Yoran Lake

August 20, 1994

Hike was quite successful. Good, shaded, few obstructions on the trail. A little dirty. The 1300-ft. elevation gain was gradual. Drive to just east of Willamette Pass summit, leave Hwy. 58 at sign “West Odell Lake Campground” on paved Rd. 5810. Trailhead sign and parking on right after 1.8 miles. Road ends ¼ mile beyond. Trail leads past Karen Lake. Take the few steps and the little time needed to see this. We were split into two groups, the “Greyhounds” and “Others”. Lead group lunched at south end of Yoran Lake, “others” lunched east side of lake and had great views of Diamond and Yoran peaks. After lunch some indecision concerning best route. One half of group hugged lake working north; other one-half stayed near lake but high on bank. Would strongly recommend the second alternative. William Sullivan’s book mentions leaving lake at camp site and bushwhacking for 800 yards. We came across two camp sites on higher route. At second, begin bushwhacking — actually there is a faint trail which leads almost to Lils Lake. There is a small pond before Lils Lake: this caused a little confusion, but it is shown on Sullivan’s sketch. Sullivan mentions a low cliff as a guide. Actually, there are two — one west and a short distance from Lils Lake (left on your route) and one near lake edge on the north side of the lake. Use the second one as your marker. From this outcropping it is only 70–90 yards to the Pacific Crest Trail, which in any case would be hard to miss: it runs perpendicular to your bushwhacking route.

Hikers were: Virginia Prouty, Brigitte Cross, Marc Hansen, Sharon Ritchie, Ray Mikesell, Helen Liguori, Don Jennings, Margee Wright, Clarence Townsend, Andy Thompson, John Chester, Diane Jeffcott and trip leader Ben Jeffries.

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