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Trapper Creek Backpack- Beginners Welcome

  • May 24, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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**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)

Headlamp

Book

~25’ of cord & a carabiner or two (for hanging food, packs, etc.)

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  • Zachary

    A hike leader is really only as good as the hikers who accompany him or her, and this group was certainly top notch!! Thank you to everyone for being my guinea pigs, and for being such good sports in the face of rain and barely marked trails :-)

    May 27, 2014

  • Aaron N

    Indeed. Great views, people, trails... And we were always on schedule :)

    May 27, 2014

    • Aaron N

      But why can't I upload any photos?

      May 27, 2014

    • Amy M.

      Also having troubles uploading pics... Im going to try emailing them through Meetup.

      May 27, 2014

  • Amy M.

    Wonderful. I mean it. I can't walk normally now, but I am so glad I could join all of you!

    May 27, 2014

  • Anna

    Multiple viewpoints, beautiful forest, challenging descent along the primitive sunshine trail, keeping dry under the poncho-tarp, delicious E. coli-free creek water--this trip had it all. Thanks, Zachary, for giving us the grand tour of Trapper Creek--you are excellent backpacking and hike leader!

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • Zachary

    Turns out that I had set it up in such a way that the site doesn't ask you questions, so time for plan B; when you get a chance, please e-mail me (via my profile) your answers to the following 3 questions. 1) Have you ever been backpacking before? If so, when and where? 2) Do you own a backpack, tent, and sleeping bag, or are you planning to rent? Stove? Water Filter? (I won't hold it against you if you have to rent or borrow!!) 3)How much hiking have you been doing over the past 6 months? (I can see what you've been doing with the PHMG, so I'm mostly just asking about stuff outside of the group). Sorry for the inconvenience!!

    May 8, 2014

  • Jim "Crusak" R.

    FYI as of 05/01/14 there is about 8' of snow above 3700' elevation near Observation Peak, and it's difficult to cross (due to serious post holing issues and buried trees creating holes under the snow). Hopefully you'll encounter less snow toward the end of the month. Enjoy!

    May 6, 2014

    • Zachary

      Thanks for the snow report, Crusak!

      May 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think there's a typo in there - should it be "Slackpack"? :P

    May 6, 2014

    • Zachary

      I didn't want to confuse people :-)

      May 6, 2014

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  • Zachary
    Hike Leader, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Anna
    Hike Leader, Assistant Organizer
  • A former member

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