Marilyn Lakes Loop

Sunday, January 6, 2013
Leader: Brian Hamilton
Xski: 4.5 miles, 360 ft (Easy)

Ten of us departed from the Gold Lake Sno-Park shortly before 10:00. The sky was clear and the temperature was close to freezing. It had not snowed for over a week, so conditions were less than ideal, especially for downhill sections of the trail. One skier felt that he was too inexperienced to descend on the Marilyn Lakes Trail and wanted to meet us at the Gold Lake shelter by taking the Gold Lake Road instead. Two others volunteered to go with him so that the rest of us could go on the planned route. Once we started on the Marilyn Lakes Trail we found a hard-packed trench. Instead of making separate tracks, skis and snowshoes had been sharing the same space and there were no ski tracks left. It was also icy in spots, which guaranteed lots of falls. We reached the Gold Lake shelter just before noon, where the rest of our group had been waiting for about 30 minutes. After eating lunch, we made our way back to the sno-park on the Gold Lake Road as planned and arrived back in Eugene by 4:00.

Members: Brian Hamilton, Sue Meyers, Sharon Friedland, Harriet Kelly, Mary Hamilton, Brenda Kameenui, Don Cross, Becky Lipton. Nonmembers: Linda Gilbert, Barbara Dumesnil.

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