Beginners Snowshoe Trek in the White River Canyon

So, let's all of us beginners who want to have a fun day in the snow, get together on Friday the 30th.  We'll get our feet under us and feel what it's like to have these funky looking shoes on for a few hours before we one day attempt a longer distance trek, or overnight snow campout.  (Hopefully this will be easier than the first time I went roller skating!)

This will be a beginner outing, but anyone with experience is more than welcome to come along as a resource. Mileage will depend on the route but plan on being on the mountain for more than a couple of hours.  We should be back in Portland no later than 6pm.  We'll just go with the flow of the group and how everyone feels.

If the group wants to, we can stop at the Sky Bar on the way back for something hot to drink and good food to eat.

What to bring:

- Snowshoes (we will not stop to rent snowshoes so please come prepared)

- Rain gear (or snow pants and a rain jacket)

- One or two extra warm layers

- Hat, Gloves (2 pair of gloves)

- Waterproof boots

- Gaiters to keep snow out of your boots.

- Trekking poles

- Camera

- Something to sit on

- 2-3 liters of water, hiking snacks, ten essentials, non cotton clothing, sun screen.

- Drivers will need a Sno*Park permit before we head out.  We will probably need 2  vehicles.  I can fit 4-5 additional people in my vehicle.  Total driving distance to white River is 65miles.

If you need transportation to White River Trailhead, we will be leaving from the Gateway Transit Center no later that 8:00am. If you tend to be late, then plan for 7:45am.

Gateway Park & Ride Transit Garage:

I-84 east to Exit 7 Halsey St.; take an immediate right on the exit on NE 99th Ave. Parking structure is second building on the right; go to the south end of the building to enter. From I-205 take Exit 21A Glisan St. from either north or south. Proceed to east side of freeway and turn left at the stoplight for NE 99th Ave. Continue past the Park & Ride surface lot to the parking structure. Meet in the southeast corner of the garage.

Meeting at the trail head is a second option.
Suggested donation of 7-10 dollars to carpool drivers.
If you have any questions, please message me, I am looking forward to hosting and leading this exciting trek.

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  • Marc

    The event was a perfect way for me to try out my new (cheap) snowshoes. We had a great time, both on the snowshoe and at the dinner afterwards. Thanks to Robert for leading it and for being flexible in changing the location so we would have snow in which to hike!

    December 1, 2012

  • mark

    didn't go due in part to confusion over cancellation, hoping people who missed it get priority on it's reschedule

    December 1, 2012

  • Pogo M.

    I had incredibly patient snowshoeing buddies! And I found my wallet! :) YAY!

    November 30, 2012

  • PJ

    Lots of FUN!!!! We had lots of snow to shoe in and that was the main objective. Never got cold or soaking wet.....just a great day! Thank you Robert for having a "beginners" trek....now I'm not so intimidated with snowshoeing. It is more work than hiking though! :) Instead of 3 miles, felt like 6+ to me by the end......great way to burn calories.

    November 30, 2012

  • Robert R.

    Great day to be on the mountain. Visibility wasn't the greatest for seeing the summit, but even with the snow coming down around us, there were no white out conditions. Spent most of the trek in and out of the tree line, snowshoeing up, down and over hills getting a good feel for how our snowshoes work. Even though not all were first timers, they were great resources and very helpful.

    November 30, 2012

  • Pogo M.

    Sorry. Panic over. I'm coming.

    November 30, 2012

  • Pogo M.

    robert: I can't find my wallet and I don't have your number to give you a call!!!

    November 30, 2012

  • Rick L. J.

    Anything above Palmer may require crampons later this winter. Not likely you will go that high this time.

    November 29, 2012

    • Benson L.

      Rich, this is beginners trip. hehehe

      1 · November 29, 2012

  • Marc

    I can drive and take 3 additional people. However, I don't have a Sno-Park permit. Can one of you loan me one for the day or do I need to buy one before Friday?

    November 27, 2012

    • Kathy

      Robert, I heard it was illegal to purchase an OR pass if you live in WA? You have to purchase the WA pass. Or should I say, illegal to display an OR pass with WA plates?

      November 28, 2012

    • Robert R.

      Yep, you were right Kathy, I had to buy the Washington permit for $42. If I was to only use it in Oregon then I could have bought the OR permit. O' well, I plan to spend some time at Marble Mtn Sno Park too.

      November 29, 2012

  • Rick L. J.

    From the Lodge towards ZigZag canyon then up towards Silcox Hut or Illumination Rock is a nice one.Staying just above timberline till you start heading back. Great veiws on a nice day and wind blown snow and Ice.

    November 29, 2012

    • Pogo M.

      I'm not trying to be a pain in the a**, but if we head up, would crampons or microspikes be a better choice?

      November 29, 2012

    • Robert R.

      That all depends on the type of snowshoes you have. We are a beginner group so snowshoes will dictate how and where we proceed.

      November 29, 2012

  • Robert R.

    Does Rick's suggestion fly with everyone else that is going? We will change the destination to Timblerline Lodge if so. I have only received a couple of reply's and they all were to continue the trek tomorrow out of Timberline.

    November 29, 2012

    • Marc

      I'm fine with changing to Timberline Lodge.

      November 29, 2012

    • Pogo M.

      Hi Robert! If you go, I'll follow! It will be an adventure! :)

      November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would still like to go, at Timberline or wherever, if possible -- I'm fine with a little rain. If, however, the group decides to reschedule I need to know ASAP, please! I could not make the event if it is moved to 12/14.

    November 29, 2012

  • Robert R.

    Conditions are not looking favorable for snowshoeing at White River Canyon tomorrow, as in no snow. We may want to hold off or go up to Timberline Lodge. Conditions there are predicted to be rainy.

    November 29, 2012

    • mark

      I'm good to reschedule, or how about a hike?

      November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm off work, but also need to be somewhere in the evening, so I hope you'll set this up again sometime soon. Have shoes, will travel!!!

    November 27, 2012

  • Keith

    I was there last week enjoying all the new powder. This is a great choice for beginners. You will likely be back in town by mid afternoon. Snow park passes are available at multiple sites in Sandy (ski shops, Freddie's, etc.). Have fun!

    November 27, 2012

  • myra Harrell F.

    Approximately, what is the return time...this may not work as I need to be somewhere by 5pm.

    1 · November 26, 2012

    • Robert R.

      This is a group event so I never plan a designated return time. We all may elect to come home early or stay later.

      November 26, 2012

    • myra Harrell F.

      It may work best another day when I do not have anything else scheduled, was just curious if it could work.

      November 27, 2012

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    I would love to go, but I have to work that day. Plan more of these in the future. Thanks.

    November 27, 2012

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