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Snow Shoe and Hot Cocoa - 2/3 - Snoqualmie Pass

I have 24 pairs of Loaner Snow Shoes, The snow has started to fall again, yeah!! (hopeful,ly it doesn't all melt), so it's time to schedule another snowshoe, Haven't you ever looked out over a beautiful mountain vista and thought to yourself what a nice place this would be for a hot cocoa with friends. I'm planning on hauling up a stove so that we can have cocoa with the best people and the best views. We'll be doing an afternoon (approx 3-5 miles) Snowshoe at Snoqualmie Pass. We'll meet for carpools in Issaquah instead of Bellevue based on feedback from people on the headache of the post function and the carpool parking being so far apart. Please post if you can drive or if you need to carpool. I have 24 pairs of loaner snow shoes, so let me know if you need to borrow and make a comment in your RSVP, so that I don't forget. My cell # is[masked] This is a cross posted event, I have cross posted this to the Pacific NW Hiking Group and the Get Up and Get Out Group. If it's full here look in the other group. Carpools - We will figure out the carpools at the park and ride. Each rider should plan on pitching in $8 for gas, etc. to the drivers.

I will be coming from north Seattle and probably taking I-90, I have a Toyota 4 runner, and I really don't like driving so if someone is up for driving it, we can use it.

Carpool to the Carpool - Saul's "bus" info - I will only be stopping at the stops that people actually sign up for, so if you want me to get you at one of these stops, put it in your RSVP Saul's carpool "bus" schedule: Leave house in Kenmore 8:30am -

Saul's house 8:25am - Gabriele

Lake Forest Park - Ballinger Shopping center Starbucks 8:35am -

65th/Ravenna Park & Ride 8:50am - Kara Stokes, Christie Barchenger - GUGO

Broadway and Pike Street 9:10am - Jasmine GUGO

Eastgate P&R - 9:20am - Chuck Martin - driver

Issaquah P&R 9:55am - Everyone else, we'll figure out routes and carpools at Issaquah, I usually split the group into different destinations and it works best if the people in a given carpool are all doing the same snow shoe route ;-)

Saul's cell[masked] *** Please note: Actual Snow Shoe Route choices will be updated to reflect conditions including avalanche danger. Carpool time and location will remain the same. Most Snow shoe routes will be fairly flat and away from the slopes for safety reasons ******* Avalanche Forecast link: http://www.nwac.us/forecast/avalanche/current/zone/3/"

You'll notice that the south facing slopes where we will be are relatively safer, but you still want to stay clear of avalanche chutes and not be below open hillsides that could release on top of you. Most of todays routes are well clear of these hazards, If the snowpack is heavy, the back part of Gold Creek as well as portions of Kendall are riskier, we will shorten the route to stay away from that area on the Gold Creek, but if you decide to do Kendall please be familiar with the risks. We'll meet at 9:55am in the Park & Ride and head out at 10:10, the plan is to snow shoe from 11:30am until about 2:00pm and then head back down and grab a bite and a brew at the Issaquah Brewery. I expect to post 3-4 route choices so that people will have time to select. If the snow levels are high, we will have some climbing to get started. We will do sign in sheets so that each leader knows who they are responsible for keeping track of. We will have leaders for each route choice and we will probably start multiple groups 15 minutes apart on the easier route(s) based on demand. Hope to see you there.

Saul I have loaner Snow Shoes for 24 people.

I am bringing loaner snow shoes for: Myself; Abniba, Shirish, Joy, Joy's guest. Dori Stickles, Annette Weis all from (PNWHB), as well as Kara Stokes, Erin Hauch and Christie Barchenger (GUGO).

You need to bring your own boots or shoes to wear with them and keep your feet warm. If you like to use poles you'll need to bring your own. The people that I am recruiting as leaders, I'll pair you in groups of two. Let me know if you have any concerns Have an idea which route interests you, we will split into carpools at the Park & Ride for the various routes.

  • 9:55 AM-10:10 AM - Meet for carpools and decide on which route we are snow shoeing (I will have gone up on Friday, so I should know where there is adequate snow)
  • 10:50 AM-11:00 AM - Meet at Travelers rest, Snoqualmie Pass, use the restrooms
  • 11:15 AM - Meet at trailhead nearby
  • 11:30 AM - Start snowshoeing
  • 2:00-2:15 PM - Back to the trailhead
  • 3:00 PM - Meet at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 West Sunset Way in Issaquah, for lunch and beer
  • Note: due to varying weather/snow conditions, we may not be back by 3:00, so please keep your afternoon open in case we finish later.

Sno-Park Permits are required at most locations starting December 1st - see email from [masked] pasted below. Buy one online.

