Wahkeena-Multnomah loop 3/20/2020

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Wahkeena-Multnomah loop 3/20/2020

Post by klossner » March 21st, 2020, 11:56 am

I started at the Multnomah Falls parking lot off I-84 and hiked the Multnomah-Wahkeena Loop Hike counter-clockwise. Back in the day this would have been a quick jaunt, but as the first hike of spring for a senior citizen, it presented enough of a challenge. The trail itself is in fine condition with no remnants of winter.

At 1pm on a Friday, that parking lot was two-thirds full. The Multnomah Falls and Wahkeena Falls parking lots on the old highway were completely full, with drivers circling like vultures hoping for a spot.

Social distancing was interesting. When someone approached from the other direction, I would step well off the trail and wait for them to pass. Most of them thanked me.

I saw this flower at low elevations along Wahkeena Creek. My flower expert friends can't identify it.
UnknownFlower.jpg

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Re: Wahkeena-Multnomah loop 3/20/2020

Post by OregonSurveyor » March 21st, 2020, 12:17 pm

Looks like Salmonberry in bloom.
Did you see the new large maps at 6 junctions? Two friends of mine were instrumental in planning and installing them!
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Re: Wahkeena-Multnomah loop 3/20/2020

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Re: Wahkeena-Multnomah loop 3/20/2020

Post by adamschneider » March 21st, 2020, 6:12 pm

Yes, it's salmonberry. I hope your "flower expert" friends have day jobs. :)

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Re: Wahkeena-Multnomah loop 3/20/2020

Post by Bosterson » March 21st, 2020, 7:41 pm

Thank you for another installment of "This is why we can't have nice things." :roll:
#pnw #bestlife #bitingflies #favoriteyellowcap #neverdispleased

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Re: Wahkeena-Multnomah loop 3/20/2020

Post by squidvicious » March 22nd, 2020, 9:31 am

Fortunately these people aren't early risers. I pulled in to Multnomah Falls at 7:15 this morning, and didn't hit anyone else on the trail until halfway through. Then maybe a half dozen parties total strung out going down Wahkeena. Weirdly, the Wahkeena parking lot was already more than half full, but there were all of three cars at Multnomah Falls. A fairly steady stream of people heading in from the freeway side, though, and some in large groups :(

Due to some health issues, my "hiking" has been almost entirely limited to the Multnomah-Wahkeena loop 3X a week for the better part of the last year, and "avoid other people" is my normal mode. It's not really a problem for me yet--at my hours I don't encounter people much until around Fairy Falls or so. But down from there there's been a big jump in people all week long, plus an increase in general asshattery. I will be extremely pissed if they wind up having to close the trails.
OregonSurveyor wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 12:17 pm
Did you see the new large maps at 6 junctions? Two friends of mine were instrumental in planning and installing them!
Yes, those are great! Six junctions? *Does mental review* Must be, Lemmons Viewpoint, Vista Point, Wahkeena Spring, Devil's Rest, Larch... What am I missing?

Wish there were one down at the Wahkeena trailhead. Between the bridge and the Perdition junction is usually where I get the most people stopping me to ask, "Do you know where the heck I'm going?"

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Re: Wahkeena-Multnomah loop 3/20/2020

Post by aiwetir » March 22nd, 2020, 10:26 am

Someone have photos of these signs?
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Re: Wahkeena-Multnomah loop 3/20/2020

Post by squidvicious » March 22nd, 2020, 10:32 am

Not the actual sign, but this is the map. Iirc, the signs are exactly this plus "you are here" markers
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 709957.pdf

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Re: Wahkeena-Multnomah loop 3/20/2020

Post by squidvicious » March 22nd, 2020, 11:36 am

There is a really confusing tweet from Multnomah Falls Lodge (whose twitter account is just listed as "Multnomah Falls") that says "all areas are temporarily closed." @CRGNSA retweeted it, but haven't said anything themselves about closures. But local news is citing the Lodge tweet and reporting it as Multnomah Falls is closed, which... I don't think it is? Confusing!

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Re: Wahkeena-Multnomah loop 3/20/2020

Post by OregonSurveyor » March 22nd, 2020, 12:04 pm

Hey Squid,
Maybe the 6th map is at the junction that leads to the platform at the top of Multnomah Falls.
I think @Multnomah Falls’ tweet was meant to mean all Lodge facilities are closed (they had been keeping the restrooms open). But you’re correct @CRGNSA is tagging along and leaving the impression that even the trail is closed. They are also tweeting not to go to Dog Mtn or the waterfall alley in general.
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