Cone Peak

February 29, 2004

Our group of ten snowshoe hikers left Eugene under threatening skies, and were pleasantly surprised to encounter partly summer conditions and plenty of fresh new snow at Tombstone Pass SnoPark. We followed the route of the summertime trail, then climbed cross-country to the open meadows below the summit of Cone Peak. Recent significant snow fall and evidence of surface instability in the snow pack were cause to keep us from attempting the final climb up the open slopes to the summit. A group of back country skiers had set off some small surface slides to the south side of Cone Peak, just below the summit. The weather began to change for the worse as we ate lunch at our high point of the day. The wind picked up, the clouds lowered, and it began to snow lightly as we descended back to the SnoPark. Obsidian snowshoe hikers were Charles Durham, Laurie Funkhouser, John Hegg, Andy & George Jobanek, Mark Slipp and leader Brian Hoyland, and guests Andrew Offenbacher, Karen Rayle and Craig Renkert.

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