Berley Lake

March 19, 1988

We left the Santiam Pass Snow Park a little after 10, found the tricky turn to the north near the old Jack Shelter and were at Lower Berley Lake before noon. The day vas beautiful and as we ate lunch with Three Fingered Jack in full view, we felt eager for further adventure. Accordingly, we pressed on for Santiam Lake. As we neared the lake, the leader (and party) became “misplaced,” but we soon came out at the east end of the lake. From there we headed uphill toward Three Fingered Jack and after some climbing reached wonderful open meadows dotted with occasional Sub Alpine Firs with views of Jack, Maxwell Butte and Santiam Lake below us. We stopped approximately half way between Santiam Lake and the steep slopes of Jack for a rest, a talk and a few pictures. After some speculation by Gene on the feasibility of smuggling Christmas trees out of a Wilderness area, we had a good run down the hill to the lake and then a long journey back to the car with climbing, cruising, and fast downhill with tree-well avoidance. At the car we were all a bit tired after this double-digit adventure. On the way back we completed the day with a gourmet dinner in Blue River. Enjoying as perfect a day of cross-country skiing as could easily be imagined were Jane Hackett, Dave Predeek, Gene Thaxton, and John Mowat (leader).

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