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Barbara's *EPIC* Birthday Hike!!!

RSVPs begin 12pm (noon), Wednesday February 5, 2014.

After weeks of deliberation behind closed doors, the committee has chosen!  We are proud to present, "Barb's EPIC Birthday Hike!".   We are giving advance notice due to the significance of the event!

This adventure will have something for everyone: world-class views, ridge walking, some exposure, scrambling, traversing snow fields, offtrail hiking, bushwhacking, incredible flower displays, and numerous creek crossings where you can (ok, will) get wet.  If you think all of that sounds fun, please read on!

From the Vista Ridge trailhead, we shall hike up trail #626 to the #600 trail junction, head east and examine the Dollar Lake area for our first break.  This area had significant fire damage a few years ago.  Let's get a first hand look at the beginning of renewal.

We will jump on the ridge and head up Barrett Spur.  We will follow the ridge past the "Big Boulder" to the very end of the ridge at about 7800ft.  From here, we shall get excellent views of the north side of Hood.

We will scramble down the south end of Barrett Spur to the west.  This is a 100 ft steep scramble down the ridge, ending up next to the Ladd Glacier and its adjacent snow fields.  No helmets or harnesses are needed, but good gloves would be helpful.  We will walk on snow fields, and the follow a minor ridge down just west of Barrett Spur.

On our way down, we will visit at least two rarely-seen meadows:

At this point, there will be some offtrail bushwacking to get us to Cairn Basin. 

Barbara will have the option of choosing the very steep, brushy descent, or the more moderate ridge descent.

There will certainly be a few creek crossings to deal with on our way into Cairn Basin and amazing flower displays through the Eden Park trail #600h.

Hike Start Point: Vista Ridge trail head

Distance: 13-14 miles (approximate)

Total ascent: 4500 ft

Difficulty: DIFFICULT to VERY DIFFICULT

Permits Required: NW Forest Pass

Distance is 160 miles round trip.

No dogs.

Bring the ten essentials.

Bring sun/glacier glasses.

Bring sun screen.

Let's say $12 for the drivers.

Do not plan on being back at any particular time, yet I plan to make it back to the trailhead before dark.

We shall plan to get some dinner after the hike.

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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  • Juergen

    I got a handful of pictures as well. For sure this hike goes into the to 10 of my hikes so far.

    1 · July 29, 2014

  • Craig G

    Distance: 12.4 miles
    Elapsed Time: 8:46:23
    Moving Time: 6:19:30
    Stopped Time: 2:26:53
    Avg Overall Speed: 14.mph
    Min Elevation: 4296 ft
    Max Elevation: 7835 ft
    Total Ascent: 4400 ft

    1 · July 27, 2014

    • Susan

      14 mph? Told you I can't keep up with you :-)

      1 · July 28, 2014

    • Craig G

      Ooops - 1 "point" 4 mph. (grin) Lots of short breaks and we still finished by 6:40pm.

      July 28, 2014

  • Doug K.

    It was truly epic hiking with 10 great people to an extremely beautiful place.

    1 · July 27, 2014

  • Doug K.

    It was truly epic hiking with 10 great people to an extremely beautiful place.

    July 27, 2014

  • Adrienne V.

    It was great celebrating with you Barb! Thanks Craig for organizing another fantastic time, what a great and beautiful day. And thanks Sam for helping me down the rocky decent!!

    2 · July 27, 2014

  • Sam L

    Thank you for organizing this hike, Craig. Great hike, great people, and great weather...

    1 · July 27, 2014

  • barbara s.

    Wow....what can I say about the hike and the fabulous group of people who celebrated my special day with me. From the planning of the hike to all the acts of kindness displayed throughout the day, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the great friends I have made through the hiking meetups. The weather was perfect and the scenery matched the perfection of the day. Thank you Craig (and the committee of course) for planning the event. Thank you Doug, Sam, Li, Juergen, Adrienne, Marianne, Rich, Tongbay and Kris for spending the day with me.

    5 · July 27, 2014

  • Craig G

    Thanks to all for coming along on this special ("EPIC!") day for Barb. You all made this difficult hike look easy on a fantastic day. A great day with friends on an awesome day on an awesome mountain!

    1 · July 27, 2014

  • marianne h.

    Another awesome hike set up and lead by Craig! Thank you.

    2 · July 27, 2014

  • Li W.

    Love this wonderful hike. Thanks Craig for organizing this Epic one!!!!

    2 · July 26, 2014

  • Rich

    An epic hike for sure. Thanks Craig.

    2 · July 26, 2014

  • Rich

    An epic hike for sure. Thanks Craig.

    1 · July 26, 2014

  • Adrienne V.

    Hey Craig it's Adrienne. Just realizing it says 715. Thought it was 730 :-( I'm 15 min out

    1 · July 26, 2014

  • Rich

    Happy B-day Barb?

