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Backpack - Gearhart Mountain

SUBMIT LEADER PERMISSION REQUEST BEGINNING 5/15 WHEN REGISTRATION OPENS. Enjoy spectacular scenery, rock formations, and uncommon flora in this spectacular setting - Gearhart Mountain Wilderness.

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  • Fri, Jun 25, 2021 — Sun, Jun 27, 2021
  • Seattle Backpacking Committee
  • Exploring Nature, Photography, Backpacking
  • Adults
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,920 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 8,120 ft

7:30am Lookout Rock Trailhead, 1.4 miles beyond Dairy Creek Campground

Members only.  Leader permission required.

Car camp (Corral Creek) or motel accommodations recommended in Bly area night for the night prior to the backpack.

Leisurely to moderate-paced naturalist/photo oriented backpack to enjoy  the best of a fascinating area- the Gearhart Mountain Wilderness.  Option to add a 4th day (6/28),  depending on group interest.

We'll ascend the trail about 5 miles on the south side of  Gearhart Mountain to upper Dairy Creek basin's alpine meadows to set up camp for two nights, then and hike 2.6 mile round trip with to The Notch which is a pass just below the summit.  On the day 2, we'll hike up to 10 miles round trip over The Notch and toward Blue Lake on the north side of Gearhart Mountain.  On day 3, we  backpack out.  We'll have time to explore the wildflowers in Dairy Creek Meadows during our days on Gearhart Mountain.

The scenery, rock formations, and high elevation trees and flora on Gearhart Mountain are spectacular.  The flora of Gearhart Mountain, situated between the southern Oregon Cascades and the intermountain basin and range region.  Of the 250 plants found on Gearhart Mountain, 119 are found in either or both Crater Lake National Park and Steens Mountain further east. 

See link to Kalmiopsis (Nataive Plant Society of Oregon) article on Gearhart Mountain Wilderness' geology and plants, including a plant list:

More details to follow.


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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