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Snowshoeing - Hayrick Butte

Willamette Valley Outdoors
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Feb 10 8:00AM - 6:00PM

A "backcountry" trail that circles the dominating plateau to the left of Hoodoo's lodge and ski runs.

Hayrick Butte is a tuya volcano in the Cascade Range of northern Oregon, located near Santiam Pass just west of the Cascade Crest. It is adjacent to the cinder cone, Hoodoo Butte, which overlaps its western edge.

A tuya is a type of subglacial volcano, formed when lava erupts underneath an overlying glacier or ice sheet and then melts through to the surface and pools, producing the flat plateau on top with near-vertical walls along the ice-contact margin as the lava cools and hardens. Hayrick Butte is one of the most perfectly formed examples of a tuya in the contiguous United States with a nearly flat triangular plateau about 0.5 miles (0.8km) across and steep walls rising about 700 feet (210m) above the plain below. Special thanks to Wikipedia for the information.

Trail Info: About 4 miles with 200' of elevation gain. Starting out around 4800' and reaching points near 5000' at times. The trail is rated as "backcountry" in Shea Andersen's book "Snowshoe Routes Oregon", primarily due to there being no real trail, just the route of circling the base of the butte. This is not a beginners trip, sorry.

We will meet at the parking lot at Best Buy, like we normally do, at 8:00AM. We will arrange carpools, load our gear, and make sure drivers are prepared with studded tires, chains, and so on. Plan on departing promptly just after 8:00AM for Hoodoo. From the snow park near Hoodoo, we will snowshoe around the base of Hayrick Butte, take a lunch at a viewpoint of Mount Washington, and then continue on our way back to Hoodoo. We will allow some time to change into warm clothes and maybe grab some hot drinks from the lodge. Then we will head towards home, with a suggested stop for a dinner together at Takoda's in the small hamlet of Rainbow. Takoda's offers a wide variety of delicious dishes, ranging from pizzas, to burgers and nachos. They also offer a salad bar and local craft beers.

Please dress accordingly for cold winter conditions. Avoid cotton, as it doesn't keep you warm or dry once it becomes wet from the snow or your own sweat. I highly recommend dressing in layers, with a warm baselayer, fleece or down for insulation, and a soft or hard shell to keep yourself insulated and dry from the snow. Pack a small backpack with your ten essentials, along with enough water for the day. I recommend two liters of water. Turn your bottles upside down when storing in your pack, so if it does freeze, you can still open it and drink from it. Bring a lunch for the day, as we will be stopping at a viewpoint of Mt. Washington along the way.

Contact: Matthew Howell

How to find us:We will meet in the Best Buy parking lot, out away from the store. Best Buy is located at the intersection with Starbucks and Panda Express on opposing corners.

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