Marilyn & Gold Lakes

February 12, 2006

Eight people gathered at South Eugene at 8 AM and headed up to the Gold Lake Snow Park. When we arrived we were greeted by an almost empty parking lot and a beautiful blue sky. We quickly got to the trailhead and headed into the woods. The snow was deep, packed and a bit dirty due to recent warm temperatures and a week without any fresh snow. We had beautiful views of both Upper and Lower Marilyn Lakes as we took the “road less traveled” to the Gold Lake shelter for lunch. We had the shelter to ourselves, but the weather was so beautiful Nancy and Barb stayed outside and soaked up the sun. After lunch and a brief visit to Gold Lake, we headed up the road and back towards the cars. We were almost halfway back up the trail before we saw a couple of snowshoers headed towards the shelter—only the 3rd and 4th people we had seen during our trek. We made it back to the cars pleasantly tired and a bit warm in the 40 degree weather. One car stopped at Dairy Queen in Oakridge and were greeted with weather approaching 60! Hikers included members Jim and Sharon Duncan, Barb Revere, Nancy Whitfield, Sherwood Jefferies, Pat Esch, Stewart Hoeg (leader) and non-member Jolene Siemsen.

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