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Overnight Snowshoeing - Fuji Creek Shelter

Fuji Creek Shelter

This will be a fairly straight forward trip to begin the snowshoeing season. It begins at the parking area for Salt Creek Falls where we will follow a road parallel with Hwy 58 for about a half mile before crossing 58 to Fuji Creek road. Here we will begin a slow and steady climb before eventually traversing up to the shelter on the same road. Clear cutting is a bummer, but in this area it provides us with miles of views along the way which includes Diamond peak and more! Then it only gets better, the shelter sports it's own grand view! Once arriving we can relax and enjoy the views or set out on some adventures!

The Fuji Shelter, built in 1987 by the Eugene Oregon Marine Reserves Unit sits at approximately 5600 ft and has a inspiring view of Diamond Peak and Salt Creek Canyon. A modified "Willamette Winged" shelter design, it has a cedar shake roof, solid log walls on the lower half and cedar shake walls for the upper half.  This shelter has a sleeping loft, a wood stove, wood picnic table and gravel floor and can accommodate four people overnight. 

This trip is being rated as challenging. There is a 1,200' elevation gain to be had along the way. Also, four miles on snowshoes is a sizable distance. Below is a listing of essential gear, this list may or may not include everything an individual will need. Please take the time to make sure you have what you need to be comfortable.  If you are inexperienced and need answers, I suggest writing either Kevin or I. The shelter sleeps four, however, do not count on being one of those four, there may already be others there.

We are pleased to offer our "Sherpa" bus for this hike, we do this to simplify transportation and add to the enjoyment of the group. We are asking for $10.00 per person to cover the cost of gas. We are listing this as an overnight hike only and we ask that you RSVP only if you can make the trip for sure, as there is limited space for this adventure. 

Warning! This list is not complete. Make sure you have what you need.

1.  Tent

2.  Sleeping bag

3.  Sleeping pad

4.  Sleeping under pad

5.  Headlamp

6.  Knife

7.  Stove

8.  Fuel

9.  Spoon

10.  Toilet paper

11.  Water bottle

12.  Stocking cap

13.  Towel

14.  Lighter

15.  Snacks

16.  Food

17.  Sunglasses

18.  Warm Jacket

19.  Rain jacket

20. Long underwear

21.  Extra Socks

22.  Trekking Poles w/snow baskets

23.  Sun screen

24. Shovel





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  • Matthew H.

    I had a great time! It was great to get out together before the holidays. I enjoyed the conversations, jokes, gathering around the fire, playing Uno, and just having a fun time with everyone. Thanks to Dan for setting the trip up. Special thanks to Kevin, Resa, and Dan, for offering the bus for us to use for trips, and getting us there and back safe. Great times! I look forward to doing more trips soon. Think snow!

    2 · December 22, 2013

  • l3db3tt3r

    And... packed. Far too much food/water, and far too much wine! Also, I picked up a small sled and made up some quick rigging. Will have to see how it works out. Anyone have a awl? I need to make some tie down holes to strap my pack down to the sled...

    1 · December 20, 2013

    • l3db3tt3r

      Oh! And don't forget to pack the car bag, with fresh shirt/sox/shoes/deodoran­t, etc. Always nice to have returning back to the car post trip!

      1 · December 20, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      I might have an awl in my old tool box. I'll try to remember to grab it in the morning. All packed and ready.

      December 20, 2013

  • Dan

    OK, I know some people were talking about meeting us up there. If you do not plan on meeting us at the said destination please let me know ASAP. We really don't like waiting around the parking lot for stragglers to show up, so please be on time. If you have something crazy happen and your going to be late then call me[masked]-4662. Write it down. If you can't make it then change your RSVP.

    2 · December 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dan, I will meet you guys at the Sno park. I might have to travel to Portland sunday afternoon. Will drive myself in case I have to leave early.

      1 · December 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I drove up their today to have a look. There enough snow on the road up to shelter to pull my sled. So I'm in. There a couple of tails already going up the road. I'm not sure where they head as I did not follow them that far. It looked pack enough to not need snowshoes, but there is also enough snow for them.

    3 · December 19, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      I'm planning on taking the Road 5894 up, across from Salt Creek Falls SnoPark. Not wanting to break up the group, or take over the trip from Dan, it just looks like the best way for all of us to take.

