On a clear day, Indian Point has fantastic views of the Gorge, which include hair-raising drop offs on each side. Let's do something different and scramble UP to Indian Point from below.
Exactly what does below look like? Well, something like this:
You really can't really see below, but is rather steep. You will have to trust me on this, but there is a steep and not-very-wide gully, perfect for scrambling up.
WARNING: This is a scramble, meaning an ascent on all fours, steep rock scrambling and the potential of rock fall (on you). A climbing helmet is highly recommended due to potential rock fall. A ice axe or mountain axe will also be useful. I should probably bring a 30m rope.
WEATHER PERMITTING: If there is too much snow and/or ice, we shall reschedule this Meetup. Right now, the long term weather forecast is looking pretty good.
Rick and I plan to host a scramble that shall start at the Herman Creek trailhead (trail #406), and head over to Gorge trail #400 going east. On our way, we may take a look at the infamous "Shooting Gallery".
We won't be taking the Shooting Gallery up, at least not this day (grin). It would be interesting to scout it out though. Getting back onto #400 east, we will head offtrail at Grey's Creek and head up, up, up:
Up into and through a steep talus field:
Up to the top of the talus field:
More up - possibly a ridge:
Our view to climber's right will be that of the headwall directly below Indian Point:
Continuing up, more steep landscape to scramble:
Success will be when we reach the Gorton Creek #408 trail where things level out at around 2600 ft elevation.
PLEASE READ: This scramble has loose rock, loose dirt, potential erratic rockfall and steep thin sections. Because of this, we must limit the number of folks on this adventure.
Of course we will go check out Indian Point and return gently on the #408 Gorton Creek trail back to Herman Creek #406 and then to the Herman Creek trailhead.
Total Mileage: 10 miles
Elevation Gain: 2700 ft
Estimated Hiking Time: 8 hours
Permit Required: NW Forest Pass
Dogs: No (not even Rigby)
$8 for the drivers
Things to bring:
Gaiters are a good idea.
Gloves are a very good idea
A climbing helmet is a very good idea.
Traction device (microspikes, boot chains, yaks)? It shall be muddy.
Bring the ten essentials.
We will likely stop someplace to grab a bite to eat on the way back (Think: pie). We cannot promise to back at any specific time.
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.