LaCrosse Basin. Lacrosse has been on my mind for a few years. Time to make it a reality. I estimate at least 5 days for this one. Some people call this the lolly-pop loop because the trail resembles a lolly-pop on the map. Start at Staircase on the N Fork of the Skok. First night at Home Sweet Home. Second day hike to Lake Lacrosse and camp there. Third day hike around and over O’Neil Pass, and Anderson Pass and make camp at Honeymoon Meadows. Fourth Day hike up and over LaCrosse Pass down to the Duckabush and up to Home Sweet Home to camp. Fifth day, hike out the N Fork of the Skok. Alternatively this could be hiked starting from Graves Creek, the Duckabush or the Dosewallips.
Section H of the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington. This section starts at Cascade Locks (Columbia River) and heads north to White Pass. This is a 140 + mile trip. Probably won’t be able to do this all in one go. It would be possible to do this in three long weekends (3 or more days per weekend) but I will probably knock out about 45 miles in one long weekend, and take a week off of work to do the other 100 miles or so. I have always dreamed of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. It is doubtful that I will ever be able to do the whole thing, let alone do it all in one go. I can however, strive to hike the complete Washington section. I would very much like to try to hike this from South to North as is the typical fashion. My friend Steve has hiked much of the PCT in Washington and has a lot of data on his website concerning shuttles and places to camp. http://home.comcast.net/~steven.osburn/Camp_Pgs/PCT/PCT0.htm
Wonderland Trail. I have 2 sections of the Wonderland to do. Mowich Lake to Fryingpan Creek Trailhead (26 miles?) and Fryingpan Creek Trailhead to Longmire (32 miles?). Each section can be done in a long 3 day weekend.
Deschutes River mountain biking. Overnighter, or possibly just a day trip with other Gorge area hikes the next day in the mid to late April time frame. http://allisonoutside.net/2011/04/riviere-des-chutes/
Pueblo Mountains Desert Trail. I’m teaming up with my friend Kevin to do this hike on Memorial Day Weekend. This trip will be over 5 days to accomodate 2 days of driving. http://allisonoutside.net/2011/06/incrediburgible/
Elkhorn Crest Trail of the Blue Mountains in Eastern Oregon. Looks like a very nice remote area with great views.
Mount Margaret Backcountry. I’ve recently discovered an area I now long for, the Mount Margaret Backcountry of Mt St Helens. I would like to do an overnighter or two down here. Possibly crossing over the Mt Whittier Traverse again in the process.
Mt Saint Helens Loowit Trail. Will this be the year? I talk about doing this one every year and it never seems to happen. Maybe it will this year.
Knapsack Pass – Spray Park Loop. http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=750638
Bear Creek Mountain in the Goat Rocks. http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7977900
Past adventure planning
Some of the things I would like to do this year…
Orange denotes date as tentative
Green denotes date as confirmed
Red denotes hike completed and dreams fulfilled!
14th – 15th Deschutes River mountain bike and Columbia River Gorge Hiking
Weekend of 5th and 6th? – Lakeshore Trail
25th-29th (Memorial Day Weekend) – Painted Hills, Steens Mountain, Alvord Desert – roadtrip for photography and hiking
End of July time-frame or maybe sometime in August, depends on snow levels this year – Bear Creek Mountain in the Goat Rocks
Colonel Bob – time dependent on snow-melt.
Mt Jupiter - time dependent on snow-melt.
Sun Aug 5 – Tue Aug 7 / Confirmed – Enchantments – Snow Zone – 5 spots total – 2 available
Fri Aug 24 – Sun Aug 6 / Confirmed – Longmire to Mowich or possibly Ipsut Creek all 5 spots allready taken
Oval Lakes loop in the Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness
Mt Whittier Traverse and loop dayhike
Weekend of 15th and 16th? – South Sister climb
Enchantments Traverse – dayhike
Nason Ridge, Mt Howard etc.
Below is a short list of some of the hikes I would like to do. I obviously can’t do all of them this year, but I would like to try to knock out a good chunk of them, heck I’d be thrilled if I got to a third of them. Let me know if you would like to join me on some of these and we can try to plan for them this summer. For the longer PCT sections, I might go solo, but who knows. Probably can’t get to much of the PCT this year anyhow, but I can certainly dream.
Updated 5-11-11 – See confirmed planned trips below. I am totally committed to these trips unless severe crap weather is forecast or snow levels continue to be a problem.
Gorge Hikes – Hamilton Mtn, Dog Mtn (Confirmed May 21 and 22)
Mt Saint Helens Climb (Confirmed June 11-12, no more permits left)
Mt Jupiter dayhike 14 mile RT (June 19)
North Fork Skokomish – Duckabush thru, 33 miles - (Confirmed weekend of July 2-3, dependant on snow conditions)
PCT Chinook Pass to White Pass, 30 miles – (July 23-24, dependant on snow conditions)
Wonderland Trail, White River to Longmire, 33 miles
Timberline Trail, Mt Hood, 40 miles – (Confirmed weekend of Aug 13-14-15)
Devils Dome Loop, 42 miles (Labor Day weekend Sept 3,4,5 AND 6th, confirmed and on my calendar)
Loowit Trail around Mnt Saint Helens, 32 miles - (Sept 17-18)
Enchantments thru-dayhike 19 miles (Confirmed Oct 2 from car camp Oct 1)
Open – May 7
Open – June 4-5
Open – June 26
Open July 9-10
Open – July 17
Camping with my son Hayden – Weekend of Aug 27-28
- Spider Meadow/Lyman Lake/Buck Creek Pass Loop (weekend overnight)
- Cascade Pass/Stehekin/Sahale Arm (more research needed)
- Tank Lakes (weekend overnight)
- Cady Ridge – White Pass – Meander Meadows (26 mile dayhike or overnight)
- Elwha – Quinault thru (weekend overnight – 45 miles, shuttle needed)
- Lake of the Angels – Hagen Lakes – Mount Hopper – Staircase (research needed – off trail route)
- Couple overnights in the Goat Rocks Wilderness (NOT at Snowgrass Flat)
- PCT section H (I was thinking of taking a week off this year to knock out some of this, shuttles and or hitchhiking necessary, 150 miles or so)
- PCT section I
- PCT section J
- PCT section K
- PCT section L
- Three Sisters Hikes (research needed)
- Steens Mountain (http://web.oregon.com/hiking/steens_mountain.cfm) (http://www.traditionalmountaineering.org/Photos_SteensPack.htm)
- Ice Lake – Eagle Cap Wilderness (research needed)