      December 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm up for taking the road. I Just finish packing my sleds.

      December 20, 2013

  • l3db3tt3r

    Question: Will I even need to rent snowshoes? If I do I will be doing so friday night. Please keep this in mind when weather watching, so you can let me know.

    December 19, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      For about $8, they will be worth having.

      1 · December 19, 2013

    • Dan

      Well as far as we know there's roughly a foot of snow at the pass. I'd still recommend the shoes simply because you never know. But I wouldn't be surprised if they weren't totally necessary.

      December 20, 2013

  • Dan

    Cross your fingers that the weather forecast improves. Right now it's looking grim with a chance for freezing rain Saturday. I'm not going to cancel unless the conditions become unsafe but I'd really like to see done views.

    1 · December 16, 2013

    • Dan

      Time for your daily Fuji update: Looks like there will be a couple fresh inches on the ground before Saturday. The for Saturday looks like we might see some light snow early before it breaks down to partly cloudy through Sunday. Sounds pretty good and still a chance for some views!

      3 · December 18, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Now they are calling for freezing rain in the forecast? Hope to hear something good from either Bill or Michael about the conditions up there tomorrow.

      December 19, 2013

  • Rachel B.

    I may have an issue. This has happened before but my dog care fell through and unless I find someone I cannot attend. Sorry! I'am so disappointed!

    December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a half day on Thursday and friday and going to drive up there to see what it looks like. If it is nice might go up Friday afternoon and meet you all up there.

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • Eddy O

    waitlisted...some other plans are up in the air right now

    December 2, 2013

    • Eddy O

      won't be making it, headed out somewhere else. have fun!

      1 · December 15, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Hope to see you another time, Eddy.

      1 · December 16, 2013

  • Rachel B.

    Thanks Dan. I will keep my fingers cross that we get back at that time. : )

    December 11, 2013

  • Rachel B.

    Quick question. What is the estimated arrival time back in Eugene on the 22nd? I have something at 530 and wondered if it would be possible to be back by then... Thanks
    Rachel

    December 10, 2013

    • Dan

      I really don't like to give estimates on when we will be back. However, I would really be surprised if we weren't back by 3-4.

      1 · December 10, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    Since it will be just a few days before Christmas, it would be great if we could find a set of battery powered lights to put up in the shelter.

    2 · December 5, 2013

    • Kari

      I have LED twilights I can bring

      1 · December 10, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      We shall decorate the shelter and a tree.

      December 10, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    I went up there today to check on things. There is a decent amount of snow and firewood, along with three axes. I will post a few pictures of my exploring, for reference. Also, Eddy, there is one picture I took of my brother between two trees. Wondering if it would work for your hammock?

    December 4, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    As mentioned by Kari, in her reply to the RSVP question, it would be great if we can try and share some gear, to lighter the loads, and minimize the amount of things we don't all need to bring. I have a three person three season tent that I have used in the snow before. I don't mind sharing. I will look into borrowing my brother's sled for this trip as well, so we can bring some "adult beverages". I will be willing to share my cooking pots, stove, fuel, tent, snow shovel, a large collapsible water jug, and anything else someone may need. I have some extra gear, if anyone needs anything. I also have a small travel size set of dominoes we can play at the shelter, and a deck of playing cards.

    2 · December 3, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      I'll see if Justin will let me borrow his for the trip.

      December 3, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      I'll have an ax and a sled. Will probably pack along a little bit of kindling. I'm really looking forward to this trip. It should be a lot of fun with a great group of people.

      December 4, 2013

  • Sue S.

    Just a heads up...there is a "little critter" issue up there, so I would suggest hanging food from rafters unless you don't mind sharing your oatmeal in the night. :)

    December 1, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Thank you for taking the time to read the write up. It is appreciated.

      December 3, 2013

    • Dan

      I myself have a four season tent. I don't specify one in the list because I have known many who utilize their three season tents for trips like this. I will say however, if you are using an air mattress, bring another solid pad. Walmart sales cheap ones for 5$. I have an extra I could lend as well. Air mattresses that aren't considered 4 season can zap your warmth without proper insulation on the ground.

      1 · December 3, 2013

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