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Hardy Ridge Loop

Hardy Ridge Loop
DATE: November 24, 2013
DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderate
TOTAL MILES: Round trip is 8.7 miles.
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: +/-5 hours, depending on size of the group
ELEVATION GAIN: 2,100 vertical feet gain
APPROXIMATE RETURN TIME: 4:30 PM
WEATHER FORECAST: Partly cloudy, high 49 low 44 at trail head.
DOGS: No
PERMITS: WA Discovery Pass
$$$: Suggested donation for outing: $2.00 for members,
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is approximately 74 miles; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person. Exact change is extremely welcome.

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

DIRECTiONS TO CARPOOL: We will meet at 8:30 AM for an 8:40 departure at the carpool site in Vancouver at the Marshall Center, 1009 East McLoughlin Blvd. Park on the west (right) side of the building (as you face the building from the street), in the first row. We should be the only cars in the lot. We are meeting at the Vancouver car pool site because we will be driving to the trail head on the WA side of the river.  You also avoid paying $2 in bridge tolls crossing the Bridge of the Gods.
If you have questions about the hike or what to bring, call Mike Newsham at[masked], [masked] . This cell number will work for communication purposes on the day of the hike.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: This loop climbs the west side of Hardy Ridge and then out to Phlox Point, where we will eat lunch. We will then retreat back down the ridge and descend the east side and catch the road back to the trail head.

Note: While this is a moderate hike, the switchbacks which are used to gain the ridge, require that you be in good physical condition.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
• Water (min 2 liters/person)
• Water resistant hiking boots/shoes
• 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
• 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 need
• Pocket knife
• Fire starter (can be candles, chemical fire starter, backpack size fire logs)
• Sunscreen, lots of sun screen (tee-hee)
• Gloves or mittens, sun hat
• Trekking poles recommended
• Extra food (enough for one extra day)

Alternatively, the following systems approach works well also.
• Navigation (map and compass)
• Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
• Insulation (extra clothing)
• Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
• First-aid supplies
• Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
• Repair kit and tools
• Nutrition (extra food)
• Hydration (extra water)
• Emergency shelter (tarp, bivy bag, space blanket)

Supplement the ten essentials as appropriate with:
• Portable water purification and water bottles
• Ice axe for glacier or snowfield travel (if necessary)
• Insect repellent (or clothing designed for this purpose)

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  • Jean

    Great group of hikers and a beautiful day.

    November 25, 2013

  • Roberta M

    Perfect day! Sunshine. Beautiful views, excellent leadership and great companionship.

    November 24, 2013

  • Miae

    It was a very nice hike. I love the beautiful views, the blue sky, and good company. Thank you, Mike, for organizing the hike and picking the perfect weather.

    November 24, 2013

  • Matthew D.

    FYI -- note that if people do meet at gateway and come straight to the trailhead, you will need a Discover Pass (not a NW Forest Pass). Washington State Parks tends to enforce this requirement quite vigorously.

    1 · November 19, 2013

    • Jean

      Can I get a pass at the trailhead?

      November 23, 2013

  • Jerry G.

    I'd be happy to meet at Gateway...or Vanc.

    November 18, 2013

    • Jean

      Still interested in meeting at Gateway. Give me a call. [masked]

      November 23, 2013

  • Mike N.

    Others can meet at Gateway, if that's more convenient. We should be at the trail head by 9:30. I seriously doubt if there will be any snow. Snow levels aren't supposed to get that low. It's' mostly a forest hike, so even if there's snow it would only be up on the ridge where it is open. If that's the case, we will probably eat lunch down lower on the ridge in trees. Really don't expect snow, although that would be a pretty surprise.

    Bring plenty of warm clothes. It will be kind of cool up there.

    November 19, 2013

  • Jean

    Anyone want to meet at Gateway transit center. If we get a car full we can meet at the trailhead. What is your ETA at the trailhead?

    November 18, 2013

  • Byron T.

    I'm wondering what are our chances of hiking in snow, and how much?

    1 · November 18, 2013

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