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Re: The Gorge
« Reply #60 on: July 26, 2022, 08:46:51 AM »
Now that the wind has gone away, can anyone recommend some fun things to do?

We have E-bikes, but cannot do trails that younger people charge. Jacky crashes way too often. Weíve done the HR to Mosier trail twice. Kickitat once.

Todays plan his to hit the Alpine slide, but it might be closed. Web site suggests closure due to heat. Seems ridiculous to us.


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Re: The Gorge
« Reply #61 on: July 26, 2022, 09:03:58 AM »
Iíve only been to HR once Dwight so not as familiar as others here. While we were there we went to mount hood to see the sights. Didnít realize that it was a mountain biking area in the off season. Looked like a lot of trails and of course the beautiful views too. Sounds like you are having a wonderful trip.  8)

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Re: The Gorge
« Reply #62 on: July 26, 2022, 09:31:41 AM »
We're going to go do dock starts and then if the wind comes up, hit viento or event site

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Re: The Gorge
« Reply #63 on: July 26, 2022, 09:36:58 AM »
Check out the Cloud Cap Inn, go hiking above treeline and enjoy the cooler weather. Afterwards head down to the Cooper Spur Mountain Resort for food and beverage. It's a nice contrast from the Gorge landscape and a great getaway from the triple digit heat!
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Re: The Gorge
« Reply #64 on: July 26, 2022, 10:32:58 AM »
This is an unusually long hot spell for July and it's not even blowing at the coast, fogged in. Logic dictates somewhere in between must be super windy, probably Jones beach (Clatskanie Oregon), just East of Astoria along the Columbia. Three hour drive but if it's on it will blow until dark.

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Re: The Gorge
« Reply #65 on: July 26, 2022, 12:46:36 PM »
Multnomah falls and surrounding falls and hikes
Go snow skiing up at Timberline, or just take the chair up and watch others ski in july
white water rafting (white river or deschutes)
myriad of hikes nearby
Mtn biking
eat more tacos
golf
There are plenty of things to do when there isn't any wind... just a question of how far do you want to drive

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Re: The Gorge
« Reply #66 on: July 26, 2022, 03:39:53 PM »
Hi Dwight,

Hike Tamanawas Falls.  It will be cool up there and you can hike behind the falls.  It is amazing.  Ride your bikes up on 8 Mile loop or similar.  There are tons of very easy trails starting there.  It is gorgeous and cool.  https://www.trailforks.com/trails/eightmile-loop-trail-496/

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Re: The Gorge
« Reply #67 on: July 26, 2022, 04:30:39 PM »
Found a fun skatepark in HR this morning, made a little progress on dockstarts yesterday. Past two days scored very light wind winging sessions in the late afternoon-lots of pumping but plenty of foil time and a good challenge. The u-pick cherry orchards near Mosier were great. Working on a cold watermelon now then off to search for thermals, staying busy

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Re: The Gorge
« Reply #68 on: August 18, 2022, 03:31:21 PM »
This kid is going big now. He was already unusually good at ripping surface transitions a few years ago but he has gone next level now. 

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Re: The Gorge
« Reply #69 on: September 22, 2022, 08:22:14 AM »
Thank you for this thread. Iím planning to go to the gorge next year and am wondering the best time of year to be there - most consistent wind, air & water temps, crowds, etc?

Also interested in van camping spots, nearby BLM land. Feel free to DM me for anything not appropriate to post publicly. Thanks!

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Re: The Gorge
« Reply #70 on: October 05, 2022, 04:51:48 PM »
Damn, just call me the thread killer. I was really hoping to gain some Gorge intel...

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Re: The Gorge
« Reply #71 on: October 05, 2022, 05:08:52 PM »
OK, Iíll give my impressions from 2022.

July very windy. Weekends super crowded. Avoided weekends riding in HR. Also, events every weekend in July, it seemed likeÖ.

My buddy lived in his van. Camped free most nights. Seems very free and easy about where you can just park and sleep.

It was cool first week in July, then I only wore wetsuit top the whole month. Not cold at all, unless you fall a lot. It was weird to see locals in full wetsuits to this Floridian. Iím the one who expected to be cold, but wasnít.

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Re: The Gorge
« Reply #72 on: October 05, 2022, 05:47:39 PM »
It's an endless topic, the Gorge is such a rich area in terms of things to do, facilities, weather, etc. If you plan to stay low-stress, you probably want to make some arrangements to camp. There are endless national forests and state land surrounding Hood River but you'll be traveling every day to get to the water and get back at night. There are several campgrounds that offer good access, and if you plan far enough ahead you can get a reservation. Viento is a pretty nice place to stay except for the occasional train noise. Some folks park a van or camper on the street and just sleep there. Not the most comfortable way to van camp, but people do it.

July is the prime month for wind. June and August can be equally good, but it's variable. Some years we have great wind well into October, but you can't plan on it.
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