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Conference location

The conference will take place at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington, USA from October 14th to October 17th, 2007.

Skamania Lodge is located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, a spectacular canyon along the border between Oregon and Washington States where the mighty Columbia River cuts through the Cascades mountain range.

Getting there

Skamania Lodge is easily accessible by road from Portland (PDX) International Airport. Car rental and shuttle service is available for the 45 minute drive to Skamania Lodge. Shuttle details are available on the accommodations page.

Approximate Driving Times to Skamania Lodge from:

Downtown Portland Oregon45 Minutes
Portland International Airport45 Minutes
Hood River, Oregon35 Minutes
Seattle, Washington3.5 Hours
Boise, Idaho7 Hours

Directions

From the Portland International Airport

Leave the airport via I-205 South. Exit to Interstate 84 East (toward The Dalles). Continue east on I-84 until the Cascade Locks/Bridge of the Gods/Stevenson exit #44. Take the Bridge of the Gods across the Columbia River (toll bridge), and then turn east (right) on Highway 14. Immediately after entering Stevenson city limits (approximately 1.5 miles), turn left onto Rock Creek Drive. Travel a short distance before turning left onto Skamania Lodge Way.

From Seattle

Drive south on I-5. Exit to I-205 south (exit #7). Watch for signs to State Highway 14 (exit #27) and exit east (toward Camas). Continue driving East on SR-14. Continue eleven miles past the Skamania General Store, passing Bonneville Dam and the Bridge of the Gods. Immediately after entering Stevenson city limits, turn left on Rock Creek Drive. Travel a short distance before turning left onto Skamania Lodge Way. If you prefer freeway driving, continue south on I-205 toward Portland. Exit to I-84 eastbound. Follow directions from the Portland Airport (above).

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Things to do

The Columbia River Gorge is well know for its spectacular scenary, waterfall, windsurfing, and hiking.

Hiking

For an overview, see this list of hiking opportunties

Recommended Hikes:

Eagle Creek

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

This spectacular trail passes many beautiful waterfalls and gorges as it winds along the forested valley of Eagle Creak. Hikes on this trail are out and back, allowing you to choose the distance. There are many spectacular views along the entire trail, but highlights are Punch Bowl Falls after ~2 miles, High Bridge after ~3 miles, and Tunnel Falls after ~6 miles. Although the trail is relatively easy under foot, at times it traverses steep hillsides and cliffs making it a poor choice for those who are uncomfortable with heights.

The trail head is accessible from Exit 41 on I-84 eastbound. A NW forest park permit is required to park at the trailhead.

For more information

Wahkeena Falls - Multnomah Falls Loop

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

A 5 mile loop that climbs up one drainage, past Wahkeena Falls before crossing over to another drainage and descending past Multnomah Falls, the highest waterfall in Oregon. In addition to the well known Multnomah and Wahkeena Falls, this loop takes in numerous other smaller, but equally beautiful waterfalls.

The trailhead is accessible from Exit 28 off I-84.

For more information

Dog Mountain

Difficulty: Strenuous

This is not a waterfall hike, but is a great hike for distant views. From the open meadows atop Dog Mountain you have sweeping views of the Gorge, both to the East and West, as well as views of the 11,000ft high Mt Hood rising above the south rim of the Gorge, and Mt St Helens to the North. You have to earn the views though, as the trail makes a sustained steep climb of almost 3,000ft on the way out, and an equally punishing descent on the way back.

The trailhead is accessible from Hwy 14, 15 miles east of the Bridge of the Gods.

For more information


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