Gold Hill Cabin, XC/SS 1-2
Jim Langdon, 509-943-3992 (no text)
The Gold Hill cabin is two miles and 800 feet of rise from the Chinook Pass Highway not far from the pass. We will drive up the Chinook Pass Highway (State Route 410) as far as the road is plowed, then we ski or snowshoe the two miles up an unplowed Forest Service road to get to the cabin. Above it is a valley full of enjoyable snowshoeing, ski touring, or ski mountaineering. These tours can be taken Saturday afternoon
and Sunday morning, including trips to the crest for views of Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Mount Rainier, and the Crystal Mountain Ski Area. We pack in the fresh food (Jim provides this), and everyone should bring a sleeping bag, flashlight, cabin shoes, Saturday lunch, your normal daypack and personal gear. The cabin has bunk beds upstairs and a few places on the fold out couches downstairs so you don’t need to bring a sleeping pad. Always bring clothing for anything from blizzards to rainy conditions. Skiing or snowshoeing experience is not necessary, but you must be in good enough shape to make it into the cabin. Beginning skiers should be warned that the route out is on a road and is sometimes fast. If the snow conditions are not to your liking, you can walk back to the cars, it takes about an hour.
Sign-ups are limited to twelve (12) people. This is the only I-MAC Gold Hill trip scheduled this season.