McKenzie Pass ski

February 27-28, 1982

We drove over the Santiam Pass to the road leading to Jack Lake and found l½ feet of snow as we left the highway. Not wishing to spend part of the weekend digging the 4-wheel drive out of snow in the next eight miles, Jack Lake was changed to McKenzie Pass. We left the vehicle after a quick lunch and were at Lava Camp Lake around 6 p.m.

The weather was good with the exception of wind at Windy Point. The shelter roof was even with the snow level, but afforded a place to cook and eat. The floor was solid ice and not a good place for sleeping so the tent was put up outside.

After dinner we skied to the pass encountering 20 and 25 foot drifts in the road. The mountains were visible in the moonlight. Sunday a.m. after breakfast another trek was made to the pass for picture taking and by noon snow had moved in, then changing to rain. We felt it time to ski to the vehicle and were there by 2:30. After a stop in Sisters at the Ski Hut, we headed for home.

Keith Blunck and Randy Harp attended this trip led by Frank Moore.


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