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The winter season is nearly on us and I would like to get together with other folks and plan out activities for the next few months. For example I am thinking snowshoeing and hiking/backpacking Forest Park but I want to hear your ideas. Lets talk about it as we do an overnight at Camp Butte. The hike in is two miles and 1,000 feet of elevation gain. We will be camping at 4,000 feet so it is likely to be frosty at night. I will also have a backup location if the weather is bad. If all goes to plan, we will meet at Red Rock Pass at 2pm on November 7. If you are normally just a summer backpacker and you are not sure how to prepare for colder weather, there will be a Facebook chat just for this outing you can join to discuss preparation. (edited to add: I see there is quite some interest in being prepared for cold/winter camping. Do you need a cold weather sleeping bag? I really like Adventure Alan's gear reviews and highly recommend you watch this video on choosing the right sleeping bag for cold weather https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgBT2mRxU_w&fbclid=IwAR12GSzHKnQb7HCleH4jiaW26HFfBBJY4cdpL_WN-SZQMvPeJxThshPHXDU) Camp Butte is a large flat area with good water so we can have a number of participants, but just in case of a large turnout, I have to prioritize activity leaders or people who would like to become activity leaders. The next day is the annual TCO meeting so I will have to return to town early, but folks are welcome to stay and have adventures.
We will be holding our annual meeting to nominate new board members and to vote on some changes. Willamette Park, 6500 S Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97219 (This is in the John's Landing area) at the picnic shelter at the south end of the park, past the tennis courts. This park is on the Willamette River. If you want to come early starting at noon we will have games set up and there is a nice river trail that you can spend time on for a nice stroll. We have the shelter. It has 12 tables. Wear warm clothes. We will provide hot drinks. Bring Pot Luck if you would like. Watch for additions to this posting as the time gets closer. Linda Conrad[masked] Parking fees are $2/hr up to $6/day unless you take the bus or find another parking spot outside the park.
We will start at the Macks Canyon Trail Head at 9:00 AM on Friday morning. Hiking distance is: 6 miles day one, 11 miles day 2 and 6 miles day three. We usually get to the mouth of the Deschutes by noon on Sunday. You may see: Fresh water otters, mountain sheep, deer, eagles, raccoons, etc. The trail is hardest day one as we go in and out of 6 old rail road culverts. The first night we have no outhouse. Night 2 we have an outhouse. Bring: good tent, SOL blanket, insulated pad, air pad (optional), warm sleeping bag, sleeping clothes (down or wool), sleeping hat and socks, extra socks, sun hat, day warm hat, rain coat, down coat or equivalent, layered hiking clothes to include day time wool shirt, cooking stove, utensils, first aid kit, toiletries. Water purifier. Water is plentiful so no need to carry a lot of water. Cost is $20 for driver and $125 per car for shuttle to be divided equally between all participants. The less cars the better. If you are planning on driving your own car I will need license plate, make and model of car and color to register with shuttle driver. Trail is for the most part down hill except for day one. Only one creek you might get your feet wet at Harrison Ranch.
Nesika will host a Pot Luck Thanksgiving dinner on Friday the 27th of Nov. Starting at 2:00 PM. Please wear mask preparing food. We will follow Covid guidelines. Masks in Kitchen, wash hands before entering lodge, family units may sit together, all others maintain a 6 food distance during meals. All tables and counters cleaned with bleach between meals. Friday we will provide a pack breakdown for backpackers to assist hikers with lightening their load. People can bring flash drives or discs of this years back packs and outings to share via projector in afternoon. We will have backpack planning meetings throughout the weekend to plan our backpacks for next year. Friday we can do a basin day hike. Saturday we will hike to the top of Larch Mountain on a day hike from the lodge and back to the lodge. Sunday we will have a great pot luck breakfast and plan on leaving lodge by noon. Gate at 10 mile marker on Larch Road will be open daily at 9:00 AM. If you have a key and can volunteer to open gate let me know. Glen and I will bring a turkey to cook. Please bring side dishes to go with Turkey. You will need to tent camp. Bring 4 season tent, warm sleeping bag and warm comfortable pads. We will try to provide shuttle in for those who would prefer not to hike. People can leave their cars at the green gate and hike the 2.5 miles into the lodge. Any questions please call Linda Conrad at[masked] or text. Cost is $10.00 per night for members and $25.00 per night for non members.