Epic gorge hikes
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I'm looking for suggestions and information on Secret Places (TM) in the gorge, ie undocumented or unmaintained trails. I like elevation gain, vistas, and uncrowded trails. Monday I did Ruckel Ridge to Benson Plateau to Eagle Creek via the Eagle-Benson trail. That was great. My buddy and I didn't see a soul all day. I plan to do Rock of Ages Ridge to Yeon Mt. to Nesmith Pt. as a shuttle hike before it gets too cold. I've seen references to Wauna Point that differ considerably from the description on this site. They say to climb to Wauna Viewpoint and scramble up Wauna Ridge on an unmaintained trail to Wauna Point. Sullivan's book shows this trail but doesn't mention it. Any elaboration would be helpful... I've also seen references to Rudolph Ridge, a very primitive route up the ridge between Ruckel Creek and Rudolph Creek. It is accessed via the Dry Creek Falls area. Any experience here would also be helpful. An off-trail excursion I saw was Tomlike Mt. via Wooly Horn Ridge accessed via the Herman Creek drainage. The first few miles are on trail, then off trail to Tomlike, and back on the Herman Creek Trail. Anyone done this one?