Herman Creek to Indian Point
Date: Sunday, March 3, 2013
TIME 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM (8:15 Arrival for an 8:30 departure)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult
TOTAL MILES: 8.0 mile loop
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 6 hours, depending on party size.
ELEVATION GAIN: Approximately 2,600 feet
Route Description: This is a difficult 8 mile loop up the formidable Nick Eaton Ridge (almost 2,000’ elevation gain in 2 miles) total 2,600’ of elevation gain to reach the “airy” Indian Point overlook and its Indian vision pits. Leaving the Herman Creek trail head parking lot, we will go 1.6 miles and turn off at Herman Camp to take the strenuous Nick Eaton Ridge trail 2 miles up the ridge to the cut-off trail (did I mention this is a steep ridge?)
The cut-off trail leads 0.6 of a mile over to the Gorton Creek trail and then down a 0.1 of a mile to Indian Point. We will eat lunch at the overlook, contemplate the “frightening, final 30-foot scramble up an exposed rock pinnacle (4th class climbing, and no, we are not going to try that), and enjoy the view (or the clouds) of the Gorge from our rocky aerie. After lunch we will save our knees by returning via the mellow Gorton Creek trail back to Herman Camp. From there we will pick up our original trail that takes us back to the trail head parking lot.
APPROXIMATE RETURN TIME: 4 PM
WEATHER FORECAST: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42.
PERMITS: Forest Service pass.
$$$: Suggested donation for outing: $2.00.
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is approximately 100 miles; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/rider. Exact change is welcome.
Note-this is a carbon-neutral outing, $.25/person from outings donation is used to offset carbon produced during the trip.
Directions to Carpool: Note: This is not the Fred Meyers on Mill Plain/ I-205 carpool site. We will meet at the new carpool site at the Marshall Center, 1009 East McLoughlin Blvd. Park on the west side of the building (as you face the building from the street), in the second row. There will be other cars in the lot, so be sure and bring my cell # below.
If you have questions about the hike or what to bring, call Mike Newsham at[masked], or email me at [masked] This cell number will work for communication purposes on the day of the hike.
See the link below for a view of this hike.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
· Water (min 2 liters/person)
· Insulated sit pad
· Lunch and snacks.
· Water resistant hiking boots/shoes
· A water-resistant hat and gloves. Rain jacket and pants (even if sunny, ha, ha)
· Two or three layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary
· Headlamp or flashlight
· Matches (stored in a water tight container in addition to matches or a butane lighter)
· First aid supplies (be sure to include an extra day of any medication you are taking or might need
· Pocket knife
· Fire starter (can be candles, chemical fire starter, backpack size fire logs)
· $$ for gas
· Gloves or mittens, sun hat
· Trekking poles recommended
· Extra food