Fawn Lake

February 25, 2007

This trip had been postponed one week because little snow had fallen for so long and then rain had been forecast for the Cascades on the weekend of the trip. What a difference waiting a week made! A new storm had dumped about 16 inches of fresh snow on our trail. The five skiers took turns breaking trail and it was a little like wading in three feet of water! Although the blue diamond markers have been removed from the trail, we were still able to follow some old tracks. Even without the tracks, we may not have had too much trouble finding the lake as some hiker with little confidence in his route-finding skills had recently hacked new blazes in trees along the upper part of the trail.

We left Eugene and arrived at the Crescent Lake Sno-Park at 10:00 a.m. A solid pace got us to Fawn Lake by noon. We enjoyed about a half hour of sunshine during the trip to the lake and then it began snowing lightly. The temperature stayed slightly below freezing all day. After a 15-minute lunch break, we headed back down the trail and were at the trailhead in 90 minutes. Enjoying a rigorous workout were non-members Russ Mecredy and Matt Henschen on their first Obsidian outing, and members Rich Peevers, Dave Jensen, and Brian Hamilton, leader.

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