Tomlike Mountain summit hike (20 miles)

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We will continue our series of long-distance day hikes by starting from Herman Creek Trailhead on the Oregon side of the Gorge and hiking south on Herman Creek Trail #406 for a distance of about 9 miles as we explore some the largest surviving forest of old growth fir, cedar and hemlock left in the Columbia Gorge.  We shall pass a parade of waterfalls and moss carpeted creeks on a steady but comfortable incline.

A short while after passing 7-and-a-Half-Mile Camp, we will make a right up Tomlike Mtn trail (#406g) to the summit point at 4555 feet elevation.  There will be snow on Tomlike Mtn.  I don't know how much - we will find out when we get there and turn around if snow levels are too high.  The summit views should be incredible.  Saturday's weather forecast at the summit is calling for partly sunny skies with chance of snow showers and a high of 37F.   

Please bring traction devices for your boots (microspikes or chains) as the ascent to the summit will be slippery.  I may decide to go offtrail from Tomlike summit to Herman Creek trail to do something different and have fun in the snow.

This will be a long day.  An adventure of this distance requires an early Meetup time (6am!).  We shall start hiking at 7am, hoping to finish between 5:30-6pm.

Our moving pace will be brisk (2.5mph) with short 5-minute breaks and a 20-30 minute stop on the summit (hopefully!).  I hope to finish right at dark.

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

Total Mileage: 20-21 miles

Elevation Gain: 4555 feet

Estimated Hiking Time: 10-11 hours

Permit Required: NW Forest Pass

Dogs: Just mine, possibly (see below)

Guests: No

$8 for the drivers

NOTE: I am seriously considering bringing our household Cocker Spaniel dog Rigby.  He has hiked over 100 hours with me (on and off-trail) and has been qualified to hike 17 miles.  He has hiked with a number of NWW Meetup folks already on some long hikes.  I am not allowing other dogs on this hike (I can't qualify them right now), but would gladly entertain emails/feedback on allowing dogs for specific NWW hikes I host in the future.  If he poops out after 17 miles (very unlikely), I have made preparations to carry him (22 lbs) in a front harness which I have yet to employ on previous hikes.  He stays on trail, stops at trail junctions and scouts ahead about 5-8 yards - that's his thing.  Can't ask for more than that.  I am still considering this, so it isn't a done deal.  Just FYI.

Things to bring:

Gaiters 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 (Think: pie). 

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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  • barbara s.

    How did 19 miles go so quickly? Was it the great conversations? Expectations of pie at the end of the hike?The hike was beautiful and Rigby added some fashion pizzazz to the group (red light, dog mittens (seriously?)) Thanks Craig for a great time. I'll let you slide on the missing mile but not on passing on pie.

    4 · February 3, 2014

    • Craig G

      Understaood - All of Rigby's pizzazz and bling, though great, cannot make up for critical pie failures on my behalf.

      February 3, 2014

    • Craig G

      Thanks for everybody getting up before dawn. We shall do it again in early June.

      February 3, 2014

  • Craig G

    Hiking stats (approximate). Sam, Barb, Katya and Janice were way ahead of me upon return to the TH:

    Distance: 18.9 miles
    Elapsed Time: 8:40:14
    Moving Time: 7:38:01
    Stopped Time: 1:02:13
    Avg Speed: 2.2 mph
    Avg Moving Speed: 2.5mph
    Max Elevation: 3623 ft
    Ascent: 4294 ft

    Rigby got his bath, ate some food and went gently to bed. All returned safe.

    2 · February 1, 2014

    • Juergen

      If it's warmer outside you can always bring sandals for creek crossings.

      February 2, 2014

    • Craig G

      Upper Eagle Creek could be anywhere from knee high to waist high in mid spring. Rick said to use a zip line to cross the creek. That sounds fun. :)

      February 2, 2014

  • Craig G

    I wrote up a very brief trail report of this hike: http://www.portlandhikers.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=18098

    2 · February 2, 2014

  • Juergen

    Beautiful to finally be able to hike in the snow.

