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Munra Point, Oregon

Hike

5 mile round trip to the top of Munra Point back to the parking area at Wahclella/Tanner Creek.
Unmaintained trail with very steep & exposed cliffs!

Munra Point is an impressive knife-edge ridge line that separates Tanner Creek and Moffet Creek while overlooking Bonneville Dam. Facing the Columbia River to the north from Munra point Wahclella Falls pushes through tall basalt walls deep in Tanner Creek to the east and Moffett Creek pours down on the west.

The trail up to Munra Point is steep with a lot of exposed cliffs. Extra caution and steady foot work is required here
The trail up to Munra Point is steep with a lot of exposed cliffs. Extra caution and steady foot work is required here
The first view point on the way up.
The first view point on the way up, looking west towards Moffett Creek.
North Bonneville & Hamilton Creek across the Columbia River
North Bonneville & Hamilton Creek across the Columbia River
Knife-edge ridge line
Knife-edge ridge line
Looking down into Tanner Creek
Looking down into Tanner Creek
End of the trail
End of the trail

Other Hikes nearby Oneonta Gorge

Wahclella Falls / Tanner Creek

Eagle Creek

Multnomah Creek

Lower Bridal Veil Falls

Middle Bridal Veil Falls

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Middle Bridal Veil Falls – Cable Choke Falls_Low water

On February 8th, Scott Baker and I went to check out Cable Choke Falls. This was my 5th time at this falls. I have enjoyed checking out some of the history from this creek. During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s there was a large scale logging operation that spanned the length of this gorge covering the falls with a log flume. A lot of the remnants of the flume can still be seen, including the cable in and across this falls. I had run it once before at higher water and I really wanted to run it again this season. After scouting the approach of the falls I was a little indecisive until Baker said he wanted to run it. Sometimes it’s a big relief when your are not the only one dropping off the lip. After a full scout of the lead-in it appeared to be a completely different falls this time. The lead in was bumpy and hard to control with the off angles on the rocky approach, but we made the best with what we had.

Scouting the lead-in
Scouting the lead-in
Scott Baker at the lip
Scott Baker at the lip
past the entry, past the reconnect, landing in sight
past the entry, past the reconnect, landing in sight

Final analysis; It goes with hard hits and It’s much better with more water!

Check out the flow difference in this post from last season – Middle Bridal Veil Falls -Cable Choke – 2014 (Higher water)

Flows for this day are marked on the image below based on the Sandy River water flow

Other whitewater nearby Middle Bridal Veil Falls

Lower Bridal Veil Falls

Eagle Creek

Herman Creek

Souther Creek, WA – Sweeney Falls

Souther Creek is located just a couple miles east of the town of Stevenson, WA on hwy 14 at a spot known as Sweeney’s Corner (Curves between Stevenson and Carson). The falls have adopted that name over the years by locals. There is a small pull out at the creek and the falls can be seen upstream of the road. A short trail takes you face to face with the falls.

Approaching Sweeney Falls
Approaching Sweeney Falls

 

At the base of the falls on the left side (Facing it) there is an abandoned and unsuccessful mine shaft.

Sweeney Falls with the cave in the picture at the base of the falls
Sweeney Falls with the cave in the picture at the base of the falls

 

Looking downstream, back toward the road, from the falls
Looking downstream, back toward the road, from the falls

 

The falls up close
The falls up close

 

These picture were taken just after a heavy rainstorm in the fall/winter. In the summer the flow drops to near a trickle. It is a nice detour stop on your way through the gorge on the Washington side. I have yet to explore further up the creek for kayaking, but I will post when I do.