Lakeview Mountain

March 21, 1998

While rain steadily pelted the windshield, three doubtful Obsidians drove toward Willamette Pass and considered the likelihood of fog and rain en route to Lakeview Mountain. Nature was kind to the group, however. The low clouds and rain remained in the valley for most of the day. Leaving the car at Crescent Lake SnoPark, the group skied over pleasing spring snow on the easy trail to Fawn Lake, then to Stag Lake over a decently marked but untracked trail. A large east-facing gorge dropping off below the south side of Lakeview’s peak led directly to Stag Lake and would provide the best route to ascend Lakeview. Attaching climbing skins, the party ascended unveeringly up the gorge until the increasing steepness made several switchbacks necessary. The skiers’ energies rose proportionately to the enlarging view of the rugged, nearly vertical basalt of Lakeview’s northeast face looming ahead. Soon our group was skiing along the north saddle, avoiding extensive cornices, until encountering the final pinnacle of the objective. The final 300 feet up the south side of the mountain was scrambled up in a few minutes of kickstepping. All were on top for lunch by one o’clock. The summit view did not disappoint. While Diamond Peak was capped in clouds, views of Redtop Mountain, Mount Yoran and several familiar lakes were unobstructed. The sun came out only for seconds at a time, but the wind was surprisingly still. An unexpected gust took Harold’s hat, but the irrepressible Mr. Thompson took off down a steep, exposed snowfield in order to successfully retrieve it. The open forest of the gorge allowed an exciting and rapid ski-descent back to Stag Lake. The kick and glide return along Fawn Lake trail was an enjoyable trip conclusion for the admittedly no-longer-tireless skiers — Dick Hildreth, Harold Thompson and Steve Goins (leader).

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