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Tunnel Falls – Portland, Oregon

Nitty Gritty: 12 miles with 1640 feet gain in elevation. This hike was one of those adventures that you realize you were in no way prepared for. I went to Portland a couple of weeks ago, and my one request was that I be required to make no decisions all weekend. It was a brilliant request, but definitely required a go-with-the-flow attitude. And so I started this hike with no knowledge of what was ahead. What was ahead was a 12 mile hike that turned into a 13 mile hike when we parked in the wrong lot which turned into at 13+ mile hike when we took a detour at each of the waterfalls to get to the fall’s base and then back up to the trail. The scenery and my grumbling stomach made me feel a little bit like Frodo on his way to Mordor. Fortunately, I was with a fabulous group of guys that would have put to Sam to shame with their cheerful rambunctiousness. I also didn’t have a ring slowly driving me insane or evil wraiths and orcs chasing me. So really the only thing that this trail kind…