March 10, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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TOTAL MILES: 9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: ~1250 ft
PACE: “Quick” (~2.5 mph)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Challenging
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 6 hours
PERMITS: NW Forest Pass
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 80 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $8.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!
The plan is to set up a car shuttle between the Bonneville TH and Bonneville Hot Springs Resort. Starting from the Bonneville TH, we’ll hit the PCT and head north 2.5 miles to Gillette Lake (the clear cuts along the way aren’t pretty, but the views of Table Mountain that they afford are). From there we’ll continue on for another 1.3 miles to our first planned stop at Greenleaf Overlook, then another half-mile to the junction with the Two Chief’s Trail, which we’ll follow for 2.2 miles up to Greenleaf Falls. After checking out the falls, we'll find a place for lunch that will allow us to enjoy sweeping views up and across the river, as well as an up close and personal look up at the sheer face of Table Mountain. After lunch it’s all downhill as we retrace our steps down the Two Chief’s trail, then past the junction with the PCT and onto Carpenter Lake where we’ll hop onto the user trail that leads to Bonneville Hot Springs Resort, our awaiting car shuttle, and home (and hopefully a stop for a well deserved post hike bite and beer).
Other than the weather (I'm keeping my fingers crossed), not much in the way of wild cards on this one. Come prepared for mud. Also, the spot that I have in mind for lunch is pretty rocky, so definitely bring something along to sit upon.
Please note that 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:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes 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
• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• The 10 essentials*
• 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.