Snowshoe - June Lake - Mt. St. Helens with the Dogs

Dogs are welcome.

We are suppose to get over a foot of new snow by Wednesday.  So please plan on blazing a trail and be willing to take your turn blazing.

Distance: 5 miles

Difficulty: not for beginners.  Please be able to hike 8 miles and 2000 ft elevation without any issues.  We will be going slow, taking photos and enjoying being outside.

This event is cross posted to both the 35 and 45 singles group.

It is 120 miles round trip.  Please pay your drives BEFORE YOU ENTER THEIR VEHICLE $12 for gas  and another $1 for the snopass.  WA snow park pass is $41.

If you are bring a dog you should assume you are driving.  It is a lot to ask someone else to take your dog. If someone agrees to take your dog you should be paying for two passengers as your dog takes up space.  Please treat your drivers right or they will NO longer offer to drive.

I plan on taking the Climber's Bivouac trail to June Lake.

Snowshoe map with mileage, but I can't read it. http://www.parks.wa.gov/winter/...

Here is a good map but no mileage. click on the lick, go to the bottom, under winter sports click on show, Click on Marble Mountain Ski trail map http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/...

Here is a good map of the mountain:

Map: http://www.parks.wa.gov/winter/... click on Marble Mountain.

This will be a SLOW hike. I am not going to call it beginning due to length, but the beginners have done great the last three hikes and comfortable in snowshoes. 
Sno-Park pass required

What to bring:

- Extra snow baskets

- Headlamp and flashlight

- Snowshoes (we will not stop to rent snowshoes so please come prepared)

- Rain gear (or snow pants and a rain jacket)

- One or two extra warm layers

- Hat, Gloves (2 pair of gloves)

- Waterproof boots

- Gaiters to keep snow out of your boots.

- Trekking poles

- Camera

- Something to sit on

- 2-3 liters of water, hiking snacks, ten essentials, non cotton clothing, sun screen.

PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK; Organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail or off trail hike but assume no liability for your safety getting to or from the trailhead or on the hike. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, hikers must pay for their own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not the hiker has specifically authorized them.

Driving Directions:

To get there, from Woodland drive east on State Route 503 to the community of Cougar and continue east another 7 miles to a junction with Forest Road 83. Turn left (north) onto FR 83, and drive 5.8 miles to the Marble Mountain Sno-Park at the end of the plowed road. Small maps of the local winter trails are generally available in the kiosk.

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