Marilyn Lakes Loop
December 29, 2007
The weather and snow conditions were favorable as eight cross
country skiers made their way to the Gold Lake shelter via Marilyn
Lakes Loop Trail. The group began by skiing on the Gold Lake Road for
approximately ½ mile, following the Marilyn Lakes Loop Trail to the
Gold Lake shelter, then returning on the Gold Lake Road, and crossing
Hwy 58 to the Gold Lake SnoPark. The snow was a little wet at times,
but there was plenty of it! The off-road trail, which passes Upper and
Lower Marilyn Lakes, makes this trip a little more interesting and
challenging as it winds gently down through trees and across a creek.
We were fortunate no snow bombs landed on any of us as they fell around
us from limbs heavy with fresh snow. The four stronger, more
experienced skiers who rotated responsibility in breaking trail were
greatly appreciated by those who enjoyed a less strenuous adventure.
This allowed the group to stay together and have lunch at the shelter.
We left Eugene at 8:00; were on the trail by 10:30; returned to the
cars at 2:30 and were back in Eugene at 4:30 in time to see a beautiful
double rainbow near Mt. Pisgah. Members: Brian Hamilton, Brenda
Kameenui, Carol Petty, Barb Revere, Charlie Van Deusen and Mary
Hamilton, leader. Non-members: Chrissy Anderson and Susan Wanser.