NOTE: Due to a change in the parking policy at the Mirror Lake trailhead, I'm changing the hike to above timberline lodge on the flanks of Mt. Hood. It will be higher up and not in the trees, but still a 'basic' snowshoe. If the weather is looking like it will be nasty that morning at timberline, we'll switch to one of several alternate sites down lower, like Trillium lake, or white river canyon. Those are also easy snowshoe hikes. Everything else stays the same!! I certainly understand if you decide to cancel because you had your heart set on Mirror Lake. And I'll have a mirror lake snowshoe/hike later in the spring. *************************************************************** If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball. Wait, that’s not right.... If you can walk slightly bow-legged, you can snowshoe!! Yeah, that’s it. This isn't a technical snowshoe, so if you’re in reasonable shape, this won’t be a problem. I also like to bring a pair of dry socks and comfy shoes to change into for the ride home. A fresh fuzzy fleece top is pretty nice, too. Bring
cash to rent snowshoes, give a donation to help out whoever you ride with, and if you want to stop and have food and/or a beverage on the way home. No cotton, no cotton, NO FREAKIN’ COTTON. You'll be happier. We’ll meet at the
Gateway park and ride, ~
10 minutes before to organize carpooling and leave promptly at
8:30AM. if you carpool with someone, the recommended contribution to the driver is about $10-15 per person round trip. Snow park passes required if you’re taking your car!! The passes can be purchased when we stop in Sandy. You can rent snowshoes before the trip or we'll stop in Sandy to rent them. Rental is ~$14. Cash is a LOT faster and with this large of a group, credit cards will be a pain.
What to bring: Bring water (at least a quart; preferably 2), food, outdoor clothes (No cotton, no cotton, NO FREAKIN’ COTTON. Really) in layers for sun, rain, snow, wind or whatever. Extra hat, gloves, and socks are great if the ones you’re wearing get wet... Here’s the day hike gear and clothing checklist from the Mazamas. It’s quite a long list and covers winter as well as summer hikes, so pick and choose:
FOOD: The aforementioned water, A lunch to eat on the trail, and some munchies for in between. Bring a little extra and you can share with someone who brought something different.... Me? I like snickers bars and the extra hot tamales candy.
FOOTWEAR: Something closer to warm boots than tennis shoes. But they don't have to be anything fancy; hiking boots, snow boots, or anything moderately sturdy and comfortable with the top above the ankle (so snow doesn't get in) works perfectly well. Gaiters if you have 'em, but not required as the snow won't be deep powder. If there are people who want to stop at the Skyway tavern for some excellent barbecue on the way home we can do that.
I will email my phone number out the day before the event. Please call if you can't make it or if you're running late! If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me and we can talk. ;-)) BOILERPLATE - YOU MUST ACCEPT THE LIABILITY WAIVER ON YOUR PROFILE BEFORE YOU CAN GO ON THIS TRIP! Here's the URL:
http://www.meetup.com... NOTE: •Participation is at your own risk. We assume no liability for accidents or incidents. In the event of an accident, illness or other incapacity, a participant will pay for his/her own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not he/she has specifically authorized them. •Leaders may refuse participation to anyone who they feel is unqualified or unprepared. •Firearms, weapons, alcohol and radios (other than ham radio transmitters, two-way radios or weather radios) are not permitted on activities. •No one will be permitted on an activity who has taken or used substances (including medication) which may impair performance or judgment. •Any participant who engages in behavior which would endanger the group or who is unable/unwilling to follow the rules may be signed off the trip. This may occur at the activity leader’s discretion. •All wilderness regulations will be followed as applicable. •All participants shall carry out everything they carry in. •Carpooling is strongly encouraged. •Sorry, no participants under 18.