View of the Columbia River from Flagstaff Mountain during winter

On Saturday, February 12 a group of 20 or so people will be ascending the base of Flagstaff Mountain to enjoy the fresh air great views and wildlife.  With any luck, the day will be filled with sunshine, fun, nature’s beauty and picturesque views of the Columbia River Valley.  We will start the day at 10:00am by meeting at the Community Center in Northport across from Tony’s Market.  This will give you a chance to buy any last minute snacks or all-important water for the trip.  We will then carpool to the base of the mountain and begin our ascent.

The climb will be a gradual one initially, suitable even for beginners.  In a mile or so the old road we shall follow will steepen to a grade more suitable to challenge someone of moderate skill.  We will crown out at a saddle which should offer a great view of the river valley below so bring your camera.   At this point, we will take a break, eat some snacks, maybe heat some water for hot chocolate or tea, and just enjoy the scenery.  I will bring a small stove for heating your water if you will bring a cup and a tea bag or hot cocoa mix.  After this, the strong of heart can proceed another mile or so to crest a small knoll, or we could turn back, returning in the tracks we made on our trip in. The trip is expected to take from 2 to 4 hours and cover 3 or 4 miles depending on the options we choose after our snacks.

Remember, this activity is limited to the first 20 people who sign-up for it on the Registration Page. You will need to provide your own snowshoes.  Also remember to dress appropriately in layers.  Ski poles, snacks and camera are optional.  If you happen to have an extra pair of snowshoes, please bring them also, if you are willing to share them with others.

Hope to see you on February 12!

About Jim Goodwin

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Jim Goodwin is a long-time teacher of math and science and coaches at the Northport High School. He is an avid outdoorsman and wildlife photographer. His hobbies include: hunting, fishing, water and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, backpacking, camping and scuba diving.

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