Berley Lakes

February 26, 2006

On Sunday, February 26, seven stalwart samurai braved the dreaded pre-March ice on a ski trip to Berley Lakes. As we headed East up to the col above the little lake seven minutes out from the Santiam sno park, we found that indeed it was rather icy, our skis leaving tiny edge marks as we eased up the slope. However, once we were on the ridge the going was better and as the day wore on, the snow gradually softened into ideal spring skiing conditions. At the col our route went North up the ridge, then took an eastward jog to the pct and the rock pile where we took the connector trail North to the junction with the old skyline trail. This route is only slightly longer than the more direct skyline trail and considerably more scenic with good views of Jack and Maxwell Butte. From the junction onward the route is well flagged with surveyor’s tape and by noon we were at lower Berley Lake for lunch. It was a little cold and windy so we refrained from upper Berley Lake and headed back having a nice run on the skyline trail all the way to the cars.

Members: Richard Hildreth, Sam Miller, John Mowat, Bob Smythe, Chris Stockdale and Susan Sullivan. Nonmember: Paul Murtaugh.

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