Aldrich Butte in the Gorge
Date: Sunday, January 20, 2013
TIME: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
DIFFICULTY RATING: Easy
TOTAL MILES: 4.0 miles
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 3-4 hours, depending on party size.
ELEVATION GAIN: Approximately 1,100 vertical feet
Route Description: An easy 4 mile out-and-back with 1,100 feet of elevation gain. Join us on the hike to the top of Aldrich Butte. We will take the trail across from the Bonneville Hot Springs Spa to Carpenter Lake and then hang a left and take the trail up to the top of Aldrich Butte. Bring a gourmet lunch for the summit. There will be stoves available to heat up hot chocolate and whatever other drinks you care to bring with you. After lunch we will descend to the parking lot for the trip back to Vancouver, with a stop at Beacon Rock, where, for those who of us who are feeling our Wheaties, we can make it a single double by hiking up BR, if the trail conditions allow.
APPROXIMATE RETURN TIME: 3-4 PM
WEATHER FORECAST: Mostly sunny with the high in the upper 30s.
PERMITS: None at the Bonneville Hot Springs Spa. WA Discovery pass at Beacon Rock
$$$: Suggested donation for outing: $2.00.
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is approximately 80 miles; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/rider. Exact change is welcome.
Note-this is a carbon-neutral outing, $.25/person from outings donation is used to offset carbon produced during the trip.
Directions to Carpool: Note: This is not the Fred Meyers on Mill Plain and I-205 carpool site. We can’t meet there any longer. Their lot is full and cars will be towed.
We will meet at the new carpool site at the Marshall Center, 1009 East McLoughlin Blvd. Park on the west side of the building (as you face the building from the street), in the second row. There will be other cars in the lot, so be sure and bring my cell # below.
We will drive east on the Washington side of the river from the Marshall Center, so this will be the only carpool site, other than meeting us at the trail head in the gravel parking lot, west of the Bonneville Hot Springs Spa.
If you have questions about the hike or what to bring, call Mike Newsham at [masked], [masked] . This cell number will work for communication purposes on the day of the hike.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
• Water (min 2 liters/person)
• Insulated sit pad and warm clothes for sitting around at lunch
• Gourmet lunch. There will be a modest prize for the best lunch.
• Water resistant hiking boots/shoes
• A water-resistant hat and gloves. Rain jacket and pants (even if sunny, ha, ha)
• Two or three layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary
• Headlamp or flashlight
• Matches (stored in a water tight container in addition to matches or a butane lighter)
• First aid supplies (be sure to include an extra day of any medication you are taking or might need
• Pocket knife
• Fire starter (can be candles, chemical fire starter, backpack size fire logs)
• $$ for gas
• Gloves or mittens, sun hat
• Trekking poles recommended
• Extra food