This trip will be an overnight intro to snow camping (Hopefully the weather will cooperate and it won't just be wet camping!). This is the first in a series of snow camping trips that I’ll post this winter. The hike will start at the Frog Lake sno-park, hike about 2.5 miles along the PCT to the Twin Lakes. We’ll set up camp at the lower Twin Lake and then hike the loop around the upper lake and if there is time, go off trail to the top of Bird Butte, then continue with off trail fun back to the camp; distance about 3.5 miles, total miles for day one will be about 5.5. Along the way we’ll discuss winter camping and emergency survival. If we have time and enough snow we may even get a chance to try to build an igloo!
The Twin Lakes area has very aggressive birds and other critters. I’ve seen the birds grab a sandwich right out of a person’s hand, while they were taking a bite! They are quite accustomed to being fed by hikers. These critters can and will make mincemeat out of your tent and gear in an effort to get to food stored inside. You would be well served to have some sort of animal protection for your food that you can keep outside your tent. I’ll have my food in an Ursack and tied to a tree to keep the critters at bay. I recommend you take precautions as well.
This trip will include a mandatory pre-meeting on Wednesday December 12 at 8:00 pm to organize transportation, discuss snow camping, snow camping gear and what we need to be prepared for. The pre-meeting will be held at a location that I’ll share with the group once we have a group firmed up.
For the trip, we’ll meet at 8:00 am at the meet up point and leave from there.
DISTANCE: Day one: about 2.5 miles to the camping site and set up camp. and do a short dayhike. If there is time, we'll try to complete the 3.5 mile loop hike from base camp. Day 2 will be improvisational, but could include a hike to Frog Lake Bute or practice building survival shelters such as trench igloos, tarp trenches, snow caves, igloos, etc.
ELEVATION GAIN AND LOSS (approx):700 feet from the cars to the base camp. About 800 feet on the Bird Butte loop.
PACE: 1 - 2 MPH walking speed.
DIFFICULTY RATING: Easy hike, challenging camping.
ESTIMATED TRAIL TIME: Two days.
PERMITS: Oregon Sno-Park Pass (November 1 – April 30)
DRIVE DISTANCE: About 120 miles round trip. (At 10 cents/mile that equals about $12 / person for gas. Negotiate fuel with your driver)
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Waiting List Notice: For this event I have no waiting list. Right now I'm limiting the group to 6 people. If we get an experienced group of snow campers signed up right away, I may open up an additional two spots later.
If a spot opens up and you want to join us, send me an email.
If you don't get on this hike, thank you for your interest and I hope to see you on a future event.
Things you should bring on this trip:
An adventurous spirit
Extra socks and gloves
A sense of humor
A book to read in the tent
The 10 essentials and Winter backpacking gear. REI has a good winter backpacking rundown at:
We’ll talk further at the prehike meeting.
· I-pods/personal music devices – It is better to hear (as best you can) what is going on around you for safety and social interaction.
· Bad attitudes.
· Dogs, cats, snakes, fish, flasks that don’t contain booze, etc.
This is an overnight trip, so we WILL be spending the night in the woods.
If you have any questions, send me an email.
CARPOOLING: We'll discuss transportation at the premeeting.