The Tumalo Tour Offtrail Snowshoe - Level 4.5

By popular demand, this is another off-trail snowshoe navigation hike...

 

We'll walk down the Common Corridor from the Mount Bachelor parking lot, then turn right and walk down the Cascade Lakes Highway to the Dutchman Flat parking lot.  From there we'll ascend Tumalo Mountain, 1525ft straight up.   After admiring the views we'll drop down westwards to 7400ft and then head directly for Butte 7145 to the north.  We'll then head to Butte 6963 to the northwest and from the top of that head directly back to the Common Corridor.

 

Level 4.5.  Total ascent about 1900ft.  Mileage... I have no idea.  I estimate we'll be snowshoeing for about 6 hours.  Please make sure you've done a hike on dry trail that would be rated at least a long Level 4, about 12 miles and 1000ft height gain, in the last year, before you RSVP.  If you come you will be expected to take your turn breaking trail.  Medium pace, I'm still recovering from a knee injury.

 

A baseplate compass with a rotating bezel marked in degrees is required equipment for this trip.  You will be referring to it when you are breaking trail.  If you get separated from the group for any reason try retracing your steps.  If that doesn't work use your compass to walk south until you hit Century Drive/The Cascade Lakes Highway.  The relevant USGS map section for this hike is posted as TumaloTour.pdf under the More->Files tab, quick link here.  You may want to print it and bring it.  On this hike we'll be using mainly line-of-sight and map-derived bearings.


Everybody now needs a common corridor pass to walk the common corridor.  I'll pop into the Nordic Center and get these while you're putting on your snowshoes.


No guests.  Every attendee must be a member of Meetup and RSVP in their own right.  No dogs please.

 

Meet in/outside the Century Drive Starbucks at 8am, the stand-alone store not the one in Safeway.  Please park in the NW corner of the parking lot near the roundabout; we'll carpool from there.  We'll need drivers who will need snow tires.  No parking passes are required.

 

This is a small group so please keep your RSVPs up to date.  It isn't fair if someone on a waiting list doesn't get to go, or someone else is deterred from signing up at all, and then you no-show.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent adventure. Such freedom. In my opinion, Rob's outings are a model for winter outdoor exploration, that is, "winter hiking."

    We should chat about how hiking enthusiasts, especially winter hiking enthusiasts, can learn and benefit and grow and enjoy the winter landscape - which is especially suitable to off trail travel - from elementary and simple-to-understand navigation techniques.

    March 17, 2013

    • Rob

      Thanks Ben :)

      March 17, 2013

    • Gary B.

      Well said, Ben.

      March 18, 2013

  • Gary B.

    Thanks Rob, Pat & Ben for another amazing snowshoe. The weather was great, even with the sub-zero wind-chill temperatures on top of Tumalo.

    Here's the link to today hiking adventure.

    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2053052&code=f416727e314d62b4b4cf9f9403511d30

    Total Mileage: 6.8 miles
    Total Trip Time: 5 hrs. 35 mins.
    Total Moving Time: 3 hrs. 47 mins.
    Average Moving Speed: 1.80 mph
    Total Vertical Climb: 2,400 ft.

    March 17, 2013

    • Rob

      Thanks for posting these, I think they're great :)

      March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for another memorable snowshoe Rob. So glad the sun came out to warm us up!

    March 17, 2013

  • Rob

    Fantastic! Amazing weather, great new powder, great views, great company. Thanks to all who came for making this such a fun day.

    March 17, 2013

  • Martha

    Sorry, need to be home to tend to out of town relatives arriving. Have a great time.

    March 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm bummed you can't make it! We need more estrogen on these trips!

      March 16, 2013

    • Martha

      I know...I had been looking forward to it but circumstances changed. I hope you had a good time. See you soon.

      March 17, 2013

  • David

    Any particular reason you don't want to just start and finish at Dutchman?

    March 13, 2013

    • Rob

      Partly that parking at Dutchman can be a bit hit and miss, partly because the return from the second Butte would then have us contouring around Tumalo and I don't like contouring, and partly because I hiked the route I've posted last year, so I know it works.

      March 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Makes sense. Thanks!

      March 14, 2013

  • Francesca

    Going to have to be a maybe. Forgot it was st. pattys!

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I'll give my sore knee a rest and do something easier.

    March 12, 2013

  • Francesca

    I am stoked, been doing Tumalo a lot. Would love to explore around with some good company.

    March 9, 2013

  • Gary B.

    I have read the entire trip description prior to clicking the RSVP button.

    1 · March 9, 2013

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