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Backpacking - Rosary Lakes

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.

10 Essentials:

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.

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  • Mark

    this is a great group of hikers

    July 2, 2012

  • William

    Gorgeous weather! Amazing views. Great company. Excellent walks. Did I say GORGEOUS WEATHER!?

    July 1, 2012

  • BW

    Great 1st trip back,after 3 mo. unwanted brake,from woods and my friends.Thanks Matt for setting up another perfect -- TRIP---- !

    July 1, 2012

  • Andrea Brown (.

    Love these people! Love this location! Great trip!

    July 1, 2012

  • Herman

    Great Experience!

    July 1, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    Herman - The camping spot is located between Upper and Middle Rosary Lake. There are other sites, but I feel it is one of the best spots. Large area for tents, a large established fire ring, and some logs for us to sit on around the campfire. Thanks for being willing to drive and bring along a Forest Pass. I appreciate it.

    June 29, 2012

  • Herman

    are we going to Lower Rosary lake?

    June 29, 2012

  • Herman

    but i will take my car if needed but can only take one passenger confortably, and with two others, but cramped in the back seat.

    1 · June 29, 2012

  • Herman

    I have a forest pass for some one to use if i ride with them. my car is kinda small.

    1 · June 29, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    I'm hoping everyone is prepared for the weekend. We may get some rain showers, so be sure you have good rain gear. Also a mosquito net is encouraged. You can get one for under $3 at Bi-Mart. I greatly appreciate everyone communicating with me on here to make sure we are all on the same page. It makes things easier. If anyone has any questions at all, be sure to ask. I'll see everyone bright (hopefully) and early tomorrow.

    June 29, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    We will have lunch once we get to camp. I figure it should be around noon or so when we get there. After setting up camp and eating I would enjoy a day hike. There are many options. We can hike about 5.5 miles up to the top of Maiden Peak, hike to the Maiden Peak Shelter or one of the many lakes or viewpoints above the lakes. There is also a trail that leads up to Pulpit Rock. People can pick what they want to do, I just ask that at least two people go for any splitting up of trips.

    June 28, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    My plan is to meet at 7:30 and leave at 8:00. I know that is a half hour of time, but it allows Katie some time for her drive down from Corvallis in the morning. It also allows everyone to get in their coffee, talk some, and set up the carpools for the trip. Please remember to have a Northwest Forest Pass for your car. I have one for Katie to use for her car. I'm hoping for some weather to come our way.

    June 28, 2012

  • Andrea Brown (.

    Mark is working on Friday so we are now coming up on Saturday with everyone else. If anyone needs a ride he has space for 2 more.

    1 · June 28, 2012

  • Audrey

    Hi everybody
    I'm sorry but I verify the weather for this weekend and the rain probably is big and I've just an simple rain jacket. So I give my place because I prefer hiking in a good condition
    I'm sorry I think that this area is nice but may be an other day. Thank for you information Katie since today I know too that I can rent all with The UO Outdoor program on the campus.
    I hope see you for an other camping weekend

    1 · June 28, 2012

  • Herman

    Acording to the forecast, Looks like we'll get trenched.

    June 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Audrey
    The REI store in Eugene rents outdoor gear like a tent, backpack, sleeping bag etc. Hope to see you Saturday.

    June 28, 2012

  • Audrey

    Hello Mattew
    No I don't have of backpacking and tent. I search in my lab if it's possible to rent or find. I wish discover the Oregon landscape but It's difficult for me because I dont have all here.
    I hope find for participate at this adventure

    June 28, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    Audrey - Do you have any backpacking gear, as this is an overnight trip? I have some gear I can loan out, and I'm sure a few others in the group might have some things as well. Please let me know. Thanks.

    1 · June 28, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    Catherine - Thanks for getting back to me. Sorry to hear about your asthma. I hope it continues to improve and to see you on a trip with us again soon.

    June 28, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    Does anyone know if either Catherine or Rong are still planning on going? I haven't heard anything from them since they signed up.

    June 27, 2012

  • William

    I will bring a dozen eggs

    1 · June 27, 2012

  • BW

    Just a Ideal-Mosquito Season ! Stop itchy bites. hiking,camping ect. Mosquito head Net at ( REI $11.50 ) Best Place---- Big 5 only $3.99

    1 · June 27, 2012

  • Andrea Brown (.

