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Cascade Locks, the Heart of the Columbia River Gorge

When the mountains of the Columbia River Gorge rise above you and the waterfalls tumble silver from the heights, when the river reaches to beyond, a wondrous thing happens. You breathe easier. Your heart lets loose. You come home to yourself.

At the heart of it all, you’ll discover a small town. A genuine town full of friendly folks waiting to say, “Hi.”  Here, in Cascade Locks, you’re free to choose—between big adventures, and life’s small pleasures.

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Pacific Crest Trail Days celebrated this weekend in Cascade Locks (video by Sunny Strader) | OregonLive.com


Long-distance trail hikers will gather this weekend at Cascade Locks to celebrate the seventh Pacific Crest Trail Days.

Enjoy Oregonian photographer Sunny Stader’s video of PCT “trail angel” Joe Shelley offering hospitality to through-hikers as they stop by his home in Cascade Locks during their journeys this summer on the PCT.

The event at Thunder Island in the Columbia River at Cascade Locks begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, and runs until 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Look for a full schedule of events at pcta.org, and also for a list of vendors.

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail covers 2,600 miles between the Mexican and Canadian borders. Cascade Locks is the only incorporated city on the trail. The city is located where the trail descends the Cascade Mountains to make a near-sea live crossing of the Columbia River.

Trail days has free admission and free camping (Friday and Saturday) at the Port of Cascade Locks’ campground on Thunder Island. Campsites are on a first-come basis.

Friday is primarily an arrival and setup day. A screening of the John Muir Trail documentary, “Mile . . . Mile and a Half,” is planned for the outdoor screen on Thunder Island at 8 p.m.

Saturday features a gear fair, with local outdoor equipment vendors setting up booths to share tips on and the latest hiking gear, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some sales will be available, but it’s more for introduction and education.

Free one-hour classes take place throughout the day on Saturday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on hiking with dogs and continuing with through-hiking vs. backpacking, leave no trace and intro to yoga.

A gear raffle and silent auction is scheduled at 5 p.m., followed by a dinner break, then a slide show by event organizer and professional photographer Jason Waicunas of Outdoor Viewfinder. Saturday’s activities wind up with a live DJ party with dancing from 8:30 to 11 p.m.

Sunday offers a disc golf tournament on the Cascade Locks course. All proceeds benefit the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

Enjoy Oregonian photographer Sunny Stader’s video of PCT “trail angel” Joe Shelley offering hospitality to through-hikers as they stop by his home in Cascade Locks during their journeys this summer on the PCT.

— Terry Richard

Pacific Crest Trail Days celebrated this weekend in Cascade Locks (video by Sunny Strader) | OregonLive.com.


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Trail Angel Provides Haven for Hikers in Cascade Locks


Trail Angel Provides Haven for Hikers in Cascade Locks Joseph Shelley, also known by his trail name “Shrek,” attempted to thru-hike all 2,663 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2006, but a foot injury prevented him from finishing. Determined to remain apart of the trail culture, Shrek opened his doors to incoming hikers at mile marker 2,155 – Cascade Locks. A work in progress, Shrek has big plans for developing his home into a “hiker lodge” along with meeting new trailblazing friends.


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