Booth Lake

April 1, 1978

Although this trip was cancelled it went anyway with a different leader. We were on the well packed snow trail before ten o’clock, starting from the Pacific Crest Trail parking lot north of the Santiam Highway, and progressing along the new Square Lake Trail. The trip was billed as a snowshoe trip, but it was mostly a hike as skiers and hikers had packed the snow so firmly, plus the thawing and freezing that snowshoes were nearly useless on the hard surface—crampons should have been the order-of-the-day. At Square Lake we decided that it was time to don the snowshoes, at least on our feet rather than having them dangle from our arms. After a short snack where Helen and Clarence fed the Canadian jays bread and cheese, and the rest of us took pictures, we mushed on toward Booth Lake. The snow was firm enough that we hardly made a track. After nearly an hour of slow going we, or most of us, returned to hiking as it was easier and faster. That is, all except our leader who was bound and determined to make a snowshoe trip out of it since it was his first time on snowshoes this season, usually skiing instead.

It isn’t the first time we have not made a snow trip all the way to Booth Lake, and it probably, won’t be the last. We stopped about half a mile short, near the headwall, to have lunch. At 1:20 with full tummies we decided to turn back as the trail was difficult enough to maneuver, and we didn’t want to return to town too late. As a matter of fact two of our party turned back before lunch, and somewhere along the way the rest of us by-passed them, but we all ended up at the car within a few minutes of each other about 4:30. Weatherwise the day was enjoyable with the sun poking through the clouds only briefly. The forecast was for rain and freezing level at 5,000 to 6,000 feet. It was cool, but calm in the forest with a very light snow falling continually until mid-afternoon. In fact until 2:30 the snow was so light it was barely discernible, then it became heavier, and by 4:30 there was about half an inch of new snow covering our tracks. Wind was with us only occasionally, especially in the meadows. “Snowshoers” were Clarence Landes, Helen Hughes, Ted Stern, Lois Schreiner and leader Wes Prouty.


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