Date: Sunday, June 2, 8:15 a.m.
Distance: 10.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 2850 feet
Peak Elevation: 4200 feet
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Approximate Hiking Time: 7 hours
$$: Requested 2 dollar donation, plus carpool money of 10 cents/mile for approx 120 miles
Let's try this again, shall we? This weekend's weather forecast seems relatively auspicious (no promises), so ...
Still too early for the namesake berries, obviously, but this is the perfect time (well, perhaps a week past the perfect time) to see the beautiful wildflower meadows of Grassy Knoll (unless snow and incessant rain last week crushed them). And, compared to Dog Mountain, you'll be seeing these meadows in virtual solitude. Weather cooperating, you will have views of Mt Hood and Mt Adams to boot. And maybe even a bear! What more can a hiker ask for?
We will meet at 8:15 for an 8:30 departure from the Marshall Center, 1009 East McLoughlin Blvd in Vancouver. Please bring plenty of water (at least 2 liters), enough food (you know best), appropriate footwear, multiple layers of clothing (including raingear), sunscreen (fingers crossed, but much of this hike is in open meadows), 10 essentials, etc. The drive to and from the trailhead is fairly long and involves a good stretch of gravel road, this is a pretty long hike, and we will no doubt spend time basking in the sunshine amidst blooming balsamroot and paintbrush, so do not plan on being home before, say, 7 or 8 p.m. (you might be, just don't plan on it). If you have any questions about what to bring or about this hike, contact Matthew Diamond by email or at[masked], cell[masked]-7908.