Craig Lake Snowshoe

January 21, 2009

This trip was originally booked as a cross-country ski trip, but the lack of any fresh snow in the past couple of weeks convinced us that it would be more fun as a snowshoe trip. And it was fun! Three of us left the stagnant, smoggy air in Eugene and headed up to mild temperatures and occasional sunshine at Santiam Pass. We donned snowshoes and headed up on crusty snow through the burned area north of the Santiam Sno-Park, curved around toward the west through the Lost Lake Creek drainage, and approached Craig Lake on the ridge to the south of the lake. The trick to making this an enjoyable experience is to get on this ridge at the right spot that isn’t too steep (For GPS geeks, the UTM waypoint for the ideal crossing is at 10T 589415 4921180 (NAD27)). We got to the lake relatively easily and enjoyed the views of Three Fingered Jack and Mt. Washington. I did have a couple of moments when I wished I had skis on the descent, as the snow was beginning to soften up — but by the time we got back to the Sno-Park, a crust of ice was already beginning to form in the shady spots — so the snowshoes were a good call. Participants were John Mowat, Moshe Rapaport, and leader Sue Sullivan.

Three Fingered Jack from the route to Craig Lake

Snowshoers John Mowat and Moshe Rapaport on the route to Craig Lake

Photos by Sue Sullivan

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