I am a new organizer to this group. I have lead snowshoes, but in WA. This is going to be an exploratory snowshoe for me since I have never hiked it.
Please rent your snowshoes before hand as we will not be stopping.
DIFFICULTY RATING: Beginner - going very slow .5 - 1 mph.
DESCRIPTION: This snowshoe hike is said to be pretty mellow. Just a nice out and back with a loop around Elk Meadows. The steepest part of the hike is the pull up out of Newton Creek which switch backs up about 700 feet in elevation. There is one stream crossing with no bridge, which adds to the fun!
As a beginner hike, I am not sure how far we will make it, but plan on at least 3 miles. Depending on what the group wants to do will determine how far we go.
We will meet at the meet up location and head out at 8:00 am sharp, so please be there early. We’ll park at Hood River Meadows and hit the Elk Meadow trail from there. We’ll follow the trail out, break for lunch and to enjoy the scenery and then back to the cars and home. We will go slow to catch our breath and to take lots of photos.
I tend to walk slow, so on this trip I intend to take my time, so please be a beginner snowshoer or if experienced please plan to hike at the slowest person's pace. If you are new at this, make sure you adjust your snowshoes to fit your boots before leaving your home.
DISTANCE: about 6 miles for the whole hike, but I intend to do only 3 miles min. and we will decide as a group how much farther we will go from there.
ELEVATION GAIN AND LOSS (approx): 1100 ft
PACE: .5 - 1 MPH walking speed.
DIFFICULTY RATING: Beginner.
ESTIMATED TRAIL TIME: 3 - 5ish hours. Expect to be back at the cars around 4 pmish.
PERMITS: Oregon Sno-Park Pass (November 1 – April 30)
DRIVE DISTANCE: About 128 miles. (At 10 cents/mile that equals about $12 / person for gas. Negotiate fuel with your driver)
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CARPOOLING: ALL attendees SHOULD come prepared to drive themselves to the destination and be prepared to meet, ODOT requirements. Not sure if you’re in compliance? See link to ODOT http://www.oregon.gov...
Please note in your response if you are available to drive, if you have a pass and how many passengers you can carry.
Waiting List Notice: The waiting list for this hike is manual. The first to respond gets the spot (whether on the list or not). The point of the wait list is to notify you (and others on the list) if a spot opens up. If you don't get on a hike, we thank you for your interest and we hope to see you on a future event.
Things you should bring on this trip:
· Lunch, snacks and water for all day.
· The spirit of adventure!
· Appropriate gear and cloths – no cotton
· Trekking poles
· Personal Locator Beacon or other emergency location device.
· The 10 essentials, winter version. REI has a good list at
· 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.