Tanner Butte - hike and snowshoe

Folks - we are going to give this another go.  Next weekend's weather seems as if we could actually make it this time.  

This is both a hike and a snowshoe due to elevation gain.  In fact, this could be two meetups in a day: a 10-mile hike and a 7 mile snowshoe.

The plan is to start from Wahclella Falls and make it to Tanner Butte (17 miles, 4600 ft elevation).  This will be a long day.  We will most likely finish in the dark.  My goal is to return to the trailhead by 6pm, but I cannot guarantee that.

If I have not hiked with you before, please expect an email from me so we can make sure you are prepared.  I want folks to have a reasonable expectation of this adventure.

From Wahclella Falls TH we will head east onto #400 and ascend up the Wauna Pt cutoff.

This is an offtrail ascent similar to Ruckel Ridge that comes highly recommended - about 1700' elevation gain in the first 1.25 miles.  This gets us up onto the plateau headed on the Tanner Butte #401 trail south toward Dublin Lake.

If it is too sloppy, we will ascend via the Tanner Butte #401 trail.  We will continue south past Dublin Lake to Tanner Butte (4500 feet elevation) then return via the Tanner Butte Cutoff #448 trail or the Tanner Butte #401 trail. 

Difficulty: VERY DIFFICULT (due to elevation gain, distance, and weather)

Total Mileage: 17-18 miles

Elevation Gain: 4500 feet

Estimated Hiking Time: 10-11 hours

Permit Required: NW Forest Pass

Dogs: No

Guests: No

$7 for the drivers

What the view could look like from Tanner Butte on a nice day:

This will be a "brisk" hike. meaning we will move at a 2.5 mph pace and at least a 2.0 mph overall pace.  That is considered fast by most folks with this type of elevation gain.

Please bring gear for rain and also snow.   Traction (microspikes, Yak Traks, chains) are  recommended.  No crampons.  

Snowshoes will be required at higher elevations according to the current snow report.  I may reconsider this, so check back during the week.  

Gaitors are a good idea.

Must bring a headlamp.  

Bring the ten essentials.

We will likely stop someplace to grab a bite to eat on the way back. 

Bring a change of clothes/shoes.

My Hiking Style: 

I have three basic rules for hiking: 1) Be safe 2) Respect the environment and 3) Have fun! I do not consider myself a "fast" nor "slow" hiker.  We will take a number of short breaks, as well as a lunch break, keeping in mind to try and finish the hike before dark (unless otherwise noted).  At the end of the day, my hope is that the hiking group feels they have had an adventure for all the right reasons.



THE FINE PRINT: 

- The 'ten essentials' to always have in your pack generally include: Map/compass (and advance understanding of where you're going!), sun protection, extra clothes, extra food, extra water, headlamp/flashlight (and spare batteries), first aid kit, matches/firestarter, knife/tools, and a whistle if you need to signal for help.  You should always be prepared in case you get separated from the rest of the group and/or have to spend a night on your own in the wilderness. 

- As a Meetup organizer, I'm an unpaid volunteer.  While I always try to ensure a safe and enjoyable outing for everyone, by signing up for this event you assume full responsibility for your own health, safety, and well-being for its entire duration, including while traveling to and from both the meeting place and destination.

- I welcome other NW Wilderness Organizers to sign up for and join my events; it's always great to have you guys along.  I do, however, reserve the right to move you to the Waiting List if I decide to move qualified and Waitlisted non-organizers to the YES list.

- I also reserve the right to remove anyone from my events if I'm concerned that their ability or fitness level will slow down the rest of the group.  If there is a waiting list, I may remove anyone with multiple past 'no-shows' to the 'no' list to make room for those who may be more reliable.

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  • Craig G

    Here is the trail report for this hike:
    http://www.portlandhikers.org/f...­

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Craig G

    We will do the 23.2 mega loop version of this hike in the spring....eagle-tanner loop.

    2 · January 19, 2014

    • barbara s.

      Woooh hoooo! Can't wait!!!

      2 · January 19, 2014

  • Craig G

    There were very short sections of packed snow up to 18 inches, but snowshoes were not required. Thanks to this group for being prepared and bringing snowshoes, even though we didn't use them.

    January 19, 2014

  • Craig G

    Fantastic day! We made it! Ascended via the Wauna offtrail path, which provided excellent views, hugging the ridge. Reached Tanner Butte viewpoint at about 12:45pm. Incredible 360-degree views with clear sky and virtually NO wind! Returned via the #401 Tanner Butte TH to #777 road then #400 trail. Finished in the dark at about 6:05pm. Well done everybody! Thanks for being prepared and having a "can-do" attitude!

    January 19, 2014

  • Craig G

    Raw hiking stats:

    Distance: 19.9 miles
    Overall Time: 10:37:20
    Moving Time: 8:53:28
    Stopped Time: 1:43:52
    Avg Overall Speed: 1.9 mph
    Avg Moving Speed: 2.2mph
    Total Ascent: 5338 ft
    Max Elevation: 4496 ft

    2 · January 19, 2014

  • barbara s.

