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Cape Horn Day Work Party
Join WTA and Cape Horn Conservancy to repair a switchback that is slippery and treacherous every winter-spring. This event is weather dependent, if it is too wet we will take a rain check.
About the Area
The Cape Horn Trail makes a 7 mile loop hike that showcases the Gorge's incredible scenery. Originally pioneered by hiking enthusiasts, the trail was not sanctioned by the Forest Service until 2010. WTA has worked closely with the Cape Horn Conservancy and the Forest Service to upgrade the trail to modern standards and perform annual maintenance.
What to Expect
We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference! No experience is necessary.
The crew will meet at the Salmon Falls park and ride and then hike up to the project location about 3/4 of a mile and 500 feet of elevation gain. There we'll break up into smaller groups. Some to haul gravel, some to re-grade the switchback and others to do brushing and drainage work.
In total we'll hike about 1.5 miles round trip and about 500 ft. in elevation gain.
8:30 AM: Be ready to sign in and meet the crew, rain or shine
8:35 AM: Gather for a safety briefing, then hike to the project site
Morning: Work at your own pace, and take breaks throughout the day
12:00 PM: Lunch on the trail
Afternoon: Consider trying a new task before wrapping up the day's work
3:30 PM: Sign out after enjoying refreshments at the trailhead
For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.
Get ready for a great day outside!
What it Takes to Do This Work Party
No experience is necessary—just bring a great attitude for working with a team! WTA provides the training and tools you need
Expect to be physically active at your own pace for up to 6 hours on uneven terrain
Recommended for ages 10 and older; under 14 must be accompanied by an adult and a parental consent form must be signed for anyone under 18
What to Wear
Long-sleeved shirt recommended
Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)
A hard hat will be provided by WTA. For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed.
What to Bring
Lunch and plenty of water
Rain jacket and pants
Extra warm clothing in case of wet or cold weather
A pack to carry your personal gear
A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!
Firearms and weapons are not allowed.
From Vancouver: Take Hwy 14 East through Camas and continue thru Washougal. Once you leave the developed area near Washougal and enter the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, continue east approx. 10 miles. Along the way you will pass around the cliffs of Cape Horn and the hwy will descend. Turn left (north) on Salmon Falls Rd. and the trailhead parking area will be immediately on the right.
If you are coming from the eastern Gorge, follow hwy 14 past Beacon Rock State Park for about 8.5 miles. Total time from Bridge of the Gods: about 30 minutes.