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • Janice A.

    Great hike with a great group. So beautiful and so much fun. Just think how good we could do if I could just get some sleep the night before :)

    February 2, 2014

  • Craig G

    Given this well attended Meetup, we will look into more long-distance hikes. They may have to be combo hike/snowshoe because of the crazy distances we will be covering. Next one will probably be in March as I want to do an offtrail next.

    February 2, 2014

  • Janice A.

    Is your plus 1 the dog lol

    2 · January 31, 2014

    • Katya

      Wow, strict requirements for joining! :P I'm glad I didn't have to earn mine back in the days

      1 · January 31, 2014

    • Katya

      Craig, did Rigby pass the test? :)

      1 · February 2, 2014

  • Katya

    I think the mileage made it actually an easier hike. I still had a lot of energy left, although both of my feet were completely soaked from crossing the creeks sloppily. Thanks Craig for organizing, thanks everyone for the company, special thanks to Sam for challenging me with a run towards the end :)

    2 · February 2, 2014

  • Craig G

    The reason the last creek crossing before our turnaround point was so wide was because were crossing the east fork of Herman Creek.

    February 1, 2014

  • Craig G

    Thank you to all for being part of this adventure today. Beautiful falls, many creek crossings, old growth forest, big views (when available), and snow! Wonderful, prepared group. We had a blistering pace through Herman creek (2.7 mph) until we hit snow at 2200 ft. The snow depth increased to 6 inches around 3100 ft elevation. We turned around about 9.5 miles south of our start, 2/10 of a mile from the turn up Tomlike Mtn. The snow was too deep and getting deeper. Max elevation was 3623 ft. Stats to follow. Thank you again for sharing this day! You should all be proud of what we did and what we saw today. That last creek crossing before we turned around was a hoot!

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • Rick L. J.

    Woof woof

    2 · January 31, 2014

  • Craig G

    Don't forget a headlamp or flashlight.

    January 30, 2014

  • Craig G

    The summit area may have 6 inches of snow or slightly more. We will find out Saturday. Calm wind and sunny, mid 30s for Saturday. Great weather for winter hiking!

    January 30, 2014

  • KRIS

    Oh please do bring Rigby ♥ ♥ ♥

    1 · January 29, 2014

    • Craig G

      All systems are "go" to bring him right now. I know he will really enjoy it and the trail is in excellent shape.

      January 29, 2014

  • Juergen

    Forgot to set the alarm to sign up... But who would guess there are enough crazy people out there that find a 20 mile hike in the misserable Oregon winter weather appealing.

    January 29, 2014

    • Janice A.

      you woke up at 2pm?

      January 29, 2014

    • Juergen

      Well, my body was up earlier.

      January 29, 2014

  • Dave

    Looks like a great hike Craig. Too bad I already have plans Saturday. You better offer this one again!

    January 28, 2014

    • Craig G

      Greetings - We will be offering this again in the May/June timeframe to see the amazing flower display on this bare summit. One twist - we will offtrail it up Woolly Horn Ridge when there is enough daylight in the spring.

      1 · January 29, 2014

  • Kathy

    I can't get some hikers to do this: " He stays on trail, stops at trail junctions and scouts ahead about 5-8 yards". Let me know when you are free to teach Zeus these things. He can go 25+ miles so you don't have worry about carrying him.

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Pogo M.

    hope you're offering a repeat of this!

    2 · January 28, 2014

  • Kathy

    Craig thanks for the track to Hardy Ridge. I used it to make sure I was on the right trail. Saved me a few times and I really like the new portion of the trail. We didn't make it to Hamilton Mnt like you did because it was just too darn cold that day. This looks like a fun hike but too much elevation gain for me. Have fun and be safe.

    January 28, 2014

    • Craig G

      Glad to hear it and thanks for the feedback! That hike (including offtrail section past old cabin) would be fantastic in the spring with the flower display on Hardy Ridge. It is certainly on the "to-do" list.

      January 28, 2014

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