Imagine this summer photo as a winter photo:) The lookout point is to the right.
This last minute snowshoeing event on Larch Mt. is meant for fun and friendship. Severt introduced me to this area a short while ago and I fell in love. And because snow obscures trail markers, our Severt will be there to guide us....ok Severt?
We will travel up the Larch Mt. gate (road closed for the winter), park, and do Larch backwards--meaning up the road and down and around back to our cars. We may or may not take off our "shoes" to climb to the view.
Please dress all-weather, bring your shoes and traction devices should you get tired of shoeing. My guess for distance is 10-12 miles. Pace is reasonable.
Don't forget water, lots of food, extra pair of socks, gaiters, and such.
You will need a hat and possibly sunnies for glare.
This hike is for seasoned and experienced hikers only. All the better if you have snowshoed at least once.
We carpool from Gateway to Larch, then back to Ringside, and then to our cars at Gateway. The happy hour is all day with good food and very reasonable drinks (about a mile from Gateway on Glisan). Vino, $5. Severt (and possibly Gene), we can stop and get high octane coffee for your clandestine thermos/water bottle on the way to Gateway if you would like:)
This grand trip was originally inspired by by Gary H. on Facebook.
As always, anyone who willingly rsvp's for this event agrees to take full responsibility for their physical, mental, and otherwise welfare travelling to and from the event as well as during the event..
(Photo below added by Severt from archives of portlandhikers.org)