Wyeth Trail to Rainy Lake

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Wyeth Trail to Rainy Lake is a 13.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cascade Locks, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
13.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4872 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

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Shorter route possible to Gorton Creek Falls: Trail leads directly away from the well marketed trailhead parking area. When the campground is closed, one must hike from the road through the campground following signs to trailhead. The trail parallels Gorton creek through a cool, tree-shaded glen, initially as a broad dirt road gradually narrowing to a comfortable trail. The trail crosses Trail #400 which crosses the creek on a bridge. Continuing along the creek, in little more than a quarter mile, you reach a narrow gap in a cliff through which the stream squeezes. A crude, old dam for fresh water is visible at this point. The real hike begins here! To the falls, one must find one's own way by negotiating boulders, logs, sliding hillsides and crisscrossing the creek. There is no trail and constantly changing hazards thanks to the annual extreme effects of water and slides.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an extremely difficult trail with very little reward. The dense forest and trees leading to the top were nice and tranquil, but very few vistas for the effort. However, due to the Eagle Creek Fire the area leading up the ridge was affected by the fire, so there may now be views of St Helens and Adams when approaching/ascending to the plateau. I counted 38 switchbacks on the way down, with the longest switchback being around a mile. This ascends 4000+ ft and an extra 700 if you decide to go up green point ridge, where that trail isn't very well maintained and the junctions are not marked by numbers. There is a wicked view of Mt Hood if you bushwack your way off that trail (green point ridge), but there are few views of the mountain. It is also supposed to connect and wrap around to rainy and north lake, but again, very poorly marked and the trail signs have no numbers. After recovery of the eagle creek fire, this could very well become an epic wildflower hike, but that's 20-30 years down the road.

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hiking
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This trail is about a mile or so if you end at the 20 foot lower Gorton Creek Waterfall and even shorter if you stop at Emerald Falls. It starts off at Wyeth Campground and the trail is easy and paved dirt for most of the hike. The trail slowly disappears near Emerald Falls (series of mini falls with moss covered boulders) and you have to scramble up moss covered boulders and logs to the side of the creek to reach the waterfall. If you have sturdy shoes, the scramble is pretty easy during summer months when the water flow is low. If you want to reach the top of the falls (which is about a mile from the lower fall), there is a steep dirt paved path the left of the lower Gorton Creek fall.

Overall the hike is very beautiful and way less crowded than the other waterfall hikes near Portland, Oregon. If the water if deep enough (which it usually is) you can swim in the small pond that forms at the bottom of the lower falls. The water usually is freezing though-even in the summer. It's dog friendly, but the climb from Emerald falls along the creek would be difficult for short-legged dogs.

hiking
Saturday, May 31, 2014