NOTE: This is labor day weekend. Yeah, we're almost at the end of summer! Where did it go??
We'll organize caravan/carpool from the Southwest corner of the parking lot (close to the corner of Evergreen and Town Center drive) at the Target store and leave at noon. This will give you plenty of time to have a leisurely breakfast and even run a couple of errands. The weather forecast is for a nicely cool day, so even at noon we won't be too warm.
If you're meeting us at the trailhead, that's fine, but please let me know, so we're not looking for you. No forest passes are required.
Elk Mountain is a 'short, sharp' hike. About 2,000 feet elevation gain in under 2 miles. Total round trip is about 3.2 miles. But don't think this is a cakewalk. You'll be using your feet and hands in a couple spots.
More info. on the hike here:
http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Elk_Mountain_Hike As we'll be hiking on a broad slope of old lava, there are narrow spots where people who are "afraid of heights" may decide to stop. If you've never considered yourself "afraid of heights", you'll be fine. Like most of the hikes I lead, you'll be sweatin'. This should not be your first exercise of the season. We won't be going at aerobic threshold (OK, some people will be FRB's), but we'll be movin'.
What to bring:
at least 2 quarts of water, snacks, and a moderate lunch are the requireds.
Trekking poles, and at least trail shoes are HIGHLY recommended. this is not a broad, flat trail like Dog Mountain, this requires more substantial footwear than tennis shoes. Yeah, really.
Might want to bring a little bug spray, sunscreen, sunglasses, extra socks, and a fresh top (especially for the ride home).
First aid kit just in case.
As always in Oregon, dress for warm, cold, windy, etc. weather. Oh, heck, let's just say 'variable weather conditions'. Due to the narrowness of the trail, this is not a dog friendly hike. The top has views of the coast range all the way out to the coast and you can also see Mt. Hood if the weather is clear enough.
As always, please don't say 'yes' and then not show up. That's just bad manners. And your parents taught you better than that.
CARPOOLING: Suggested mileage donation of 15 cents/mile/person. Recommended donation is $8-$10. This is in appreciation for their time driving, use of the vehicle, gas, stinking up their car, etc. Exact change makes it easier for the drivers. No one will be turned away for inability to contribute. Thanks!
Oh, yeah. Almost forgot the boiler plate...
IMPORTANT: All members must read and accept the Liability Waiver-Assume Risk-Indemnify- Club Rules polcy (click on "about us" to locate). Hey, Joanne's a slave driver!! Keith Photo credit: Jerry Adams.
A word about cotton clothing: Cotton clothing is discouraged because it does not insulate when it gets wet either from rain or sweat. Please also carry non-cotton clothes if there's any chance of inclement weather. This is so you can put on warmer more insulating clothes in the event of an emergency when you need to stay warm until help can arrive.
10 Essentials (always a good idea to bring)
- lighter/waterproof matches & fire starter
- Compass (optionally supplemented with a GPS receiver)
- Extra food and water (energy bar or gel)
- Extra clothes (hat, socks, gloves)
- Headlamp (outdoor)/ flashlight - (with extra bulb and batteries)
- First aid kit - it is a smart item to carry.
- Emergency shelter (solar blanket, garbage bag, tarp)
Notice about the waiting list: The waiting list is manual for this hike which means that you won't be automatically placed on the trip when a spot opens up. In fact anyone can grab an open spot. To give those of you on the waiting list a better chance to grab a spot, as soon as I see the opening I will send an e-mail to all wait-listed folks. The first person that responds by grabbing the spot gets on the trip. If you are not successful on finding a spot on this trip, I want to thank you for your interest and encourage you to check back for future hikes. Remember that we are always looking for new event leaders so that more people can have opportunities to participate. Let us know if you want to volunteer to lead an event!
NO GUESTS PLEASE! only group members are allowed to RSVP, so if you want someone to join you have them join our meetup group and RSVP for this event under their own name.
Everyone must agree to the Group's Liability Agreement/Waiver. Your profile must show that you have read and agreed and you will sign a paper copy at the start of the event. If you need to fix your profile, there are step-by-step instructions on the Discussion board for this group - second message from the top. People who sign up without the necessary agreement in their profile will be removed from the trip.