    I will bring some banana bread for the group to have with Sunday breakfast.

    1 · June 27, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    Rosary Lakes and the surrounding areas are known for mosquitoes, so be sure to bring bug repellent, vanilla lotion, deet, and possibly a mesh net to go over your head. Long pants, and a long sleeve light shirt can help a lot. Mosquitoes hate the smell of vanilla, so if you don't like chemicals or deet, look into natural vanilla lotions. I've used them before and they tend to work quite well against mosquitoes.

    June 26, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    Speaking of Sunday breakfast, I will be bringing eggs to make in the morning. Luckily I found a handy little carrier to protect the eggs. I believe Katie is bringing breakfast sausages as well. If you would like to contribute to our traditional large backpacker's breakfast, please indicate in the comments what you plan to bring. There are some great pancake mixes, oatmeal and such.

    June 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    My RSVP is up to date. I'm driving and taking Matt, Jen and Justin in my car. Not bringing a stove or water filter, but will bring some water treatment tablets. Time permitting, I'll also bake something tasty to share for breakfast Sunday morning.

    1 · June 26, 2012

  • Steven

    My RSVP is up to date. I plan on driving, and will have room for 2. I have a water filter that can be used.

    1 · June 26, 2012

  • Herman

    ill b bringing my stove and gear and food

    1 · June 25, 2012

  • Andrea Brown (.

    My RSVP is up to date- Me and Austin. I will be bringing a stove. I don't mind if other people use it but if they actually cook food in it, I just ask that they clean it up after. I will also be bringing a water filter and a totally awesome saw.

    1 · June 25, 2012

  • Justin

    My RSVP is up to date. I will be bringing a stove and my own tent. Looking forward to backpacking somewhere new.

    1 · June 25, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    Please indicate if you are bringing a water filter or a stove for others to possible use as well. With a large group like we have for this trip, sharing will be greatly appreciated by all. If any of you feel comfortable pairing up for tents to save some room at the camping spot, that would be great. If there are any questions or concerns, please let me know. Thanks and I will see everyone on Saturday.

    June 25, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    I'm looking forward to this weekend. Hoping the weather will be great, but will enjoy it no matter what. I just wanted to let everyone know to make sure their RSVPs are updated and also to mention a few things. For those of you without water filters, I will be bringing one along with a large collapsible canteen for our water at camp. I also have some iodine tablets. This will allow us to carry less water, which weighs more than you may think. I also will be bringing a small stove.

    June 25, 2012

  • Andrea Brown (.

    I will try to set up camp in the spot that we did last year. If its taken, I will try to secure whatever other spot you want me to get. Even if I hike Maiden Peak, you will be able to see that I am there because our stuff will be set up- my Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 tent and Austin's REI Passage tent. Maybe I will try to stake out a note for you next to my tent also so you can be extra sure its us.

    1 · June 25, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    Andrea - I'm planning to camp in the same spot as the last time. What makes it difficult is that if that site is taken, I will need to find another site, but would have no way of knowing where you have set up camp since you will be doing a day hike of Maiden Peak. I'll find a site between the lakes, but will be sticking to my already set plans.

    June 24, 2012

  • Andrea Brown (.

    So it is very likely we are going up on Friday. So it will be me, Mark and Austin likely and we're going to stay both nights. Where are you wanting to set up camp? Same spot as last year or do you want to do the big camp spot where all the boy scouts were? I am hoping to convince Mark and Austin to do Maiden Peak with me Saturday so we may not be back in camp until evening if that's the case.

    June 24, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    I will be checking back with each member that has signed up the second week of June to see if they are still going. If I do not get any indication from them, the spot will be given to those on the waiting list. I do this to make sure the spots available go to those that really want to go. It is more from experience than anything else. Make sure your RSVP is updated and you know the details of the trip. Thank you.

    May 27, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    As the date gets closer we can coordinate out our Sunday breakfast. For those of you that haven't been on a backpacking with me, it's a tradition to enjoy a big breakfast all together. We usually have eggs, sausage, pancakes, oatmeal, and sometimes even hashbrowns. People each bring one item and we cook it by the campfire. I will also make sure to bring items for s'mores around the campfire Saturday night.

    May 18, 2012

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