At our December Oregon Nordic Club Gorge Chapter meeting we discussed restarting a regular Breakfast & Nordic Ski/Snowshoe outing. I will lead outings from North Shore Cafe in White Salmon to three different areas on Mt Adams over the last three Sundays of January (Jan. 15, 22, 29), weather permitting.
We’ll meet at North Shore Cafe, 166 East Jewett Blvd, White Salmon, WA and depart for Mt Adams at 11:00 AM (arrive earlier if you want to breakfast and/or coffee/tea), look for the white hair wearing knickers and knee socks. We’ll regroup in the parking lot at Trout Lake School, probably around 11:30 AM and work out carpooling from there. I plan to do the following tours on those three successive Sundays (not necessarily in this order):
- Big Tree Loop ~5 mi., clockwise on a groomed trail out of Pineside Sno-Park
- Lava Loop ~5 mi, counter-clockwise on a groomed trail out of Snow King Sno-Park
- Ice Caves/Natural Bridges ~8+ mi., out and back on a hopefully ski/snowshoe-packed trail from Atkisson Sno-Park
It’s obvious that I won’t be able to monitor both skiers and snowshoers, so once we’re on the trail everyone will be expected to help by looking out for themselves and each other. Anyone can and should turn back whenever they want/need to (I certainly will), but make sure you have a plan beforehand if you carpool.
If you plan to drive to the snow park you will need a WA Sno-Park permit ($20/day, $40/season) which I understand will be available those days at the Trout Lake Store. You can also purchase a permit in the days before the trip from Trout Lake Ranger station or Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce, but they are closed Sundays.
Equipment can be rented at Doug’s Sports or Second Wind in Hood River. Dress in layers, only wool or synthetics, no cotton, and carry water and snacks in a small pack as needed. Be prepared to shed layers as you get warm from the exercise, and put them back on if you stop for awhile and begin to cool down again.
I hope that by going on Sunday we will get a good turnout of both members and non-members and begin to re-energize our chapter. So you are welcome, in fact encouraged, to invite anyone else who wants join us. I would appreciate an RSVP by Reply or by phone (713-542-4359), but it’s not absolutely necessary.
Columbia Gorge Chapter, Oregon Nordic Club