Bryan Carlson on January 26th, 2013

Group of kids sledding

The adventure was a blast! Ten people braved the 20-25 degree Fahrenheit temperatures for a fun day of sledding and adventure. The kids brought their toboggans, inner tubes and saucers to a safe steep hill with no trees, rocks, cliffs or any other dangerous obstacles. Lunch of hot chocolate, roasted hot-dogs and marshmallows was later served at a campfire. Finally, we all explored a frozen pond and hiked into a steep walled canyon with a spring fed creek. It was absolutely breath taking!

Make sure to join us during out next SMOS Adventure on February 9th!


A fun wipeout at the sledding hill

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Jim Goodwin on February 20th, 2011

The top of Flagstaff Mountain looking down the Columbia River

February 12 was a beautiful day for a snowshoe trip.  We met at the community center in the middle of Northport and headed for Flagstaff Mountain.  Temperatures were in the upper 20’s as we headed up the mountain.  The snow conditions were excellent with 16 inches of crusty snow. 

We weren’t very far into our trip when we began to see wildlife.  We saw several groups of deer, both mule deer and whitetail as well as turkeys as we progressed up the trail.  A little after noon, we crowned over the saddle to enjoy a great view up the Columbia River valley.  We settled into the hillside for lunch and enjoyed the view of Northport in the distance nestled against Silver Crown Mountain.  After eating lunch at this vantage point and taking advantage of the photo-op, we heading back down the mountain. 

On our way out we spotted some moose tracks and followed them down a different course than we had ascended.  We were hoping to find some deer antlers on our way, but were unsuccessful in this endeavor.  The whole trip covered about 3 miles and took about  three hours.  The trip was deemed a success and fun was had by all.

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Jim Goodwin on January 19th, 2011

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!

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