Bechtel Shelter Snowshoe Hike With Optional Overnight + WINTERFEST

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/...

Be prepared for rain, snow, and cold. Campers need a good sleeping bag (20 degree or lower) and sleeping pad. No jeans or cotton!

UPDATE!!!

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:

http://www.rei.com/ev...

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  • Bill B

    Video of ski/snowboard jumping:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    February 10, 2010

  • Bill B

    Video going up PCT towards Midnight Lake (from sled) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    February 10, 2010

  • Bill B

    Sandor and I decided to head to the Westview shelter for the day hike. We then took the loop past the Odell Lake Overlook, then back to Westview via the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail). We roasted our hoddogs there, and Sandor went back. I pulled the sled with gear back to the PCT and then up to Midnight Lake. I then took the trail down to the Bechtel Shelter, arriving just after Lars and Kimberly left. Unfortunately, they started off-trail, so I barely missed running into them. I pitched my tent about 100 yards from the shelter and spent most of the night taking movies of the people there skiing and snowboarding off a "quarter pipe" ski jump they built in the snow on the roof of the shelter. I gave them the extra food I had (sorry Lars), and their dog got the rest of the hot dogs. Snowshoeing is always a great adventure!

    February 7, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lars and I headed up a little later than the goup, and unfortunately missed you guys. Spent the night at Midnight lake, just past the bethchel shelter as the shelter was occupied by other hikers. It was beautiful night, and I thouroughly enjoyed digging a campfire area complete with benches and fire pit in the snow. I hope the rest of the group had a great time as well!! Hiked out through the diamond wilderness area... this was beautiful and slightly less touristed.

    February 7, 2010

  • Lars

    Fun, fun for everyone!

    February 7, 2010

  • Sandor L.

    I am day tripping so there will be at least me going back in the afternoon.

    February 5, 2010

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