Distance: 10 miles
Elevation gain: 3,800 feet
Hiking time: About 6 hours
Hiking pace: About 2-2.5 mph
Driving distance: 61 miles round-trip; please bring $6 for gas.
Bring: Ten essentials, lunch, snacks, water, non-cotton clothing (especially denim jeans).
Unlike Rick's off-trail hike on May 4, this one will be on the regular trail, which will be challenging enough in that we'll climb 3,800 feet in 5 miles to Nesmith Point. Our reward will be a beautiful hike through an old-growth forest until we reach the views at the point. There were only a few patches of snow when I pre-hiked it on April 22, so we should not need micro-spikes or the like.
The trail ascends about 3,000 feet in the first 3 miles, or about 1,000 feet per mile. Please do not RSVP for the hike unless you can ascend and descend a trail that steep!
#45 in Sullivan's "100 Hikes In Northwest Oregon"
We'll meet at the Gateway Transit Center parking garage and carpool to the trailhead.
Trailhead directions from Portland:
Take I-84 east to exit #35, Ainsworth Park. Turn and head left for about 100 yards, then turn sharply right onto the frontage road (otherwise, you'll be back on I-84). Drive 2 miles east on the frontage road until the Yeon Park trailhead parking lot on the right. The trailhead's GPS co-ordinates are N45°36.738' W122°00.273'
If there is interest, we can stop on the way back for drinks and/or dinner. I anticipate being back at Gateway by 7PM, but I can't guarantee it. If you really need to be back by a specific time, please don't sign up!
No dogs, please.
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.