Three Fingered Jack

February 4, 1995

Although it was February 4, it was pure spring skiing on good corn snow, with balmy, warm temperatures. Rather than traverse a mile from the snow park on Santiam Pass to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trailhead, we took the old Santiam Lakes Trail about a mile and a half up to the 5,200' level and then planned on a short traverse over to the Crest Trail. We intersected the short connector trail instead of the Crest Trail, so had to just head off on compass headings up the long south ridge of Jack. The mountain was soon in view, and after a short but steep slope the group reached the open ridge at Jack Saddle. After a pleasant lunch, and superb views, Jim Harrang and Marriner Orum lead part of the group on up to the first open east side snowbowl to about the 6,500' level. Time was pressing and these seven hardy souls reluctantly turned around and skied back to the saddle, rejoining Ed Lichtenstein, Ted Hermach and the leader. The skiing back down the ridge followed the Crest Trail off and on through some nice open runs and easy trail running. We ended up at the Crest Trailhead and then made the one mile traverse back to the snopark. That trail is so close to the highway that it is now coated with blown cinders and should be avoided unless new snow arrives. Then back to the SEHS parking lot by 6:00. Participating were Obsidians Marriner Orum, Sue Wolling, Ed Lichtenstein, Royal Murdock, Joshua Ladau and non-members Jim Harrang, Ted Hermach, Rebecca Randall and Valdas Anelauslas. George Hermach, leader.

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