Time for some more cross training!
For this session, we'll enjoy a snow shoe trek up Tumalo Mountain and then back down. I'll already be up in that area for another event, so if folks wish to carpool - I suggest using the Comments section to arrange a meet-up spot at somewhere like Goodlife Brewing or the Westside Safeway parking lot. Carpooling is strongly suggested because our meeting spot (Dutchman Sno-Park) fills up quickly on the weekends. A valid Sno-Park Parking Permit will be required.
Tumalo Mountain gets a “backcountry” rating simply because it generally has no visible trail in winter, so we'll be prepared to break our own trail. This is a great, straightforward little climb (approx. 2 miles up/2 miles down) up to one of the best views in the Three Sisters country. Our starting elevation will be 6,375; our destination elevation will be 7,775. The trip will likely take about about 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on conditions and overall group pace.
Provided we're blessed with clear conditions, we’ll face pretty views of the Three Sisters mountains as well as a panoramic view of Oregon’s high plateau. Although we won't stop at the top long, bring your camera because most of the scenic photographs you see in Mount Bachelor catalogs were taken from the top of this little mountain.
As this is a training event to keep our cycling lungs in tip top shape, we will keep moving and will not make frequent stops unless needed/required for safety reasons. We aim to keep our heartbeats up the entire snow shoe.
We'll reward ourselves with beer and snacks following the session (exact location TBD), so keep that in mind as you plan your day.
Rating: Although the distance of this out-and-back snow shoe is technically short (4 miles round trip), this will be designated 'advanced' due to the off-trail route, starting at elevation, quick elevation gain and overall steepness of route.
*Rules of the Shoe*
No Plus 1’s. To participate in a BACE Meetup activity, you must be a member of the BACE Meetup Group and be RSVP’d “Yes” for that specific activity. All participants should be “self-sufficient” with their own food, hydration, and first aid supplies necessary for the activity. Snow Shoeing activities may be significantly impacted by changing conditions (rain, snow, mud, road construction, etc.). Participants should monitor activities for cancellations or changes in location/route. No dogs permitted on group outings unless inclusion is specified in the activity description.
By signing up for this meetup, I agree to the following: Snow Shoeing can be dangerous and cause serious bodily injury or even possibly death. The organizers of this group and its’ members will not be held responsible for the actions of any participant at any event. Each participant attends an event at their own risk and is solely responsible for any damage to their equipment or themselves.