We began this trip at Santiam Sno-Park with a foot of 2-day-old snow, so it was easier to follow existing tracks than to break a new trail. However, our group was unfamiliar with the route and we found it easy to be led astray when existing tracks are not headed the same direction that we wanted to go. Within the first ½ mile, the tracks took us too far west to a high point overlooking the bowl through which Lost Lake Creek flows. We traversed back to the east to hit the actual trail, which is occasionally flagged with pink ribbons. At 1.7 miles, the track forked and we mistakenly took the eastern trail, soon realizing that we were headed northeast toward Martin Lake. Getting back on the Berley Lakes trail meant descending about 400 feet to Lost Lake Creek, adding some thrills to the trip. From that point, our trip was pretty straightforward, except that we overshot Lower Berley Lake by continuing a short distance toward Santiam Lake. We called it “close enough” and took a lunch break before turning around. The return trip out was much easier and faster than the trip in (two hours compared to four) and we enjoyed lots of short downhill sections. Temperatures were above freezing and it threatened to rain most of the day, finally breaking loose when we got back to the Sno-Park. Our group of skiers consisted of ObsidiansMembers: Dick Hildreth, Clare Tucker, Charlie Van Deusen, Brian Hamilton, Brenda Kameenui, Chrissy Anderson, Ed Lizewski.
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