1200 NE 99th Avenue, Portland, OR
A Word: Hi, it has been awhile since I have participated in posting events, so I thought I would add a word or two here for those that don’t know me. I have been traveling and volunteering around the world and doing other things. I have really enjoyed the different cultures and natural environments.
Essentially, anywhere you go, it all comes down to people wanting to be happy, and I have found that most of this comes from doing things with good people with similar interests in simple basic ways – no matter what that may be even everyday things in life.
This group is a good bunch of folks who have that passion to engage in such activities with others. All of us are volunteers because we seek the same enjoyment and companionship that we all crave. I have hosted approximately 160 events between several groups. My style is to have a lot of fun by all of us sharing in the joy of being out where there is no pressure, but a common interest to see nature and its beauty fold in front of us.
I will be posting more events soon, and if you choose to stick around awhile, you will learn a lot of things about nature, history, survival, plants, navigation, climbing, and other skills that make nature more fun as we continually learn more from each other and nature itself.
Event Basic Information:One of my many interests is History – both natural and anthropological. Fire Lookouts are a part of this. There is a wealth of history that revolves around these structures and not many of them are left. Red Mountain Lookout is such a place. It is called Red Mountain because it is an old cinder cone created from the beginning of the Washington Cascades. Fantastic views can be seen here and it’s a relatively short distance away. It is pretty good camping too (something I have done here).
Come join me and Hike across the southern end of Indian Heaven Wilderness to Indian Racetrack (Raceway) - a trail that has its own history, then up to Red Mountain Lookout. Indian Racetrack is a groove that cuts across a rich meadow where Native Americans came late each summer to pick huckleberries to be dried for food later in the year. For fun they use to wildly race their horses across this place and it is rumored that they would gamble on the outcome to flavor things up before the fall came.
With the warm weather lately, we may get lucky and find such an abundance of huckleberries, so bring something along just in case. ; ) Red Mountain is 4,965 feet in elevation, and located north of Carson, in Skamania County, Washington. It was recently restored in 2010 by a group of volunteers through the Passport in Time Program.
What:Indian Racetrack to Red Mountain Lookout
Status:It is a GO!
Event Proximity: North of Carson, Washington
When:Leave Saturday, July 20th 9:30 am
Where to Meetup:Gateway Park and Ride – Carpools from there
Contact:Ken by email, or by [masked])
Further Description:Total Length is about 7 miles (out and back). Elevation gain is approximately 1500 feet with most of that near the approach of the lookout.
What to Bring:This is a day hike event. Bring the essential to keep you warm, dry, hydrated, and sunburn free. Be sure to bring sunglasses. Bring some smiles and a positive spirit for adventure! Oh, and not a bad idea to bring some bug spray. Smiles, - Ken
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