Nesmith Point - Second Chance

Rating: Difficult
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.
Permits: None
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!

Trail descriptions:
http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Nesmith_Point_Hike
#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.

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  • Juergen

    Nicely planned and organized. Wonderful to met all the familiar faces again.

    May 21, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Excellent!!! My first time there. The people are wonderful and enthusiastic. Thank you Marc for putting this together and leading. Next time we will get to see the glacier mountains. I will see you on a next hike.

    May 20, 2013

  • Marc

    The rain held off enough for us to have a quick, but still enjoyable, hike to the point and back in only 5 hours 40 minutes. Thanks to a great hiking group and to Benson who suggested the excellent Pho Oregon restaurant for afterwards!

    May 19, 2013

  • barbara s.

    It was a great workout despite the rain in the beginning of the hike. Marc did a great job leading this strong hiking group. Thanks for taking us along for the 10 miles and pointing out the various view points on the top.

    May 18, 2013

  • Benson L.

    Barb, i can pick you up at 7:40

    May 18, 2013

    • Marc

      Benson I am taking Barbara.

      May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have done this one in the rain before. I'd like to actually get a view sometime! Have fun.

    May 17, 2013

  • Meryl L.

    So sorry to be a last minute flake, but I have a war wound from Mt. St. Helens last weekend (glissade burn) that is not healing very fast and I've got Mt. Shasta coming up next weekend. Really wanted to do this.

    May 17, 2013

  • Rick L. J.

    I decided to go with Magnus. There's a ridge called cabin creek. Its a more direct route but no real trail to warren lake.
    Sorry Marc for all my chatter.

    May 13, 2013

  • Meryl L.

    Would anyone on the WL like to do Mt. Defiance as an alternative? I am training for Shasta over Memorial Day, and this is my last chance to get[masked]ft in before that climb...

    May 13, 2013

    • Meryl L.

      Defiance is about 12mi, and 4950 el. It is very steep in places and very forested. May be some snow at the top. Views are similar. There is a loop that can be done down thru a scree slope to a beautiful subalpine lake (Lake Warren) and down thru Starvation Creek Loop, but this can get tricky route-finding wise. Alternate is to go up Starvation Creek, around the lake and up to Defiance, then down. Either way, very steep. Great training hike for Hood, Rainier, Adams.

      1 · May 13, 2013

    • Henry

      Thank you, 12 mile rigorous hike I can do maybe 15 but 17 to 20 is pushing it. I jog twice a week 4 miles, hike twice a week, and jog 12 miles in one day once a month.

      1 · May 13, 2013

  • Chris K.

    Change of plans.

    May 13, 2013

  • johnny

    More than ok :)

    May 6, 2013

  • Rick L. J.

    Tuff hike. It is or was one of the Mazama's training hikes but they did it twice.

    April 30, 2013

    • Meryl L.

      i wouldn't do it twice; it's boring. if I don't get on this one I might do Defiance. I probably should do Defiance, actually. The following wkend is Shasta, and we will do 4200 on summit day, from 10,000-14,000. I just don't want to wear myself out that close to the climb. We'll see.

      April 30, 2013

  • johnny

    More than ok :)

    April 30, 2013

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