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New Meetup: Lower Gold Creek Basin Snowshoe

From: user 9.
Sent on: Sunday, November 22, 2009 5:11 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Seattle Snowshoeing Meetup Group!

What: Lower Gold Creek Basin Snowshoe

When: November 26,[masked]:00 AM

Eastgate Park and Ride
14200 SE Eastgate W
Bellevue, WA 98007

Gold Creek Basin is wide low valley bounded by Kendall Peak to the north and Rampart Ridge to the east.

Snowshoeing info from "Snowshoe Routes Washington": Head north along a narrow access road (FS Rd 144) on the east side of Mardee Lake. The road stays tight to the eastern wall of the valley. If the snow is deep enough to bury all the ground cover, drop off the road in a few hundred yards, just beyond Mardee Lake, and snowshoe up the open meadow and through the thin stands of forest. As you climb the valley, the view of Kendall Peak improves continually. Rampart Ridge is the brilliant rolling ridgeline to your right. As the valley tapers, meadows make way to tree stands mixed with clearings. The walls close in tighter and tighter on the valley floor. The views become more dramatic. At about 3.5 miles in, the trail crosses Silver Creek. Savor the silence and beauty of the winter landscape before heading back. Remember that even on the valley floor, hikers must be wary of avalanches.

This trip may require snowshoes and maybe not. I'm hoping for the best on this trip since visiting family isn't an option this year and would rather be outside than indoors. So, hopefully some of you will join me in an outing that is relatively easy to do even in snow. You will need a snow park pass to park and we can stop in at the Shell or 76 station in N.Bend on the way up to buy them.

Plan on about a three hour tour and then head back to the cars.

Meet on the NW corner of the P&R

I'm cross posting this trip with 3 other groups and a 15 person limit. I figure if all fill up there is bound to be slow and fast packs so we should all have a good time!

Bring plenty of food,water and warm clothes.


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