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
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.
Walking and staying warm. If you've never snowshoed before it's not difficult and we can quickly teach you the basics.
None. A Sno-Park permit is required for parking, available at most Bi-Marts ($4/1d, $9/3d, $25/1y).
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.
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.