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Hiking Mt. Hood and Cascade Mountain Lakes

Program Number: 4895RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/15/2013 - 9/21/2013; 9/21/2014 - 9/27/2014; 6/21/2015 - 6/27/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Eagle Creek, Oregon
Price starting at: $948.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Hike along sparkling lakes with majestic Mount Hood towering over the landscape, to vistas overlooking the forested Cascade Mountains, and to hidden gems such as Little Crater Lake hidden in the forest. Each day, learn about the history, geology, birds, and plants of the area during talks led by your hike leader. Enjoy the summer flowers or fall color of vine maples as you hike through old growth, mountain meadows and timberline scenes.




Highlights

• Visit Timberline Lodge — a National Historic Landmark located at the slopes of Mount Hood — and explore the grounds of this local treasure.
• Hike to the exquisite Tamanawas Falls, a 100-foot waterfall that stems from Cold Spring Creek.
• Experience the beauty of the lakes nestled into this beautiful region, including Mirror, Timothy, Trillium and Little Crater.



Activity Particulars

Hiking 3-8 miles a day with elevation gains of 700-1,500 feet. Elevations of 6,500 feet.



Coordinated by NW Discoveries.




Eagle Creek

Mount Hood, a dormant volcano and Oregon’s tallest peak, dominates the horizon of this small town 30 miles southeast of Portland near the breathtaking vistas of the Columbia River Gorge and lush, temperate rainforests of cedar, ferns and moss.



Accommodations
Retreat center nestled in a Pacific Northwestern forest. Rooms with private decks and baths.
Meals and Lodgings
   Alton L. Collins Retreat Center
  Eagle Creek 6 nights
 Alton L. Collins Retreat Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Nestled in the woods with convenient access to Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge.
  Contact info: 32867 SE Highway 211
Eagle Creek, OR 97022 USA
phone: 888-567-6411
web: www.collinsretreatcenter.org
  Room amenities: Room amenities: Each bedroom has reading light above headboard, conditioning shampoo, towels. Hair dryers and alarm clocks can be borrowed from hospitality nook near dining room. Rooms do NOT have: microwaves, coffeemakers, refrigerators (communal refrigerator near dining room).
  Facility amenities: Alton Collins is located in a peaceful forest. Tea and coffee are available at all times. Meals are home cooked by a professional gourmet chef with fresh vegetables.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in 3:30-5:30 PM. You will be staying at Alton L. Collins Retreat Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 9:00 AM after breakfast. You will be staying at Alton L. Collins Retreat Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Liability Release Waivers are required to be signed for participation in this program.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at lodge on dirt/gravel lot underneath the trees for free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Eagle Creek
  Nearest city or town:  Sandy
  Nearest highway: Hwy 211
  Nearest airport:  Portland, OR
  From End of Program
  Location: Eagle Creek
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Portland, OR

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Road Scholar provider
phone: 503-524-9192
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

   

Road Scholar provider will do only one airport pickup at 2:00 PM on Sunday, the first day of program. Van will pickup on sidewalk outside of baggage claim (ground-lowest level) under Alaska/Horizon sign.

 

Alton Collins Retreat

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Road Scholar provider
phone: 503-524-9192
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

   

On last day of program only 1 departure time of 9:00 am, arriving at airport by 10:00 am. Please schedule your flight no earlier than 11:30 am.

 
Driving Directions
  Directions For GPS We recommend you put the lodging address into your GPS or vehicle navigation system or use the internet mapping websites: (ensure the mapping directions are similar to our provided instructions) http://maps.google.com/ then click on Get directions, then input your starting destination and ending destination = lodging address provided. or www.mapquest.com; then click on Get Directions, then input your starting destination and ending destination = lodging address provided. Alton L. Collins Retreat Center 32867 SE Highway 211 Eagle Creek , OR 97022 888-567-6411 www.collinsretreatcenter.org You can also visit the lodging website or call the lodging for additional directions.
  From Interstate 5 in Portland Take exit #301 for Interstate 84 east (The Dalles/Hood River). Take Wood Village exit #16 off I-84, follow main road (238th turns into 242nd turns into NE Hogan) to Gresham. At NE Burnside (U-Haul store) turn left (east) on Burnside which becomes Hwy 26 to City of Sandy. In Sandy, turn right on Hwy 211 (toward Estacada). Go approximately 4 miles on Hwy 211 to Collins Retreat Center on right hand side of road.
Elevation Note: On three days we hike at 6000, 4900 and 3500 ft. respectively. Everything else below 3000 ft.

