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    Rock of Ages Trail

    Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area, Oregon
    Elevation Gain3,337ft
    Trailhead Elevation3,019ft
    Elevation Min/Max334/3019ft
    Elevation Start/End3019/3019ft

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    Portland, OR
    Pathfinder | 60 pts
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    My wife and I ended up missing the turnoff to the non-maintained portion of the hike so we ended up doing the hike in reverse...I do not recommend trying it that way unless you're a glutton for punishment. Doing it this way you're going uphill for 7+ miles and then finishing with an extremely steep climb down. The proper turn off is at a large tree on the left with exposed roots just as you start to see Ponytail falls. It really just looks like another water run off spot. The spur for the natural rock arch about .5 mile in is worth the climb. Do the rest if you like long hikes through quiet forest and you dont mind getting your feet wet.
    bend, OR
    Adventurer | 280 pts
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    The trail that is primitive is really primitive, meaning that it has been grown over and the trail is no where to be found good luck. However, if you continue on the main trails there are great views. The trail it self is not hard just a steady climb up for about three miles where you come to a junction to head back down to the river to cross a log bridge. The log bridge is no more then a blow down where the three bridges you cross before are man made. The forest service must of ran out of money by now. Beware you need to be have balls of steel. The log is on a 30 + degree angle ten feet off the rocks and river. In addition it is wet slippery and full of moss. There is no other way to cross unless you wait till mid summer when the river is slow and down. All the rocks on the river area are covered with moss. You slip you'll break a leg or be washed down river. Is it worth it I don't think so.

    Walla Walla, WA
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    Backpacked this trail with a friend on 6/25/93, which was really stupid. This trail rises 3000 vertical feet in 3 miles, terminating near Nesmith Pt. and Yeon Mt. Better to attempt with a day or hip pack, preferably as a loop with Nesmith Pt. or Triple Falls for the return. Requires a number of handholds on rocks and tree trunks, frequently bending half way over to maintain a center of gravity. Once you get past the extremity of the trail, you will find the scenery is unlike the rest of the gorge. It has the look and feel of a steep rain forest, with excellent views at the Devils Backbone, also a good lunch stop. The Arch, somewhat earlier in the climb is a great stop for a snack and picture-taking. There is no water beyond the Pony Tail Falls gorge, so carry plenty.

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    Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area
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    Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area
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    Mount Hood National Forest
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    Green Trails Columbia River Gorge–West No. 428S
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