TOTAL MILES: 6+ miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1350 ft
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.