Cache Mountain

February 27, 1988

Two weeks of unseasonally warm, dry weather had melted back the snow a bit but the surface was still fine and skiing was quite good. The sky was mostly clear as our group left the Ray Benson parking area and headed south on the South Loop Trail towards Big Lake. From here we took the Santiam Wagon Road east for three miles to the base of Cache Mountain. We turned up the narrow road toward the top of the mountain, gaining more than 1,000 ft. elevation. There were some bare spots on the trail near the top as the temperature in the sun was 75 degrees on the south side of the mountain. We had fantastic views of everything from the Three Sisters to Mt. Jefferson, but the close-up view of Mt. Washington was especially impressive. The run down the mountain was fun but not as fast as last year. The round trip back to the parking area is 12 miles, taking about five hours including lunch break. I highly recommend the trip. On the way back to Eugene we enjoyed soup and salad at the Forest Glenn. Participants were Bill Bankston, Norman Benton, Chet Galka, Jane Hackett, Dick Hildreth, Royal Murdock, Herb McMurtry, Pat Rounds, Carol Stern, Gene Thaxton, Tom Woxell and Dave Predeek (leader).

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