What to bring: You need to bring your own boots or shoes to wear with the snowshoes and keep your feet warm. If you like to use poles you'll need to bring your own. To make sure you have everything, use this snowshoe checklist: http://www.rei.com/content/dam/documents/pdf/snowshoe-day-hiking.pdf

Please note: The actual snowshoe route choice will be updated to reflect conditions including avalanche danger. Carpool time and location will remain the same. Most snowshoe routes will be fairly flat and away from the slopes for safety reasons. Avalanche Forecast link: http://www.nwac.us/forecast/avalanche/current/zone/3/

Possible routes based on avalanche conditions:

Intended Routes to chose from:

Hyak Exit Lower Gold Creek Basin - the upper part tends to get avalanches - sno Park Permit required - 5-7 miles some hills, mostly flat) -

Kendall Peaks Lake - sno Park Permit required - approx 8 miles, steady climb - Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet High Point: 4,400 feet, this climb will be a good workout.

Commonwealth basin, no permit, 3-5 miles, 1000 feet gain

Mount Margaret - sno Park Permit required (possibly even Groomed trail permit, depending on where you park), 5-9 miles, 2800 feet gain.

Higher elevation (over 3,000 feet at the start) or further East routes in case of rain:

Source Lake, sno Park Permit required - approx 5 miles, rolling tough hills - Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet High Point: 4,100 feet

Salmon La Sac Creek, sno Park Permit required - approx 7 miles, rolling tough hills - Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet High Point: 4,700 feet

Swauk Forest Discovery Trail, sno Park Permit required - approx 4 miles, fairly flat - Elevation Gain: 450 feet High Point: 4,550 feet

Harney Meadow Loop - sno Park Permit required - approx 7 miles, rolling tough hills - Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet High Point: 5,700 feet

I know that this event usually fills up really quick and I'd like everyone to be able to go so I will need help from others that are willing to lead, my preference is that you have some familiarity with the route, have a map, can navigate, have some first aid experience and are skilled at managing squirells in a fun way ;-) 1) Leading one of the routes - we will be in areas with legal party size restrictions of 8-12 people max, I will identify which route has which restriction. I need more people to volunteer to lead a group so that we can split into legal size groups starting either on different routes or a while apart if on the same route, we not only want to be legal, we actually don't want our groups so close together that it feels like a shopping mall experience for our fellow outdoors people, so let me know if you are willing to lead and if you have a preferred route from the list. Thanks Saul [masked][masked]

Drivers - between both groups we have 26 people, we still need 2-3 more drivers.

Saul - 5

Chuck Martin (PNWHB) - 5

Shirish (PNWHB)- 4

Nancy M (PNWHB) - 4

John B (GUGO)- 4

Cyrus Baghai (PNWHB)- 4

Abhinaba Basu 
(PNWHB) - 4

Julia (GUGO) - 5

Danielle (PNWHB)- 4

Joy (GUGO) - 3

Kandice Kelley (GUGO) - 4

Amy H (GUGO) - 4

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  • Jewel

    Great fun! Thanks so much Saul for organizing this event and the many others you do!

    February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had a great time in John's group. I look forward to seeing everyone again real soon.

    February 3, 2013

  • Chuck M.

    If anybody wants a ride from Bellevue, I will pick up people on the west side of the Eastgate Park & Ride (the side facing Seattle). I will leave there at 9:20, and will drive to the Issaquah P&R. I drive a grey Land Rover. My cell is 425-five three three-4576.

    January 31, 2013

    • Mo

      I'm on my way and will be at eastgate p&r in about 10 mins....i'll be in a blak/red jacket and black tracks if you can't spot me near the open parking (under the bridge)

      February 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dee chucks car has left east side P&R and are headed to the Isaqua P&R. Waited as long as we could. Go directly to isaquah

      February 3, 2013

  • Jewel

    Hi Saul.. My 17 year old son wants to go too. I hope its okt bring him along. I plan on doing the easier route since it has
    been awhile and he can hang back with me if needed. I can take 1 more
    person in my car if needed. [masked]

    February 3, 2013

  • Danielle

    Anyone need a ride? I am coming from Seattle, east lake union.
    I have room for 3.

    February 2, 2013

    • Ian

      Hi Danielle, I had offered to drive from Fremont but no one has taken the offer. I can probably give you a ride although I do need to be back in Seattle by 330pm. Do you have a "sno-park permit"?

      February 2, 2013

    • Danielle

      Ian, I do not have a permit. I'm going to head to the pnr in issaquah and go from there.

      February 3, 2013

  • Jeff

    Both Mark and I will also be at the Eastgate Park & Ride as well...around 9am-9:15am.

    Here is the address 14200 SE Eastgate Way Bellevue, WA 98007

    February 2, 2013

  • Mo

    Hi saul, just wanted to confir with you if you have a loaner pair of snowshoe please? I'm posting via web and I dont see my earlier post in which I had the same question yesterday :)

    February 2, 2013

    • Mo

      Never mind. Got a pair rented for tomorrow. I wont need loaners anylonger.

      February 2, 2013

  • Saul_K

    Glad the wait listers put together their own hike,They need to head up on their own in case we have people without parking permits that need the same route. They have a party size of 5 on their route, 3 people 2 dogs. We will be breaking the rest of our group into the legal maximum parties of 12, Our trip leaders are: Chuck, John B, Amy H and I. We will work out the details of the drive up at the Park & Ride. The route choices are Gold Creek (flat), John B's new route, medium hilly, Kendall - hilly, Source Lake - medium hilly. We have enough drivers, hopefully all of the drivers have bought their Snopark permits.

