Odell Butte

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Leader: Kevin McManigal
Xski: 10 miles, 2000 ft (Difficult)

We met at South Eugene High at 8:00 under a warm, sunny, blue sky. We drove up to Willamette Pass without difficulty and parked on the highway about 4 miles past the summit on the east side, right by the Odell Butte Road trailhead. The weather was very warm and not a breath of wind with no clouds in the sky. Starting elevation was 4800 feet. We started skiing at 10:10 a.m. and quickly skied up the snow covered road. It had not snowed for over three weeks before this trip so the snow was rather firm. Coverage was good though! It is five miles to the Odell Butte summit and Fire lookout. About half way up we stopped for a quick snack, rested for a few minutes and drank a bit. Skied on up to the summit. We reached the lookout at 12:30 p.m. Two hours twenty minutes up and a 2200 foot elevation gain. The summit was beautiful. The fire lookout is in good repair. All of the mountains were out in clear contrast to the blue sky. We could see clear up to Mt. Jefferson and down south to Diamond Peak, Mt. Bailey, and Mt. Scott on the east side of Crater Lake. We then turned our attention to the smaller peaks and had the usual debate over which was what - Cowhorn, Yoran, Maiden Peak etc. As much as I like getting to the top of any little trip, I always get a little sad when I leave and this was no different today. The ski down went fast and we got to the cars quickly. We loaded up and arrived in Eugene safe and happy.

Members: Kevin McManigal, Van Likes, Sean Breslin.

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