Many Oregonians like to say they aren't just fair-weather hikers so lets put it to the test. The Oregonian reports several weather fronts coming in this week and says “the one hitting Saturday looks to be packing an atmospheric river of moisture - often called the Pineapple Express - that could give the region its most significant rainfall since late September." Expect mud! The good news is that it will be 46 degrees. What's not to love about that? If even one person signs up for this hike it's a go because I really am a rain or shine hiker. Please do not sign up for the hike if you don't plan on attending because standing in the rain waiting for people to show up is very annoying.
WHEN: Sat, Jan 11, 2014
TIME: 9:30 am
MEETUP: Gateway Transit Center*
TOTAL MILES: 8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1645 ft
HIGH POINT: 2200 ft
PACE: 2.5 - 3.0 mph
DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderate
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 4 hours
PERMITS REQUIRED: None
Please read the entire description of this hike before RSVP'ing.
HIKE SUMMARY: The Tillamook Forest offers year-round hiking when other areas are buried under snow. We start off at the Summit Trailhead and hike north on the Gales Creek Trail until we reach and scout the Gales Creek Campground for possible use in the future. We'll continue on the Gales Creek Trail until we reach the Stoney Burn Trail where we'll turn South. A couple nice waterfalls will be visible due to the lack of foliage blocking the view. A short trek across the Gravelle Brothers Trail gets us back to our starting point.
*CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 90 miles from Gateway, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $9.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!
*I will add carpooling from the Sunset Transit Center if a driver steps up that is willing to guarantee they won't no-show. RT mileage from Sunset is 60 miles; $6.00 gas donation per person.
We will meet up at the Gateway Transit Center in the SE corner of the Tri-Met Park & Ride at 9:30 am, arrange carpooling, and drive out to the Summit Trailhead on Hwy 6. If you prefer to drive yourself to the start point drive Hwy 26 west from Beaverton for about 15 miles and bear left for Hwy 6, Banks, and Tillamook. Stay on Highway 6 for 18.8 miles, passing the Gales Creek Overlook, and turn right into the parking area at the Summit Trailhead.
I've never done this hike before so it is a let's-hope-severt-doesn't-get-lost hike. I'll bring a liability waiver for you to sign that says you can't get mad at me if I take a wrong turn! Just kidding! Not to worry though, I'll be well prepared with maps, compass, gps, etc and the route is well-marked and will be a very easy one to follow.
Members have the option to be notified when spots open up if a Meetup is full. Whoever responds first gets the open spot.
NO DOGS, please.
What to bring:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks
• Three to five light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Rain gear (lots of it)
• Safety whistle
• The 10 essentials*
• Trekking poles (never a bad idea)
• Lunch, snacks and plenty of water
*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.