TOTAL DISTANCE: 10.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 3800 ft
PACE: 2 ~ 2.5 mph
DIFFICULTY RATING: Very Difficult.
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: ~ 7 hours
PERMITS(drivers): Northwest Forest Park Permit
Carpooling: We will organize carpooling at gateway when we meet on Saturday. Total driving distance to John B Yeon Park is about 60 miles. we suggest a gas donation of 10cents/mile/person or $6. Exact change makes it easier to divide among drivers. Nobody will e turned around for their inability to contribute.
Isn't Nesmith point a summer hike? well yeah, but have you seen the weather or the forecast lately? Snow up in the mountains is hard as a rock making snowshoeing the loudest winter sport ever. While we wait for some fresh white stuff up there (and avoid the potential rain this weekend) we'll be doing a Gorge hike. The hike to Nesmith point offer a variety of forested paths with a handful of views on the way to the top. If all goes well, we shouldn't find snow or ice but we'll need to be prepared for that.
What to bring:
-Traction devices (yaktrax or Microspikes)
-Warm clothes (absolutely no cotton!)
- Rain pants and jacket
- Hat & gloves
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Good hiking shoes or boots
- Trekking poles recommended
- Food & water
A word about my hiking style:
I'm never in a rush to get somewhere fast so my pace is usually between 2 and 2.5 miles/hour with frequent stops to take pictures. I also like to make a stop for lunch, preferably somewhere where we can sit down and enjoy the surroundings. I like exploring and checking out viewpoints or other interesting things while sticking to the plan. In some of my hikes (specially if the word "adventure" is included in the title) we'll go off-trail which requires some navigation, route finding and bushwhacking. When doing so, I take routes that I have researched, have waypoints on my GPS and/or have a map. I can get a bit disoriented but unless I say we're lost, we're not. Be patient and I'll find a route.
While hiking, unless I say otherwise or we are bushwhacking, I like to keep a loose point and sweep system where anybody can be upfront (point) or behind (sweep). When doing so if you are ahead you are point and should stop at every fork or intersection to regroup. If you are last, you are sweep and should maintain awareness that nobody is behind you.