Frog Lakes Butte Snowshoe Adventure

  • February 22, 2014 · 8:15 AM
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TOTAL MILES: 6+ miles

ELEVATION GAIN:   1350 ft

PACE:   1-1.5mph

DIFFICULTY RATING:  Challenging

ESTIMATED HIKING TIME:  5+ hours

PERMITS:  OR Sno-Park Pass (drivers)

**RSVPs will open at 10:00am Thursday**

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!

My snowshoes are still angry at me for keeping them cooped up during the arctic blast a couple of weeks ago. Time to make amends :-) Starting from Frog Lake Sno-Park we’ll head south for about a quarter mile before cutting off onto Road 220 and then follow it all the way up to the cell tower and (hopefully) view of Mt Hood high atop Frog Lakes Butte. After stopping for lunch we’ll leave the road (and snowmobiles) behind as we head off trail and follow the ridgeline northwesterly towards Twin Lake Summit where we’ll hop back onto the beaten path en route to our cars and home, and hopefully a stop somewhere along the way for a well-deserved bite and beer.

If you have someplace to be Saturday night, this isn’t a good event to sign up for. If you need to rent snowshoes, please do so the night before as we won’t be stopping in Sandy, but I do have an extra pair that I’m happy to loan out.

Time for the wildcards. The two biggies are the weather and the roads, but so far the forecast points towards both being decent. I’ll keep an eye out and my fingers crossed. As usual,"nasty" = "cancel". In the interests of full disclosure, I don’t have a GPS, and I haven’t done much of this route before, but there are some pretty clear geologic boundaries so navigation shouldn’t be much of an issue. Also, for the first 3 or so miles the chances are pretty good that we’ll be sharing the trail with snowmobiles, but the upside to this is that they’ll at least pack down the trail for us.

Please note in your RSVP if you’re willing to drive, and how many folks you can fit in your car. Vehicles driving to the trailhead need to be in compliance with winter snow zone regulations (check out http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/winterdrivi... for more details). At the bare minimum, carry (and know how to use) chains.

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:
• Waterproof footwear 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

• 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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  • Hendriani

    Great hike and very adventurous off trail snow shoes , it great, yet never do that without people who are good with navigation.

    February 23, 2014

  • Tim F

    It was a great day of snowshoeing, thanks for the Big Adventure, Zach. stats for the day, 6.9 miles, 1655 elev gain, 1.9 mov avg.

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Kathy

    I'm a maybe right now trying to get in touch with Pete to see if I can go with him so that I can bring Zeus.

    February 21, 2014

    • Kathy

      I am a no. Going with Pete. Hopefully I can get my 2nd qualifier in soon. Have fun!

      February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm backing out do somebody can have my spot!

    February 21, 2014

  • Tim F

    Zach I already have a sno park permit, 4wd, snow tires, chains, I can take 3-4 others depending on how friendly people want to be.

    February 20, 2014

    • Zachary

      Thanks! I too can drive.

      February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got new snowshoes the Christmas before last, and still haven't tried them out for anything more serious than stomping around my back yard in the snow we had a week ago.

    I prefer not to drive, though I have chains if required, but no sno park permit. Let me know if we are short on vehicles.

    February 20, 2014

  • duane

    I believe the road to Frog Lake Butte is closed to snowmobiles in February.

    February 20, 2014

    • Zachary

      Even better! Infernal machines...

      1 · February 20, 2014

  • Colette G.

    This sounds great!, Sadly I can't make it. here's hoping more will happen and maybe a Sunday snowshoe or two as well :) Have fun!!
    Colette

    February 19, 2014

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