Fawn Lake Loop

February 7, 2009

This trip was originally scheduled as a cross-country ski trip but recent warm weather and weeks of very little fresh snow compelled us to use snowshoes on this loop. Actual conditions were not too bad, especially above about 5,500' where we encountered firm fresh snow and warm sunshine (and two XC skiers headed up Redtop Mountain). Our loop took us to Pretty Lake where we stopped for lunch, and then in a clockwise direction past Fawn Lake and back to our starting point. The icy patches that we encountered in the trees during the descent to the snowpark validated our decision to use the foot paddles. This was a stellar day in the backcountry! Upon our return to Eugene we learned that the valley remained shrouded in fog all day and much colder than the mountains. Many thanks to Obsidians Larry Huff, Roy McCormick, and Suzanne Steussy for helping to make this a very enjoyable winter trip. Thanks also to Roy for preparing most of this report! —Brian Hamilton, leader.

Hard pack under the trees

—photo by Roy McCormick

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