Neismith Point (snow report) 18-Nov-2011

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Neismith Point (snow report) 18-Nov-2011

Post by VanMarmot » November 18th, 2011, 5:13 pm

Even though today wasn't forecast for bluebird weather, I did have it off and had time for a short hike, preferably one with fresh snow. That old gorge classic, Neismith Point, seemed to meet the distance and elevation (for snow) criteria, so off I went. This isn't a hike with a lot of views but I did catch a glimpse of Hamilton with a new dusting of snow.

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It didn't start raining until I hit 1600', which was also about where the freeze line was. So I was able to do most of the hike in a gentle sprinkle of new falling snow rather than in obnoxious rain.

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The snow kept deepening as I climbed - generally around 6-8" - but in some open areas higher up, it got to 18". Fluffy, soft powder - no need for snowshoes or traction devices.

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Without many views, I had to focus on smaller objects, like this snowbird.

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I hit the ridge at 2700' and had a weird sensation of having the snow-shrouded trees crowding in on me.

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I had no trouble finding and following the trail - the snow isn't deep enough yet to have erased all signs of it. The snow on the final stretch of old road to the summit looked like it had been manicured.

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The snow right at the top had actually been formed into drifts that were 2-3' deep,

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and the old summit sign was starting to ice up.

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It pretty cold on top, with cross wind, so I downed a piece of truly cold pizza, drank some iceberg-laden Gatorade, and headed down. I didn't see anyone else the whole day and my car was the only one in the lot - usually there's at least one other person on this popular hike. The weather wasn't great but walking through gentle snow falling on un-tracked fresh snow was pretty neat. ;) 10 mi, 3800'.

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Re: Neismith Point (snow report) 18-Nov-2011

Post by -Q- » November 18th, 2011, 6:59 pm

:shock: :? :shock:

winter sure did arrive in a hurry. bye bye fall colors :(

i have been visiting my grandma in florida since saturday.

we had about 2-3 inches of snow on my last hike before i left (june lake, wormflows... MSH) so i expected a little snow, but holy smokes, whats going on out there?!?!

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Re: Neismith Point (snow report) 18-Nov-2011

Post by Splintercat » November 18th, 2011, 7:31 pm

BEAUTIFUL photos, Van!
...so I downed a piece of truly cold pizza...
Glad I'm not the only one... nothing better than a slice of cold pepperoni pizza out in the wilds..! Plus, it has the advantage of already being flat, so very pack-friendly..!

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Re: Neismith Point (snow report) 18-Nov-2011

Post by AlexanderSupertramp » November 18th, 2011, 7:59 pm

Oh Van, I'm super jealous! Those snow pics look just as serene and pristine as you could ever hope for.

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Re: Neismith Point (snow report) 18-Nov-2011

Post by Peder » November 19th, 2011, 9:24 am

Bruce - Given the weather and the conditions, that was a great choice for a hike. On a bluebird day this hike is less attractive due to the rarity of views.
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Re: Neismith Point (snow report) 18-Nov-2011

Post by Crusak » November 19th, 2011, 2:13 pm

Great pics, and wow! All that snow. And being the first one to hike in fresh snow is awesome.
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Re: Neismith Point (snow report) 18-Nov-2011

Post by Roy » November 19th, 2011, 3:01 pm

Nice tr those trees at 2,700 ft do look pretty ghostly.
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Re: Neismith Point (snow report) 18-Nov-2011

Post by [email protected] » November 19th, 2011, 4:18 pm

Great report and pictures - we headed up Munra Point today and found about 6-8" at the top with some very nice views down river towards Portland and back up onto the Benson Plateau. The basalt was rather slippery but taking time it all went well.

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Re: Neismith Point (snow report) 18-Nov-2011

Post by Eric Peterson » November 20th, 2011, 11:10 am

Crusak wrote:Great pics, and wow! All that snow. And being the first one to hike in fresh snow is awesome.
Unless its 30'' and you have to break trail, then it's just super loony awesome!!!

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Re: Neismith Point (snow report) 18-Nov-2011

Post by Crusak » November 20th, 2011, 3:00 pm

Eric Peterson wrote:
Crusak wrote:Great pics, and wow! All that snow. And being the first one to hike in fresh snow is awesome.
Unless its 30'' and you have to break trail, then it's just super loony awesome!!!
Yeah being the first one up when it's knee deep is fun for about 100' or so, then it's just a lot of work. :lol: With a big payoff, though. Much better to take turns breaking trail.
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