Boy Scout Ridge Snowshoe "Adventure"­

  • February 8, 2013 · 8:45 AM
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TOTAL MILES: ~5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: ~800 ft
PACE: “Quickish”
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult (not suitable for beginners)
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 5-6 hours
PERMITS: Sno-Park Pass

**RSVPs will open at 7:00am Tuesday**

CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 100 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $10.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!

Normally I don’t plagiarize other hike leader’s trips like this, but the forecast is calling for some fresh snow to fall this week followed by mostly sunny skies on Friday, and after looking at the pictures that were posted from Jeff’s trip this past weekend, I can only hope that Jeff will find it in his heart to forgive me for doing so

Starting from White River West Sno-Park we’ll follow the creek up to the lower viewpoint, and then we’ll tackle the short and STEEP climb up Boy Scout Ridge, where, if they deem our efforts worthy, the Weather Gods will (hopefully) reward us with expansive views southwards towards Mt Jefferson and beyond. Once we’ve refreshed ourselves we’ll head south along the ridgeline, more or less following the route of the PCT before turning off into the trees and descending eastwards back down into the White River valley towards our cars and home.

Full disclosure: I have never done this route before, and I do not have a GPS, which is why I have dubbed this as an “adventure”. That being said, we have some pretty clear boundary’s to aid us in our navigation, so it should be pretty straightforward. This trip is not suitable for beginners.

Please note in your RSVP if you’re willing to drive, and how many folks you can fit in your car. Vehicles driving to the trailhead need to be in compliance with winter snow zone regulations (check out http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/winterdriving.shtml for more details). At the bare minimum, carry (and know how to use) chains.

Finally, I’ll keep an eye on the weather conditions as the week progresses. “Nasty” = Cancel.

There is a MANUAL waiting list for this hike. What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone on the waiting list will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.

NO DOGS, please.

What to bring:
• Hiking boots(the more waterproof the better) with at least one change of socks
• Three to Five light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Rain gear (especially rain pants)
• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• The 10 essentials*
• Sunscreen
• Trekking poles (never a bad idea)
• Lunch, snacks and plenty of water

*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The natural spring place I mentioned in East Oregon is called summer lake hot springs:
    http://www.summerlakehotsprings.com/aboutus.html

    February 10, 2013

  • Zachary

    Other than Jefferson playing hide and seek in the clouds, the weather was PERFECT. A great day with a great group- thanks all !!

    February 9, 2013

    • Kathy

      Kicking myself for changing days. I have been there at least 10 times and I have NEVER seen the mountain. I'm convinced the sun never shines there. We had snow all day today and NO sun.

      February 9, 2013

  • Brian

    Great day Zach! Thanks!

    February 8, 2013

  • Hannelore

    great day & nice company.

    February 8, 2013

  • Kathy

    How was the weather and snow? It was cold but sunny and baby powder on Mt. St. Helens today.

    February 8, 2013

  • Denise

    Jealous! Work is getting in the way. Enjoy

    February 8, 2013

  • Kathy

    going tomorrow

    February 7, 2013

  • Rick L. J.

    Not really me. Andee will be there in the morn. Thanks zach

    February 7, 2013

  • Zachary

    The Forest Service is saying that there's 40" of snow at White River as of 2/1, and Gov't Camp reports "snowpack is in good shape with the 3 feet of new snow that was added to the base the last week in January". Forecast is calling for sunny skies and a high of 32. I'm getting excited !!!!!!!!!

    February 7, 2013

  • Cindy

    Was hoping to change work schedule. Maybe next time. You all enjoy!

    February 6, 2013

  • Rick L. J.

    Zach any new snow? Andee was thinking of going. Can she use skis? If its new snow she can use snowshoes.

    February 6, 2013

    • Kathy

      I looked at the cameras this morning and there was new snow on the roads. I missed the weather report but I heard the snow level is low for one more day.

      February 6, 2013

  • Kathy

    I can take 4 people plus myself. If rain is in the forecast I'll cancel - fair weather hiker.

    February 5, 2013

  • Denise

    I feel like I should have Friday off, this is a great trip & I might have to do it again. The "adventure" thru the trees is worth it.

    February 4, 2013

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  • Zachary
    Hike Leader, Organizer
    Event Host
  • Brian
    Hike Leader, Assistant Organizer
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