Storey Burn Loop on the Pineapple Express (Tillamook Forest) 8-Mile Hike

     Many Oregonians like to say they aren't just fair-weather hikers so lets put it to the test. The Oregonian reports several weather fronts coming in this week and says “the one hitting Saturday looks to be packing an atmospheric river of moisture - often called the Pineapple Express - that could give the region its most significant rainfall since late September."  Expect mud! The good news is that it will be 46 degrees. What's not to love about that? If even one person signs up for this hike it's a go because I really am a rain or shine hiker. Please do not sign up for the hike if you don't plan on attending because standing in the rain waiting for people to show up is very annoying.

WHEN: Sat, Jan 11, 2014
TIME: 9:30 am
MEETUP: Gateway Transit Center*
TOTAL MILES: 8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1645 ft
HIGH POINT: 2200 ft
PACE: 2.5 - 3.0 mph
DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderate
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 4 hours
PERMITS REQUIRED: None

http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Storey_Burn_Loop_Hike

Please read the entire description of this hike before RSVP'ing.

HIKE SUMMARY: The Tillamook Forest offers year-round hiking when other areas are buried under snow. We start off at the Summit Trailhead and hike north on the Gales Creek Trail until we reach and scout the Gales Creek Campground for possible use in the future. We'll continue on the Gales Creek Trail until we reach the Stoney Burn Trail where we'll turn South. A couple nice waterfalls will be visible due to the lack of foliage blocking the view. A short trek across the Gravelle Brothers Trail gets us back to our starting point.

*CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 90 miles from Gateway, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $9.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!

*I will add carpooling from the Sunset Transit Center if a driver steps up that is willing to guarantee they won't no-show. RT mileage from Sunset is 60 miles; $6.00 gas donation per person.

We will meet up at the Gateway Transit Center in the SE corner of the Tri-Met Park & Ride at 9:30 am, arrange carpooling, and drive out to the Summit Trailhead on Hwy 6. If you prefer to drive yourself to the start point drive Hwy 26 west from Beaverton for about 15 miles and bear left for Hwy 6, Banks, and Tillamook. Stay on Highway 6 for 18.8 miles, passing the Gales Creek Overlook, and turn right into the parking area at the Summit Trailhead.

I've never done this hike before so it is a let's-hope-severt-doesn't-get-lost hike. I'll bring a liability waiver for you to sign that says you can't get mad at me if I take a wrong turn! Just kidding! Not to worry though, I'll be well prepared with maps, compass, gps, etc and the route is well-marked and will be a very easy one to follow.

Members have the option to be notified when spots open up if a Meetup is full. Whoever responds first gets the open spot.

NO DOGS, please.

What to bring:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks
• Three to five light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Rain gear (lots of it)
• Safety whistle
• 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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  • Severt L.

    I want to thank all of you for making this a great hike for me and I especially wanted to thank those of you who stepped up to be drivers. I admit to being a little disappointed that the weather wasn't as severe as predicted but I did enjoy the grauple storm! For those of you who don't know about grauple, it's that stuff similar to hail but has a more Styrofoam kind of texture and lightness to it.

    1 · January 11, 2014

    • Severt L.

      Oops, I misspelled it, it's "graupel".

      January 11, 2014

  • duane

    I'm at the Sunset TC. I just now realized everyone else is at the Gateway TC.

    January 11, 2014

    • Randy P.

      I'll be at sunset in 15 min.

      January 11, 2014

  • Randy P.

    I'll be at the Sunset Transit Center a little before 10:00. I think the plan was to meet at the ticket machines. I'll be wearing a black rain jacket. You can text or call me at[masked] if running late or can't find me.

    January 11, 2014

  • Brenda B.

    Re-evaluating the hike. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, yet it does appear Duane and Randy are available to drive. Up since 1:45AM when a brilliant flash of light filled my bedroom window followed by a power outage. I've been watching the trees outside bending and swaying tremendously for several hours. I feel the high winds are more of a safety hazard at this point and don't feel as comfortable hiking through the woods now. Be safe and enjoy the extreme hike today for those brave individuals who still plan on going.

    January 11, 2014

    • Severt L.

      You've probably made the smart choice but some of us just don't know any better! If I had a hard hat, I'd be wearing it for sure and if I didn't already look like such a dork I'd wear my bicycle helmet! :)

      January 11, 2014

  • Randy P.

    Sorry I'm late to the logistics game (wanted to make sure I was still going).

    I'm on the Westside so will plan on meeting the group at Sunset Transit Center. I have plenty of room for people and gear and would be more than happy to drive (assuming more people show than Brenda can carry).

    January 10, 2014

    • Severt L.

      Randy, now that Brenda has bailed out please jot down my phone number in case you need us to drop by the Sunset Transit Center. As of this moment, you are down to Alok, David, Anu, and Sophie meeting you there at the transit center.

      January 11, 2014

  • duane

    I'm ready to drive too and can carry me plus three.

    January 10, 2014

    • Severt L.

      Thanks, Duane! See you at Gateway!

      January 11, 2014

  • Severt L.

    Okay, I sent everybody an e-mail about tomorrow and the carpooling and such. If you have more questions or I left anything out my phone number is[masked]-7778. The weather forecast for tomorrow for Portland and Tillamook is 50 degrees, 100% chance of rain, and winds at 26-29 mph. It's gonna be a brisk one so please dress warm and bring lots of extra layers and keep as dry as possible. If the trails are a disaster bringing hiking poles can save the day. I have an extra one or two if anybody wants to borrow them.

    January 10, 2014

  • Isaac

    Severt, I have family in the area so I will be driving myself. What time should I expect to be at the trailhead? Around 10:10am?

    January 10, 2014

    • Severt L.

      I just googled getting from Gateway to the Summit Trailhead and it says 55 minutes so figured we meet at Gateway at 9:30, 9:40 before we are packed up and driving away and that makes it 10:35 so I think 10:30 is a good time to meet us there. My number is[masked]

      January 10, 2014

  • Cathy

    Hi, I was going to test my will to start & finish the hike in the torrential rain and all but I think I'm coming down with a bug and don't want to worsen it for myself or others. Look forward to meeting members of this group at a later hike. Brenda, so kind of you to offer to drive but now you have one more spot since I won't be meeting you at Sunset TC. Have fun, guys!!!

    January 9, 2014

  • Like2hikeLeea

    Right up my Alley! have to work :( or would bring pineapple upside -uʍop cake to share ;)

    1 · January 8, 2014

    • Like2hikeLeea

      Hi Brenda, well you melt butter n brown sugar in a pan add the pineapple, wait...the recipe for "uʍop"... ? Google " texting words upside down" ;)

      January 8, 2014

    • Brenda B.

      Cool.

      January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have tickets to see Evita Saturday but this sounds awesome hope you will do it again.

    January 8, 2014

    • Severt L.

      Bernice, I'll be doing something similar in upcoming weeks because I want to go to the top of the OTHER Larch Mtn which I'll get first glimpse of on this hike.

      January 8, 2014

    • Brenda B.

      Yes, let's do Larch Mtn soon!

      January 8, 2014

  • Derrik O.

    Dang, I'll be stuck in a boring board member's meeting. Have fun everyone!

    January 8, 2014

  • Jeff H.

    Severt - I don't know what my weekend plans are quite yet..however I will definitely keep this hike in mind as I enjoy hiking with you, have never been to this trail, and also have rarely hiked in a monsoon haha. I will RSVP later this week when I know more

    January 8, 2014

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