We'll carpool from Albertson's and drive up to the Gold Lake Snopark, the same place where we went for the Moonlight Snowshoe Hike. This time, we'll hike in the other direction about 2 miles, mostly uphill (200 feet gain), to the Bechtel Shelter. We'll start a fire in the shelter wood stove, and maybe roast some hot dogs (or tofu dogs) for lunch.
After lunch, campers will set up camp, either in the shelter sleeping loft (2 or 3 people), or in tents nearby.
Day trippers will then walk back down the road to the Snopark for a 4-mile round trip hike. Day trippers are welcome to use cross-country skis instead of snowshoes.
I'll be bringing 2 or 3 pulk sleds to haul camping gear, and maybe use to go sledding on Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday morning we'll take the scenic route back, passing Midnight Lake and Eagle Rock (Odell Lake viewpoint). I have a video from 2 years ago that shows most of the route, as well as how the sled works, at the following URL : http://www.vimeo.com/783407
Be prepared for rain, snow, and cold. Campers need a good sleeping bag (20 degree or lower) and sleeping pad. No jeans or cotton!
Gold Lake SnoPark is the site for "Winterfest" this Saturday at 10 a.m., so we'll check out the Winterfest activities before we hike up to the Bechtel shelter. You can try all the different brands of snowshoes and other gear, learn to build a snow cave, etc. etc. For more info on Winterfest, click here: