the switchbacks to the top of Multnomah Falls:


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Going along Multnomah Creek the whole way eased the mind and offered me a section of trail I hadnt hiked before. Foxglove just off the Multnomah Trail:


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We continued along the upper reaches of the Oneonta Trail and fought our way to Bell Creek for a water refill. Then we stopped for lunch under some of the ancient giants of the Bell Creek Trail. After reaching Nesmith Point and having some dinner we watched the sun go down over the river:


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Our second day was the most strenuous as we had to take the overgrown(and quickly vanishing) Moffet Creek and Tanner Creek Trails to the Tanner Cutoff Trail. Then, over the "trail from hell" up to Dublin Lake for the night. Many thanks goes to the ph guide members who messaged/posted about these trail sections. Adrian, Cascade Hiker, Chase, Joe Runner, Van Marmot, Splintercat and several others deserve special thanks for their ideas, inspiration and their knowledge and hard work surrounding these specific areas.

The crossing over McCord Creek was a great little spot for some breakfast. Moffett Creek was completely dry but McCord was still running strong:


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Near it's halfway point, the Moffett Creek Trail crosses old road #104 after it intersects the abandoned Wauneka Point Trail. Just a few hundred yards up the road to the north is an old WWI shelter that was built for gaurdsmen to stay in as they protected a set of powerlines from potential vandals:


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Not too long after we passed the road there were a couple of nice areas with hidden camp spots. Here's a shot from one of the campsites just south of the trail:


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After descending down the more miserable and over grown section of the Moffet Trail we came to the Tanner Creek crossing:


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The work/flagging from Adrian and friends made the Tanner Creek Trail feel like a well maintained avenue after the Moffet Trail. Going up the Tanner Cutoff was steep but not too bad until we bothered a nest of yellow jackets and each got stung three times a piece. Finally, we hit the top of the ridge and the Dublin Lake intersection. The lake before dusk:


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The next morning I was super excited for Tanner Butte and Big Cedar Springs. The views from Tanner were better than I could have imagined and the summit was a great lunch spot. Jo next to the summit pile:


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The little known Tanner Lake:


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The eagle-tanner trail was overgrown but not hard to follow down to eagle creek with a few glances at my map. When we came to Tanner Springs, a man camping there was extra helpful as he led us to the springs. Thrush Pond was pretty but my favorite part of the whole day was the giant Western Red Cedars at the Big Cedar Springs Camp. After resting under the giants, we headed down and crossed over Eagle Creek into familiar territory:


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We spent our third night about 5 miles from Wahtum Lake just off the Eagle Creek Trail. The next morning we passed some trail workers near our camp and headed up to the lake. Here's me above the Indian Springs intersection:


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Once we reached the lake, a huge wave of confidence boosted us up the north bound pct-cutoff to the base of Chinidere. Wahtum looking good:


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On my way up Chinidere I stepped off the trail for this shot of the summit:


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and views from the top:


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Coming down off Chinidere we cut over to the Anthill Trail that runs above Mud Lake. I really enjoyed this section of the trail and couldnt wait until we made it to the old WWII balloon house at the top of the Herman Creek Cutoff Trail:


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We checked out the old structure for a bit and then headed onto to Green Point Mountain. Where we got a look at Rainy Lake and Mt Defiance:


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After Green Point we continued on to North Lake for our last night of the trip. Waking up early at the lake with the craw daddies:


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For our last day we summited Mt Defiance from the southwest and planned to head down Starvation Creek to finish the journey. Heading up the backside of Defiance:


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We got seperated briefly at the summit when we had a miscommunication about where to have lunch. She knew to go down Starvation, so I assumed she raced ahead of me. I ran down to Warren Lake where a man and nice couple told me they hadnt seen anyone on starvation all day. Then, I knew I had made a foolish and amateurish mistake so I ran all the way back to the summit where she was waiting for me.


Back on track, we dropped down the steep Starvation Trail to the powerlines for a great view of Dog Mountain across the river:


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A tired but happy Thum at the end of the Hatfield Trail along gorge trail 400:


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Joie totaled about 67 miles for the trip and I logged 76 over the last five days. I think the trip could be done in 60 miles but it wouldnt allow for many side trips.
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Re: Multnomah Falls - Starvation Cr.(Hatfield Trail) 8/9 - 8/13

Post by joerunner » August 14th, 2011, 5:40 am

Fantastic report and pictures. You presented some new information (at least to me) about the orgins of the cabin at the Herman Creek cutoff and up on Moffet Creek. Thats cool stuff. Nice job!

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Re: Multnomah Falls - Starvation Cr.(Hatfield Trail) 8/9 - 8/13

Post by Crusak » August 14th, 2011, 7:19 am

Excellent report, and big mileage trip! You guys tagged some great places along the way.

Where was that nest of yellow jackets - beside or on the trail? Or were you off-trail when you encountered them? Did you guys park at the Multnomah Falls lodge, or did someone drop you off? I've wondered where it would be best to park in that part of the Gorge for overnight trips...
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Re: Multnomah Falls - Starvation Cr.(Hatfield Trail) 8/9 - 8/13

Post by Chase » August 14th, 2011, 8:47 am

Yes! Thanks for the great report and photos. I'm jealous that you did Chinidere and Tanner Butte (I skipped those on my hike).
And I never knew about that WWII shack, either.

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Re: Multnomah Falls - Starvation Cr.(Hatfield Trail) 8/9 - 8/13

Post by Splintercat » August 14th, 2011, 2:47 pm

Thanks, Thum - very nice report, and a fitting tribute to Senator Hatfield who passed away last Sunday. I'm still plugging this idea, and it helps immensely to have trip reports tied to the concept that I can point folks to. Great work!

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Re: Multnomah Falls - Starvation Cr.(Hatfield Trail) 8/9 - 8/13

Post by retired jerry » August 14th, 2011, 3:04 pm

I think we need to work on the trail, like from the Tanner Creek trail near road 777 down to Tanner Creek and up the other side a ways.

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Re: Multnomah Falls - Starvation Cr.(Hatfield Trail) 8/9 - 8/13

Post by Eric Peterson » August 14th, 2011, 3:13 pm

Nicely done Thum! :)

Went down past the Tanner cut off from Eagle Creek yesterday and must have whizzed right on
by and didn't even notice where the Tanner cut off intersects! Bummer on me, is it pretty hidden?

Hey Crusak, the bee that stung me yesterday was in the ground right in the trail. I ignored a nice
warning sign some Americorps volunteers stuck up too! Was yellow jacket hive in the dirt path,
they were doing some very nice trail work down a ways and mentioned it. I think some of them
got stung good since they were tromping all over it. :D

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Re: Multnomah Falls - Starvation Cr.(Hatfield Trail) 8/9 - 8/13

Post by cascadehiker » August 14th, 2011, 9:39 pm

Sweet trip! It's refreshing to see someone finally take their time and enjoy this awesome trek. Well done! ;)
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Re: Multnomah Falls - Starvation Cr.(Hatfield Trail) 8/9 - 8/13

Post by mayhem » August 14th, 2011, 10:37 pm

Great Report & the 3rd pic is classic!!!
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Post by Thum » August 15th, 2011, 6:34 am

@Joe Runner- yeah, a hiking guide book I found somewhere said the house on top of the herman creek cutoff was built in WW2 to watch for japanese balloon bombs coming over the pacific(in an attempt to burn our forests down). Joie actually saw the old shelter near Moffet Creek and called me back as I just passed right by with out seeing it. The only reason I know anything about it is because of this note someone wrote on the inside of the shelter:


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The note reads, "This cabin was built during WWI, gaurds lived in it. Their job was to watch the powerlines as a safegaurd against potential enemy saboteurs. several others(shelters) were built, two remain.

R. Bell - engineering Mt Hood National Forest. 2001

It has been used by forest service, trail crews, surveyors and wilderness backpackers. repairs made in 1984, it is part of your heritage."


there were lots of writings in there from past bull run gaurds from the 80's. here's the latest gaurd:)


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and my favorite writing in the house:


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@crusak- it was an amazing trip and the fourth day had to be my fav with all the great destniations. The nest was right on the trail about 1/2 way up the tanner cutoff. I got stung in the hand and then in the leg, then she got stung twice in the leg and once on the stomach. While we got out of there(me screaming like a 4 year old lol) I got stung in the kneecap too. We must have made them really unhappy cus they were swarming like mad.

We got dropped off at Multnomah and picked up at Starvation so I didnt have to deal with organizing a shuttle or worrying about leaving a vehicle somewhere. I wish we could all just leave our cars and not worry about them.


@chase- Tanner Butte was definitely one my fav parts of the trip. I went up Chinidere alone while Joie took a break at the top of the lake cutoff. My camera died so I had to ran up there with her pink hello kitty phone and no backpack. The guy at the top looked at me funny as soon as he saw the phone. I was like, what? a guy cant be manly with a pink phone anymore lol?

but hey, it's amazing you did it in three days. My fam picked me up with an awesome picnic at starvation and they kept asking me how hard it was to walk that far over 4 or 5 days. When I told them that you did the trip in 3 days and Joe tried to do it one, they looked so shocked and impressed.
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