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.