THIS IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS OR INTERMEDIATES. This is STRICTLY an event for advanced and well conditioned snowshoers and hikers who are familiar with what is needed for a snow adventure. If you aren't sure then please don't sign up.
'Oregon's Mt Hood Territory' keeps posting pics of this lookout on their Facebook page and it looks to be pretty low traffic. I'd like to stay overnight if there is ineterest from the group but I would be happy just to get up for a day hike if not. If we plan on staying over night then we can take our time and have a more leisurely pace getting up to the top but if we do a day trip then I'm going to want to move pretty steady and hard to get up so we can spend some time at the top relaxing and having a good lunch before we head down. I'd like to check out the tower and break out the stove to make a nice warm meal.
The hike can be viewed at: http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Pechuck_lookout_hike but we will be starting at the Old Bridge trailhead instead of the Rooster Rock Road Trailhead.
- Start point: Old Bridge Trailhead
- End point: Pechuck Lookout
- Hike Type: In and out
- Distance: Over 6 miles one way
- Elevation gain: 3580 feet
- High Point: 4,338 feet
- Difficulty: Difficult
- Seasons: Winter
- Backpackable: Yes
- Crowded: No
MY HIKING STYLE:
I love the woods and prefer to see as much as possible on a given trip. I also love exploring off trail and am constantly looking for good opportunities to do just that. If you come on one of my hikes you should be prepared for the possibility of being drug into the woods. I greatly enjoy working up a sweat and getting a workout in the process. If we have time to stop for three meals and have a drum circle then we're on too short of a hike. I snack and shoot pictures on the go. All this being said, I don't actually move TOO super fast, I just don't like stopping any more than is absolutely necessary. When I get tired I simply move a little slower (but don't stop) to catch my breath. I firmly believe that forward progression is the key to accomplishing your goal and getting to the destination. I believe in operating as a strong, unified group. I am not a hike leader, I am simply an organizer looking for like-minded and like-abled people to adventure with. I believe in promoting and maintaining a positive and supportive group attitude and want the hike to be a great team experience for all who attend.
WHAT TO BRING:
This is not a hike for beginners or intermediates and participants of this hike should know what to bring without being told. We will be in the snow and the cold, and wind will quite probably be a factor on the ridge, so be prepared. You would be very wise to bring an emergency shelter as well. You never know this time of year.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to let me know. I will update on Thursday the 14th.