Snoqualmie Pass, Snoqualmie Pass, WA
I will be leading an overnight kayak camping trip for summer fun.This is one of three trips we have over the weekend. We will be in the heat of Eastern Washington so plan accordingly. I may be going out on Thursday night or early Friday so I will plan on meeting you at the boat launch.
You need to have your own kayak and gear for this paddle. You need kayak, paddle, paddle float, pump. and all your own immersion gear.
Please try to carpool. Since we are so close I am planning on staying late on Sunday and having dinner so I can enjoy the day. Let me know if you don't plan on staying for dinner so we can do the meal plan correctly. AND REMEMBER - you can just walk to the boat launch from our campsite in about 45 minutes so you are pretty close. I'm going to bring a table for the site, feel free to bring one if you have a small or collapsible one.
The trip is rated SK1+/SK2, see these descriptions.
We'll do group meals with details listed below. Sit-on-tops are fine for this trip; just put your gear in dry bags--a soaked sleeping bag is no fun.
The Lake will have less water than last time and we will need to bring firewood. Also, it is just a mile to the campsite from the launch so strap a folding chair on your kayak for the short trip, you will be glad you did. And bring some fishing tackle (i'm bringing mine). The Iron hose hiking trail is right next door with a vault toilet also. And there are lots of places to put up your tent. We will have some big tarps for the cooking area to get some shade (or protect from the occasional shower.)
The route and the camping: we will launch at the boat launch. Anyone parking at the Lake rather than carpooling will need to buy a parking pass from the forest service. We will paddle about 1-1.5 miles to the mouth of Cold Creek and camp at a spot right on the lake. The campsite on the Iron Horse trail is also available (about 200 yards from where we camp) with tent sites ($5) and a vault toilet.
As far as gear, you want to bring typical backpacking stuff, sleeping bag, tent (your own or share with a friend), pad, a dry bag for your sleeping bag and clothes, toiletries, a change of clothes, a bowl, a plate, a cup (We will work out the cook kit need when we see what we have for attendance and meal plans),etc. Keep the volume of stuff small enough that it will fit in your kayak.
Saturday and Sunday we can take some paddles to either end of the lake and do some fishing. You can also plan on a hike down the Iron Horse trail. Friday dinner will be on your own so stop on the way or plan on your own meal.
GROUP MEALS (will be updated on 20th)
Saturday BF - Carole +1, Steve
Saturday Lunch (on your own to facilitate hiking or paddling)
Saturday Dinner - Larry - Rice, broccoli, chicken sausage, Dan?
Sunday BF - Pete, Michael
Sunday Lunch (on your own again as above)
IMPORTANT - All my paddles are one strike you're out... I usually monitor the site up to 30 minutes before we launch for cancellations. But since this is an Eastern WA overnight I will cut off the RSVP on Thursday night. If your are signed up and I don't hear from you before Friday's launch that is a no show and you will no longer be welcome on my trips. Please don't sign up unless you really think you can attend. It isn't fair for the other paddlers. I usually manage the trip numbers based on extra organizers and the paddle experience of the people who sign up but this is a pretty easy paddle so I will let more attendees sign up. So jump on the waiting list because I frequently up the attendees. Thanks.
0 · August 10, 2012
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