Tait's Trail was a good alternative to the Maiden Peak ski cabin. Switching to snowshoes was definitely a good idea given the icy conditions under the trees. To avoid the chopped up trail on Rosary we headed up the groomed nordic track around to the backside chairlift, then climbed to the Maiden Peak Saddle to intersect Tait's trail. The trail skirted along the cliffs above the Rosaries. We were rewarded with sunshine good views of Maiden Peak, Pulpit Rock and the surrounding mountains. Lunch was above Lower Rosary in an open area where we gazed out over the Cascades and lakes below. Our return trip followed Tait's trail to the downhill ski run, Perseverance. Panoramic views of Diamond Peak and Mt. Yoran greeted us before our descent to the Willamette Pass Lodge.Members: Lyndell Wilken, Jan Anselmo, Richard Anselmo, Dick Hildreth, Chris Stockdale, Scott Hovis. Nonmembers: Shawn Litson.
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