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Snowshoe to Mt View Shelter w/ Overnight Camping & Stargaze

Description

This one has it all... we'll convene at the Maxwell Sno-Park and snowshoe* up to the Mountain View shelter. We'll drop our overnight gear and continue up towards Maxwell Butte (probably not all the way, maybe to Twin Lakes), then back to the shelter. The shelter has a woodstove and supposedly sleeps 15, so I'll limit this outing to 10.

This is a New Moon weekend so the night sky should be brilliant (assuming good weather) so bring your binoculars and we'll do some stargazing.

If you want to snowshoe but don't want to stay overnight please instead sign up for the "Snowshoe Maxwell Sno-Park" Meetup.

*Feel free to XC-ski instead

Difficulty

This is an intermediate outing. Elevation gain is TBD and total distance is TBD miles. Please be prepared to sleep outside if the shelter is already occupied.

Skills needed

Walking and staying warm. If you've never snowshoed before it's not difficult and we can quickly teach you the basics.

Costs

None. A Sno-Park permit is required for parking, available at most Bi-Marts ($4/1d, $9/3d, $25/1y).

Directions

From Sweet Home: Drive Hwy 20 to Santium Juction, about 45 minutes past Sweet Home. Turn left on Hwy 22, Maxwell Sno-Park is about 2.5 miles on the right.

From Salem: Drive Hwy 22 through Detroit; I'm not sure of the exact distance or mile marker but Maxwell Sno-Park is about 28 miles past Detroit, on the left. If you get to the Hwy 20 junction you went too far.

Carpooling

I'll do carpooling from Albany, with optional pick-up in Lebanon and Sweet Home. We'll leave Fred Meyer at 9am with a goal of getting to the Sno-Park at 11am. Others coming from Salem/Eugene should arrange carpooling as needed.

What You Need

Snowshoes* and good insulated/waterproof boots; wool socks; appropriate layered clothing (no cotton, please contact me if you have questions); overnight gear including a tent, sleeping bag, and insulated pad (assume we will have to sleep outside, hopefully not); food, snacks, & water; binoculars. Sunscreen for your face might be a good idea.

Snowshoes and some other gear can be rented at Peak Sports, REI, Berg's, and I believe either OSU or UO. Not sure about Salem outlets. If you are not familiar with what is needed for potential snow camping please start a conversation and I'll cover in more detail.

*or XC-skis

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  • Carl

    We have significant drop-out and the overnighters can realistically fit in 1 or 2 vehicles. I will stop at the usual Fred Meyer-Albany; Andy, you are welcomed to ride with me; Kim-Eugene, I can pick you up in Sweet Home if you like; Kim+1, looks like you're coming from Salem. As always, my number is[masked]

    January 31, 2014

  • Santa A.

    I will be coming from Corvallis if anyone needs a ride.

    January 31, 2014

  • Deanna A.

    Had a wicked cold last week, now looks like my daughter has the same. Sorry have to cancel to tend to the child. Hope everyone has a great time.

    January 31, 2014

  • Kim

    I will see you at the park at 11

    January 31, 2014

  • Lesley

    Sorry- I've been sick- need to rest. thanks. Have a great time.

    January 31, 2014

  • Kari

    Right up to the last minute.. Family emergency.. I must cancel....

    January 31, 2014

  • Holly

    Due to unforeseen illness well be unable to make it :(

    January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody driving from Corvallis OR can do a pickup in Lebanon? My car doesn't handle snow very well

    January 29, 2014

  • Kim

    What time do you anticipate we will be back to civilization?

    January 27, 2014

    • Carl

      I expect that, as a group, we'll pack out between 10 & 11am, so ~45 min to the cars and ~2hrs back home... say, between 1 & 2pm. Of course, folks are free to get up early and head out if they want.

      1 · January 27, 2014

  • Kim

    Janel, I am coming from Springfield and would like to carpool.

    January 26, 2014

  • Annie Y.

    I'm not going to be able to make it after all--attending a conference Fri-Sat. Hope you all enjoy the new snow!

    January 26, 2014

  • Kari

    Some of us will be coming from Salem. As this is on Hwy 22, will you be doing a stop by to gather us or shall we meet you at the snowpark?

    January 26, 2014

    • Carl

      Hi Kari, not sure what you mean by a 'stop by'... we will meet at the sno-park parking lot. Everyone should be ready to start hiking around 11am.

      January 26, 2014

    • Kari

      Darlene, Kim and myself will meet you at the snow park and be ready to hike at 11:00.

      1 · January 26, 2014

  • Carl

    A reminder to overnighters: the shelter is first-come and we may be sharing it with others. If that is the case and there is not room in the shelter for everyone to sleep, you need to be prepared to pitch a tent. Depending on how heavy the snowfall is, a 3-season may or may not cut it, though I think it will. I will have a 4-season and can bring an extra 3-season (3-man) if anyone needs it. If there is not room in the shelter for all of us, indoor priority starts with the earliest sign-ups. I will gladly sleep outside. If you fall in the "outside" category and don't have the necessary gear then plan to hike out with the day hikers. We will do everything we can to accommodate everyone.

    Finally, if it's overcast (likely) when we get ready to hike up I will leave the telescope in the truck.

    January 26, 2014

  • Carl

    As we get close to this, the weather forecast is for... *gasp*... SNOW! I stopped at Maxwell 2 weeks ago and snow conditions were poor, and I don't expect the new snow to add a whole lot. Without a deep snow base part of the trail up to the shelter cannot be navigated on XC skis as there is too much ground brush so I recommend snowshoes only, although just boots will probably suffice. You could potentially ski the lower trails, carry your skis up the brush section, then ski the upper trails. In any case, prepare to be flexible.

    January 26, 2014

  • Mike

    I have had an unexpected change in plans and will not be able to do the overnight portion of this event, I have un-RSVP’d the event making room for one more overnighter. I have RSVP’d the Snowshoe Maxwell Sno-Park portion of the hike..see ya then :)

    January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm coming from Eugene and will be happy to drive - so if anyone wants to carpool from the Eugene area, let me know

    January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I went here over New Year's Eve - beautiful, but not much snow at that time. Look forward to seeing it with more snow! And looking forward to meeting everyone.

    January 16, 2014

  • Carl

    I have bumped this up to 15 people. I visited the shelter today as I didn't recall exactly how big it is... it is supposedly rated for 15 people, and I think we can fairly fit that many. Hope we don't have any loud snorers.

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Lesley

    Is this a closed shelter or 3-sided?

    December 10, 2013

    • Carl

      Closed, the inset photo above shows it.

      December 10, 2013

  • Carl

    If things go well, I will tow a pulk sled in and bring a telescope for everyone to use, and a tracking camera for some astrophotography. Pending clear skies, of course.

    December 8, 2013

  • Mike

    Okay,
    This sounds interesting, I am new to snowshoeing and have never snow camped before, I have a three season tent is that sufficient? And what other type of gear do I need to bring with me?

    December 6, 2013

    • Carl

      If it doesn't snow, a 3-season tent is fine. In fact, my avatar is me just outside Mt View Shelter in my 3-season. I think the odds are pretty good that we'll be inside the shelter.

      December 7, 2013

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