    Craig flew over the Gorge last Tuesday on his way to Philadelphia to check on snow conditions. This is the dedication we need from our hike leaders. However, Craig's reconnaisance was faulty because we lugged snowshoes for over 18 miles without having an opportunity to use them. Next time fly over the Gorge on a Friday :) On the plus side, we had great weather, (how often can you hike over 18 miles in tshirt weather in January?) great views and a hard workout. Great hike, thanks Craig for organizing this and Keith and Tongbay for joining in the fun.

    3 · January 18, 2014

    • Tongbay

      Haha.. I was just thinking that! (bringing snowshoe) :-)
      It was "NICE SEEING EVERYONE" today :) hey that should be an option to click...

      1 · January 18, 2014

    • barbara s.

      I still think there should be a range...just like you have 5 stars to rate a hike, there should be five stars to rate each hiker...

      1 · January 19, 2014

  • Craig G

    Weather on Saturday will be sunny and "warm" (high 40s). I really want to get to the view at the high point on this hike. Winds will be 15-18mph, so it will be breezy when we are out of tree cover.

    January 16, 2014

    • Craig G

      Tongbay - please bring them. Trying to get info on conditions. There is snow on the butte but I dont know how much. Lets be prepared and make it to the viewpoint.

      1 · January 17, 2014

    • Tongbay

      Everyone should bring them too ;) not just me :p

      1 · January 17, 2014

  • Tongbay

    I'm so eggsided :) Don't care for processed foods (Pie) but I really need that 18mi! :D Hah

    2 · January 12, 2014

    • barbara s.

      Craig, you have 6 months and 10 days for that epic mid summer hike :)

      1 · January 16, 2014

    • Craig G

      @Barb - Was in Philly today on business and while there, checked in on the committee organizing that Epic adventure. They shall release their plans shortly..

      January 16, 2014

  • Craig G

    Saturday's forecast looks absolutely amazing (sunny 47-50F). Be prepared for mud/slushy snow. I am very hopeful we can reach our destination. I do believe we will finish in the dark, sometime between 6-7pm. Make sure to bring a headlamp.

    January 15, 2014

  • Rick L. J.

    Forgot to put a @Sara thing on my comment. I have only came down the Tanner Butte trail from about a mile or so above Dublin lake. It was blazed i think and a wide trail.

    January 14, 2014

  • Craig G

    Folks - Snowshoes will be necessary. Current TRs show 1 to 1.5 feet of snow up above 3500 feet. Some of that may be melted, but it will be sloppy up there. Best to be prepared. Forecast for Saturday at the Tanner Butte viewpoint: Chance of rain, mostly cloudy 46F. It is possible we can could get above the clouds (temperature inversion), but we will not know until Saturday.

    January 13, 2014

  • Rick L. J.

    With the snow its a easy to get lost above warren lake if you try to follow the trail. Best bet is to head for the top intersecting the road.

    January 13, 2014

    • Craig G

      Greetings Rick - I agree that I cannot rely on the trail for direction as recent TRs show 1-1.5 feet of snow above 3500 feet. Some of that will be melted by Saturday. BTW - we will be over on #401 Tanner Butte passing by Dublin Lake, going south to Tanner Butte viewpoint. I will have some offtrail ideas to discuss with you after this. :)

      January 13, 2014

  • jeremiah

    Hardcore, Craig!

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • sarah c.

    Aah, Tongbay, no wonder why you are not snowshoeing with us. This looks great! I am so jealous. Even I want to do this instead of lead the other hike!

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Tongbay

      Haha, Do it Sarah ;) you're such an awesome person I'm sure they'd understand :p I'll be sure to soak up your enthusiasm on Fri cause I'll be needing it to get the through this one :) and don't forget you still need to take me on Mt Defiance (yes I'm holding you to it) :D

      1 · January 13, 2014

    • sarah c.

      Wanna do mt defiance as a night hike? I get done watching my sister's kids at 5:30 pm on weekdays. we could leave at 6:30. pick a night.

      1 · January 13, 2014

  • Susan

    tanner creek road is a good spot for wildlife - keep your eyes peeled if you come thru there in the evening. Wish i could join (or keep up) but I'll be at a baby shower. Have fun.

    2 · January 12, 2014

    • Craig G

      Thanks Susan - I will take a look at some offtrails from the butte to try out in later in the spring. Besides, this is just the "short" hike. We will do the 23.2 epic loop in early summer. I will need a plan to cross Upper Eagle Creek though. Boat?

      1 · January 12, 2014

  • Katya

    Same day as Rick's hike? :'(

    January 12, 2014

    • Katya

      I really do love you both...

      1 · January 12, 2014

    • Craig G

      @Katya - I tried to avoid that, but this weekend's weather (Winter Storm warnings) pushed this out a week. There are 10+ people on Rick's waiting list, so hopefully this gives more opportunity for folks to get out this next weekend with NWW.

      January 12, 2014

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    I would love to go, but I do have a festivity to go to. Roller derby 2014 season opener in the evening for Rose City Rollers. This definitely will be on my bucket list. Be safe and have fun. Thanks.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Matt T

    in San Diego next weekend...enjoy!

    1 · January 12, 2014

    • Craig G

      No Shari's in San Diego though. Sorry - no pie for you...

      January 12, 2014

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