**Update 5/12/14: I scouted the trip out over the weekend and boy am I glad that I did! Turns out that there are 3 good spots for a tent, and a marginal 4th that I can get my tent into, so I have decided to lower the limit on this one from 6 to 4, unless of course folks are willing to share tents (not my first choice either, BTW). ***
The long Memorial Day weekend is rapidly approaching and I don't plan on letting it go to waste! Please read the details below, answer my questions honestly, and add yourself to the waitlist. I'll open up the waitlist at noon today (5/6) and will pick folks off of it sometime next Tuesday (5/13).
Day 1: I live in Sellwood and have good parking so let’s meet at my place at 8:00am and be on the road by 8:30am for the drive out to Trapper Creek. Starting from the Trapper Creek TH we’ll follow #192 ~4.5 relatively flat miles to a campsite that is right before the trail starts its relentless climb up towards Observation Peak and set up camp for the night. ~900 ft of elevation gain.
Day 2 (Zero Day): I’m planning to get up at a reasonable hour, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and then hit the trail to day hike up to Observation Peak to see the sights, returning to camp well before dark (10+ miles, 2200+ ft). You are more than welcome to join me, but if you prefer to hang out by the creek with a good book or do some exploring on your own that’s also fine by me. This is your day to spend as you choose!
Day 3: We’ll get up at a reasonable hour, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, break camp and shoot to be back on the trails by 10:00am or so to retrace our steps back to our cars and home.
I’m going to limit the group size to 6, and will pick folks off of the waiting list based largely on these two considerations: your answers to the questions and how active you have been with the PHMG. Folks who have been active and have come on hikes with the PHMG will be given preference. I’m going to try to have a mix of first time backpackers and backpackers with a little bit of experience.
There will be a mandatory pre-trip planning meeting immediately following the May monthly meeting (5/22/14) . Don’t worry, I’ll keep it brief: ~15-20 minutes, tops. I’m not going to mess around the earnest money and all that, but please do not sign up for this unless you are about 99% certain that you can make it to both the planning meeting on 5/22 and the trip itself 5/24-5/26. Also by the time 5/22 rolls around we’ll have a good idea of what the weather will look like for the weekend and can adjust the plan accordingly. If it’s calling for a weekend of torrential rain then I’ll probably cancel outright, or we can skip the zero day and just do it as an overnighter. We’ll see what the Weather Gods have to say and go from there.
What to bring (an incomplete list):
2 dinners/2 breakfasts/1 lunch + snacks
Stove and water filter (we’ll split these up)
3 to 5 warm layers (but not a change of clothes) in waterproof bags
Camp shoes (crocs, flip-flops, sandals, etc.)
Bug Spray & Rain gear, and a Rain cover for your pack (can be a garbage bag)
Poop shovel, TP, wet wipes, etc (we don’t all need to carry a shovel)
Something to sit on (sit pad, camp chair, plastic bag)
~25’ of cord & a carabiner or two (for hanging food, packs, etc.)