Snowshoe with the Dogs at Mt. St. Helens - Marble Mnt - Beginners

People taking DOGS will have first priority and beginners.  I'll be bringing my 7 month old.  Please email me and I will manually add you.  Please also answer these questions:  Are you willing to drive?  How many people can you take? Are you taking a dog?  Do you have a snopass?  I will open the event to those without dogs at a later date if it is not full.
I am trying to cater to BEGINNING snowshoers/hikers and those of us with 4-legged kids. I REQUIRE that the group stays together, so if you are not able to follow this request, please DO NOT RSVP.  In order to better manage the group and to give those who have attended few meeup events I am requesting that if you are experienced or a regular attendee of meetup to NOT RSVP.  I hope you understand.  If you do signup, I'll remove you from the RSVP. Please be considerate and understand that I am a volunteer and I am doing this on my own time so HATE mail is not necessary. Pay it forward and become an organizer and you can cater to your group. If the event is NOT FULL the night before, please feel free to signup.
Sno-Park pass required
FYI: Reciprocity
Sno-Park permits issued by California, Idaho and Washington are honored in Oregon. California, Idaho and Washington also honor Oregon's sno-park permits.
I got lost and found this trail on Mt. St. Helens.   We will be walking on a paved road that is snow covered and NOT plowed - Think Trillian Lake on Hood with NO people.  It is a steady climb but very manageable for beginners. Not much to see like June Lake but great views of Mt. St. Helens if the sun is out.
There is a wash out area that we will need to cross to get to the trail.  Last year the group crossed it with no problems with help getting off and on the log.  I'll post a photo of the log so you can decide if you want to come. I am going to guess that it is 5 miles.  It is an out and back hike.

I like to see a map of where I am going before I sign up for things. Here are the maps below.

We start at Marble Mnt. lower parking lot at the bottom where it says "washout".  We will be walking on that road.  It disappears on the map so I'll try to find another map with the road.  We'll hike up the road a few miles, last time we had an open view of the mountain and ate lunch there. We'll return using the lower trails and up to June Lake Trail head and parallel the road back to the parking lot.

Snowshoe map with mileage, but I can't read it. http://www.parks.wa.gov/winter/... Marble Mnt Map.

Here is a good map but no mileage. click on the lick, go to the bottom, under winter sports click on show, Click on Marble Mountain Ski trail map http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/...

Here is a good map of the mountain:

Map: http://www.parks.wa.gov/winter/trails/mapdownloads/. click on Marble Mountain.

This is a SLOW snowshoe.  We will be going around 1 MPH a little faster on a way back but still slow to enjoy being outdoors.

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.

PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK; Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail or off trail hike but assume no liability for your safety getting to or from the trailhead or on the hike. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, hikers must pay for their own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not the hiker has specifically authorized them.

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  • Darren

    Great day! Great people, and happy doggies! Yep oh and sun! Perfect day!

    December 31, 2012

  • Kathy

    My best snowshoe ever!!!! Didn't need snowshoes on the main trails but we did when heading over to June Lake. It was silky soft slippery white snow and we glasad. We had both; clear sky and almost blazed through powder. The newbies got it all.

    December 30, 2012

  • Allegra R.

    beautiful, sunny and tons of snow! good people and furry friends!

    December 30, 2012

  • jeremiah

    Great views

    December 30, 2012

  • jeremiah

    Wife and I will drive, but does anyone have a sno-park pass we can use?

    December 27, 2012

    • Kathy

      Jeremiah, there are 4 passes with one on the waitlist. That should be enough for someone to share their's with you. 3 people with dogs are willing to drive and 5 total dogs. We might need a 4th driver. We'll decide who is driving when we get to HD. Everyone please bring your pass.

      December 27, 2012

  • Darren

    Still happy to drive, but can't take dogs. Had to let friend borrow barrier. Looking forward to Sunday!

    December 26, 2012

  • Christine

    The details say 8 p.m., but I assume that you mean 8 a.m.?

    December 17, 2012

    • Kathy

      Thanks, fixed it.

      December 17, 2012

  • Kathy

    I'll need to look on the meetup site for the logs we are climbing as I don't have them in my own photo album. We will not climb them on the way back.

    December 17, 2012

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