Past Meetup

Ask and ye shall receive: Waldo Lake car camping

This Meetup is past

3 people went

Price: $41.46 /per person

Needs a location


UPDATE (8/9): We're clearly not going to get enough people to justify reserving the group camping site, but that's ok...we're still going! At the MANDATORY PRE-TRIP PLANNING MEETING (see below for time and date) we will note all the arrival times for everyone coming. A few of us will go down on Wednesday, and then we will save individual sites for those coming on Thursday and Friday. Individual sites cost $18 plus $9 for an extra car; we should be able to share sites as well, because most of them are quite big.

You'll still need to pay the $40+ when you sign up, but it will be considered a refundable'll get 100% of it back after the trip (unless you don't show up for it, and then it goes into the group's General Fund instead).

Now back to the original posting:

Well, I've taken note of all those votes for the ideas posted about going car camping next to a lake and reviving Jeff's canceled Waldo Lake trip and have decided to take it on. I'm reserving a group site at the south end of Waldo in the Shadow Bay campground for four nights/five days: Weds. 8/25 to Sun. 8/29. Come join me for part or all of that time and experience the magic of this alpine lake and surrounding wilderness.

Waldo Lake is one of my most favorite spots anywhere. Located in the Cascades east of Eugene, it is consistently ranked as one of the top three clearest lakes in the WORLD, and the visibility is usually in the 150 foot range. It has secluded coves with lovely white sand beaches, tons of trails through the Waldo Lake Wilderness to hike or mountain bike, and other smaller/warmer lakes within easy hiking distance for a really good swim.

Waldo's water does tend to be cold, though I have been there when it was quite comfortable also. But bring your wet suits, kayaks, and canoes and you will be free to explore and enjoy it all just fine.

Many of you probably know that Waldo's mosquitoes are legendary, but by the time of this event they should be pretty much gone. I'll be checking in with rangers closer to the date to get a mosquito report and will let you all know.

--The group campsite is $300/night and takes up to 120 people and 19 cars
--I need a minimum of 30 people
--Cost per person is $40 whether you come for one night or four. Waldo is a four hour drive from Portland, and therefore merits a longer stay. My assumption is that most people will come for at least two nights; the cost of two nights in an individual campsite at Shadow Bay is $36, so this was the fairest and easiest way I could think of to share the cost among everyone no matter how long they stay
--If I get just under 30 people, I'll contact all the Yes's to see if they want to kick in a little extra $ to make it happen
--If I get more than 30 people, I'll use the extra money to bring goodies for the group, or will funnel it into our group's General Fund
--The Amazon processing fee is $1.46, so you'll pay a total of $41.46/person
--For carpoolers, the round trip mileage is 360, so the suggested donation is $36/person
--Children and well-behaved dogs are more than welcome

THERE IS A MANDATORY PRE-TRIP PLANNING MEETING ON THURS. 8/19, 6:30PM AT OLD MARKET PUB (6959 S.W. Multnomah Blvd., 97223). The biggest logistical challenge we have is carpooling, because the group site is allowed only 19 cars. We will also discuss equipment sharing, activities, and probably plan a group potluck for one of the nights. If you can't attend, please arrange to have someone (other than me, that is) represent you at the meeting.