    1 · July 26, 2014

  • Li W.

    Happy Birthday Barbara!!!!!

    1 · July 26, 2014

  • Sam L

    Happy Birthday, Barbara!

    1 · July 26, 2014

  • Craig G

    Happy birthday Barb!

    1 · July 25, 2014

  • Craig G

    I need a few folks to bring a water filter...it will be hot up there.

    July 23, 2014

    • KRIS

      Im bringing my water filter

      July 25, 2014

    • KRIS

      Katadyn

      July 25, 2014

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    I am deeply sad to have to miss this. Bon Anniversaire mon ami Barbara!!!! Be safe and have fun. À Bientôt.

    July 25, 2014

  • Craig G

    We will need qty=3 other drivers, besides myself. The trail head requires a US Forest Pass. We can settle on drivers at the Meetup point tomorrow.

    July 25, 2014

    • Juergen

      As usual, I can drive and have a pass.

      2 · July 25, 2014

    • Craig G

      Adrienne volunteered to drive as well, so we may have our 4 drivers :) Thank you folks!

      July 25, 2014

  • Craig G

    FYI: After congregating at the Meetup point, we will head off to the Vista Ridge trail head, which is on the north side of Mt Hood. Directions are here, and two sets of directions are provided
    http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Vista_Ridge_Trailhead. We plan to take I-84 east to Hood River. Slightly longer, but the road is better. This is the second set of directions.

    July 25, 2014

  • Craig G

    Please bring a hat/sun glasses and sunscreen. It is forecast to be hot and sunny (no wind).

    1 · July 23, 2014

    • Craig G

      Yes - a handful of creek crossings. One is over a snow bridge so we have to be careful. Poles are good to use for this. Floaties are welcome for Dollar Lake.

      1 · July 23, 2014

    • Craig G

      There should be logs, rock paths or snow bridges over all crossings.

      1 · July 23, 2014

  • Janice

    Craig you are going to kill me, but I can't do the Saturday. Sorry Barb...for months I had the 27th in my head. I don't know why. I think i'm going to get on Marc's hike on Sunday :(

    1 · July 23, 2014

    • Craig G

      Sorry you will miss this Janice. At least you know what they are all in for since you did this hike last year. ;)

      1 · July 23, 2014

  • Janice

    And I'm sad I won't get to you KRIS!!!! haven't hiked with you in so long :(

    1 · July 23, 2014

    • KRIS

      I know! This hike wont be the same without you, Janice. I Hope to see you on another hike :-)

      July 23, 2014

  • Craig G

    There are very short sections of exposure towards the top of Barrett Spur. There is also a moderately steep offtrail down off the end of Barrett Spur. Folks last year had no problems with this. There will be a little bit of ridge walking. If you have issues with exposure, then please reconsider your RSVP.

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • Craig G

    Bring your US Forest passes. We will need qty=4 cars

    July 23, 2014

  • Craig G

    Please bring gloves since the rocks at elevation can be sharp. The $4 gardening gloves with rubberized palms work well.

    July 23, 2014

  • KRIS

    Can more slots be opened for this hike? :)) happy birthday barbara!

    2 · July 22, 2014

    • Susan

      Five NWW leaders aren't enough? :-)

      1 · July 23, 2014

    • Craig G

      None of them have volunteered. I assume that means they will all pitch in?

      July 23, 2014

  • Craig G

    Extended forecast prediction is for clear skies. No wind. It will be HOT. This is a long ridge with quite a bit of elevation gain over 6000 ft. Folks on this hike should have already performed a "high elevation" hike above 6000 ft this spring/summer.

    1 · July 21, 2014

  • Craig G

    FYI: I am arranging for a second hike leader for this event. That is why we are > 12.

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Craig G

    Folks - This is a long hike, including the offtrail down. Make sure you do one "high altitude" hike above 6000ft before this date, if possible. If you cannot make it, please consider adjusting your RSVP. Thanks!

    June 9, 2014

  • jeremiah

    Barb, choose the ridge descent! :)

    1 · February 5, 2014

    • Craig G

      The suspense! I guess we will find out on her b-day!

      February 5, 2014

    • Craig G

      There is a third option - going climber's right - it requires helmets, rope, a large sled and a lot of luck. We are all about options here.

      February 5, 2014

  • Janice

    Can we get some hikes before June???

    1 · February 5, 2014

    • Craig G

      Yes, but not this weekend. At least not from me. 85mph gusts possible over the next 4 days on the Oregon side of the Gorge? It seems winter has arrived.

      February 5, 2014

  • barbara s.

    Excellent description Craig! Thanks...you and the committee did a great job!

    2 · February 5, 2014

  • Craig G

    Almost forgot to add Barb. Sorry about that...

    February 4, 2014

    • GabrielF

      You're supposed to forget Barbara's birthdays, not Barbara!

      2 · February 4, 2014

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