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Elk Meadow (Loop?) Snowshoe Hike - Beginner

  • Dec 9, 2012 · 8:00 AM
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I am a new organizer to this group.  I have lead snowshoes, but in WA.  This is going to be an exploratory snowshoe for me since I have never hiked it.

Please rent your snowshoes before hand as we will not be stopping.

DIFFICULTY RATING: Beginner - going very slow .5 - 1 mph.

DESCRIPTION:  This snowshoe hike is said to be pretty mellow. Just a nice out and back with a loop around Elk Meadows. The steepest part of the hike is the pull up out of Newton Creek which switch backs up about 700 feet in elevation. There is one stream crossing with no bridge, which adds to the fun!

As a beginner hike, I am not sure how far we will make it, but plan on at least 3 miles.  Depending on what the group wants to do will determine how far we go.

We will meet at the meet up location and head out at 8:00 am sharp, so please be there early. We’ll park at Hood River Meadows and hit the Elk Meadow trail from there. We’ll follow the trail out, break for lunch and to enjoy the scenery and then back to the cars and home.  We will go slow to catch our breath and to take lots of photos.

I tend to walk slow, so on this trip I intend to take my time, so please be a beginner snowshoer or if experienced please plan to hike at the slowest person's pace.  If you are new at this, make sure you adjust your snowshoes to fit your boots before leaving your home.

Hike stats.

DISTANCE: about 6 miles for the whole hike, but I intend to do only 3 miles min. and we will decide as a group how much farther we will go from there.
ELEVATION GAIN AND LOSS (approx): 1100 ft
PACE: .5 - 1 MPH walking speed.
DIFFICULTY RATING: Beginner.
ESTIMATED TRAIL TIME: 3 - 5ish hours.
Expect to be back at the cars around 4 pmish.

PERMITS: Oregon Sno-Park Pass (November 1 – April 30)

DRIVE DISTANCE: About 128 miles. (At 10 cents/mile that equals about $12 / person for gas. Negotiate fuel with your driver)

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CARPOOLING: ALL attendees SHOULD come prepared to drive themselves to the destination and be prepared to meet, ODOT requirements. Not sure if you’re in compliance? See link to ODOT http://www.oregon.gov...

Please note in your response if you are available to drive, if you have a pass and how many passengers you can carry.

 

Waiting List Notice: The waiting list for this hike is manual. The first to respond gets the spot (whether on the list or not). The point of the wait list is to notify you (and others on the list) if a spot opens up. If you don't get on a hike, we thank you for your interest and we hope to see you on a future event.

Things you should bring on this trip:

· Lunch, snacks and water for all day.

· The spirit of adventure!

· Appropriate gear and cloths – no cotton

· Trekking poles

· Camera

· GPS

· Personal Locator Beacon or other emergency location device.

· The 10 essentials, winter version. REI has a good list at

o http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacking-checklist.html

Discouraged Items:

· I-pods/personal music devices – It is better to hear (as best you can) what is going on around you for safety and social interaction.

 

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  • Kathy

    Thanks for sharing Lisa!! May I put the group photo on the site?

    December 11, 2012

    • lisa

      Sure, no prob.

      December 11, 2012

  • lisa

    Hi all, great snowshoeing with you all on Sunday. What a great day! If interested, here is the post I put up on my blog with a couple of pictures from our hike - www.splitpeatraveler.blogspot.com

    Hope to see you again sometime!

    December 11, 2012

  • Kathy

    Thanks for the awesome hike my beginner friends! Christine and Lisa thanks for blazing the trail. Thanks everyone for being team players and being flexible on our adventure. Thanks Lisa and Melissa for your prior experience and testing our navigation skills. Hope to see all of you guys again and maybe we can hang with the big boys.....

    December 9, 2012

  • Rick L. J.

    Look at the photos. The log was the best crossing. You need good balance and helping hands to cross here.

    December 8, 2012

  • lisa

    Good tip, Rick. Thanks. Where/how did you guys cross today?

    December 8, 2012

  • Kathy

    Thanks Rick! I looked at the map and that is about 2 miles and my group isn't going much further than that since we are beginners. I was hoping the info I looked at would show the crossing, but I couldn't find one but it does warn about crossing it. With your experience would you say follow the creek? I am worried about the steepness at that point too. Lisa has done it 5 times so she is going to help me lead. Thanks for the input, I appreciate it.

    December 8, 2012

  • Rick L. J.

    Kathy if you have trouble or decide not to cross newton creek. You can follow the creek up river along the bank. Its pretty and fun. A little off trail but your following the creek

    1 · December 8, 2012

  • B.G

    Please make sure you have god map, compass/GPS and navigational skills. The trail pretty much non-existent for plain sight and if there is some snow tonight, whatever track we broke today will be covered. This was a pretty good hike. Stay safe and have fun.

    December 8, 2012

    • B.G

      *god=good

      December 8, 2012

  • Pogo M.

    Sorry. Massive mix-up and confusion. And, yes indeed, I am female!! :)

    December 8, 2012

  • Kathy

    Hi All, Just got back from my snowshoe and it was powder and wonderful snow. We have three people willing to drive, however Pogo Man is on the same hike today so I don't know if he is really coming. If not, I can drive. Chains are required. Christine, lets not take dogs this time since I don't know this trail. I'll set one up for dogs another time - lets discuss tomorrow. White River Canyon would be a good start as there were lots of dogs up there today. Lisa, I don't think we'll be there until 10, which is what time we got there today.

    December 8, 2012

    • Robert R.

      Kathy, PogoMan's name is Linda if that gives you a hint :-)

      December 8, 2012

    • Christine

      Hi Kathy, yes I am willing to drive but just got to town a couple months ago, and meant to get chains today but ran out of time. Sorry. Does that cause a problem?

      December 8, 2012

  • Kathy

    Please bring your snowpasses as it looks like those that are willing to drive do not have one. Thanks!

    December 8, 2012

  • lisa

    Oh, my golden retriever is so excited about future snowshoe hikes with the new pup. Sounds fun! I'll send you my phone number for tomorrow. Should be a great day!

    1 · December 8, 2012

  • Kathy

    Lisa, I am guessing 9:30. I can give you my cell and if you give me yours I'll text you when we get about half hour away. Send to my private email. Thanks. P.S. I just adopted a puppy and plan on having shorter dog snow shoes too.

    1 · December 7, 2012

  • lisa

    What time do you think you'll be at the trailhead on Sunday? If possible, I'd like to meet you there as I'll already be on the mountain. Thanks.

    December 7, 2012

  • Christine

    Sunday is great thank you Kathy

    1 · December 7, 2012

  • lisa

    Sounds fun. Wish I didn't have other plans already. Have a great hike!

    December 7, 2012

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