Gold Lake via Marilyn Lakes

December 30, 2006

This was one of those days when the weather was much nicer at Willamette Pass than it was in Eugene. The upper Willamette Valley was socked in with cold fog all day, but we had mostly sunny skies with above-freezing temperatures on our trip. Eleven of us left Eugene in three cars at 8:00 a.m. and were headed down Gold Lake Road by 10:00. After about a half mile, we left the road for the Marilyn Lakes Loop Trail and it soon became evident that the many ups and downs of the trail were too much for a couple of beginning skiers. So, those two turned around to continue down Gold Lake Road accompanied by an experienced member of the group to meet the rest of us at the Gold Lake shelter. The other eight skiers enjoyed a nice run through the woods and braved a sketchy snow causeway across the water near the north end of Lower Marilyn Lake. Recent wind storms left several fallen trees for us to cross both on the trail and on Gold Lake Road. After a brief lunch stop at the shelter, we headed out for the return to the Gold Lake Sno-Park. Differences in skiing abilities resulted in the group being strung out over a half-mile line along Gold Lake Road. An easy trip for an average skier turned out to be difficult for those just starting out! Nonetheless, everyone appeared to have had a good time, even with the struggles that come with the first time on a backcountry ski trip. We returned to Eugene at about 3:20 p.m. Obsidian members enjoying great skiing conditions were Jim Clarkson, Bob Huntley, Sue Meyers, Helen Martz, Chris Stockdale, Bob & Valya Freed, Laurie Reed, Sue Wolling, Rich Peevers, and leader Brian Hamilton.


At the shelter

Bob Huntley & Jim Clarkson

Brian at the lake

Along the trail

—photos by Chris Stockdale

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