Date: Saturday, Sept. 14 8:00 a.m.
Distance: 8 miles
Elevation Gain: 2000 feet
Peak Elevation: 6525 feet
Difficulty Level: Probably Moderate to Difficult (see below)
$$: Requested 2 dollar donation, plus carpool money 10 cents/mile
Full disclosure -- I've never actually taken this trail, so I can't vouch for anything, including its steepness or difficulty. But I hear it is quite nice; the description certainly makes it sound that way. And what is that description? Woods, creeks, a lake, a rock outcrop on a vertiginous crag, and finally a mountaintop viewpoint encompassing eight volcanos with a view of Mt Hood that is "hard to beat." And hey, the window for hiking at 6500 feet this year is closing pretty fast, so, y'know ...
We will meet at 8:00 at the Gateway Park and Ride. Please be on time and prepared to leave. Bring plenty of water (that window may be closing, but the forcast says pretty warm this weekend), enough food, appropriate footwear and clothing, sunscreen, 10 essentials, etc. If you have any questions about what to bring or about this hike (but see above), contact me by email or at [masked], cell [masked].