RSVP's will open Monday, Jan 27 at 7:00 PM
Please read entire hike description before RSVP'ing.
TOTAL MILES 10 – 14 or more… miles ELEVATION GAIN: 3000 – 3600 ft
PACE: Slow - Moderate 1.5 – 2-0
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult due to length and elevation gain
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 7-8 hrs
PERMITS: Forest Pass for Drivers
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 80 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $ 8.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!
Ok so I have been wanting to explore this route to Devils Peak for some time and I figured why not have others explore it with me. We will begin this trail at the Zigzag Ranger Station and begin at a slow pace as we climb a series of switchbacks that take us relentlessly UP and Up and UP… much of the ascent will be taken in the first three miles of this trail so we will pace ourselves. But don’t fool yourself by the slow pace…this will be a workout for the best of us…. The weather is looking good at this point so hopefully we will have some outstanding views along the way as we crest and follow this ridgeline south. If we make good time have good trail conditions and have energy and daylight we MAY make it all the way to Devils Peak but that is not necessarily my goal.
I don’t know where we will run into snow or what the conditions will be when we do but I will hope to push on as far as Yaktrax or Micro Spikes and trekking poles will take us….
I am not going to require snowshoes for this hike but bring them if you wish. Trekking poles and traction devices (Yaktrax or Microspikes) will be required and checked at Gateway. This will be a full day..if you have evening plans… catch it another time.
Headlamps will be required just in case we get down after dusk. (you should always carry them anyways)
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.