Maiden Peak

March 28, 1998

Only on occasion does a trip and snow conditions measure up to our wildest hopes. Light, dry and just the right depth to float silently between trees, down from a summit encrusted with a fresh coating of frozen white. This was a day like that. Leaving from Willamette Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail at 8:00 a.m. brought us to Rosary Lakes and the beginning of the cross-country route to the top of Maiden Peak. Map and compass were needed on this day of low visibility as fresh snow continued to fall. We didn’t see the summit until we were virtually on it. With the wind blowing hard and the thermometer reading 18°, our time at the top was brief. After lunch below the summit and a moment of near sunshine, telemark turns took us down through the kind of powder that ski dreams are made of. Skiing past Rosary Lakes and over to the downhill ski area allowed us to finish our day with a long run to the cars. Lucky skiers were Steve Goins and Harold Thompson, leader.


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