    February 2, 2013

  • annette w.

    is there a loaner pair for me? woman's size 7 and this is my first time. if there isn't any left, then let someone on waitlist take my place...

    January 27, 2013

    • Saul_K

      got them

      January 27, 2013

    • Nic

      Are there any loaner snow shoes left? Also does anyone have another space in their car?

      February 2, 2013

  • Mark C

    Hi all, not sure if my comment in RSVP is broadcast so re-posting here. I'm waitlisted, but have my own shoes and can drive (3 more, 4 if everybody is small and doesn't need personal space). E-mail: [masked] if you're interested. -mark

    February 2, 2013

    • Jeff

      Hey Mark and anyone else on the waiting list....

      My K-9 and I are going snowshoeing tomorrow at "Commonwealth basin", no permit, 3-5 miles, 1000 feet gain. So anyone on the "waiting list" who doesn't make the "cut" feel free to contact me.

      Afterwards, I would like to try and meet up with Saul's "main group" at 3:00 PM - Meet at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 West Sunset Way in Issaquah, for lunch and beer.

      Granted we won't able to snowshoe with the "main group", but at least the 5 of us on the "waiting list" can still enjoy a day of snowshoeing and hopefully we can meet up with them later for lunch....Thoughts?

      February 2, 2013

  • Mark C

    Ok, so I'm going and can drive. I'll bring my beacon if anybody else has one and wants to do some tracking practice.

    February 2, 2013

  • Shirish

    i can take 3 from Issaquah if you can meet at the P&R. I live in Issaquah so that works best. If you need a ride from somewhere close by, we can work something out, let me know. Who still needs a ride from Issauqah?

    February 2, 2013

  • Shirish

    Saul, I can drive from/to Issaquah and can take three more. I have a 4 wheel drive. I was snow shoeing at gold creek yesterday. What are we doing about snow passes?

    January 28, 2013

    • Beverly

      Hi Shirish, do you still have room for passengers?

      February 2, 2013

    • Shirish

      yes, i have room for 3

      February 2, 2013

  • Beverly

    Hi Saul,
    Do you have a loaner pair of snowshoes available that I could use? Women's size 11.

    February 2, 2013

    • Saul_K

      Beverly, snowshoes are sized by weight to keep you from sinking in too deep, if you have size 11 feet, I'll assume that you'll need something in the[masked]lb range and I have that covered.

      February 2, 2013

  • Jeff

    I'm in if there is room. My guest is my "K-9" so I have room for two people in my Saturn..or if someone has room for my dog and I, we will be happy to carpool with you + I have no problem chipping in for gas either.

    February 2, 2013

  • Mo

    Saul, can we manage a pair of loaner snow shoe for me pls?

    February 2, 2013

  • Ian

    I will be leaving from Fremont/Ballard and can fit 3 others. Only stipulation is I need to be back in Seattle by 330 so may need to leave earlier than most peeps.

    2 · January 31, 2013

  • Deeann

    Hey, I've found that I'm unable to go on Sat., after all! Hopefully there is still time to grab someone from the wait list to take my place! Next time!

    January 31, 2013

  • Saul_K

    If anyone can drive, please let me know. We're a bit tight on drivers. If you're on the waiting list and want to move to the Yes list, you'd need to be able to drive a suitable vehicle and carry at least three passengers.

    January 27, 2013

    • Joy

      Hi Saul, I drive a front-wheel drive saturn with no snow tires, but I have chains. I could fit two riders if you think my car can make it. -joy

      January 27, 2013

    • Joy

      We'll be coming from Mukilteo...

      January 27, 2013

  • Abhinaba B.

    Saul I'll drive. I have a 4 wheel drive and can fit in 2-3 more. If anyone needs a ride from Redmond area do let me know...

    January 27, 2013

    • Saul_K

      thanks Abhinaba

      January 27, 2013

  • Cyrus B.

    If it only takes to do the driving to move from the waiting list to the "Yes" list, I'll be glad to do it. I drive a 4 wheel drive RAV4 and could fill it out with 3 -4 passengers. Pls. let me know so that I don't plan anything else for that day, thx.

    January 27, 2013

    • Saul_K

      Cyrus, you're in

      January 27, 2013

  • Saul_K

    I have loaner shoes for Abniba, Sherish and Joy from PNWHB & for Kara Sokes & Christie Barchenger from GUGO, if you need to borrow, please add the comment to your RSVP.

    January 27, 2013

    • Saul_K

      Add Dori Stickles, Shiresh, Joy and her guest from PNWHB as well as Erin Hauch - GUGO

      January 27, 2013

    • annette w.

      Hey, someone can take my place...i don't think i'm ready physically for the 1st showshoe challenge yet. have fun

      January 27, 2013

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