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
Andy & George Jobanek,