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Observation Peak Car Shuttle

  • Jul 7, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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TOTAL MILES: 11.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 3052 ft
PACE: “Quick” (~2.5 mph)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult (not suitable for beginners)
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 6 hours
PERMITS: NW Forest Pass
**RSVPs will open at 8:00pm Wednesday**


CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 120 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $12.00. 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 Trapper Creek and Big Hollow trailheads. Starting from Trapper Creek, we’ll warm up on #192 then turn off on #132 where we’ll start our steady climb up Howe Ridge. The trail levels off for a bit as we hit the junction with the Sunshine Trail, but we’ll stay on #132 for another mile or so and then turn off on #132A as it takes us up to the aptly named Observation Peak where we’ll stop for lunch. Once we’ve recharged our batteries with views and calories, it’s all downhill from here as we retrace our steps back to #132 and continue onto #158, which we’ll follow all the way back down to our awaiting car shuttle and home and hopefully a stop along the way for a well-deserved beer and bite.

Time for the wild cards- doesn’t look like they’ve maintained #158 yet this year so expect early season conditions (read: blowdown), and we’ll also have to make a bridgeless crossing of Big Hollow Creek, but in years past I’ve been able to rock hop across pretty easily.

Finally, plan on this being an all-day event; please don’t sign up for this if you have plans for the evening.

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
• Two or three 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.

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  • Zachary

    A top notch group of hikers, and once again duct tape has proven its worth! Oh yeah- the views weren't bad either :-)

    July 9, 2013

    • Zachary

      Would you drop it in the mail for me?

      July 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No problem! Name and address?

      July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great company and wonderful hike! I'm a good sore!
    Zach, guess where your NW forest pass is?
    Somehow - you'll get it!
    Thx
    Mark

    July 7, 2013

  • Charrese E.

    I'm sad to have to back out and not meet this group of people as I would have liked to but I am heading out Thurs to hike Pikes Peak and didn't get enough accomplished today. Hope to catch up for a hike when I return.

    July 6, 2013

  • Christine

    Also, bring BUG REPELLANT! I got EATEN ALIVE by mosquitoes on these trails last week. There weren't too many people out in Trapper Creek Wilderness, and I got the impression that these insects were just waiting for some fresh prey.

    July 4, 2013

    • Zachary

      Tis the season...

      July 6, 2013

  • Charrese E.

    I'd like to do this hike, however, I am hesitant because I don't want to slow people down. I hike a fair amount and I think my time is about 2MPH but I don't really pay much attention to how fast I am going to know for certain. Thoughts?

    July 4, 2013

    • Zachary

      I think you'll do great out there!

      July 6, 2013

  • Christine

    I was on trail 192 last Sunday and found some parts of it very steep and narrow with tall drop offs on one side. It did not seem nearly as well- maintained as trail 132. There is a spectacular waterfall view, though. Be prepared!

    July 4, 2013

  • Denise

    Zach haven't you trekked a few of us down that sunshine trail? Always a great time, hope to see you soon

    July 2, 2013

    • Zachary

      That was a fun trip, but no sunshine (trail) this time around- I want to see some views !!

      July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was there last Sunday. Lots of glacier lillies in bloom. Sunshine trail was clutterd, tough go. Have fun up there.

    July 2, 2013

    • Kathy

      I was just going to say...."DONT TAKE THE SUNSHINE TRAIL CUTOFF!!" Zak, the best part of that hike was seeing you. The group had an adventure after seeing you. 3.5 hours to go 1.5 miles on the Sunshine Trail...if you call it a trail and if we were even on it......

      July 2, 2013

    • Zachary

      The Sunshine trail isn't THAT bad- you just have to follow your nose ;-)

      July 3, 2013

  • Matt T

    Hey, I was just working on new trailhead maps/signs for these trails today! Too bad I can't make the hike...have fun!

    July 2, 2013

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  • Zachary
    Hike Leader, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Brad M
    Hike Leader, Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
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