OLA Backpacking in the Columbia River Gorge

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OLA Backpacking in the Columbia River Gorge

As another amazing Oregon summer began to close its doors, a group of Catlin students from the Outdoor Leadership and Adventure class dashed out for a long weekend of backpacking and fun in the Columbia River Gorge. 

We met in the Catlin lot and rocked an activity bus up to the Eagle Creek trailhead.  Hiking up Eagle Creek, we saw waterfall after waterfall after waterfall.  Punchbowl Falls, Oneonta Falls, Loowit Falls, Tunnel Falls, and High Bridge kept us excited and anxious to see what was around every bend. 

We arrived at a secluded camp on the river, journaled, and made a home for the night.  Waking up, we watched the sun gradually climb and bathe our gorge with light before packing up for our big day.  Covering a huge portion of our loop, the trail took us up and around Tanner Butte, through old burn sites, over streams, up hills, through meadows full of blueberry and hucleberry to our beloved Dublin Lake, which we reached just as night descended.  

After maybe too many laughs around a campfire and an amazing dinner, we headed into our tents and sleeping bags to enjoy a windy-but-clear night, full of shooting stars. 

The next morning, we said goodbye to our camp and lake and made our way back to the bus... through one of the last hot days of 2009!

It was a great weekend of bonding, sightseeing, and getting away from the bustle of our school lives.  We can't wait to get out again!

Click on a photo below to check out a slideshow from the trip.