CHS 1 Hike - Coyote Wall—The Labyrinth Loop

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Coyote Wall—The Labyrinth Loop

A classic Columbia Gorge loop that includes a walk down most of the length of scenic Coyote Wall. Part of the CHS Columbia Gorge Weekend.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,250 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

TBD depending on where participants are coming from.  Parking at the Coyote Wall Trailhead is limited so we will try to combine cars in either Cascade Locks or Hood River, with the goal of being on the trail by 8am.  Details will be arranged by email after registration closes.

The views from Coyote Wall make it one of the classic Columbia Gorge hiking destinations.   The Labyrinth Loop variation matches CHS1 distance and elevation targets for May, and promises expansive views of the Columbia River Gorge along with stands of oak, cascading waterfalls, dramatic basalt outcroppings.  Route descriptions and pictures at Oregon Hikers and WTA.  We'll do the route counterclockwise so that the view of the Gorge is in front of us as we descend along the top of Coyote Wall (as seen in the picture).

This route was  chosen for the last day of the Columbia Gorge weekend in part because the trailhead is located just off Highway 14 (across the river from the towns of Hood River and Mosier), which should make it easier for people who are driving home afterwards.

Because this route is beautiful and accessible it is also popular, therefore we will get an early start to avoid the crowds.  Though we will be immersed in beautiful landscape, this is not a wilderness trip.  Expect to see many other parties on the trail.  Portions of the route are also open to on-leash dogs and mountain bikes.

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Coyote Wall

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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