TOTAL DISTANCE: 11.5 to 15 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 3850' to 4400'
PACE: 2 ~ 2.5 mph
DIFFICULTY RATING: Very Difficult.
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: ~ 8.5 hours
PERMITS(drivers): Northwest Forest Pass
Carpooling: We will organize carpooling at gateway when we meet on Saturday. Total driving distance to trailhead is about 90 miles. We suggest a gas donation of 10cents/mile/person or $9. Exact change makes it easier to divide among drivers. Nobody will e turned around for their inability to contribute.
Wyeth is one of those rare trails in the Gorge that doesn't offer a lot of views other than lush forests. It does offer a good route for training though as it climbs steadily until you reach 4000'. From there it drops a bit to North Lake. At that point we can take a break and decide, depending on conditions (both trail and hikers) whether to continue to Green Point Mountain or hike back. If we return, the total distance will be about 11.5 miles with an elevation gain of less that 4000'. If we continue to Green Point, we will traverse the forest and climb again to 4400', visit the summit and then return on the ridge to form a small lollipop until we join back with the Wyeth trail. If we do this second option, total distance will be about 15 miles and 4400' of elevation gain.
NOTE #1: Last weekend we found snow at about 2800' and above. It was still passable. With the warm/dry weather we've had so far I doubt it will be any worse, but we might still find some snow up there.
NOTE #2: At the start of the Wyeth trail there's small creek we need to cross. That creek does not have a bridge but is usually low enough to hop on the rocks to the other side. It shouldn't be a challenge.
What to bring:
- Good hiking shoes or boots
- An extra warm layer
- Rain pants and jacket
- Hat & gloves
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Trekking poles
- 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 if 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.