Multnomah Falls to Nesika

June 24-25, 1976

Seven Obsidians from Eugene and Tess Smith of Portland, Dorothy Hayes’ sister, met Trails Club leader Helen Cheek and Obsidian co-leader Catherine Dunlop, both from Portland, at Multnomah Falls at 11 a.m. Saturday. Before starting on the 3½ up-bound miles Helen gave us a brief history of the beginning of the Trails Club in 1916. Very appropriate for it was here a group of hikers organized themselves as keepers of the newly constructed trail from the foot of Multnomah Falls to Larch Mt. Not long after that the log lodge Nesika for which we were now bound was built. Weather was just right for hiking this fairly steep trail, nevertheless we were glad to drop our packs at Nesika and were soon shown where we could spread our sleeping bags in the close-by men’s and women’s dormitories, both built some years after the Lodge. Most of us ignored the double-decker beds and dragged mattresses to the porch. A brief rest then most of us were ready to enjoy the woods.

We were sorry Helen could not stay with us for the rest of the weekend. Our host at Nesika was John Riley. Several other young Trails Club members were there. John and some of these led us to Coyote Rock, one of the several viewpoints for looking out on the Columbia River and the highway and railroad almost right below; then they guided us along some of the network of trails. There is much to see and be with at Nesika.

These young folks, enthusiasm and love for this spot is catching. They urged our return and suggested it be this winter. It is possible to drive almost to Nesika by way of the Larch Mt. road.

At suppertime and for breakfast, too, we cooked our individual bringings on the big wood stove in the kitchen making use of the supply of pots, pans and dishes. We ate at the table outside.

Sunday most of us worked in one more visit to a close by viewpoint. We started down shortly after 10:30 with Trails Clubbers as guides as far as the Larch Mt. junction and reached the highway about 1 p.m. Our lunch stop was at the lookout at the top of Multnomah Falls where despite the steep trail many people come these summer days for viewing and picture taking.

Obsidians enjoying this pleasant, outing were: Catherine Dunlop, co-leader, Dorothy Hayes, Dorothy Leland, Dorothy Medill, Parker Riddle, Tess Smith, Merle Traudt, Dorothy Turner, Paula Vehrs, and Trails Club Member Helen Cheek.

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