Hike followed by a Vegan Picnic/Potluck

Activity: Hike then feast! The weather has been splendid so I'd be remiss if I didn't suggest another outing.

Since it will be warm, it might be best to either leave the food in a cooler in your vehicle and eat after hiking or we could all bring food that needn't be cold stored, e.g., bread or rice.

Time: 10:30 AM, since Sunday will be warm (negotiable since the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.)

Location: Galena Creek Park has nice shaded trail located on HWY 431.

Below is a list of four possible trails and trail map.

Description of Trails:

http://www.galenacreekvisitorcenter.org/area-trails.html

Jones-Whites Creek Loop Trail

Length: 9.2 miles, .7 mile side trip to Church's Pond

Difficulty: Strenuous, approx. 2,000' elevation gain.

Beginning at the Jones Creek Trailhead, it is a 1/2 mile hike before coming to a fork in the trail. The left-hand loop climbs steeply towards Church's Pond, continuing around to the Whites Creek Trail. Be sure to look out for the junction that returns to Galena Park. For a less strenuous loop, turn right at the junction to start the loop in a counter-clockwise directions. The trail climbs gradually and enters Whites Canyon, continuing 1.5 miles to the Mount Rose Wilderness, climbing to 8,000 feet with great views. Equestrian, hiking, snowshoeing. Closed to mountain bikes at the Mount Rose Wilderness.

Bird watching information: All year: Northern Goshawk, Red-naped and Williamson's Sapsuckers, White-headed Woodpecker, Clark's Nutcracker, Steller's Jay, all three nuthatches. Summer: Black-chinned (May through August) and Rufous (July and August) Hummingbirds, Cassin's and Warbling Vireos, MacGillivray's, Black-throated Gray, and Hermit Warblers, Green-tailed Towhee, and Fox Sparrow.

Upper Thomas Creek Trail

Length: 1.5 miles to Dry Pond Trail, 3.9 miles to Mt. Rose Wilderness

Difficulty: Moderate, little elevation gain

Accessed off Timberline Drive, this trail is a favorite of fall foliage seekers! This trail follows Thomas Creek, providing connection to the Dry Pond Trail at mile 1.5, or continue to the Mount Rose Wilderness at 3.9 miles. Along this trail you will find both Jeffrey Pine and aspen woodland habitat, and some amazing fall color. Equestrian, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing. Dogs on leash.  

Dry Pond Trail

Length: 2.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate, 450' elevation gain

This trail connects the Upper Thomas Creek Trail to the Upper Whites Creek Trail, passing by the seasonal Dry Pond. The pond has water during the late spring. The Dry Pond Loop is a favorite of mountain bikers, measuring approximately 7 miles long. Equestrian, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing. Dogs on leash.

Upper Whites Creek Trail

Length: 1.2 miles to Dry Pond Trail

Difficulty: Moderate, little elevation gain

Accessed off Timberline Drive and turn left onto a paved road leading to the seasonal trailhead, which is closed at night and during the winter. This trail connects to the Jones-Whites Creek Loop and accesses the 19,000-acre Mount Rose Wilderness. Equestrian, hiking, mountain biking (not allowed in wilderness areas), snowshoeing. Dogs on leash.


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  • Josiah

    My heart is so broken. I was writing this comment that was going to be posted here about my experience at this event, and it was a bit comical and highly ridiculous. It turned out to be crazy long, so I would have had to break it into like eight or nine (or more, I wasn't quite done) separate comments to fit, since each one has a fairly small character limit. So I was gonna just post one and then keep replying to it, because I thought that would be even more ludicrous.

    I was writing away on it for quite awhile, and almost at the end, and then the power died due to some bullshit phenomenon they're calling "weather", as if that were a real thing. So it was all lost! Because, you know, I wasn't saving anything as I went. Because, you know, that would be silly.

    So now I have to try to re-write it, because I'm a bit obsessive like that and can't just let these things die. But this time I'll just post it in Discussions like a sane person. Oh, and save my work every 3.7 seconds.

