- Date: April 17, 2016
- Location: Columbia River Gorge
- Start: Wahclella Falls Trailhead
- Distance: 5.8 miles
- Duration: 4 hours (breaks included)
- Elevation gain: 1870 feet
- Type: Out-and-back
- Map: Green Trails Map 428S: Columbia River Gorge-West
- References: Hiking the Columbia River Gorge by Russ Schneider
We did it! We finally made it up to Munra Point! Third time’s a charm I guess. Or maybe Cassie, our new adventure pup, brought along some beginner’s luck; this was her first time hiking in the Columbia River Gorge!
Since we already did the more scenic route (i.e. the route that includes Elowah Falls) back in January, we opted for the slightly shorter option starting at the Wahclella Falls Trailhead. The trek up the steep, unmaintained trail leading to Munra Point was much easier this time around since the ice and snow was completely melted. Cassie made her way up with ease, hopping and scrambling over massive rocks and tree roots like a little mountain goat (all while attached to my waist via OllyDog leash).
The chimney, where we had to turn around last time, ended up being a cakewalk (even with Cassie in tow) now that the rocks weren’t covered in ice. It felt so good to finally make it up to the ridge. And the view definitely didn’t disappoint. Being a beautiful Sunday morning, there were already a number of people climbing and crowding the summit, so we decided to take a break along one of the ridges and wait our turn.
Ironically enough, the climb up to the Munra Point summit was actually easier than the scramble up the chimney. Initially, it didn’t seem worth it to make the climb because of the crowds. I’m happy we changed our minds. Although the view of the gorge from the ridge is stunning, it’s nothing compared to the breathtaking 360 degree view from the highest point. We shared it with another couple who kindly offered to take a family photo for us.
We greatly enjoyed our first CRG outing with Cassie and are so proud that she was able to tackle such a tough initiation hike!