Eagle Peak to Gold Lake

December 16, 1984

On a frosty, partly cloudy Sunday morning we arrived at the moderately crowded ski area at Willamette Pass and bought single ride lift tickets to the top of Eagle Peak for $3.00. In dry, deep new powder snow we skied off the back side along the well marked trail, practicing Telemark turns down towards Tate’s Trail. There we ran into several Obsidians on an “unofficial” trip. (Did they want to save the 25 cent trip fee?).

From the Boundary Pass area we had vistas over the Waldo Lake Basin, Maiden Peak and to the southeast over the Rosary Lake basin into the wide high plains of the Central Oregon lakes and marshes. We continued westward through a steep slope of soft, deep powder into the lighter forest of the Douglas Horsepasture and we did not see a soul until we reached the Gold Lake Shelter. We continued on quicker trails past the beautiful Marilyn Lakes, over the moderately frequented Gold Lake Road and up the undulating trail back to the ski area, which we reached after 6 hours travel. We relaxed in the huge, half-finished ski lodge before joining the winding snake of red rear lights towards the sunset.

The four untiring skiers—Maggie Gontrum, Marie Street, Steve Poreda and leader Hans Tschersich enjoyed a glorious day of exceptional skiing conditions—as Jane Hackett can confirm.

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