TOTAL DISTANCE: ~ 6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: ~1200ft
PACE: 2 ~ 2.5 mph
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: ~ 5 hours
PERMITS(drivers): Sno-Park Permit
PLEASE NOTE: We will be snowshoeing off trail most of the time as we find our way. Expect steep uphills, downhills, traversing slopes, trees, etc. Read bellow to learn what I mean by "adventure"
Carpooling: We will organize carpooling at gateway when we meet on Saturday. Total driving distance to Barlow Pass is about 112 miles. we suggest a gas donation of 10cents/mile/person or $11. Exact change makes it easier to divide among drivers. Nobody will e turned around for their inability to contribute.
Ghost Ridge and Palmateer point are two knobs in the Barlow Pass area that stand above the trees. The views of Mt Hood from either of these is outstanding and on clear days you can also see Mt Jefferson and Three Sisters to the south. Weather forecast for his Saturday is looking pretty good so we might get those wonderful views. We'll start from the Barlow Pass Sno-Park going south on the PCT for a while but then we'll veer of towards Ghost Ridge. We will traverse the ridge for a while and then descend back to the PCT, cross it and find our way to Palmateer point for the second set of views. On the way back, we'll tackle a steep hill that might involve some glissading before we get back to the PCT and our waiting cars
What to bring:
- Warm clothes (absolutely no cotton!)
- Rain pants and jacket
- Hat & gloves
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Waterproof shoes
- Snowshoes (you can rent them at REI)
- Gaitors if you have them
- Trekking poles recommended
- Food & water
A word about my hiking style:
I'm never in a rush to get somewhere fast so my pace is usually between 2 and 2.5 miles/hour with frequent stops to take pictures. I also like to make a stop for lunch, preferably somewhere where we can sit down and enjoy the surroundings. I like exploring and checking out viewpoints or other interesting things while sticking to the plan. In some of my hikes (specially if the word "adventure" is included in the title) we'll go off-trail which requires some navigation, route finding and bushwhacking. When doing so, I take routes that I have researched, have waypoints on my GPS and/or have a map. I can get a bit disoriented but unless I say we're lost, we're not. Be patient and I'll find a route.
While hiking, unless I say otherwise or we are bushwhacking, I like to keep a loose point and sweep system where anybody can be upfront (point) or behind (sweep). When doing so if you are ahead you are point and should stop at every fork or intersection to regroup. If you are last, you are sweep and should maintain awareness that nobody is behind you. Nobody has to be point or sweep for the entire hike.