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White River Canyon - Beginner Snowshoe with the DOGS

  • Dec 15, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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I am a new organizer to this group.  I have lead snowshoes, but in WA. 

Please rent your snowshoes before hand as we will not be stopping.  Next Adventures rents them for $10.

DOG:  Please only sign up if your dog comes when called, is not aggressive and young enough to handle the walk.  Please carry poop bags and pick up after your dog and leash your dog if he/she is not behaving.

I will be bringing a 7 month old golden retreiver/lab that I have had for just over 2 weeks.

This location is VERY busy and know as a PLAY area for kids and family.  Please plan on leashing your dog when there are lots of people around and we will unleash them when there are less or no one around.  It is common courtesy for those not accustomed to dog.

DIFFICULTY RATING: Beginner - going very slow .5 - 1 mph.

DESCRIPTION:  This snowshoe hike is said to be pretty mellow. 600 feet in elevation. This is an out and back snowshoe.  I did this last week and the 1.5 miles out wasn't far enough.  I plan on hiking along the bottom of the mountain and towards the ridge.  This will be steep, so not sure how far we will make, but please be aware we will be doing this.  If you do not want to attempt the hill you can eat lunch at this point or just hang around and wait for us and we will all return together.

We will meet at the meet up location and head out at 8:00 am sharp, so please be there early. 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. 

Hike stats.

DISTANCE: 3 miles + as far up the ridge we can go.
ELEVATION GAIN AND LOSS (approx): 600 ft
PACE: .5 - 1 MPH walking speed.
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

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

· Camera


· Personal Locator Beacon or other emergency location device.

· The 10 essentials, winter version. REI has a good list at


Discouraged Items:

· 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.


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  • Avinash

    I hope some of my pictures serve as a way for all of you to remember our wonderful snowshoe hike today. Delighted to make some new friends and look forward to see you again in future.

    December 15, 2012

    • Carrie

      Thanks for posting!

      December 16, 2012

    • Hasna

      Thank you for uploading pictures..

      December 17, 2012

  • lisa

    Nice hiking with you all today. Great day!

    December 15, 2012

  • Avinash

    A perfect day for a showshoeing and wonderful time with great group of people. Kathy I would give to 10 starts.

    December 15, 2012

  • Kathy

    What a awesome day for a snowshoe, powder powder and more powder and snow all day. It was a success with 5 well-behaved dogs. Hal made it to the top of the ridge!! These rest of us gave it our best - not fun to climb in powder. Thanks for being team players everyone! Hope to see you all again.

    December 15, 2012

  • Avinash

    Carrie, we are at Gateway, are you coming?

    December 15, 2012

  • Kathy

    WARNING: We don't have enough drivers at this point or snow passes. Lisa, we do not have enough drivers. Can someone drive to Welches and can you take them up? If so, how many "people" can you take? I am going up with someone that is taking a dog. So at this point there are only 3 dogs. Thanks!

    December 10, 2012

    • lisa

      My cell phone doesn't work that well at my place up here, so I'm not sure I'd get the text. How about I just meet you at Thriftway? What do you think? Around 930?

      December 14, 2012

    • Kathy

      Lisa, I am going to guess 9:30. We'll park next to the store as most people go in there to use the bathroom.

      December 15, 2012

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