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Yellow Jacket cross country, back country ski, snowshoe extravaganza

  • Gateway/NE 99th Ave Transit Center

    9900 NE Multnomah, Portland, Portland, OR (map)

    45.531834 -122.562332

  • North East corner of the parking lot
  • A strenuous, back country ski or snowshoe trip through the woods and meadows of Mt. Hood. The Yellow Jacket trail is a challenging trail which travels though some relatively remote areas. It is not well traveled so some trail breaking may be required. The west end of the trail begins on Timberline Road near the Mazama Lodge, The trail winds through the woods crossing the White river trial and joining the snow bunny trail for a short distance. After leaving the Snow bunny trail, the Yellow jacket climbs until it crosses the Salmon River. The trail continues east, crossing the Pacific Crest National scenic Trail and the Boy Scout trail. The trail comes out of the Northwest side of the White River Canyon and continues to the White River Sno-Park.


    We will do this with a shuttle in reverse, starting from the Whiter river Parking and ending at the Mazama lodge for tea and while drivers retrieve cars.


    With the advent of fresh snow this week, this trail is an ideal challenge for those wanting a bit more of a remote, yet safe expedition.

    Trip is subject to cancellation unless a minimum of 6 qualified people sign up.


    Date(s) February 9th, 2013
    DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderately strenuous
    TOTAL MILES: 7
    ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 8 hours
    ELEVATION GAIN: 600 ft up, 800 ft down
    APPROXIMATE RETURN TIME: 6:30 pm
    WEATHER FORECAST: Sunny
    DOGS: Nope
    PERMITS: Snowpark
    $$$: Bring money if you want to join us for food/libations afterwards
    Suggested donation for outing: $3.00 to help pay for the site. Showing up without signing up is not allowed.

    CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 120 miles; we suggest a mileage donation of 25 cents/mile/vehicle (split by the number of people in the vehicle.) or $30/vehicle. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. –

    Note-this is a carbon neutral outing, $.25/person from outings donation is used to offset carbon released for the trip


    This is a fairly strenuous trip, meaning that you should be able to climb at least 1000 ft per hour and able to hike a min of 10 miles in 6 hours. Skill level is moderate to advanced in cross country or back country skills, and proper equipment. For skiers, recommended is min 3 inch wide skis with steel edge, plastic boots, 3 pin and skins. Randonee skis (AT) can be used with skins. Snowshoers, this is an idea trip and should have no problems on this trip, provided the ability to maintain a fast pace on the downhill sections.


    Equipment, including skins, can be rented from The Mountain Shop. 15% discount for Mazama or Sierra club members. Ask for the tele light setup (Kauru's Mountain Guides, Lower cut Scarpa boots T3)

    Will be using GPS for navigation.

    Return aprox 6:30 pm.
    Drive is 120 miles Sno Park Pass required by drivers.
    Leader: David Burdick

    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
    • Water (min 2 quarts/person)
    • Lunch and snacks
    • Snowshoes or skis
    • Poles
    • A water-resistant hat, Rain jacket and pants (even if sunny out)
    • Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Whistle
    • Map
    • Down jacket
    • compass
    • 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
    • Pocket knife
    • Fire starter (can be candles, chemical fire starter, backpack size fire logs)
    • $$ for gas and food afterward

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  • James

    David is this thing on? I am willing to do the shuttle with just the two of us but please let me know soon. Hope all is well with you.

    March 16, 2013

Cancelled

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