Activity Notes

March 23 Update:  

  • This will be (another weather) adventure!  Bring your layers, gaiters, extra gloves, ice axes, pack covers, warm drinks.  If you have an ICE AXE, PLEASE BRING IT.  If you have extra ice axes, please bring them.  
  • Weather synopsis for Herman Creek: The Cascade Lock area is under a special weather statement (see below).  Expect drizzly rain on the drive to Herman Creek trailhead. Allow for some extra drive time. There will be rain at the trailhead start (Oh yay!....another test of rain gear)! Temps will hover above freezing and there will be snow on the trail at the 1500-foot level as we work our way up in elevation. Precipitation will turn to snow along the route up. At the higher elevations and in the Westerly exposed areas of the route, expect a  breeze of <10 mph but there will be some gusts. Expect several feet of snow at or near the highest elevations of the Eaton Ridge along the route.

On the Oregon side of the magnificent Columbia River Gorge, our hike takes us into the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness as we ascend a fairly steep ridge that has a series of switchbacks. Much of the hike is through forested area, but we will also encounter open areas and will be exposed to the effects of the 2017 fire that swept through the area. This is a good and challenging conditioning hike for anyone early in the climbing year; it has an elevation gain of close to 2800’ and we travel in all about 8 miles. We call this Herman Creek Trail, a trail that we start and end on, although we also follow the Nick Eaton and the Gorton Creek Trails which compose part of the Indian Point Loop. We will NOT be heading out the spur trail to Indian Point, but will stay on the loop itself.

See: https://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Indian_Point_Loop_Hike

The Herman Creek Trail 406 begins at the western side of the Herman Creek Campground parking lot. We climb switchbacks, pass under power lines at 0.2 mile, and continue on another 0.4 mile to the junction with trail 406E, Herman Bridge Trail. We continue on 406 up the hill to the left. In another 0.9 miles we come to the junction with the Nick Eaton Trail 477 (passing along the way another trail junction, which is with Gorton Creek Trail that we will be on later in the day). We take 477 to the left and again uphill 1.6 miles climbing along several switchbacks to an elevation of 2930' and going through a saddle to the junction with Ridge Cutoff Trail 437. We take Ridge Cutoff to the left and traverse and go downward for 0.5 mile to the junction with Gorton Creek Trail 408. At the junction we continue left on Gorton Creek Trail for 2.4 miles to the junction with Herman Creek Trail 406. We continued down Herman Creek Trail to where we started the day!

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Indian Point - Loop
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Nov
4
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Indian Point Hike
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Mar
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AYM: Indian Point (via Gorton Creek Trail)
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Mar
23
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BCEP 2019 Team 18 Conditioning Hike-Indian Point
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Mar
24
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BCEP 2019 Team 14: Hike - Indian Point
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Apr
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Indian Point with open views
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Aug
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Indian Creek (changed from Cooper Spur)
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Apr
12
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Indian Point (via Gorton Creek Trail)
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Nov
13
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Indian Point Loop Hike
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Apr
3
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BCEP 2021 Team 06: Hike - Indian Point
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Apr
6
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Indian Point via Gorton Creek Trail [Weeknight Sunset Hike]
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Apr
10
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BCEP 2021 Team 17: Hike - Indian Point
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Apr
11
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BCEP 2021 Team 10: Hike - Indian Point
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Apr
17
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BCEP 2021 Team 12: Hike - Indian Point
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Apr
18
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BCEP 2021 Team 01: Hike - Indian Point
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Apr
23
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BCEP 2021 Team 09: Hike - Herman Creek Trail
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Mar
6
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BCEP 2022: Team 7 : Indian Point (via Gorton Creek Trail)
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Mar
26
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BCEP 2022: Team 02 Hike #2 Indian Point via Gorton Creek
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Apr
1
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BCEP 2022: Team 10 Hike - Herman Creek
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Apr
2
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Indian Point (via Gorton Creek Trail)
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Apr
3
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BCEP 2022: Team 17 - Indian Point Hike
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Apr
10
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BCEP 2022 Team 14: Dog Mountain
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Apr
24
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Indian Point
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Apr
30
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BCEP Team 1 Hike - Indian Point
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Jun
19
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Indian Point Via Herman Creek
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Nov
12
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Indian Point (via Gorton Creek Trail)
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Feb
11
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Conditioner Series Hike 5: Indian Point (via Gorton Creek Trail)
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Feb
18
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Indian Point (via Gorton Creek Trail)
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Mar
11
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BCEP 2023 Team 3: Hike Indian Point
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Mar
18
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BCEP 2023: Team 16 Indian Mountain ( via Gorton Creek)
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Mar
24
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BCEP 2023: TEAM 22: Hike 03 Herman Creek
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Apr
1
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BCEP 2023: Team 21 Indian Point Hike
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Apr
1
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BCEP 2023 Team 14: Indian Point via Herman Creek / Gorton Creek Trails
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Apr
9
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BCEP 2023: Team 7 Indian Point (via Gorton Creek Trail)
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Sep
14
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Indian Point (via Gorton Creek Trail)
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Nov
12
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Indian Point (via Gorton Creek Trail)
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Dec
2
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Indian Point
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Dec
22
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Indian Point (via Gorton Creek - Nick Eaton)
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Dec
23
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AYM: Indian Point (pup friendly!)
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Jan
3
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Indian Point
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Jan
5
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Indian Point (via Nick Eaton & Gorton Creek)
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Feb
2
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Indian Point (via Nick Eaton and Gorton Creek)
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Mar
9
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BCEP 2024 Team 02: Indian Point (via Gorton Creek Trail)
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Apr
12
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BCEP 2024 Team 04: Herman Creek. 9AM start
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May
11
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