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
$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.