    1 · July 15, 2014

    • Josiah

      Yeah, nope. Not gonna happen. I've got too much else going on and too much to write as it is. I've decided to give up on regaling you with my devilishly clever, beverage-nostrilatingly (I know it's not a word, but it should be!) funny, irony-rich, patently absurd, decidedly skewed account of this event.Just assume that you're seriously missing out, and that had you read it, your estimation of me would have been highly elevated in every respect. I hope whichever one of you pilfered my beloved knife is enjoying it. (Sarcasm alert!)

      July 18, 2014

  • John B

    great people, great hike, good food, frisky chipmunks

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • Asher

    I'm going to organize another hike / eat and was looking for suggestions and date preferences.

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • Michele

    Sorry Josiah! We waited. We are on the trail right now, hope to see you on it!

    1 · July 13, 2014

    • Michele

      You can call or text[masked]

      1 · July 13, 2014

  • Josiah

    I think I missed the group. I'm just gonna hike the trail and see what happens.

    July 13, 2014

  • Josiah

    I dunno where everyone is, there are a bunch of people with dogs here....

    July 13, 2014

  • Josiah

    Hi fellow veggers! I'd love to come on this hike. For what it's worth, I'd definitely vote for the Jones-Whites-Browns-Simons-Garfunkels trail or whatever it's called. The difficult, loopy one. (Sounds like something people have called me before...) If need be, I can drive some people up. I have an SUV that will seat four in grand comfort, five in reasonable comfort, or six+ if some of them are contortionists or "little people". BUT, I'd actually much rather ride in someone else's carpool, if that option is open. Also, um, what should I bring food-wise? Obviously something vegan, but I am at a loss for ideas, and I don't want to just show up with hay in my hair and a goofy look on my face saying, "Hay y'all! I got GRAPES!"

    July 12, 2014

    • Michele

      What's wrong with grapes? ;) I've got scones and jam and peanut butter and some melon...asher is bringing a quinoa salad, so anything you want to add would be great!

      July 13, 2014

  • Rachel

    One last thing, be careful to stay on the trail you choose. All the names are incredibly similar but will lead you on very different paths. I took the Jones White Creek, ended up on the Whites Creek and had to hike up Mt Rose Highway for three miles to get back to my car.

    July 13, 2014

    • Michele

      Thanks Alicia! See you next time :)

      July 13, 2014

  • Rachel

    Good morning - I am bailing on the hike. I hiked yesterday up Relay Peak (Mt Rose) and thought I would have enough energy to hike again. But I don't.
    Have fun!

    July 13, 2014

  • Asher

    Does anyone have a cooler? Otherwise I will buy one.

    July 12, 2014

  • Michele

    I think the time is great. As for food: if we take the longer loop we will probably want snacks, so let's plan on a short snack and a lunch at the cars an keep the food in the coolers? John- I can give you a ride, I live somewhat close to downtown. I can pick you up at wing field park in the lot by the basketball courts if that will work?

    1 · July 10, 2014

    • Michele

      Kayla that is fine with me. Meet us at the basketball court :)

      July 11, 2014

    • Michele

      Asher there's room in my car if you want to come too!

      July 11, 2014

  • Rachel

    See you there.

    July 11, 2014

  • Asher

    Does anyone have a preference for any trail? I would like to do the Jones-Whites Loop, which I have never done.

    July 10, 2014

    • Anita

      Asher, can you please send me your contact info, # and email so I can give it out to people who RSVP on the facebook page?

      July 10, 2014

    • Michele

      Id like to so the jones loop too. Any other takers?

      July 10, 2014

  • John B

    Hi guys, I don't have a car and I hope someone can give me a ride. I live downtown, and I can take a local bus if that would make it easier for someone to take me to the meetup. thanks!

    July 9, 2014

  • Anita

    it says 10:30pm on here, do you mean 10:30am? Let me know the time and I'll get the meetup announced. Thanks! Also wondering, how will we do the food situation? maybe bring coolers? It is probably going to be very hot and not sure how well the food will do during the hike.

    July 8, 2014

    • Asher

      I fixed the time, but the it is flexible. I'm open to suggestions regarding the logistics of the food, time, trail, and whatnot.

      July 8, 2014

    • Anita

      I will announce this but the final time and hike will be up to you, OK? Hopefully enough people will chime in, otherwise you'll just need to choose one. Time would be best to nail down first.

      July 9, 2014

  • Asher­ changed the time from 10:30 PM to 10:30 AM

    July 8, 2014

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