Meeting at 8:15 am at the Galena Creek Visitor's Center. Hiking time approx. 4 hours. It is around 6 miles roundtrip and around 2,000 foot elevation gain. Fourth session in the series to prepare to hike Mt. Rose.
Two weeks ago we went to the third switchback in the way to Church's Pond. This week we will go up all six switchbacks and to the saddle only. We will go at a slow pace with frequent stops. If you want to go farther/faster or turn back, just sign out on our sign-in sheet. It is optional if you want to bring a compass. Maps will be provided. This will be a weekly hike that will eventually prepare you to do Mt. Rose with ease and enjoyment in July.
Dress in layers as you will probably strip down to a T-shirt when climbing. I always bring a jacket, change of T-shirt, and light gloves, and you "must" bring water. High temp for this day is around 63 in the forest.
Bring a couple of fruits, and plenty of protein. Nothing like worrying about having low blood sugar when you are trying to do strenuous exercise and you are a ways from home. We will stop at the first switchback on the way up for a snack and then at the saddle for lunch. Poles or knee supports are a must as we will descend all downhill for 3 miles on the return. Bring tissue and wear sunscreen. Well behaved dogs are welcome.
If you have a health condition that will prevent you from hiking at high altitudes--skip this one please.
If you wish to donate a buck toward offsetting the expenses of First Aid/CPR training for the Sierra Club hike leaders, it will be appreciated. All participants are required to sign a waiver at the start of the hike.
Hope to see you there!