Herman Creek Out and Back
Date: Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
Arrive at 8:15 for an 8:30 departure
Difficulty Rating: Moderate
Total Miles: 8.4 miles
Estimated Hiking Time: 4-5 hours, depending on party size.
Elevation Gain: Approximately 1,200 vertical feet
Route Description: A moderate 8.4 mile out-and-back with 1,200 feet of elevation gain. Join us on a hike along Herman Creek on this seldom used trail. We will leave from the Herman Creek Campground, going up to Herman Camp. From there we will traverse west on the trail above Herman Creek to the intersection of the trail with Casey Creek, and from there descend to the picturesque Forks of Herman Creek. We will return using the same route.
Approximate Return Time: 3-4 PM
Weather Forecast: Partly sunny, with a high near 41.
Permits: None, unless the campground is open, then National Forest Service permit.
$$$: Suggested donation for outing: $2.00.
Carpooling: RT mileage is approximately 100 miles; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/rider. Exact change is welcome.
Note-this is a carbon-neutral outing, $.25/person from outings donation is used to offset carbon produced during the trip.
Directions to Carpool: Note: This is not the Fred Meyers on Mill Plain and I-205 carpool site. We will meet at the new carpool site at the Marshall Center, 1009 East McLoughlin Blvd. Park on the west side of the building (as you face the building from the street), in the second row. There will be other cars in the lot, so be sure and bring my cell # below.
If you have questions about the hike or what to bring, call Mike Newsham at[masked], [masked] This cell number will work for communication purposes on the day of the hike.
What You’ll Need:
• Water (min 2 liters/person)
• Something to sit on and warm clothes for sitting around at lunch
• Gourmet lunch and snacks. There will be a modest prize for the best lunch.
• Water resistant hiking boots/shoes
• A water-resistant hat and gloves. Rain jacket and pants (even if sunny, ha, ha)
• Two or three layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary
• Headlamp or flashlight
• Matches (stored in a water tight container in addition to matches or a butane lighter)
• First aid supplies (be sure to include an extra day of any medication you are taking or might need
• Pocket knife
• Fire starter (can be candles, chemical fire starter, backpack size fire logs)
• $$ for gas
• Gloves or mittens, sun hat
• Trekking poles recommended
• Extra food