Nesmith Point

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.

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  • Jeff

    A fun workout - maybe I'll do it again when we actually have views!

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How did this hike go? I'm thinking about doing it on Sunday!

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pechuck is on as an overnight so ill do that one!

    February 15, 2013

  • Henry

    I wanted to go on this but but I read more and I found out this hike is often used as a conditioning hike for mountain climbers.....perhaps in a month I will be ready for this hike.

    February 15, 2013

  • julie

    hi Everyone, It is 8:55pm, I would like to know if anyone are going for sure to Nesmith point at 9am tomorrow? I feel that especially with the weather condition for tomorrow (rain/cold and possibly snow), the more people are the better. If less than 10 people are joining me at 9am tomorrow then I won't go. Please let me know by 10pm tonight, thank you!

    February 15, 2013

  • Jeremy

    Last min change, enjoy all.

    February 15, 2013

  • Claudio

    Snowshoes tomorrow are optional. I'm not going to ask for them but if anybody wants to bring them please do (make sure you bring something to attach them to your pack though)

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would be very interested in doing this with the "B" group at 9am (Julie, Donna) if my backcountry overnight to pechuck doesn't go. I think the 8am group can break trail for us :-)

    February 15, 2013

    • barbara s.

      I am in the same situation as Meryl...if the snow shoe to pechuck falls through, I would like to do this hike with the B group.

      February 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Haha Jeff. Nice try :-) ill post late tonight or early tomorrow. Definitely this is a great plan b for the pechuck group! An d sleep in a bit too...

      February 15, 2013

  • Mika

    I might be willing to switch w someone on the coyote loop?

    February 15, 2013

  • Jeff

    Nice Nesmith trip report from Feb 3.

    http://www.portlandhikers.org/f...­

    February 15, 2013

  • Mika

    Are snow shoes needed?

    February 15, 2013

  • julie

    hi guys, Since there are so many people wanting to go on this hike but very limited number of spots are avaible, why dont we just form another group to the same hike (Nesmith point) but leaving at 9am instead. Anyone interested? I plan on being at the same meetup location but at 9am instead. Please let me know if anyone are interested? Thanks,
    Julie

    February 15, 2013

    • Jeff

      Julie, I would do it but I I've never done this hike before, and I like to know a trail before leading a group on it, esp. if there will be snow and navigating could be tricky.

      February 15, 2013

  • Claudio

    Notes for tomorrow - Please read -
    -It's very likely we'll find snow up there. I don't think we'll need snowshoes but certainly waterproof or at least water resistant boots. Bring an extra pairs of socks just in case
    -Don't forget your traction devices
    -Weather forecast is calling for a 50% chance of rain, not too much much but some

    February 15, 2013

  • Donna

    Since this hike is full, I'm going to take my daughter and do it on my own. I have a question though. Is it dog friendly? Thanks.

    February 15, 2013

  • Marci D.

    Alex and Meryl, the wait list is automatic which means when a space opens up it sends a message to everyone on the wait list and the first to grab it goes. Otherwise it would go to the next person on the wait list who may or may not want to go and then we're dependent upon them to change their rsvp so the next person can have the spot. We've found this way allows the option to only be responded to by those who want to go. Not perfect, but we're limited by the meetup system options.

    February 15, 2013

  • Marci D.

    John Baltz - you are included on my rsvp as +1. In other news, the weather for tomorrow is looking slightly better :) maybe that trend will continue!

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got a message to chnge to going... Not sure what's happening in techno land

    February 15, 2013

  • Alex

    Just got an email saying there was a space open. but website still says full- was someone faster than me or is there still a spot?? thanks

    February 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah, me too.

      February 15, 2013

  • Jeff

    Looks like snow at 2600 feet and up, but not much, based on this Gorge trip report from 3/9. (The snow gate is at 2600 feet.)

    http://www.portlandhikers.org/f...­

    February 14, 2013

  • Denise

    Lot of people waiting for others to be double booked. Please choose & open up for others.

    February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to go rain or shine if people are double booked and would like to drop off. I'm double booked on Pechuck Lookout but not sure that is going for lack of trail maintenance. BLM is suggesting against it.

    February 14, 2013

  • Marci D.

    Hi Zach, I've updated my rsvps and will be on Nesmith. I grabbed a spot on Coyote temporarily since it had no limit. Thanks for the reminder :)

    February 14, 2013

  • Zachary

    Looks like a couple of you are double booked on Saturday- please update one of your RSVPs accordingly.

    1 · February 14, 2013

  • Zhong

    Hope the weather is good

    February 13, 2013

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