The last time I did this fun little hike it was in perfect weather with views of 5 mountains. In the summer, the lake is open and you can get a great reflection of Mt. Hood. We can still park right at the trailhead until the snow park pass season kicks in, so let's get this hike in while we can! The forecast is for full sun and NO rain, though there'll likely be rain the day before, so plan to get a little muddy on the trail.
NOTE: This is not a nature walk; plan to be going about 2.0-2.5 miles an hour. We won't be speed demon racing, but it's not dawdling, either; you'll be sweating.
NOTE: Bring a plastic bag and another pair of shoes for the drive home so you don't mud up your car!
Look forward to the changing leaves of fall contrasted with the green of the coniferous forest.
For those of you meeting us at the trailhead (PLEASE let me know in the comments section of this hike!)
What to bring for this trip:
trail shoes or boots. This is a very rocky, slippery, and uneven trail so your footing will be less sure. Best to go a little bit more sturdy.
Hiking/trekking poles are a pretty nice thing to have on the uneven, rocky trail.
Water (about 2-3 quarts),
snackage/lunchand maybe some summit treats for you and your fellow hikers.
Your own personal First aid kit
Extra Clothes for when you're eating lunch and not generating so much heat.
Plastic bags and a fresh pair of footwear so you can take off your muddy boots and not mess up the car. A spare pair of fresh socks is always nice. Same with comfy shoes. And a fresh top for the ride home helps keep the new friends you just made -whew!
As always in Oregon, dress for those 'variable weather conditions'. It sucks being too cold, hot, wet... Go ahead, ask me how I know.... ;-))
Let's be organized so we can keep things flowing. That means have your pack ready and your trail shoes/boots on when we get to the trailhead; don't make people wait for you to get ready.
CARPOOLING: Flip the driver some bucks in appreciation for their time driving, use of the vehicle, gas, (stinking up their car), etc.Suggested mileage donation of 15 cents/mile/person or $13-$16 for this 110 mile round trip. Exact change makes it easier for you and your drivers. No one will be turned away for inability to contribute. Thanks!
Length: 6.4 mile loop
Elevation Change: 1,600 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: Challenging (personally, I don't consider it 'challenging' if you're in decent to good shape, but if all you've done is "hike" from your car to the front of your building, then, yeah, it'll be challenging. As always YMMV).
NOTE:You can always stop at mirror lake and we can "pick you back up" as we circle back. It's usually a stunning view of Mt. Hood from Mirror Lake and there are some picnic tables.
Permit: NW Forest Pass Required for parking.
More info can be found at: http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Tom_Dick_and_Harry_Mountain_Hike
Additional Info for all hikes, from Joanne - organizer:
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.