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Wyeth to North Lake or Green Point Mountain (long or longer)

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.

 

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  • Ben A.

    It was nice to meet everyone this last weekend. Thanks Claudio for leading a good hike.

    April 29, 2013

  • Kathryn S.

    Great grunt - wonderful group & masterful trail sleuthing by our kilted leader Claudio. The snow was a bit challenging & my legs were hurtin' the next day - but that's exactly why we do this stuff. Plus it's a blast. THANKS!

    April 29, 2013

  • Claudio

    What a great group of hikers. We had an awesome day with a very nice reward up in North Lake. Thanks all for coming

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Hike nice job Claudio many thanks.

    April 28, 2013

  • Roberta M

    This was an awesome hike. Good conversations, a sunny day, snow and a chance to use my yak tracks, wildflowers and a beautiful lake scene to have lunch by. Thank you Claudio for this hike choice .

    April 28, 2013

  • Celeste

    Excellent views, nice people and thanks to Claudio, we found the lake!

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice to meet you all! I enjoyed talking with everyone and the hike was great as well!

    April 27, 2013

  • Valarie

    North Lake was beautiful! One of those great hikes with beautiful weather and good company.

    April 27, 2013

  • Kate M.

    Have fun should be an incredible day!

    April 26, 2013

  • Kate M.

    Re shorter hike of 8 mi Yes I would be up for that - which day Sat or Sun ?

    April 26, 2013

  • Susan

    I'm backpacking this weekend so can't make it, but wanted to let you know that despite all the guidebooks saying 11.5 miles RT to North Lake, it's actually closer to 14. GPS's we had with on my last two trips there all agreed. A beautiful hike though. Enjoy!

    April 24, 2013

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