Odell Butte

February 10, 2001

We all met at the SEHS parking lot at 08:00. The weather was cool and calm with overcast skies. There was a threat of snow forecast for the Valley but no snow was falling and only a few light sprinkles were happening. We all piled into one car, drove up the Pass and parked about 10 miles past the summit on the east side to the road that leads up to Odell Butte. The weather was perfect winter weather. A light snow was falling, no wind and cool temperatures of about 24° as we left the car. There were about 2-3 inches of new snow on the road that leads up to the butte. The three of us started up at 10:00, quickly skied the first two miles and had our first snack at the first junction. The views of Crescent and Odell Lakes were nice with the gray, greens and whites of winter predominant. Skied two more miles to the gate that blocks traffic to the lookout and had a second snack. The weather remained good. Cool, no wind and just occasional light snow showers. We reached the summit at 13:00, covering the five miles and 2,000-ft. elevation gain in three hours. We enjoyed the views for 20 minutes, had our lunch and inspected the fire lookout. We then skied down in nice powder snow about six inches deep for the first mile. After that we followed our tracks for the next four miles and got back to the car at 15:00, getting down in just about one hour and ten minutes. On the trip were Mari Baldwin, David West and leader Kevin McManigal.


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