Newton Creek Snowshoe

  • January 18, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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TOTAL MILES: ~6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: ~1500 ft
PACE: “Quick” [masked] mph)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult (not suitable for beginners)
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 6 hours
PERMITS: Sno-Park Pass


***RSVPs for this event will open at 7:00am on Tuesday***

CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 120 miles, give or take; we suggest aand  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!

We’ll park at Tea Cup Lake, cross the highway and climb up and over the snow bank to start from the old Clark Creek Sno-Park. From there we’ll follow a snow route up to the junction with the Elk Meadows trail, cross the bridge over Clark Creek and head towards Newton Creek. Once at Newton Creek, we'll follow the creek itself up towards the mountain and find a nice spot to stop for lunch (about a mile or so). After lunch the route home becomes much more “back country” as we leave the creek bed and blaze our own trail back towards the Elk Meadow trail, then retrace our steps back across the Clark Creek bridge to our cars and home.

Full disclosure here: I don’t have a GPS. Having said that, there are some pretty clear boundaries, namely Clark and Newton Creeks (and the ridge that separates them), so navigation sans GPS shouldn’t be much of an issue, but feel free to bring yours along. I also don’t have a set destination in mind, other than finding the aforementioned lunch spot, preferably with an up close and personal view of the mountain, so the mileage and elevation listed up top should be considered as “maximums”. If this is your first or second time ever on showshoes, then this probably isn't the trip for you. I also don't foresee being back to Gateway until 7pm at the very earliest.

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.

Finally, I’ll keep an eye on the weather conditions as the week progresses. “Nasty” = Cancel.

Please note that there is a MANUAL waiting list for this hike. What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone on the waiting list will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.

NO DOGS, please.

What to bring:
• Waterproof boots with at least one change of socks
• Three to Five light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Sunscreen
• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• 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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  • Kathy

    Can you please let me know how the snow was. A friend just told me Frog Lake was nothing but ice. You guys are heading up higher. Have fun!!

    January 18, 2013

    • jeremiah

      I meant the snow on the trails was packed...

      January 19, 2013

    • Kathy

      Thanks Jeremiah. Were you sinking to your knees and your shoes felt like 50 lbs? Most of the shoes I did last year was like that. I am glad I got an early start this year.

      January 19, 2013

  • Hannelore

    it was a perfect day.

    January 19, 2013

  • Kim

    Ditto to what Chris, Brooke and Zach said!

    January 18, 2013

  • Zachary

    Couldn't have asked for better weather, and a top notch group of hikers!!

    January 18, 2013

  • Brooke

    Gorgeous weather and views! Lots of fun, thx everybody and great leading by Zachary :-)

    January 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great people, super view of Mt Hood, sunny weather, and wonderful time w/drinks and food at Caldera's afterwards. Thanks Zachary for hosting a terrific snowshoe!.

    January 18, 2013

  • Zachary

    The upside to the balmy temperatures is that the roads should be in good shape for us. Bring sunscreen !!

    January 17, 2013

  • Rick L. J.

    Zach we did the upper portion of your trip a year or so. Interesting terrain with nice crossings and followed bear .tracks for a bit. Lots of fun . I heard it was 70 at timberline today??

    January 17, 2013

  • Jeff

    Hey Zach, I think it's going to be 50 degrees + on the mountain tomorrow. Should I bring my swim trunks and beach umbrella?

    January 17, 2013

  • Zachary

    There are almost always open spots in the garage, so once we get the carpool figured out folks can move their cars if they wish. Then again, we won't be the only ones using the Fred Meyer lot as an extension of the park & ride !!

    January 17, 2013

  • Kate M.

    Is it ok to park in the Fred Meyer Parking lot?? AS the park and ride may be full ??

    January 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi ALL !! I WILL LOVE to do this !!! I moved here from Hawaii and have no boots or equiptment now!! I do not mind wearing mens eqiupt. or others things if i can borrow for the trip this be so nice!! Also I have only a work/trade job at present here in Beaverton. I am a live in Nanny for a single mother of 2 babes who is a dream! Shes a Crisis Counselor. Anyway, I am off Friday and will love to come if someone out there can help/assist me. I live right by Nike too if anyone coming from here. Aloha! hope to see you all soon![masked] Debra

    1 · January 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have an extra pair of snowshoes to share--I bought two pairs several years ago so I'd always be able to bring someone else along when I wanted to go out. They're good quality, former rentals just a bit on the heavier duty side and in working order.

      January 15, 2013

  • RJ - Rene' Garcia -.

    Are there any Past Meet Up Photos of this Location???
    It would be Nice to see of there are!!

    January 15, 2013

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