March 25, 2000
Indian Ridge rises to 5405 ft. in the Cascade foothills near the
French Pete area of the Three Sisters Wilderness, on the south side of Cougar reservoir.
The Forest Service maintains a fire lookout on the summit and the road
that leads to this tower makes a wonderful back country ski trail.
Our group of 11 skiers car pooled to snowline and was forced to park
at an elevation of 2900 ft., near Hidden Lake.
We found a few melted patches as we climbed from the cars,
but shortly up the road we found deep and firm snow, still sparkling in
the shadows with the early morning frost.
The road climbed relentlessly on our six-mile trip to the summit,
but the wonderful sunny weather and warm temperatures made for a pleasant trek.
All of our skiers made the summit by early afternoon, and we had a group
lunch on the upper deck of the lookout tower.
The 360° view from the summit was a well deserved reward for our efforts.
The 2500 ft. descent in six miles made for some long and fast glides as
the group blasted down the mountain.
This speedy group was back in Eugene by dinner time, after a wonderful day
in the sun and snow.
Enjoying this adventure were Lew Bowers, Bob Burnett, Benjamin Donner, Sally Grosscup,
John Hegg, Van Likes, Doug McCarty, Becki Ries-Montgomery, Bill Montgomery,
Mark Slipp and leader Brian Hoyland.