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.