Equipment Requirements: Well broken in hiking boots or shoes, hiking gear and rain gear are recommended to fully enjoy this program.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Relax and retreat from your busy life to our peaceful lodge nestled amongst giant old growth trees. Meet new friends and learn about the week ahead.
(Sunday, September 15)
   
 Arrive To: Check in between 3:30 - 5:30 PM at Alton Collins Retreat Center.
 Afternoon: 5:45 PM Group socializing activities - Meet your fellow Road Scholars.
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:30 PM onsite.
 Evening: Program orientation and preparation for the week ahead until 9:00 PM.
   
Accommodations: Alton L. Collins Retreat Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Walk through an old growth fir forest next to the pristine Salmon River.
(Monday, September 16)

Note: Walk 4-7 miles with up to 1200 ft. gain on nice forest path. You can rest and turn around whenever you want. Path is nicely maintained.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM onsite.
 Morning: Hike along the Salmon River through Old Growth Forests. 2-4 miles with elevation gains up to 300 ft.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Continue hiking along the central Salmon river for up to another 7.2 miles with 900 ft. gain. Walk beneath majestic old growth tees on a soft carpeted trail.
 Dinner: 6:30 PM dinner onsite.
 Evening: Evening presentation on local geology or natural history will end by 9:00 PM
   
Accommodations: Alton L. Collins Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hike to Mirror lake with beautiful views of Mt. Hood reflected in the lake and from the trail.
(Tuesday, September 17)

Note: Hike up to 6,4 miles with up to 1400 ft elevation gain. You can shorten the hike to your needs since we hike in and out on the same trail.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM onsite.
 Morning: Hike to Mirror Lake in the mountains surrounding Mt. Hood. 3.2 miles roundtrip with elevation gain of 700 ft.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Continue hiking from Mirror lake to Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain. 3.2 miles roundtrip with elevation gain of 700 ft. After our hike enjoy the historic ambience of Timberline lodge with a tour, then relax with an optional drink and appetizer (on your own).
 Dinner: Dinner at 7:00 PM onsite.
 Evening: Optional video on Timberline lodge.
   
Accommodations: Alton L. Collins Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hike along the shores of Timothy lake for views of Mt. Hood. Visit Little Crater Lake, a blue gem nestled in a forest meadow.
(Wednesday, September 18)

Note: Hike either 3 miles or 7.2 miles with 100 ft elevation gain on nicely maintained trail.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM onsite.
 Morning: Hike along the edge of Timothy Lake with its beautiful views of Mt. Hood. Up to 3 miles with elevation gain of 100 ft.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Hike to Little Crater Lake; a deep, crystal clear, artesian spring fed lake. 4.2 mile with 50 ft. elevation gain.
 Dinner: 6:30 PM dinner onsite.
 Evening: Evening program on geology or natural history will end by 9:00 PM.
   
Accommodations: Alton L. Collins Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hike the Trail of Ten Falls at Oregon's largest State Park, Silver Falls. Walk through cave-like grottos behind several of these falls.
(Thursday, September 19)

Note: Trail of ten falls is an 8.7 mile loop with 600 ft elevation gain.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 am onsite.
 Morning: Drive to Silver Falls State Park and begin hiking The Trail of Ten Falls, one of America's most impressive waterfall day hikes.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Finish the Trail of Ten Falls. North Falls, a 136' beauty, is one of the most spectacular falls experiences in the northwest. Optional stop in quaint town of Silverton on route back to lodge.
 Dinner: 6:30 PM Dinner onsite.
 Evening: Evening program on local history will end by 9:00 PM.
   
Accommodations: Alton L. Collins Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hike to beautiful Tamanawas Falls through pine forest on the east side of Mt. Hood. Walk around Trillium lake for views of Mt. Hood.
(Friday, September 20)

Note: Tamanawas Falls is 3.8 miles RT, 500 ft. gain on well maintained trail with a few rocks you have to step over. Trillium lake is 2 mile flat hike on nice trail.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:15 AM onsite.
 Morning: Hike to Tamanawas Falls along a cascading clear river. Enjoy the drier pine habitat of the eastern side of Mt. Hood. 3.8 miles RT with 500 ft. elevation gain
 Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Walk around Trillium lake with beautiful views of Mt. Hood. 2 miles with minimal elevation gain.
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:30 PM onsite.
 Evening: Share stories, photos and experiences from the week during a closing program that ends by 9:00 pm
   
Accommodations: Alton L. Collins Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Memories of beautiful scenery and new friends.
(Saturday, September 21)

Note: No activity scheduled as people pack up for their departure after breakfast.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast 7:15 AM onsite.
 Afternoon: Program ends at 9:00 AM with everyone checking out.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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