Rosary Lakes loop ski

January 14, 2007

The day was sunny and cold (7 degrees at Willamette Pass), and we passed the usual skiers spun out on Hwy 58. We started up the Gold Lake road, turned up through the Nordic and Downhill centers, and on past the Rosaries to the saddle. Snow conditions and scenery were delightful, with at least eight inches of new fluff. Met three guys who had spent two nights at Maiden Shelter, three cheerful girls who had spent a very long night in a very small snow cave, and a snowboarder taking the long way down to the bottom of the runs. Lunch at the saddle, and on up the PCT to Maiden Shelter, which is in fine shape. The solar-cell lights are working. We continued on the PCT, then turned south on an intermittently steep trail, past the Skyline Creek junction to the Gold Lake Rd. and back to the Gold Lake snowpark. About six hours on the trail, about 12 to 13 miles. A small but energetic and compatible group had a very good time.

Members: Jan Anselmo, Rich Anselmo and Bill McWhorter, leader. Nonmember: Katie Hynes-Petty.


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