RSVPs begin 12pm (noon), Wednesday February 5, 2014.
After weeks of deliberation behind closed doors, the committee has chosen! We are proud to present, "Barb's EPIC Birthday Hike!". We are giving advance notice due to the significance of the event!
This adventure will have something for everyone: world-class views, ridge walking, some exposure, scrambling, traversing snow fields, offtrail hiking, bushwhacking, incredible flower displays, and numerous creek crossings where you can (ok, will) get wet. If you think all of that sounds fun, please read on!
From the Vista Ridge trailhead, we shall hike up trail #626 to the #600 trail junction, head east and examine the Dollar Lake area for our first break. This area had significant fire damage a few years ago. Let's get a first hand look at the beginning of renewal.
We will jump on the ridge and head up Barrett Spur. We will follow the ridge past the "Big Boulder" to the very end of the ridge at about 7800ft. From here, we shall get excellent views of the north side of Hood.
We will scramble down the south end of Barrett Spur to the west. This is a 100 ft steep scramble down the ridge, ending up next to the Ladd Glacier and its adjacent snow fields. No helmets or harnesses are needed, but good gloves would be helpful. We will walk on snow fields, and the follow a minor ridge down just west of Barrett Spur.
On our way down, we will visit at least two rarely-seen meadows:
At this point, there will be some offtrail bushwacking to get us to Cairn Basin.
Barbara will have the option of choosing the very steep, brushy descent, or the more moderate ridge descent.
There will certainly be a few creek crossings to deal with on our way into Cairn Basin and amazing flower displays through the Eden Park trail #600h.
Hike Start Point: Vista Ridge trail head
Distance: 13-14 miles (approximate)
Total ascent: 4500 ft
Difficulty: DIFFICULT to VERY DIFFICULT
Permits Required: NW Forest Pass
Distance is 160 miles round trip.
Bring the ten essentials.
Bring sun/glacier glasses.
Bring sun screen.
Let's say $12 for the drivers.
Do not plan on being back at any particular time, yet I plan to make it back to the trailhead before dark.
We shall plan to get some dinner after the hike.
My Hiking Style:
I have three basic rules for hiking: 1) Be safe 2) Respect the environment and 3) Have fun! I do not consider myself a "fast" nor "slow" hiker. We will take a number of short breaks, as well as a lunch break, keeping in mind to try and finish the hike before dark (unless otherwise noted). At the end of the day, my hope is that the hiking group feels they have had an adventure for all the right reasons.
THE FINE PRINT:
- The 'ten essentials' to always have in your pack generally include: Map/compass (and advance understanding of where you're going!), sun protection, extra clothes, extra food, extra water, headlamp/flashlight (and spare batteries), first aid kit, matches/firestarter, knife/tools, and a whistle if you need to signal for help. You should always be prepared in case you get separated from the rest of the group and/or have to spend a night on your own in the wilderness.
- As a Meetup organizer, I'm an unpaid volunteer. While I always try to ensure a safe and enjoyable outing for everyone, by signing up for this event you assume full responsibility for your own health, safety, and well-being for its entire duration, including while traveling to and from both the meeting place and destination.
- I welcome other NW Wilderness Organizers to sign up for and join my events; it's always great to have you guys along. I do, however, reserve the right to move you to the Waiting List if I decide to move qualified and Waitlisted non-organizers to the YES list.
- I also reserve the right to remove anyone from my events if I'm concerned that their ability or fitness level will slow down the rest of the group. If there is a waiting list, I may remove anyone with multiple past 'no-shows' to the 'no' list to make room for those who may be more reliable.