A great backpacking spot located between two lakes, with a view of Pulpit Rock. Perfect for a enjoyable one night trip in early fall.
Trail Info: Rosary Lake is about a 3.5 mile hike with 600' of elevation gain. The trail in follows part of the Pacific Crest Trail up to the lakes, with a few trails branching off for possible day hikes from camp. The trail is rated as easy and can be found on page 219 of William L. Sullivan's Third Edition of "100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades". Sullivan's book is available at most REI stores, as well as at Barnes and Noble. His books are widely used by local hikers, and offer a lot of great information.
Where: Rosary Lakes is located near Willamette Pass, up HWY 58, about 75 miles from Eugene.
When: Saturday, June 30th and Sunday, July 1st.
Directions: From I-5, take Exit 188A for Oakridge. Follow HWY 58 through the town of Oakridge and pass Willamette Pass Ski Area. Just pass the Ski Area, about 0.3 miles, turn left towards a Highway Maintenance building. Take an immediate right, and look for the small parking lot, restroom, and trailhead signs for the Pacific Crest Trail. Mapquest puts the drive from Best Buy to the trailhead at 70.05 miles.
Mapquest Directions: http://mapq.st/NMPW6j
Details: We will hike in 3.5 miles to a spot between the two upper Rosary Lakes. If that spot is taken, we will find another spot along the lakes. After setting up camp, those that would like to can do a day hike up to a viewpoint above the lakes, or hike up about another 3.5 miles to Maiden Lake. We will then enjoy dinner together, with a possible campfire, if permitted. On Sunday we will have breakfast together and then break down camp. We will then hike back down along the Pacific Crest Trail 3.5 miles to our cars. A late lunch together in Oakridge is an option for those that would like to.
Contact: Matt Howell - (541)[masked]
Forest Service: Crescent Ranger District - (541)[masked]
Requirements and Suggestions: I require that those planning to come have a basic understanding of clothing and gear used while backpacking. A durable backpack that can hold all of your gear comfortably, warm layers of non cotton clothing, waterproof boots or shoes, rain gear, along with your 10 Essentials. Please dress in light, quick drying clothing that you can wear in layers. Remember we will be at a higher altitude and it could still get cold at night. Synthetics, wool, and down are great for clothing options. Please pack enough water to get you to the lakes. I will be sure to bring a water filter for us to use to get water for cooking and drinking. I've drank water from the lakes before, and it's good water.
Carpooling and Parking: We will meet up at Best Buy on Gateway, just off I-5 in Springfield. I hope to be able to get us all to carpool together, to eliminate the amount of cars up at the trailhead. If you don't feel comfortable leaving your vehicle overnight at Best Buy, try to have someone drop you off, or let me know prior, to set up picking you up that morning. Parking at the trailhead may require a Northwest Forest Pass, which are available for $30 for one full year. You can pick one up at REI or most local sporting goods stores.
Navigation - Map, compass, and possibly a GPS.
Hydration - Water, container, and either a filter or iodine tablets.
Nutrition - Food, snacks, containing protein, and calories.
Sun Protection - Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, lip balm.
Insulation - Hat and gloves, warm jacket, extra layers (non cotton).
Warmth - Lighter or matches. Firestarter or stove and fuel.
Illumination - Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries.
First Aid - For you and your gear. Bandages, knife, medicine, duct tape.
Shelter - Emergency blanket in case you are out longer than expected.
Whistle - Great for communication, or emergency signaling.
Hope to see you on the trail.