Pacific Crest Trail

April 21, 1974

Eleven snowshoers enjoyed a 5–6 mile trek up the Oregon Skyline Trail north from Santiam Highway. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day which the hikers enjoyed by striking a leisurely, somewhat steady pace. Several of the party were on snowshoes for the first time and they enjoyed the experience. We met various small groups of cross-country skiers out to enjoy our chosen area. The majority of our trip was through forest, however, we managed to find a small open spot to have lunch and view the magnificent view to the south. Near our turn-around point we did find some large meadows. The views were beautiful from this vantage point especially the view to the south. Broken Top, North and Middle Sister and Mt. Washington were splendid in their mantel of white. Other lesser peaks were identified in the panoramic view. People skiing at Hoo Doo appeared as ants scurrying down the icing of a large cake. I doubt we were actually on the trail as the snow was too deep to read blazes. On the upper meadows there were drifts forming trenches at least ten feet deep around the trees. Visible ground was non-existent, and probably another five feet or so of snow would have to melt from around the trees to expose terra firma. We deliberately took a circuitous route on the return trip for variety. No, we didn’t get lost.

On the way home we all stopped at the Village Inn for refreshments. Our party treking the Cascade slopes included: Karen Billingsley, Mary Bridgeman, Belle Hendrickson, Clarence Landes, Barbara Marshall, Art Moore, Don & Susie Payne, Merle Traudt, Paula Vehrs and the leader was Lois Schreiner.

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