Five of us went up to Willamette Pass to do Tait's Loop on snowshoes. Two weeks ago to the day, two of us on this trip were part of a group of three who bailed after 3 strenuous miles uphill in heavy snow, and after 3 hours were still 3/4 a mile from the chairlift. Had we even succeeded, there was no way we would have found the trail past there, for the blue diamonds would have been buried by the snow. And even had we, there wouldn't have been any views. Today was in the 40s, headed for the 50s, and the graders had been at work on the trail upward. We got to the chair in about an hour and a quarter, took a break, then headed up the somewhat difficult grade doing a lot of side hilling in moderately deep snow, but nothing like what we had seen 2 weeks earlier. We topped out and had lunch shortly afterwards, then taking Tait's Loop past beautiful views of Middle and Lower Rosary Lakes, Pulpit Rock, before looping back into the woods and to the ski area. We had great views of Diamond Peak and saw only one other person out there. This was an Explora hike, since I had not done it, but Lyndell Wilken gave me good directions and we had no problem doing this very nice trip.Members: Steve Cordon, Mike Smith, David Lodeesen, Darian Morray. Nonmembers: Jade Isa.
Dave, Mike, Steve & Darian at Willamette Pass Nordic Center—photo by Jade Isa
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