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!!!)
• 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.