July 26, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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TOTAL MILES: 9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 2400 ft (max elev ~5000)
PACE: “Quick” (~2.5 mph)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 6 hours
PERMITS: NW Forest Pass (drivers)
**RSVPs will open tonight at 7:30**
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 100 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $10.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!
This is another one of those “classic” Mt Hood hikes, and as such it usually gets pretty crowded on sunny weekends, so let's (hopefully!) avoid the crowds by doing this one on a Friday. I'm lifting this one straight out of Sullivan's 3rd edition, # 68 (thanks again, Mr Sullivan !!), but the short, short version is that we'll start out on #772 for about 2.5 flat miles and take the short detour to check out Lost Creek Falls, then we'll start the moderate climb up to Burnt Lake. After this it's another 1.5 relatively steep but well graded miles up to the viewpoint and a nice leisurely lunch as we enjoy the sights (Weather Gods permitting, of course). After lunch we'll retrace our steps back to our cars, and hopefully a stop on the way home for a well deserved beer and bite. Even without a stop for food on the way back into town, I don’t expect that we'll be back to Gateway any earlier than 7:00pm, so please RSVP accordingly.
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!!!)
• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• Sunscreen and bug spray
• Rain gear
• 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.