We did this scramble on the 5th but the fog/clouds blocked our views, so we are going to try again this Saturday. So far the weather forecast is looking very good - sunshine and low winds at the summit. But as always, the mountain makes it's own weather so be prepared for the worst. The hike will begin on dirt, so you will need to carry your snowshoes on your pack for approximately the first 1700 feet (2.5 miles). We must all hike together as there is no trail in the snow.
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 5000 FEET
TOTAL MILES: 10 MILES
NO DOGS PLEASE
NO PARKING PASS REQUIRED
PLEASE CONTRIBUTE $10 TO YOUR DRIVER FOR GAS MONEY
BRING PLASTIC BAG FOR MUDDY BOOTS
NO GUESTS, YOU MUST BE A MEMBER TO SIGN UP FOR THIS EVENT
This is a BIG day! We are asking if you sign up that you are in good physical condition and can hike at a moderate pace. We do not want to use headlamps on the way down if it can be avoided. If you have any fear of steep slopes then this scramble is not for you. The final approach up the Winter chute is 1400 feet in one mile and can be slick depending on snow conditions.
1. Ice axe
2. You must have practiced and be familiar with self-arrest with your ice axe
3. Crampons (and sturdy Winter boots)
5. Snowshoes (MSR style - NOT the tube style)
6. Trekking poles
8. Ski goggles
10. Warm clothing (hat, gloves, rain gear)
11. Sunglasses and sunscreen
12. Plenty of water, food and snacks
13. Headlamp with extra batteries
14. A bright shiny smile and a sense of humor :)
We will be starting near the Big Creek Trailhead and hiking up to connect with the Mount Ellinor trail. We are driving and can take two riders.
Driving directions: From Shelton travel north on US 101 for 15 miles to Hoodsport. Turn left onto State Route 119, proceeding 9.3 miles to a T intersection with Forest Road 24 and turn left. We will be parking up past the Big Creek campground. Time from Top Foods to the trail is approx one hour.
Disclaimer: We will be in the wilderness. Serious injury can occur. We are not professional guides, we are not medically trained, nor do we claim to be experts. By attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and we will not be held responsible.