February 23, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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We will park at the Barlow Pass parking area, snowshoe to the upper Twin Lake and camp out on Saturday night. Then on Sunday we will sleep in (like I always do), then get up, warm up with some hot food, and break camp. We will make a loop out by snowshoeing past lower Twin Lake to where the trail junctions with the Pacific Crest Trail. From there we will hike back to Barlow Pass.http://www.nwhiker.com/MHNFHike41.html
If we get to the upper lake early enough, those that want to can take off and explore the lower lake, doing the loop around it before coming back to camp. This will add approx. 2-2.5 miles to your trip.
DISTANCE: 10 mile loop.
ELEVATION GAIN (approx):650 feet. PACE: 1 - 2 MPH snowshoeing speed.
DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderate; snowshoeing due to distance, challenging; camping.
ESTIMATED TRAIL TIME: Two days.
PERMITS: Oregon Sno-Park Pass (November 1 – April 30)
DRIVE DISTANCE: About 120 miles round trip. (At 10 cents/mile that equals about $12 / person for gas.
Things you should bring on this trip:
An adventurous spirit
Extra socks and gloves
A sense of humor
Food / Water
A book to read in the tent
The 10 essentials and Winter backpacking gear. REI has a good winter backpacking rundown at:
This event is limited to experienced snow campers only who have proper gear. Weather expectation is for snow on Saturday and cloudy on Sunday. Temps are expected to be around 20 degrees Saturday night. You never know what Mother Nature may really have instore for us, so like the Boy Scout moto say's, "BE PREPARED".
PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK; Northwest Wilderness Group 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.
The Organizer has the right to denie anyone from attending this event who does not answer the questions, or who might be deemed not ready for this type of event.