Marilyn & Gold Lakes

December 17, 2006

It was a very cold (25 degrees) foggy morning as eight people met at 8 a.m. at South Eugene. As we headed up towards Gold Lake Snow Park, the fog quickly burnt off and the temperature headed down. We parked under brilliant blue skies, no wind and a temperature in the mid-teens. We hit the trail and were rewarded (despite low snow levels) with flocked trees and about 12 inches of fresh powder. The trail to the Gold Lake Shelter via Upper and Lower Marilyn Lakes was a bit of an adventure. About 100 yards from Highway 58 we had to negotiate a huge tree blown down in the recent storm. Negotiating the trail between the two Marilyn Lakes was a scramble to avoid water filled sink holes created by the recent mountain rains. We arrived at the shelter right around noon and enjoyed lunch warmed by both bright sun and a fire in the shelter’s stove. A bonus of the low snow levels was easy access to both the shelter and the restroom. We returned via the road and crossed two separate spots were recent rains and washed to snow off the road. A perfect day was completed by a stop at the Dairy Queen in Oakridge. Snowshoers included Sharon Ritchie, Barb Bruns, Sheila Ward, Charles Durham, Lloyd McEntire, Stewart Hoeg (leader) and non-members Jeff Goby and Kaushik Vaidyanathan.

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