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Mississippi Head via Paradise Park Loop

Its been a while since I did a Meet up hike, so lets go see a giant Split Rock, a old B-26 Plane wreckage site and just enjoy some time on the upper slopes of Mt. Hood!

Its a part on trail and a lot of off trail day with some snow travel. Bring microspikes if you got them but I think it should be ok without. Ice axe or poles are a good idea.

 

 its a difficult hike of 12.1 miles, 4600' EG, 8073' max elevation, 7:30 moving time. I borrowed the stats from a friend's report.

Bring the usual gear but remember we are starting to get into more unpredictable weather soon. A wind jacket and some hand warmers may not be a bad idea.

I think $10-12 bucks for the drivers. No passes are needed at Timberline Lodge until Sno park passes, I believe.

Guests are allowed but please send a email or comment.

 

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  • barbara s.

    Great scenery + great weather + great company = great hiking experience. Thanks everybody.

    October 1, 2012

  • Craig G

    If anybody wants the GPS track from this hike, please send me an email. Here is an image of the track overlaid on Google Earth:
    http://www.meetup.com/NW-Wilderness/photos/10986772/164194332/

    September 30, 2012

    • *

      Hi Craig, I'd like the track if you have time. You can send them to [masked].

      September 30, 2012

  • Rick L. J.

    Thanks everyone for a great day. Especially Craig for his Gps guidance and leadership.

    September 30, 2012

  • Avinash

    Amazing hike on a perfect day with a great group. A bit more strenuous than expected, but worth the extra effort. Thanks Craig and Rick

    September 30, 2012

  • Craig G

    Here are the stats from the GPS: 12.22 Miles overall, total hike time 7:57:21. Min elevation = 4780 ft. Max elevation = 8103 ft. Total ascent elevation (includes the "up, down stuff"): 3957 ft. Moving avg: 2.1 mph.

    September 30, 2012

  • Craig G

    12.22 miles, Two outstanding parts to this fun hike: we encountered a lot of unique features: creek crossing, the "foundation", split rock, paradise top, almost-semi-perilous scree climbing, Mississippi Head, the B-26 crash site, snow fields, ski lift, Silcox house, (and Skyway!). Other outstanding part is how well folks handled the high-altitude and got personal bests in hiking elevation. Thank you for a fun day!

    September 30, 2012

  • Jovian

    Craig - wow, I struggled with this one ... this hike looks SO fun, I did initially plan on showing up in case there was an opening. But - I am opening a new clinic in the Hollywood area on Nov 1 and things are getting pretty intense now time-wise (in a good way). Once it is opened, I will be available almost any day for these adventures. Have fun tomorow!!!

    September 29, 2012

  • Craig G

    Benson!!! See you tomorrow!

    September 28, 2012

  • Benson L.

    I am glad I am in. See you guys tomorrow.

    September 28, 2012

  • Craig G

    Ya know, I was thinking the exact same thing, before your post. We could get to Illumination Saddle this time of year. Guess we will see how things go. Weather report tomorrow looks very favorable.

    September 28, 2012

  • Rick L. J.

    Thanks Craig,you have been doing your homework. The days are shorter but it would be cool to hit Illumination Point. That might be a bit too much, though.

    September 28, 2012

  • Craig G

    Following up from last post....trip reports indicate that there may be more plane debris about 100 yards east of the propeller. We can look. The ski jump/stone ramp is (obviously) right at the edge of Mississippi Head. We will have to search for it, but trip reports indicate it is "near" the propeller.

    September 28, 2012

  • Craig G

    Just FYI for those keeping track (pun intended). Here are the GPS coords of the B52 propeller: Propeller: N[masked] W[masked]

    Here are the GPS coords of the exit up at 8100' ft: N[masked] W[masked]

    September 28, 2012

  • Craig G

    We didn't find the ski jump/ramp, but I am working to get GPS coords on that too. Do we plan to use it on Saturday? ;)

    September 27, 2012

  • Rick L. J.

    Just sent it Craig. THanks for reminding me. Bring those coordinates it will save us time looking for the prop. Did you happen to see the Ski Jump?

    September 27, 2012

  • Craig G

    Hey Rick, where is the traditional "scary" email sent out during the middle of the week? ;)
    Right now, my plan is to come along Saturday. I will bring my GPS and load the coordinates to the plane wreckage on Mississippi Head. I did this hike late last month with a different group and microspikes were a very good idea. Ice axe or poles is also a good idea.

    September 26, 2012

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