For those of you whose idea of the great outdoors is a paved nature walk with guardrails…maybe skip ahead to a different hike. Munra Point, as a “non-maintained” trail, is a bit more on the rugged side, but the views are equal to none.
The trail is about a 5-mile out-and-back that actually starts at the much more well-known Wahclella Falls trailhead, which is bound to have a lot more people on the trail than this pristine one. When we went, we were making fresh footprints in the snow! There’s something satisfying about knowing you’re the only one who’s been on a path recently.
The trail starts with a series of switchbacks through the woods of increasing steepness before opening up to a stunning view behind you of the woods you just trekked through on one wide and beautiful mountains lining the gorge on the other side.
From here starts the technical part of the hike, which involves some steep scrambling/climbing over rocks before reaching the peak. We started climbing the first relatively doable bit and reached a gorgeous lookout point, but didn’t continue to the steepest part of the hike due to the thick ice that was layered on top of the snow. If you plan on summiting, make sure you’re equipped with microspikes (trekking poles are also a good idea) in order to get enough traction. Since the summit area is exposed, you might not make it back in one piece if you were to slip and fall.
We made it about 70% of the way before deciding to call it quits due to not having enough traction. Better safe than sorry! We were still able to walk out onto a ledge for some incredible views, however:
If you’re looking for more info on the trail, head over to the Oregon Hikers guide for more detailed instructions.