WINTER IS COMING! Everyone likes a fresh white blanket of snow in the mountains to play on and in accordance with our strong Nordic heritage in Seattle, we might consider it a blessing from Ullr, believed to be the Norse god of skiing (and snow sports in general, Ullr doesn’t discriminate between shredding). To bring Ullr’s favor upon us this coming snow season, we’re having a celebration to welcome in a strong winter and many a snowflake. We’ll gather to hike up to Crystal Lakes where we’ll camp and toast to some of Ullr’s frosty friendship. Wake up with your new buds and take in the breathtaking views with a little morning yoga snow salutations. Afterwards we’ll hike down and await an exciting reunion with your new pals on the ski lifts this winter. All ages welcome but girls under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Adult beverages for over 21 Ullr fans only.
*Bonus Fun! Special costume winner prize for the best Norse God inspired Viking costume!*
What to pack: overnight backpacking gear (sleeping bags, tent, water, food, beverage of choice, headlamp/flashlight, warm gear- (remember you lose 3 degrees with every thousand feet of elevation gain), bear spray if you have it, puffy coat, waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots, morning coffee, Viking inspired costume, fun and adventurous spirit!
Where to Park: Crystal Mountain Resort in Lot B (lower lot), carpool if you’d like.
When: 10am departure from parking lot and a 9am descent back down in the morning.
Trail Details: We’ll hike the Silver Creek route to the junction with Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), continue on PCT to upper Crystal Lake – where we’ll camp. Descent back the way we came. Weather permitting, there are other options to hike or via Chinook Pass or Hwy 410. If there is interest in doing so – let’s get that conversation started. Transportation will need to be arranged by individuals.
Dogs: Sadly, No dogs allowed hiking within the Mount Rainier National Park boundaries where we’ll be camping.
Event Contact: Erin Melton, firstname.lastname@example.org